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Singers Tim and Jan Lucas-Grimm host their fifth annual mainstream holiday concerts Saturday and Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building.
Submitted Singers Tim and Jan Lucas-Grimm host their fifth annual mainstream holiday concerts Saturday and Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building.


In the musical world of sometimes fragile egos, Tim Grimm and wife and singing partner Jan Lucas-Grimm regularly invite musical peers to share the stage and spotlight for a community feel.

“Tim’s a firm believer that you not only do your own material, but that you do each other’s songs,” Jan said. “He’s got a really generous feeling about music, looking at things almost like, ‘The more, the merrier.’”

Those seeking merriment and a generous gathering of artists need look no further than the couple’s fifth annual holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building.

The two have assembled a smorgasbord of artist-friends featuring styles from the Appalachian sound of the Whipstitch Sallies, with Columbus native Allie Burbrink, to the high-energy bluegrass of the Bannisters, long a popular group here.

Plus, their own Americana/folk material will be included.

The couple’s holiday concert last year filled the small space with about 200 people. Yet, many people still told them they wanted to attend but couldn’t make it because of other holiday commitments.

“It’s hard to pick exactly the right weekend since so many people go away this time of year,” Lucas-Grimm said. “This year, we’re simply responding to popular demand.”

Though many of the acts have performed here during the past few years as a part of the Grimms’ Americana concert series, some, such as Greensburg’s Jeff Kuehl, are new to the bill. But he is a veteran of Indianapolis theater and a polished storyteller.

Through the years, he has performed as a strolling storyteller at Metamora’s

“The Christmas Walk” weekends in December. At both upcoming local concerts, he will relate “good Christmas folk tales.” That will include one of his own creations, inspired by late actor Archie Campbell’s comic, classic TV bit, “Rinercella.”

Kuehl’s purposely garbled three-minute retelling of Santa’s night before Christmas focuses on “all the little wids in the whole korld” and is titled, “Clanty Saus and His Eight Dane Rear.”

Kuehl said, “It is simply meant to add the holiday spirit.”

If you go

WHAT: Fifth annual mainstream holiday concerts conducted by singers Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas-Grimm.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22.

WHO: The Whipstitch Sallies, the Banisters, Jeff Kuehl, Beth and Dan Lodge-Rigal, and Cara Jean Marcy on Saturday. For Dec. 22: Greg Ziesmer and Kris Luckett, Rick and Laura Hall, the White Lightning Boys, Jeff Kuehl, and Bobbie Lancaster.

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 7850 Goeller Blvd.

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