Welcome to the Boise Blues Society Website

Greetings Blues Lovers!  We are experiencing a revitalization of our beloved blues society.  A fresh group of enthusiastic board members, renewed efforts to bring “Blues to the Schools”  programming to valley schools, along with a fresh look for our website are just a few things happening since the beginning of the new year.  2014 is poised to be a great year!  Glad to have you all along for the ride!

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Update from the BBS Board – April 11, 2014

Small BBSLOGOThis is an update from the Boise Blues Society Board of Directors to let you know what we have already accomplished this year and what else we have in store for you. We have several new members since the beginning of the year, and we have drafted an updated mission statement and goals. One of those goals is to bring more live blues events your way.

We have already brought several great blues shows to Boise, and we plan to keep ‘em coming. If you were one of the lucky ones to make it inside the doors for the filled-to-capacity BBS Fat Tuesday extravaganza of local blues bands, you know what I mean.

For those who are still marveling about Hamilton Loomis, the show that kicked off our 2014 season with a full-to-bursting house at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, we are excited to announce HE WILL BE BACK...

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Meet Board Member Randy Reese

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Randall Reese is native Idahoan and replanted in Boise in 1994.  Randy teaches Communication, Argumentation, and Media Studies at the College of Western Idaho Ada County campus. He is also a professional mediator and aspiring filmmaker.  Randy’s passion for the blues began in his teenage years when he found out that his rock idols idolized blues musicians.  In 1970s  Idaho, live blues was hard to find so he picked up the guitar and learned to play 12 bar blues. He played in a band in 1979 for a short while, but he is more suited to listening and dancing to the blues.  Randy is dedicated to the mission of the BBS and believes all Idahoans should have the opportunity to enjoy the music he has come to love.

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Blues Radio Shows in Boise

Blues Radio Shows in Boise

“The Juke Joint” on Radio Boise – Facebook page is at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheJukeJointRadioBoise

” The Juke Joint” vintage blues show dedicated to the legends of the Blues. Monday evenings 5 – 8pm MST, KRBX 89.9 or 93.5fm Boise, ID www.radioboise.us

The show features vintage blues form the early 1900s to 1980s. All blues styles covered and there even some history lessons to be learned. BBS member Mississippi Marshall makes it fun, entertaining and educational. The goal is to help build a healthy blues community in the Northwest.

Mojo Mike’s Blues Review – Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/MojoMikesBluesRevue

The Blues Revue is on KRBX 89.9 and 93.5fm, Radio oise, from 8-10 on Monday nights...

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Meet Board Member Bobby Peters

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“Bonzai” Bobby Peters is a Drummer/Vocalist/Percussionist from San Francisco, CA.  Born and raised in San Jose Ca. he started playing drums in 4th grade in the mid 60′s and had opportunity’s galore. Everyone was in a band back then and so it began.  His 1st paying Gig was in a small but, popular club in Los Gatos Ca. call Mesa’s. Once he was known as a hard hitting drummer, it was on. He had a day job at Dean Markley Strings.  So he made a lot of musical friends through that job. The rest, as they say, is history.

A list of friends he has played with include:  Jimmy and Donnie Demers; Pearl and the Cozmic Blues Band (Big Brother and the Holding Co...

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Next In Line

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Next In Line formed in 2008 and the band immediately began writing original blues material.  The two main songwriters in the band, Barbara Laing and Bernie Reilly, continue to write folk and delta inspired blues tunes.  A CD, “Banned From The Bar,” penned and written in 2009 comprises some danceable as well as mellow songs for your listening pleasure. We also play great blues covers!

Contact Info:
Barbara Laing, 208-871-3104

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Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party a Huge Success

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party a Huge Success

The March 4th BBS Annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at The Sapphire Room in the Riverside Hotel was a SMASHING success!  This is our major fundraiser for the “Blues in the Schools” program.  Kicking things off at 6pm was Jake Leg.  Before their set was over, the event venue was almost filled to capacity.  Blues lovers were lined up to get in and claim the last seats.  We certainly had not expected this and Sapphire Room employee Angel did a commendable job in managing the line for the duration.

Next up was Mississippi Marshall accompanied by BBS board member, ‘Harmonica’ Dave Light, who knocked out some tasty traditional acoustic blues...

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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...

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Meet Board Member Ken Harris

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Boise Blues Society president Ken Harris started his music career playing in Boise rock ‘n roll bands in the 1960′s.  After college, he moved to Boston for 22 years and led various blues, soul and funk bands and began his songwriting career.  During that time, he also had the opportunity to play and tour with such artists as Junior Walker and the All Stars, Chuck Berry, Michelle Willson, James Cotton, Tracy Nelson, Johnny Adams and Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson. He also appeared on national television three times with the 80-piece Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra and was a Boston tour guide for 5 years.
In 1993 Ken returned to Boise to help open up Idaho’s first blues-oriented nightclub, The Blues Bouquet...
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Lori B! and the Dudes Deluxe

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We play Blues, R&B, Funk, Mowotwn.  Super fun band.

Lori B! – Vocals
Russ Martin – Guitar/Vocals
Kent Persons – Sax/Vocals
Bill Batt – Keys
Richard Aguirre – Bass
Aaron Atkins – Drums/Vocals

Contact Info:
Lori B!  (208) 353-0385

Other Information:
Facebook – Lori B! and the Dudes Deluxe

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Meet Board Member Evelyn Hadden

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Classically trained, Evelyn Hadden has been performing on the piano since second grade. She first began “making music that isn’t written down” in 2002, when she joined the Minneapolis-based folk ensemble Beam Reach. Her fellow band members encouraged her to branch out into singing and songwriting along with developing her keyboard chops. Beam Reach and several other Twin Cities area bands formed a loose-knit musical community, jamming and performing in different configurations over the next decade, supporting each other’s growth as musicians.

In 2007, Evelyn formed the Naughty Kittens with her husband and bass player George Hadden and acoustic guitarist Scott Hansohn...

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