Musical talents merge for fundraiser

The successful synergy of the talents of Shaw and Temple comes as no surprise

KENNY SHAW (LEFT) and Brian Temple perform Tuesday at the Mex Pub to raise money for the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

KENNY SHAW (LEFT) and Brian Temple perform Tuesday at the Mex Pub to raise money for the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple have merged their musical talents and humorous antics to form a comedy duo aimed directly at the funny bone of baby boomer audiences.

The duo will perform June 5 as guest performers of the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub to raise money for the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

These music veterans are both well-seasoned performers and celebrated entertainers, so their musical tributes have both a comedic appeal and the kind of musicality you’d expect from more serious concert musicians.

The evening kicks off at 7:30 with a short opening set by event organizers Judy and Bruce Wing, and the evening will include a 50/50 draw.

The successful synergy of the talents of Shaw and Temple comes as no surprise.

Shaw received the BC Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award for four consecutive years and is well-loved by audiences for his high-energy antics, animated storytelling — and his very large hat.

He has opened for Brooks & Dunn, the Doobie Brothers, Travis Tritt, and Billy Idol and has gained the love of fans across the continent from stages at The Mirage in Las Vegas to the community halls in Inuvik. His professional showmanship has also made him a familiar personality as host or master of ceremonies for many local charity and community building events including the annual Child Development Telethon.

Shaw’s musical and comedic partner, Brian Temple, has added to the pulse of the thriving downtown nightlife in the Pacific Northwest for years, engaging audiences in the club circuit and gaining the reputation as a sought-after session player.

He is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing percussion, bass, or guitar and has shared both stage and studio with recording artists Farmer’s Daughter, George Fox, Julian Austin and Suzanne Gitzi. Brian’s high-energy comedy, sterling vocals, harmonies, and amazing musicianship add a touch of brilliance to this duo’s musical tributes.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) will receive the cash donations at the door and can offer tax receipts for donations if requested.

The organization offers a wide range of resources that include practical support like hospital beds, and resource library materials, to very personal support such as caregiver support, bedside vigils, and bereavement counselling. One of the CVHS goals is to build a residential hospice facility that offers professional care in a home-like setting.

“Attending this light-hearted event is an easy way to support the Comox Valley Hospice Society and get to know more about their organization,” says Judy Wing. “Most of us don’t want to give a lot of thought to end of life issues until we have to. When the time comes that we do need the support, we’ll be very grateful that compassionate people have volunteered their time to ensure that these programs are available.”

Shaw and Temple perform at the Mex Pub on June 5. The evening starts at 7:30 and admission is by donation or a non-perishable food donation for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

Donations made to CVHS over $20 will also receive a complimentary CD from the Wings, and 50/50 tickets will be on sale. For more information about 1st Tuesday events go to www.judyandbruce.com.

— 1st Tuesday Fundraisers

 

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