George Winston in concert
Making sure Americans do not go hungry is a concern for pianist George Winston.
The food bank advocate even released a digital-only holiday single and funds from its purchase go to help those affected by the recent cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance food stamp program (SNAP).
Winston, touring through December in Colorado, Montana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, will play two sold out shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at The Chateau at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway. Those attending those concerts are asked to take a canned food donation to benefit the local food bank.
Winston’s digital-only single, “Silent Night — A Benefit Single for Feeding America,” is played in the New Orleans R&B solo piano style. It was inspired by Joseph Byrd’s arrangement of his 1976 album, “A Christmas Yet To Come,” and the playing of the New Orleans pianist, Professor Longhair (1918–1980), a news release said.
The single is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other locations where digital music is sold.
“All of the proceeds from song purchases will be donated to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that feeds 37 million people, including 14 million children, and leads the nation in the fight against hunger,” the release said.
Winston has released 13 solo piano albums since 1972. Proceeds from his 2012 release, “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions — A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit,” helped restore the ecologically essential Louisiana Wetlands, and proceeds from his 2006 release, “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions — A Hurricane Relief Benefit,” helped raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Go to sandstoneconcerts.com or call 243-TIXS (8497) for information.