AZ’s biggest blues festival makes it quieter this year

The organizers are planning a taste and teaser event. The lineup includes five bands

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Flagstaff Blues and Brews, the largest blues festival in Arizona, announced on Saturday that they would be canceling their annual two-day festival for the second year in a row due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. After much deliberation, the team decided to host a smaller event at a downtown venue, the historic Orpheum Theater.

Flagstaff Blues and Brews

Downtown Blues, generously presented by locally owned and operated Stackhouse Wealth Strategies, takes place on Saturday, June 12th, from 3pm to 10pm. Tickets are capped at 250 to meet social distancing guidelines and cost $ 42 each. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival owner and producer Jennifer Grogan expects this show to sell out quickly and is encouraging blues fans to buy tickets soon. “I’m looking forward to bringing the blues back to Flagstaff. While this isn’t our big annual festival, I’m just looking forward to celebrating the blues and hopefully getting back to normal soon,” said Grogran.

The event headliner and two-time Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival alumni is Harlis Sweetwater (performed in 2015 and 2017). Event attendees will also enjoy the Chuck Hall Band, Tommy Dukes Band, Hans Olson, and the Arizona Hired Guns. These other bands have also played the main Blues and Brews festival in recent years, with the exception of the incredibly talented Hans Olson.

Grogan continues, “I chose the historic Orpheum Theater as our location because they are very careful about COVID-19 and relentlessly support the music community.”

Consider this special event a taste and teaser to keep local and regional blues fans on the edge of their seats as music lovers across the country wait patiently for a full restoration of the events and festival experiences that northern Arizona has to offer.

Please visit the Flagstaf Blues and Brews website for more information and to purchase tickets. You can also contact Grogan at (928) 606-7600 or [email protected] for more information or to schedule an interview.

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