Having a tough time or feel like “The Man” is just putting you down lately? Then let it all out at the Tucson Blues and Brews festival coming March 30th!
Taste food and craft beers from a variety of vendors while listening to some quality blues artists. Here’s the full lineup:
Canned Heat rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. The group has been noted for its interpretations of blues material and for its efforts to promote interest in this type of music and its original artists.The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, performing blues standards along with their own material and occasionally indulging in lengthy psychedelic solos.
Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this is Dennis Jones. Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues.
R.D. “The Real Deal” Olson is a blues hall of famer! R.D. plays blues with respect to the past and a good kick in the ass into the new millennium. R.D. has 30 plus years of blues experience gained by stints with Luther Allison, Chico Chism and Buddy Reed; all blues stalwarts. R.D.’s charisma and showmanship absolutely command the audience’s attention. Dynamics so vast they suck the air out of the room. Make no mistake, R.D. is not just a player of the blues… he is a top notch national level caliber performer and really brings it to the stage.
Tom Walbank & Austin Counts
In addition to being completely personable, Tom Walbank is a living history of classic blues. His paintings of the Delta legends are personal and iconoclastic. His slide guitar is nuanced and expressive, and his blues harp is astonishing. He has recently teamed up with Austin Counts to form an incredible duo taking you on a journey from the delta to Chicago. The Alabama born, Arizona bred blues and soul musician Counts recently emerged on the Tucson music scene after a near-decade departure from playing live shows due to trying to find the American Dream.
Anna Warr and Giant Blue
Giant Blue provides high-quality jazz-rock and blues for any occasion and all venues. Composed of Tucson’s finest musicians, Giant Blue features the great Anna Warr on vocals, a monster horn section and a HOT rhythm section.
Tucson Jazz Institute
The Tucson Jazz Institute’s mission is to create educational and performance opportunities for young musicians to reach their highest potential. Jazz ensembles at TJI are taught by seasoned educators with the highest standard of musical excellence and a proven track record of success in developing young talent.
Food and Craft Vendors
AZ Grill & Hearth • Clear Sky Design
Coyote Country • Elk Song Jewelry
First Glass Jewelry • Giselle Billeaudeau
Moonflower • Purple Sky Incense
Tucson Jazz Institute
Bugaloo’s Ice Cream • Drew’s Dogs
Ken’s Hardwood BBQ • Kettlelicious
Wicked Burger • El Sazon del Nana
Barrio Brewing Blonde
Barrio Brewing Rojo
Deschutes Brewery Da Shootz Pilsner
Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA
Budweiser • Budweiser Lite
Michelob Ultra Pale Lager
Copa di Vino Cabernet Sauvignon
Copa di Vino Pinot Grigio
The event will be held at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center (900 S. Randolph way) from 10am – 6:30PM.
You can purchase both normal and VIP tickets here.