Anna Banana Festival: A Benefit for Anna Warr

Anna Warr has brought us so much joy and many great memories on stage throughout the years. She has performed at numerous other benefits to help her fellow Tucson Local Musicians. Now, it is time for us to help her.

In 2021, Anna Warr’s husband, Mike Kuhn, suffered a stroke. Anna was by his side every day to aid in his recovery while the bills started to pile up. Now, she is heading into surgery for a personal heart defect and we are honored to be able to help.

Anna Warr was born in Arkansas but she grew up in Tucson. Her mother influenced her to pursue music in high school and in college. She is considered one of the original Desert Divas and has performed on stage with Chris Davis of The Rowdies, Bobby Taylor, Bryan Dean, Tony Uribe, Bad News Blues, Kevin Heiderman, Steve Grams, Danny Krieger, Richard Gomez, Marx Loeb, Chip Ritter, Larry Diehl, Mr. Boogie Woogie… just to name a few. In 2004, she started to become an international star performing in France, Spain, and Mexico. In 2007, she became an inductee to the Tucson Musicians Museum. Now, she is regularly performing with her band Anna Warr & Giant Blue.

Music can lessen the stress, pain, struggle, and distraction and bring positivity and calmness to our daily life. Music holds the power to bring people together in different ways. Music can make us expressive and help us in understanding our feelings and emotions in a better manner.

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Anna Warr was a trouper tonight here on stage at Monterey Court, but the reality is that she need’s our help. She is pictured here supporting Cecilia Arosemena during her time of need but now, not only is she dealing with the issues around her husband Mike’s stroke, but she is heading into surgery for a personal heart defect. On behalf of the Monterey Court family, I urge you to help her financially at her most crucial time of need. I can’t just stand idly by, and I hope you won’t either.

Greg Haver, owner of Monterey Court Studio Galleries & Cafe

A Festival of Love

The Tucson music community continues to amaze me. The level of support Tucson local musicians give each other on-stage continues off-stage as well. Bryan Dean has known Anna for 32 years. He has been feeling helpless listening to his friend’s struggles with her husband’s stroke and finances. Wanting to do more to help, Bryan talked to his wife Koko about organizing a benefit to help ease some of Anna’s stress.

July 5, 2022

Besides fundraising, one of the goals of this festival is to have some FUN! Koko has done an amazing job at organizing the festival and has highlighted Anna’s nickname in the title… Anna Banana!

Bryan and Koko have also recruited musical help from some of Tucson’s best local musicians, and the Hut has agreed to host the festival.

There will be arts and craft tables set up in which 100% of the purchase will be donated to the fundraiser. We will post more information about this event on our Tucson Local Bands Community Facebook Group.

This is a DO NOT MISS event!

Thank you for supporting this community event. We will see you soon!


Band photos credit: Terry Dee

Photo credit: Erika Tenney

1 thought on “Anna Banana Festival: A Benefit for Anna Warr”

  1. Nancy or Ann 🤣

    Erica, Bryan,Koko
    Thank you for having such huge hearts to help Anna .
    Blessings 🙏for your kindness

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