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
Sixx and Sweet are a husband and wife team made up of Rachel Pack, also known as "Sweet" and her husband Sixx Pack. A couple of free spirits with a passion for adventure, travel and making a positive difference in the world. The two have a combined 40+ years of experience in event promotion and marketing.
Sixx had a colorful career. He was a publisher of a national sports magazine, publisher of community alternative press newspapers, and syndicated radio talk show host on technology. He has interviewed both Larry Page and Sergey Brin founders of Google, Reed Hastings founder of Netflix, and hundreds of others during his time hosting radio. At one point, Sixx was even a MMA ring announcer to name a few of his past professions.
Sweet is all about people, health and fitness. She was an activities director for a non-profit for 11 years, video host, professional fitness trainer, WTF competitor and assistant trainer in college.
The couple met and fell in love in Fresno California in 2001, when Sixx's newspaper was promoting concerts in a venue next door to where Sweet worked in a restaurant her last year of college. Sixx would get concerts started than come wait at the restaurant for the concerts to end. It was during this repeated activity the two made a connection.
The two were in married since 2003 and spent the next 2 years, traveling the US producing their DVD series Bad Breed TV on Ultimate Fighting for the "special interest" section of Hollywood Video. During this time they would stay longer periods of time in many cities including New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Ventura, California.
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 in 2009 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 blues part of the 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 and asked us to help them produce a festival. The couple agreed and managed production for the next seven years, including hosting, booking, staging and sound and the Lion's Club managed everything else. Great event that is still going strong. Blues and Arts Photos: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014
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. The new Festival would kick off in August. However, in 2012 the couple also walked the 850-mile Baja peninsula from May to July to support various charities, so when they returned to host the 1st Annual Baja Blues Fest in Rosarito - they were exhausted. The Sixx and Sweet decided they needed time off; without stress, committees or schedules.
The break was short lived. During this time the Sixx and Sweet 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 they could not complete the trip, and had to return to their home in San Felipe, Baja. At the time, two musicians friends, Pancho and Sal of the Rio Samaya Band had been staying with them to help build the boat. They suggested Sixx and Sweet learn to play music in addition to promoting it. Sixx and Sweet loved the idea and spent the remaining summer learning to play blues.
In fall 2013, after having only spent 3 months learning to play, Sixx and Sweet 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 to both Sixx and Sweet and in addition a lot of food raised - over 400 pounds. Blues Against Hunger seed was planted.In 2014, Blues Against Hunger Society was born and the first US West Coast tour was booked as a duo. It was a learning experience for the couple touring as musicians for the first time, and was successful at raising food. When they returned to Baja, they booked a follow up tour to Cabo San Lucas, which was also successful. They returned to San Felipe and the 1st Jamboree began that Winter.
Since then BAHS has fed thousands throughout Baja and Sonora in Mexico, and 10 western US states. The Baja Blues Tour is on its seventh year, there are now Jamborees in multiple cities on both sides of the border weekly with more coming and annual BAHS Festival every August.
Thank you for helping KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE, WHILE ENDING HUNGER
- 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