BLUES HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2022

Saturday, October 29 • 11 AM – 7 PM

Steam Pump Ranch – 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley

Blues Festival Schedule: 

11:00 am. National Anthem, Announcements 

11:15 am.  ZNora 

12:15 pm.  The Sugar Thieves 

1:30 pm.   Tom Walbank and the Ambassadors 

2:45 pm.  Carvin Jones Band 

4: 00 pm.  Annika Chambers and Paul DesLauriers 

5:45 pm.  The Coolers 

7:00 pm.  End 

Tickets Are Available Online 
Until October 28

Advanced Tickets $30
At the Gate $35
$5 Discount for Members

18 and under FREE

Tickets are Non-Refundable

Blues Heritage Festival 2022

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Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley

Blues Music Award Winner Annika Chambers Carvin Jones Band The Sugar Thieves Tom Walbank and the Ambassadors The Coolers ZNora

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MEET THE ARTISTS

Annika Chambers & Paul DesLauriers

Annika Chambers, like so many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood.  “I grew up singing in the church,” she says, and you can’t help but feel the Spirit move you when Annika throws herself into the heart of a song.  

 When Annika served for two tours in the US Army one of her colonels heard her singing and said “Why don’t you sing the Anthem for one of our ceremonies?”  She was an immediate hit and became their first choice for all their musical events, joining the gospel choir and winning the base talent show.  She became part of a touring band traveling through Kosovo and Iraq, lifting morale and bringing joy to our deployed troops.   

 She returned home to Houston and made her debut album, “Making My Mark,” which brought her a nomination for the 2015 Blues Music Awards (BMA) “Best New Artist.” In 2019 she won the coveted BMA “Best Soul Blues Vocalist” award and has been featured at major festivals across the US and Canada.  This summer, two intrepid SABHF board members saw her at the Chicago Blues Festival and knew on the spot that we absolutely had to bring her to Tucson so all of our friends could share in the pure joy of hearing her amazing voice!

A virtuoso on both electric and acoustic guitars, Paul DesLauriers (pronounced "day-loree-ay") is part of Canada's guitar elite and is considered one of Quebec's overall best guitarists; but it doesn't stop there, he's also a powerful and expressive singer. Winner of the Lys Blues Award for Best Artistic Performance in 2011, Album of the Year in 2008 (En Duo), and Best Musical Performance in 2005, he was also nominated at the Canadian Maple Blues Awards in 2008 for Acoustic Act of the Year along with Dawn Taylor Watson for their album "En Duo." In 2010, DesLauriers was musical director, producer, and performer on the "Nos Stars Chantent Le Blues a Montreal" CD for L'equipe Spectra and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Paul's 2006 solo release "Ripping Into Red" garnered rave reviews in the April 2007 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Editor in Chief Michael Molenda has this to say about him: "DesLauriers really knows how to grab your ears from note one... He's also a gifted songwriter and vocalist, and his solos, especially the slide lines, are short but thrilling!" -- last.fm

Carvin Jones "The King of Strings"

Carvin Jones, “The King of Strings,” has been voted one of the world’s top 50 guitarists by Guitarist Magazine and he delivers a live performance full of supercharged energy and a deep connection to his audience. Eric Clapton said "Carvin Jones is a young cat out of Phoenix who I think is the next up-and-coming blues player.” Apparently, blues fans around the world agree, because he has been booked internationally and continues to deliver electrifying performances after 25 years on the road!  

Carvin has shared his music with our troops overseas, and during the pandemic he shared his time with seniors who were quarantined and went shopping for basic necessities for them.  He started out just helping a few elderly neighbors with his own funds, and as more requests for help came in he gathered some donations and expanded his outreach.  He is clearly a man with a big heart as well as a big talent!

The Sugar Thieves

Tom Walbank

ZNora-Adrian Negrete

The Coolers