“A Food Bank Fundrager” ~ Keithmas 7
Hidden Charms and Timbre Concerts presented Vancouver with Keithmas 7 featuring Rich Hope, La Chinga, Bif Naked, Greenback High, Sister Morphine, No Sinner, and more last night at the Rickshaw Theatre. This great event, with an amazing lineup, managed to raise around $11,000 to go towards the Greater Vancouver Food Bank through ticket sales, raffles, and of course part of the sales of shots of JD.
So what is Keithmas, other than a FundRager? As said on the Keithmas Facebook page, “Keithmas is a marriage made in Heaven (or Hell depending on your perspective) of Keith Richards and Christmas.” For many, it is a time to get together with friends, old and new, and rock out to some amazing local talent as they perform a few of their favourite Rolling Stones tunes.
On December 16th, 2016 a sold out crowd swooned into the Rickshaw Theatre to catch the 7th consecutive Keithmas. The event has been a highlight to many Vancouverites, and suburbanites from as deep in the valley as Chilliwack, with this year being no different – other than the venue. The Rickshaw has remained one of the perfect hosts to local talent with various performances over the years from local guru of love and peace – Bif Naked. On this particular night she wowed the crowd with a hauntingly touching rendition of “Angie” followed by “Get Off of My Cloud”.
There were highlights from each bands performance, but I wonder how much your own personal connection to each song weighed into your favourite moment of the night? The Rolling Stones were not my first concert, but they were one of my first five concerts, and I still remember it well today. I was in awe with the performance put on by these rockers. Fast forward a number of years where I get a chance to catch hundreds of concerts each year, and I have to say that as much fun as it is to see some of the big names with their big stages, fancy lights, and huge production teams… some of my favourite concerts each year come from the local talents. They give it there all up there on stage; not holding back anything.
Whenever you hear Colleen Rennison of No Sinner sing you cannot help but to be taken aback… but to add to her killer vocals tonight she was joined on stage by the cool guitar stylings of Eric Campbell who just fits playing the Stones so well.
Greenback High started it out with Rich Hope joining them on harmonica and then they proceeded to rock it out hard for their second song, “Paint It Black”. Of course, their next song did seem to be a crowd favourite with people dancing and cheering along to “Jumpin Jack Flash”.
I would not want to skim over La Chinga, because they really put on a power show for the night and definitely have made me want to see what they are all about outside of these Stones covers, but I do have to skim a bit, because the night really was a Rich Hope kind of night. Playing a tribute to the Some Girls album, Rich took to the stage after a couple of shots of whiskey and literally was jumping, running, posing, and embodying the essence of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It was not my first time seeing him, and each time he blows me away- but today he owned that stage, the speakers around the stage, and the entire crowd. Definitely a highlight of Vancouver that I can’t wait to see again and again.
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And make sure to support this event in the years to come.