Big Hank's Blues Songs of Christmas f. The R&B Kingpins

Fri. December 10th 2021 7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 (All Ages)
The R&B Kingpins were born in the year 2000 when veteran bassist Jack Lavin, founding member of Powder Blues, approached his friend Hank Lionhart aka Uncle Wiggly to see if he wanted to form a band performing some classic but not overplayed R&B. Hank was enthusiastic about the project and before long this band had 2 CDs under their belt, many original songs penned in the '60s R&B style, and were performing in all the best Vancouver venues. This high powered group went into 'hibernation' when Hank was forced to move to Edmonton in 2007. In 2014 Lionhart relocated to Victoria where he'd lived in the '70s, to resurrect his Uncle Wiggly and the Hot Shoes Blues Band which had performed to great critical acclaim for many years. Meanwhile, Lavin and 'Pins guitarist Steve Cross, formerly of Edmonton band Privilege, also relocated to Victoria and it was just a matter of time before the R&B Kingpins were reborn on Vancouver Island. With ace session drummer Ross Hall's driving beat, original Kingpins member Steve Ranta tickling the ivories and a horn section most often featuring Paul Wainwright and Dave 'Duck' Rowse on tenor and baritone saxes these guys are a driving force to be reckoned with. Known as an ultimate dance band the reunited R&B Kingpins are performing their Bluesy soulful take on this genre and generating quite a large and loyal following.

Christmas Show Line-up:

Hank “Uncle Wiggly” Lionhart - Lead Vocals
Jack Lavin (Founding Member of The Powder Blues Band) - Bass
Steve Cross - Guitar
Steve Ranta - Keys
Ross Hall - Drums
Randy Oxford - Trombone
Paul Wainwright - Sax


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