The Blues Against Hunger Society was created in San Felipe Baja California Mexico in 2013 by Sixx and Sweet Pack. It's origin is a beautiful and painful story that changed their lives and many others forever. It is a happy ending, that keeps on giving.
Music and meals heal.
Sixx and Sweet in San Felipe Baja California on May 2014 preparing to leave on the first BAHS tour.
Sweet and Sixx hosting the 1st Annual Baja Blues Fest at Rosarito Beach Hotel August 2012.
Sweet and Sixx walking to Cabo San Lucas in June 2012...on the road from San Ignacio to the San Ignacio Lagoon.
Sweet and Sixx performing for the first time ever. This room was pack at El Dorado Ranch Pavilion in San Felipe in March 2014. Sweet is below the bright square light on the left.
Sixx and Sweet at The Kraken in San Diego performing as a duo on their first BAHS tour in 2014.
Sixx and Rachel leading their annual Baja whale tour to Guerrero Negro in 2017
The Sweet and Sixx is a husband and wife team made up of Rachel Pack, also known as "Sweet" on stage and her husband Sixx Pack. They are event production managers, graphic artists, social media marketers, tour guides, publishers, and musicians.
Sixx and Sweet have a combined 50+ years of experience in producing and marketing events, seminars, tours, and festivals. Sixx was a magazine and newspaper publisher, radio talk show host, and ring announcer to name a few of his past professions, and Sweet was a activities director, video host, and fitness trainer and competitor. They met and fell in love in Fresno California in 2001 when Sixx was promoting a concerts in a venue next door to where Sweet worked in her last year of college at Fresno State.
Married since 2003 and currently retired (from the US), they have taken their love for music and travel and combined it with their life's experiences. Sixx and Rachel Pack have both spent their careers producing and managing events and activities of all kinds.
In 2005, after Sixx survived an illness the couple began making frequent trips to Baja California, and in 2006 they began living in Baja. In 2007, together they began publishing Mexico Living magazine and founded Baja Good Life Club, a club offering discounted home, health and auto insurance to foreign residents and travelers in Baja California Mexico, and well as tours and hundreds of charitable events throughout Baja and Sonora.
The Baja blues story began in 2008, when the newly chartered Lions Club of San Felipe asked the couple to help produce an event they were taking over; the event was being done at a local bar by another group and the newly formed Lions Club wanted a foundation fundraiser. The event was moved from the bar to the local baseball field, and turned into a festival. They hired a staging company and for the first time, booked a lineup of great guest blues artists in addition to locals artists. They helped produce the new event for the next seven years, including hosting, booking all the artists, staging and sound.
In 2011, the couple was asked to help produce another blues event on the Pacific side of Baja in August 2012. The new event would be the Baja Blues Fest and they agreed. However, in 2012 the couple walked the 850-mile Baja peninsula from May to July to support various charities, only to return to host the 1st Annual Baja Blues Fest in August. The couple decided they needed time off; without stress, committees or schedule.
The break was short lived, during this time the couple started the Chatarra Project. A project to build a plastic bottle boat and sail it down the Sea of Cortez with boat races in each bay to bring awareness to plastic waste in Baja. The boat had a mechanical break and could not complete the trip, and they returned to their home in San Felipe. Two musicians friends, Pancho and Sal of the Rio Samaya Band suggested they learn to play music in addition to promoting it. They loved the idea and spent the remaining summer learning to play blues.
In fall 2013, they were asked to play a food drive to help the San Felipe Food Bank, that had recently lost its lease and was evicted. It would be their first time playing together and they were scared, but agreed. The event was a great success and had a measurable positive impact, and was both emotional and spiritually rewarding with lots of food raised.Then in 2014 Blues Against Hunger Society was born and the first west coast tour as a duo, then a follow up tour to Cabo San Lucas, and Jamborees beginning in San Felipe that Winter.
Since then BAHS has fed thousands throughout Baja, Sonora, and 10 western US states. The Baja Blues Tour is on its sixth year, there are now Jamborees in 3 Baja cities weekly with more coming and in August the first annual Baja BAHS festival.
Thank you for helping stop hunger and keep the blues alive.
- Accolades -
2016 BAJA WALK 100
Rachel and Sixx's most moving event was The Baja Walk 100, a 100 mile, 5 days cancer walk in the San Felipe Baja California desert. This is a fully supported walk with support station every 3 miles of the 100-mile course. The event was life-changing for all involved. 2016 Baja Cancer Walk 100 - Raised over $9,000 USD for San Felipe Cancer Society and Mujeres Que Viven, AC.
The Mexico Report’s 2015
The Blues Against Hunger Society is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to produce live blues music events that promote the collection and distribution of non-perishable food to the hungry while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues in the communities it serves. Become a BAHS Member TODAY!