Shari Puorto’s first Tucson performance came smack in the middle of summer, just after the Animas River Blues & Brews Festival in New Mexico last July.
The itinerant blues rocker was heading home to Hermosa Beach, Calif., and decided to pull over for a one-night gig at The Boondocks Lounge.
“It was pretty nuts. It was pretty hot,” she recalled. “In fact my voice got a little (strained) from going inside to the air conditioning and coming back outside and going back in.”
Puorto made a connection with the small audience at the Boondocks, so much so that Boondocks owner Cathy Warner was eager to have her return when the weather wasn’t so hot.
That would be now. Puorto and her rocking blues band are set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday with Tucson’s own Ed Delucia Trio opening.
Puorto is taking a wide swing through Arizona on this trip, with a stop Saturday at Prescott’s historic Bird Cage Saloon.
“The more we play, the more we sell our CDs, which is really encouraging,” said the indie artist, who has played her blend of Americana and blues-rock to audiences throughout California and the Southwest, and as far away as Thailand and Fiji.
Puorto has played music since shortly after high school, when she dated a drummer and landed work as an occasional backup vocalist. A few years later, she had her own band and “it just kind of steamrolled,” she said, ticking off awards that have followed, including song of the year from the LA Music Awards.
Admission to Friday’s performance is $10 at the door, 3306 N. First Ave. Details: 690-0991.