Winston whimsy will be in full effect

“New age” may be officially retired as a music genre these days. But that doesn’t mean its biggest purveyor since Enya isn’t still at it.

Pianist George Winston led us (OK, maybe our parents, too) through whimsical album-length reflections on “Autumn,” “December” and “Winter Into Spring.” But he’s now concentrating on January. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, to be exact, where he’ll be appearing at 8 p.m.

But there’s a nice humanitarian twist.

Since his heyday in 1986, Winston has worked with various food banks, and this gig is no exception.

It’s a canned food drive for the Berkeley Food Bank, wherein he’ll also be donating 100 percent of his merchandise sales to the organization (admit it — you were looking for a reason to finally pick up a Winston T-shirt!).

But Winston himself isn’t stuck in the patchouli past — his last “Love Will Come” record was the second volume in his tribute to the late Vince Guaraldi, and he’s recently been delving into New Orleans R&B, even Hawaiian slack key guitar.

Grab your tickets early — it’s $36.50 in advance, but $39.50 at the door.

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