Luke Blu Guthrie Band at 1st Tuesday Fundraiser

Luke Blu Guthrie, featured act at this month's 1st Tuesday Fundraiser (Aug. 6) at the Mex Pub.

LUKE BLUE GUTHRIE and Elizabeth Penney will entertain next week in a 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub.

Enjoy an evening of “heart beatin’ rhythm and blues” Aug. 6 with Luke Blu Guthrie, featured act at this month’s 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub.

The evening’s entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. with a short opening set by fundraiser hosts Judy and Bruce Wing accompanied by violinist Blaine Dunaway, with featured guests to follow. There are two great door prizes to be drawn for as well.

Admission is by cash donation and this month’s proceeds will help to further the work of the Comox Valley Land Trust (CVLT). You can also bring food donations for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

The CVLT has several local land protection initiatives in the Comox Valley which include the Cumberland Community Forest, Hurford Hill Nature Park, Master’s Greenway, and Sandwick Forest. By creating public park covenants with landowners, the organization works to protect ecosystems, encourage voluntary conservation, and create a network of protected land areas.

With the support of conservation-minded landowners and CVLT members who pledge monthly donations, the organization has helped to conserve over 400 acres.

The Luke Blu Guthrie Band is a two-time VIMA-nominated, rhythm and blues duo consisting of Luke and Elizabeth Penney.

The evening’s concert format is the perfect venue to enjoy their engaging performance, masterful finger-picking, strong vocals, and upbeat bass lines.

Hearing a talented duo perform such powerful original music is sure to generate some local pride too, as you consider Guthrie’s accomplishments so far. With over 650 shows and more than three thousand records sold in the last three years alone, the band is rapidly gaining momentum as a beacon of originality and true independence in Canadian music.

Named one of CBC’s independent artists to watch in 2011, and nominated for Male Songwriter of the year at the VIMAs in 2012, and Roots Album of the Year in 2013, Luke Blu Guthrie is a growing presence on Canadian radio with three independently released “live off the floor “albums.

The most recent album, Oil and Water, saw the band’s fan base explode in 2012, with tours through several Canadian provinces and standout performances at a number of B.C festivals.

The monthly fundraising concerts, which have been pairing local musicians with their favourite charities for over four years, are sponsored by the Mex Pub and organized by event hosts Judy and Bruce Wing.

“Music creates a very comfortable occasion for sharing ideas and information,” says co-organizer Judy Wing. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and given the amazing talent in the area, the events always have a different flavour, even though the format is the same.”

For more information about the Comox Valley Land Trust, visit www.cvlandtrust.ca. For a preview of the evening’s entertainment, visit www.lukebluguthrie.com. For more about 1st Tuesday Fundraisers, visit www.judyandbruce.com.

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