Kamloops musicians will be getting together on Thursday, Dec. 19, to support other types of Kamloops artists with a fundraising concert for Kamloops Makerspace.
The event is called Not Your Typical Christmas Concert and, according to Kira Haug, it’s all about artists supporting artists.
"We’re not making any money,” she said. “All the funds raised will go to Makerspace so in 2020 they can continue to provide all the amazing workshops that they do for the community.”
Kamloops Makerspace is a volunteer-run, member-driven, non-profit collective dedicated to sharing tools, space and skills. The organization shares space in the old Federal Building, downtown at 207 West Victoria St., with 5,000 square feet divided into eight shops, including a wood shop, a hackroom, an electronics lab and an arts and textiles studio.
The Dec. 19 concert will take place at The Blue Grotto, downtown at 319 Victoria St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will run from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Not only is the Grotto making space available for the fundraiser, the club will be busy tweaking its stage for the event.
“Puppy [club owner David Johnston] is going out of his way to build a new extension to the stage to accommodate some of the performers,” Haug said. “He’s called in his sound guy on a night where they normally wouldn’t have a band.”
Live music will be provided by the Naughty Elves House Band, featuring Haug, Jon Treichel, Dave Coalmine, Neil Brun, Kris Ruston, Dave Bouwman and with special guest Henry Small.
A burlesque troupe will also be performing to keep the evening on the naughtier side.
“I’m really excited about the level of professionalism and skill level of the artists committed to showing up,” Haug said.
Though it is billed as a Christmas concert, she said attendees should not expect traditional carols. The musicians are planning to pull deeper cuts, with holiday tunes from performers such as Bonnie Raitt and The Blues Brothers.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
“What we want to do is build an environment for people to dance and have fun and kick off the Christmas season,” Haug said. “It’s going to be fun. Above all it’s going to be a celebration of the amount of talent that this city has to offer.”