WESTERLY — The sixth annual Rock & Roll Christmas Show to benefit Westerly's animal shelter, Stand Up For Animals, will take place at The Knickerbocker Music Center this Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.

As always, the show will be presented by musician John Speziale and Keith Cowley, founder of the New England Song Writers Invitational. Musical headliners are Speziale & Friends, an all-star band featuring members of well-known area bands including The Hoolios, Sweet Mercy, Sunday Gravy and selected other bands, who'll play a "rocking Christmas set," and a second "jam" set."

This year’s opening act will be ever-popular band, The Carleans, known up and down the East Coast for their unique musical style and fantastic harmonies, Speziale said.

Music-lovers can also expect a special appearances by Craig "The Strolling Fiddler" Edwards and Dancing Santa, who will be accompanied by Puppet Santa.

Over the last five years this show, conceived by Speziale and Cowley, has helped to provide much-needed funding for S.U.F.A., Westerly’s humane animal shelter, said Speziale. 

Food and libations will be available, along with games, prizes, a merchandise table, the ever-popular hula contest, and great music suitable for singing along and dancing. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. and there is a suggested donation of $12. Tickets available at knickmusic.com.


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