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Dance into the holiday with ‘From Swing to the King,’ ‘Blue Christmas’

December 18, 2018

If you’re of the school of thought that dancing shoes go perfectly with holiday sweaters, consider checking out one or both of these concerts.

On Friday, Spokane native Ben Klein, an award-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist, will perform at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church’s “From Swing to the King” Christmas Concert.

His set will feature both Christmas and gospel music, and the night will also feature refreshments and a special appearance from Santa Claus.

After the show, guests will have a chance to take a photo with Klein and Santa by the Christmas tree.

On Saturday, local bluesman Sammy Eubanks will return to the Knitting Factory for his annual “Blue Christmas” concert.

“We started doing this show, Sammy Eubanks and Friends, where we would invite a couple other bands down and we would do either a blues-oriented show or a country-oriented show,” Eubanks told the Spokesman-Review last year. “When we went to do a Christmas show, ‘Blue Christmas’ stuck out so that’s what we’ve been doing.”

At “Blue Christmas,” Eubanks plays a mix of original songs, covers and, of course, Christmas tunes, including “Blue Christmas” staple “Please Come Home for Christmas,” a song originally released by blues singer and pianist Charles Brown in 1960.

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