Hanna Joe diptych

Joe Beard with Hanna PK and the Blue Hearts


Doors: 6:45pm
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)

Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 at the door


IMPORTANT: Proof of vaccination (along with photo ID) and a mask are REQUIRED to attend this event. Please read our updated COVID Safety Guidelines for full details.

Enjoy local favorites of the Rochester blues scene, on stage in Little Theatre 1 for a special evening of live music! Hanna PK and the Blue Hearts will open the show, and back Joe Beard. Plus: Mike D’Aurizio from Big Mike and the Motivators on harmonica and vocals.

• Doors: 6:45pm
• Seating: General Admission
• Show length: approximeately 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission.
• Food/Drink: Beer, wine, and concessions will be available for sale beforehand and during intermission.


Born and raised in Ashland, MS, guitarist Joe Beard grew up with the Murphy brothers, one of whom later found an international following as Matt “Guitar” Murphy. Beard moved to Rochester, NY, and from time to time would visit one of his brothers in Chicago. He quickly became enamored of the blues being played in clubs there by people like Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson. Beard sat in with John Lee Hooker one night and received encouraging words from Hooker.

Beard befriended classic blues guitarist Son House, who was a neighbor in Rochester. Beard worked as an electrician by day and would occasionally play out at night and on weekends for most of the ’60s on through to the ’80s. At Rochester’s famed BK Lounge, Beard and his backing bands opened for Bobby Bland, Albert King, and others.

Joe has played many major festivals in the US and Europe and was inducted to the Rochester Music Hall Of Fame in 2017. He has released 4 albums to great critical acclaim. One album featured Ronnie Earl and two others featured Duke Robillard.

Music at the Little is made possible in part by a grant from Drs. Dawn and Jacques Lipson to support performance, innovation and accessibility of the arts in the Rochester community, and thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts