Blue Christmas to benefit Hope House

Blues and jazz fest returns.

A stellar lineup of some of the area’s best-loved and respected artists will return to The Oriole’s Nest on Sunday, Dec. 13, for Blue Christmas, an annual concert that will benefit Hope House Mission, Middletown’s homeless shelter.

Event organizer and chair Chuck Evans said the fundraiser will bring together an amazing group of talents, many who are veteran musicians, for an evening of blues and jazz music that raises money for a local cause.

Evans said of the Hope House, “They do great work. They take care of families and individuals in the area who have had a stroke of bad luck, and they need some support for a while. Hope House not only offers shelter but (also) they also offer programs to help people get back on their feet.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with an acoustic set from David Thornton and Chris Lester.

Featured performers will include Jimmy D. and the Perfect Storm, The Beaumonts, Bobby Lewis — The Genuine Article with Dirty Rice, and The New Royal Blues featuring Gregg Clark. Other special guests will also appear throughout the evening. With a mix of covers and original songs, ranging from blues and rock ’n’ roll to R&B and jazz, each artist will perform for about an hour.

Gregg Clark originally created the event in 1991 as a way to help the Hope House. This is the second year the event will be held at The Oriole’s Nest.

All of the musicians volunteer their time. Based on last year’s crowd, more than 400 guests are expected to attend. Over $4,000 in funds were raised for Hope House in 2014.

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