Winning Hand! Tinsley Ellis Plays the Sapphire

Boise Blues Society and Riverside Hotel are excited to present Tinsley Ellis in the Sapphire Room on Saturday, February 24th. His brand new album “Winning Hand” on Alligator Records marks Tinsley’s return to the guitar-driven hard rock sound that made him a legend in the blues-rock world. This great new album drops in January, just before Tinsley hits the state in the Sapphire Room!

Ellis was among the first of the New Generation blues heroes that included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray and many others. He says, “From BB King, I learned about performing with dynamics. From James Brown, I learned about putting on a seamless, exciting concert and from The Allmans, I learned about how to excite fans with extended instrumental jamming.

Now he says he’s ready to prove again that whenever he picks up a guitar, he’s playing with a Winning Hand!

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets on sale now: Click Here
$20 general, $25 preferred ($23/28 at the door)
New ticket prices include fees!

Many tables in the Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or ADA accessible seating will be most comfortable at the following tables: 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 41, 60, or at the bar. For questions about accessible seating, please call 208-331-4930 or email music@riversideboise.com.

100% refunds are available until 48 hours before the event. Refunds cannot be processed after the event occurs for any reason.

Boise’s best kept secret! The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Need assistance? WE CAN HELP! Please call 208-331-4930 to order over the phone. Phone orders are available from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you need help after-hours or on weekends, please email music@riversideboise.com (fastest) or leave a voicemail at 208-331-4930 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for supporting local live music!

RJ Mischo “Live” in the Sapphire Room

Boise Blues Society is proud to present one of the finest blues harp players in the world today, RJ Mischo, on Saturday, October 21st, 7:30pm.  Our own Hoochie Coochie Men will be backing RJ for this show so you know its going to be a fun, rockin’ good time in the Sapphire!

Mischo loves traveling and playing with local musicians. Playing with different musicians instead of a band of his own is improvisation in its best form, he says. The Hoochie Coochie men have been together for a few decades as well and have improvised with RJ before, so look for the sparks to fly again when hit the stage together on Oct. 21st. Put on your dancing shoes and join us.

Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boise-blues-society-presents-rj-mischo-with-the-hoochie-coochie-men-tickets-37019518376?aff=efbevent

Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30pm.

New BBS Blues Channel on YouTube

We’ve just created a new YouTube Channel!  Live music from local shows by BBS member bands, concert excerpts from touring blues musicians presented by BBS in the greater Boise area, and lots of other fine blues videos gleaned from YouTube and other websites. Check it out below, because there’s never too much blues music!!

Boise Blues Society YouTube Channel

Here’s a sample video from our channel of a recent BBS sponsored event with Portland’s Lisa Mann, and featuring Ben Rice:

BBS Receives A Grant from the City of Boise!

Boise Blues Society has received a $1000 grant from the City of Boise, Arts & History Department to support our Blues in the Schools (BITS) program.  Contributions like this help us reach out to  students in the Boise area.

Part of our mission to “promote and preserve blues music” includes providing musicians as coaches and performers to introduce blues music to children and adults alike.  BITS, which began in 2006, is part of our outreach effort and is provided at no cost to participating schools.  Through BITS, Boise Blues Society brings a taste of blues music, and the lessons that go with it, into schools.

Testimonial from Tracy Martin – Director of Music at Canyon Springs High School

BITSTestimonial from Tracy Martin – Director of Music at Canyon Springs High School

As a music teacher, I (like many music teachers) take pride in training my students in a variety of musical styles to thoroughly develop their musical expertise. Yet we often fail to celebrate one of the most recognizable forms of American music still performed to this day: the blues. Our students know the blues when they hear it and some have even grown up with it. Within the plethora of musical styles that must be mastered and taught in the public school system, this essential genre often falls to the bottom of the priorities list.

Ken Harris and the Boise Blues Society were there to help. Through their Blues in the Schools program, they arranged for a custom-selected blues band to perform for my students, including specialized instrumentation so that each student would have a professional to collaborate with. Their presentations and activities for each class were individualized based upon students’ level of mastery and included a variety of content matter from historical context to musical theory. My students were encouraged to stand up and join in with the performers and it was a great moment when some of my shyest students came out of their shell to play or sing their solo. Whether you have a thriving program with hundreds of students or a K-12 music class at a rural school, the Blues in the Schools program will captivate your students and have them humming the blues for weeks to come.

Tracy Martin
Director of Music – Canyon Springs HS (Caldwell)

Spreading knowledge and appreciation of blues music throughout Southern Idaho.