Each year the Classic Car Show and Blues Festival rolls into Oro Valley, attracting thousands of people and bringing the community together, and each year the show presents more and more reasons to attend.
This spring's show, on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature some of the best blues in town, rare vehicles, demonstrations from the Oro Valley Police Department K-9 unit, smokin' BBQ, kids' activities and much more.
Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the show is set among views of picturesque Pusch Ridge at Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle Road and Tangerine Road. Shaky Bones, Johnny Faber and The Road Kings, Bryan Dean Trio and Giant Blue will bring the blues to the Marketplace, adding a soulful atmosphere to the event.
Captivating audiences with renditions of blues, rock and classic country ballads, Johnny Faber delivers unforgettable performances.
Faber has been playing the guitar since he was 13 years old. Inspired by the movie LaBamba, he picked up the guitar and began to emulate the great performers of the era. His vocals are powerful and expressive as he delivers them with a great deal of soul. Faber has a knack for adapting his guitar style, but his passion for blues definitely shines through.
As a performer and frontman, Faber loves to put on a show for the crowd. He is a multi-talented, well-rounded musician. His influences include a wide range of musical genres and artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Willie Nelson, Doobie Brothers, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks and Bob Seger.
Shaky Bones delights audiences with their unique, high-spirited blend of R&B, jazz and soul, comprised of musicians from all over the country; Tucson-native Bryan Dean has been known as one of the best guitar players in town; and Giant Blue provides high-quality jazz-rock and blues with the great Anna Warr on vocals, a monster horn section and hot rhythms.
In between each band performance, the Oro Valley Police Department K-9 unit will entertain audiences with impressive tricks through their training demonstrations.
As stage shows fill the day, food vendors will fire-up the festival as attendees sample an array of delicious tastes from Western Smoke BBQ, Diamond Concessions, Vero Amore, Tyler's Acid free Coffee and "N" The Company of Good Friends.
Jumping castles and children's activities will entertain the youngsters. Ages 10 and under get in the show free, and admission for adults is $5. Proceeds from the event go towards school arts programs and keeping community art events alive in the region.
With more than 50 vehicle classes, classic music spinning and playing live all day and awards to be announced during the show, the Classic Car Show and Blues Festival will attract some of the best cars and trucks in the region.
The show will exhibit automobiles in a variety of styles - antique and modern, domestic and foreign, modified and custom. Artistic, motor-inspired trophies will be given in Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and People's Choice, as well as a first place award given in each vehicle category.
More than 100 vehicles from a variety of eras - from 1923 to 2013 - will be showcased, including a 1962 Chevy Belair, 1960 Studebaker Hawk, 1957 Chevy delivery sedan, 1964 Ford Galaxie, 1971 Datsun 240Z, 1913 RCH four-door sedan, 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1923 Ford t-bucket and 1960 MGB vintage race car.
Main Stage Performances
10 a.m. Shaky Bones
Shaky Bones is ready to delight Arizona audiences with their unique, high-spirited blend of R&B, Jazz and Soul. Comprised of musicians from all over the country, the Shakies open up the door to their eclectic, yet comfortable musical house and welcome you in for a little "WD-40 for the hips."
11:30 a.m. Johnny Faber & The Road Kings
Johnny Faber is a Multi-Talented and very well rounded musician capable of captivating audiences with everything from soulful renditions of classic country ballads, all the way to house rocking electrified rock and roll and blues. He has been active in the Tucson music scene since he was 15 years old! His influences include a wide range of musical genres and artists. Here is a short list: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Willie Nelson, Doobie Brothers, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, and many many more. Don't miss out on the chance to catch this showman at work in the Tucson music scene at a venue near you!
1 p.m. Bryan Dean Trio
Bryan Dean, a Tucson native, has been known as one of the best guitar players in town. Among his long list of 'resume' includes Syl Johnson, George Howard, Tony and the Torpedoes, Lori Davidson and of course, Sam Taylor. The Bryan Dean Trio plays all original blues based music from his two major label CD releases.
2:30 p.m. Giant Blue
Composed of Tucson's finest musicians, Giant Blue provides high-quality jazz-rock and blues for any occasion and all venues. Giant Blue features the great Anna Warr on vocals, a monster horn section and a HOT rhythm section.
If you are interested in volunteering your time for the car show, register online to view open slots and opportunities: http://southernazartsculturalalliance.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=1753