It might be Vancouver’s strangest holiday tradition. Once every December, in the midst of all the shopping and decorating, Vancouverites set aside a moment to celebrate one of the more obscure events of the season: Keith Richards’ birthday.
Keithmas, the annual holiday tribute to Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, is back for its fourth instalment this year, Dec. 20 at the Electric Owl pub on Main Street. At least nine bands will take the stage in a charity concert marking the 70th birthday of one of rock’s timeless (if not ageless) icons.
The concert serves as a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank Society. Bands, all of whom play a short set of Rolling Stones or Keith Richards covers, perform for free. All proceeds from ticket sales go the food bank, and guests who bring non-perishable food to donate get discounted admission.
True to its namesake, Keithmas is usually quite the rager of a show. Continue reading:
Celebrate Keithmas IV in Vancouver: Boozy holiday tribute to Keith Richards