The annual Blues Heritage Festival will be held on 10/21/2023 at 601 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., in the Sacred Heart School Courtyard from 11 am to 7 pm. Our headliner is Sugaray Rayford, winner of the 2023 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album “In Too Deep.” The lineup follows: Gridley All-Star Performers, Missy Andersen, Whose Blues, the Bad News Blues Band, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame All Star Jam, Sugaray Rayford, and Black Cat Bones. The concert is a benefit for the St. Francis Community Shelter and Food Pantry. All ages show, please bring chairs, friends and family, and a smile!
SABHF BLUES FESTIVAL OCTOBER 21
Benefitting Saint Francis Community Shelter
The Southern Arizona Blues & Heritage Foundation will host its annual festival on Sunday, October 21 in the courtyard of Sacred Heart Church. The full day of blues music will benefit the Saint Francis Community Shelter. SugarRay Rayford, who has been granted three national blues awards, and Missy Andersen, who has delighted audiences around the world, are headlining the event.
“We’re thrilled to have award-winning blues stars and some of the best local bands at our Festival,” said SABHF President Rita Flattley. The AZ Blues Hall of Fame All Stars, Bad News Blues Band, Black Cat Bones and Whose Blues will all perform throughout the day, from 11 am to 7 pm. SABHF runs their Blues In The Schools program all year thanks to the dedicated help of our community’s musicians, who volunteer their time and expertise to teach students the blues. This
year, The Gridley Middle School All-Stars will perform at the Festival. They are the first middle school to do so.
The event will benefit the St. Francis Community Shelter and Food Pantry. “We are happy to help SABHF put on this year’s Festival and look forward to acquainting the broader community with our work,” explained Shawn Milligan, Director of Operations. This summer, the shelter ran a cooling center out of Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Dahl’s office on Grant Road and was able to help many of the unhoused survive the record-breaking temperatures.
The Sacred Heart Church campus is located at 601 E. Fort Lowell. There is plenty of free
parking for festival attendees, who must bring their own chairs. Beer, wine, soft drinks and food
will be available for purchase (proof of age required for alcohol service).
The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation’s mission is to create an active and vital
Blues and Heritage community through education, promotion of live performances, support
of musicians in need and raising awareness of blues music and culture.
SABHF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization supported by donations, fundraising and grants.