SABHF Presents
2019 Blues and Brews Festival
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Reid Park - Tucson, AZ

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The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization established with the intention of creating an active and vital Blues and Heritage scene through education, promotion of live performances, and raising awareness of the music and culture.

Sax Great Terry Hanck Returns to Tucson
Friday October 19, 2018, 7:00 PM
House of Bards
4915 E. Speedway Blvd - Tucson, AZ
Tickets $12 Adv - $15 Door

The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is once again pleased to present the best of the Blues to a Tucson audience. This very special event features saxophone great Terry Hanck. Terry spent 15 years with the Elvin Bishop Band, and another 15 plus years out on his own, releasing a dozen critically acclaimed CDs and touring the United States and around the world. 

Terry HanckBlues and soul music fans know that the soundtrack to early rock' n' roll ran on three-minute instrumentals with sax in the lead, and was directly related to 1950s and 1960s New Orleans R&B hits, along with that deep-fried wildness that came from Memphis. With this history lesson in mind, old school rock 'n' soul saxophonist and singer Terry Hanck makes perfect sense. Clearly, Hanck has worshipped at the right Southern altars-- those of such iconic R&B brothers as Fats Domino, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Lee Allen and King Curtis. "I write songs that you think you've heard for years," says the South Florida-based Hanck, who's got suave movie-star looks and a good time presence that immutably anchors the old-style R&B he adores. 

As Living Blues writer Lee Hildebrand testified, "Hanck is one of the most formidable saxophonists in the blues and soul business. He has a virile tone and attack and an uncanny command of upper-register notes." But, whether it is a joyous jump blues romp or a steamy slow dance of a stroll--this is the kind of music that has mattered to the tall tenor man all his life... 

For this show Terry Hanck will be accompanied by Tucson’s own Mike Blommer on guitar, Steve Grams on bass and Glenn Velardi on drums all from the Bad News Blues Band. All three are members of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and are fantastic musicians having toured the U.S. and Europe. 

The music starts at 7:00 Pm on Friday October 19 at The House of Bards 4915 E. Speedway. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation website at Tickets at the door are $15 with a discount for SABHF and KXCI members. This is going to be a big ol’ dance party loaded with greasy R&B, New Orleans rhythms and good old school Rock & Roll. Don’t miss it! 

For more info contact Marty Kool at

Festival Date and Location Announcement

The SABHF Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the festival is returning to Reid Park.  After much consideration it was decided to also move the date.  The festival will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Stay tuned to our FESTIVAL page as more announcements become available.  We look forward to seeing everyone there and making this one our best ever!


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