“Gregg was the founder of this event, and his goal was to have an event that would be a lot of fun, with great music, and try to raise a gift for Hope House at Christmas time. That’s the fundamental premise of the show, and we have tried to keep it as pure as that ever since,” Evans said.
Clark and Evans were recognized in 2016 in honor of the 25th Blue Christmas. The fundraiser will feature a talented line-up of artists and veteran musicians who volunteer their time in support of the event.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. The evening’s line-up will include Fred Gillespie and the Swamp Bees, Tom Martin, Sister Salem featuring James Clark (Gregg’s son,) The Blues Breakdown featuring Jimmy D. Rogers, D. Sallee Combo . Other special guests include Kenny Ray Hart, Brian Lee, Chuck Evans and Wesley Nickell.
Nickell has penned a tribute song for Clark, and he will perform it at the concert with James Clark. Others will share memories about Gregg.
Many of the musicians have been involved every year, including the sound and lighting crews. About 200 to 300 guests are expected to turnout at The Windamere.
The first concert was held at the Sorg Opera House. After a couple years at the Sorg, Blue Christmas moved to the Manchester Inn & Conference Center in Middletown. It moved to the DAV Hall after The Manchester closed in 2011. This is the third year the event has been held at The Windamere, and prior to that was held at The Oriole’s Nest for three years.
HOW TO GO
What: Blue Christmas concert to benefit Hope House Mission
When: Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: The Windamere Event Venue & Art Gallery, 2 S. Main St., Middletown
Admission: Tickets are $25. Presale tickets are available at Flowers by Roger. Advance purchase recommended. Seating limited. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert.
More: Community members can also donate directly to Hope House Mission at www.hhmission.org.