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 of Directors – August 1, 2014

Hi, fellow blues music lovers!

Thanks to all of you who joined us at the annual Boise Blues Society Sunday Blues festival! We had a blast and hope you did too. If you attended, please help us to put on an even better event next year by completing this one-page, anonymous survey. Only 4 questions! We need to hear from you.

We have another amazing show this Thursday, August 7, when Matthew Curry returns to the Sapphire Room fresh from touring with Steve Miller Band. This is Curry’s only Boise show. It starts at 6:30pm, but get there early, as seating is limited and we expect it to sell out. Read more about this talented young guitar hero.

Want to join in the fun? We need a few volunteers to help out at the Curry event — if you are interested and available for part of the evening, please t...

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Help us to improve

Did you attend the 2014 annual Sunday Blues event on July 20 in Julia Davis Park? If so, please give us your feedback in this brief, anonymous survey. We would love to make next year’s event even better!






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Matthew Curry Returns to Boise on August 7, 2014

MC Promo PhotoSeemingly out of nowhere (but actually out of America’s heartland), Matthew Curry is creating a serious buzz. Fresh off a six-city tour with the Steve Miller Band, this rising star from Normal, IL has seen rock star-like standing ovations at 2014 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners. Even Steve Miller took to Matthew right away, inviting him to sit in every night on their tour and calling Matthew a “…wonderful guitar player, great songwriter; in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.” (Huffington Post)

Matthew and his rare combination of youth and maturity have been taking audiences–and the music industry–by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dy...

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Are You Ready for the BBS Annual Sunday Blues Festival on July 20?

picnic2014flyerlettersizefiIdaho Statesman’s music critic Michael Deeds encourages Boiseans who love funky blues to make Boise Blues Society’s July 20 Sunday Blues a can’t-miss event. Deeds writes “Because this amounts to a nearly-free festival, you can’t go wrong… the headliner makes this a can’t-miss show: The ferociously entertaining Hamilton Loomis Band.”

Deeds saw Loomis perform in January at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, and he raves about that show: “It was packed. It was madness. The Hamilton Loomis Band pretty much floored every person there. The group is stylish (choreographed moves!), meticulously rehearsed and flat-out wicked if you dig soul and blues-rock guitar.”

Loomis will be preceded by several local bands, so you can dance all afternoon on Sunday, July 20. See you there!

More details about JULY 20 SUNDAY...

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Bret Welty

bret6Bret Welty is a blues rock singer, songwriter, and guitar player with an inspired approach to blending the soul of blues with a variety of musical genres. Bret has been playing in bands for over 25 years, in a variety of roles.

Born in California and raised on country music, Bret then spent his formative high school years split evenly between Oregon and later California, where he was exposed to blues and rock. “The first time I heard guitar and blues put together, I was hooked,” Bret explains. As a young man, Bret tried his hand at 11 instruments before settling on the guitar. He received his first real guitar at age 15, and by the summer he had saved up enough to buy his first electric guitar. Within 6 months, he was in his first band, and his love of performing live grew from there...

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BBS Seeks Sponsors for July 20 Sunday Blues Event

Small BBSLOGOHi, everybody. We need your help! The annual Sunday Blues event coming up July 20 promises to be our best ever. The Hamilton Loomis Band (www.hamiltonloomis.com) is our headliner, and we’ll have a total of five outstanding bands performing throughout the afternoon. Admission is just three cans of food for the Idaho Foodbank.

What we need are sponsorships to help defray the expenses associated with the event. Can you can help us by suggesting businesses/individuals you think would be interested in sponsorship opportunities? We’re prepared to offer promotional and marketing considerations in exchange for their financial support. Opportunities would include permission to set up tables or booths at the event.

Sponsorships of $750 or more would also be rewarded with an offer to have the Boise B...

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Update from the BBS Board – May 15, 2014

Hi there, fellow blues lovers! Here is an update from the Boise Blues Society Board of Directors.

We have two great shows coming up, featuring performers that Boise audiences have loved – put them on your calendar as you won’t want to miss these great acts!

Our BBS Sunday Blues event will be July 20, noon to 5pm at Julia Davis park. To headline, we’re excited to bring back Hamilton Loomis, who delivered a rousing performance to a standing-room-only crowd earlier this year at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge. Watch our website for more details.

On the evening of August 7, Matthew Curry returns to the Sapphire Room, where he wowed the crowd. Fans lined up after his high-energy show to meet him and get autographs. See details here.

If you’re a FaceBook user, note that BBS will be shutting down our FaceBo...

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Note from BBS Board President Ken Harris

Attention Blues Lovers!

Here is a 58 minute documentary on the Blues. Check it out and watch this site for MORE cooool Blues videos!!

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Update from the BBS Board – May 6, 2014

Hey, fellow blues lovers! Here is an update from the Boise Blues Society Board of Directors.

Coming up this Sunday, May 11, treat your mom/wife/sister/grandma to a great Mother’s Day of live blues music. We’ll be hosting our Blues Jam Session at The Drink Waterfront Bar & Grill (3000 North Lakeharbor Lane) from 3-6pm. Signups start at 2:30, the event is free, and all ages are welcome. Come out and dance, cheer, and play blues with other musicians.

Looking further ahead, please save the date for our BBS Sunday Blues event on July 20, noon to 5pm at Julia Davis park. We’re bringing back Hamilton Loomis to headline the music. If you missed his standing-room-only show earlier this year at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss was about.

Here are two great videos from...

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Get ready for Matthew Curry!

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From the Idaho Statesman, April 20, 2014 —


If you couldn’t afford to see Joe Bonamassa recently at the Morrison Center, take heart.

Bonamassa was once a teenage singer-guitarist blowing minds for affordable ticket prices – just like Matthew Curry is now.

Curry, 18, will bring his blues-rock band to the Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday. The show is for all ages and is free; you’ll be asked for a voluntary donation. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. It’s the latest guitar-shredder booking by the Boise Blues Society, which is creating a welcome new trend.

Curry has a bit of Jonny Lang in his bones, from his gravelly, soulful voice (which sounds nothing like a kid’s) to his flaming Stratocaster licks...

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