The 35th Annual Blues and Brews Festival scheduled for March 28th has been postponed. The Board of Directors will be meeting and more information will be forthcoming. Please bear with us as we sort this out.
The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation (SABHF) announces the annual Tucson Blues & Brews Festival 2020. Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, Arizona. Gates open at 10AM and performances run from 10:30AM-7PM. Tickets are $22 online in advance (Free admission for current SABHF members with membership card and ID), $25 at the gate on the day of the festival, and free for children 12 and under accompanied by adult. VIP packages ($100) and sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets and more information at www.azblues.org
The all-day Tucson Blues & Brews Festival experience will welcome Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” as this year’s headliner. Songwriter, vocalist, producer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and consummate stage performer, Mr. Sipp does it all. He started playing the piano at six years old and as an adult established an innovative gospel sound and highly successful twenty-year career in the gospel genre. Then, in 2012, the 37-year-old Mr. Sipp launched the next phase of his talented career by–stepping into the blues. Some considered this daring decision as going against the industry grain, but Mr. Sipp trusted his songwriting abilities, musicianship, and experience in the music industry to venture into the blues arena. Prestigious accolades arrived almost immediately, including winning the 2014 International Blues Challenge, 2014 Albert King Gibson Guitar Award, 2014 Jus’ Blues Foundation’s Bobby Rush Entertainer’s Award, and 2015 Jackson Music Awards-Blues Artist of the Year. When asked about his sound, Mr. Sipp is quoted as saying, “My sound is a joyful happy energetic sound…” (blues.gr 4/6/2017). And when describing the sound of his most recent release, Knock a Hole in It (Living Blues Award for Best Blues Album of 2017, New Recordings, Contemporary), he shared that “it’s the Mississippi River sound-heavy guitar playing and soulful singing mixed with a joyful groove.”
In addition to headliner Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child, the festival schedule includes:
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Paul Green and Midnight Blue
Black Cat Bones
The Cholla Rhythm and Blues Band
Tickets and more information at www.azblues.org
Schedule and full line up at website.