Enjoy the sounds of big band, sights of fabulous fashion and tastes of delicious food and cocktails during an evening of music and culinary arts.

Cocktails and Classics, a charity benefit inspired by the swing era of music and retro styles, will take place on Friday, April 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Tucson Mall.

The second annual event, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, will feature a live big band performance, vintage-inspired clothes and cuisine. 

An elegant outdoor backdrop will set the scene for a night of glamorous fashions from the mall’s retailers, salons and jewelers, taking place at the Tucson Mall fountain plaza by The Cheesecake Factory.

The red carpet runway show will feature the mall’s retailers, showcasing creative and classic looks. Restaurants will provide sweet and savory appetizers, desserts and drink samplings for guests prior to the runway show.

Tickets for the show are $35 per person that includes hors d’oeuvres and menu samplings, desserts, cocktails, runway show, live music and official event goodie bag filled with fashionable coupons, beauty samples and more.


Music and dance

Attendees can “cut a rug” on the patio dance floor, learning classic swing moves from professional dance instructor Jeannie Tucker, and listen to sounds of the 16-piece Memories Big Band.

Playing the greats, like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington, Memories Big Band is a treasure of American music from the 1940s to today. The band members have all shared the stage with the legendary musicians of the past. Established circa 1968, the swing band has attracted numerous talented musicians under the leadership of Cliff Juergens, one of the original Kayedettes and trumpet player in the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.

Cocktails and Classics

When: Friday, April 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Tucson Mall (south end outdoor plaza), 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $35 per person, (tickets include restaurant samplings, cocktails, runway show and goodie bag)

Online: saaca.org

Phone: 797-3959

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