Be a Member – Get Ticket Discounts!

It’s not too late to join the Boise Blues Society for 2016 and save money on tickets, merchandise, and much more!  Starting with our first touring musician event of the year – Johnny Rawls on March 24 – where members receive $2 discount per ticket!  (Dijoin-nowscount code sent to members by email.)

Join or renew now at our Join page and get a whole year’s enjoyment! It’s only $15 for individual or $20 for a family, and the entire amount is tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. It’s a great deal considering all the good times and good friends it will bring you. Be an active part of the Boise blues scene!

 

February Blues Calendar

Fat Tuesday sells out once more —
Johnny Rawls Opens 2016 Series in March!

We’re eagerly awaiting our annual Fat Tuesday Celebration & Fundraiser coming up Feb. 9 at the Sapphire Room. All tickets have been sold. It promises to be a great party – we’ll see many of you there! Speaking of tickets, they’re going on sale soon for our first touring musician show of 2016. We’re bringing the fabulous Johnny Rawls to Playhouse Boise (8001 W Fairview) on March 24, backed by Boise’s own popular Smooth Avenue Band!

Mark down the date – March 24 – you won’t want to miss this amazing artist, and one of Boise’s best dance bands! 

Johnny Rawls, born and raised in Mississippi, sings and plays the blues throughout the land at well over 200 shows a year, and has played the Chicago Blues Festival and Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, among many others. He’s the winner of “Most Outstanding Blues Singer 2013” and “Best Soul Blues Album” (for ‘Red Cadillac’) in the 21st Annual Living Blues Awards Critics’ Poll. 

ANNOUNCING THE DATE FOR OUR SUMMER BLUES FESTIVAL: SUNDAY JULY 17. Save that date, you won’t want to miss it! We have big news coming soon about expanding this year’s festival. Like our Facebook Festival Page to keep up on all the latest announcements!

calendar6Here’s our complete February Boise Blues Calendar:

Every Wednesday, The Blind Mice host an open jam at Tom Grainey’s 109 S 6th St. Boise (upstairs) 8pm-? Drums and amps provided; bring your axe and play blues, rock, and more with other musicians. All kinds of music and all levels of players welcome. 21+ only. facebook.com/theblindmiceband

Tuesday February 2, Ken Harris plays The Local, 5156 W State St, Boise 6-9pmkenharrismusic.com

Wednesday February 3, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play blues, jazz and pop classics at Sofia’s Greek Bistro, Glenwood and State behind Burger King, 6-9pm.kenharrismusic.com

Tuesday February 9, BBS Fat Tuesday Celebration, Sapphire Room, Sold out.

Thursday February 11, David McT Trio plays blues, R & B, and light rock at Shangri-La Tea Room & Cafe, S Federal Way & W Overland Rd, 6-8pm.

Saturday February 13, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play blues, jazz and pop classics at Sofia’s Greek Bistro, Glenwood and State behind Burger King, 6-9pmkenharrismusic.com

Saturday February 13, Craig Slover, Doug Slagle and George Hadden of The Blind Mice, O’Michael’s Pub & Grill, 2433 N. Bogus Basin, 9pmfacebook.com/theblindmiceband

Sunday February 14, BBS sponsors a Blues Jam at The Drink, 3000 N Lakeharbor Ln, Boise, from 3-6pm. Open to all ages. Food and full bar available. boiseblues.org

Sunday February 14, Smooth Avenue will play a Valentine’s Day Dinner Special at Playhouse Boise, 8001 W Fairview (formerly AEN Playhouse, near corner of Fairview and Milwaukee). 6-10pm. brownpapertickets.com/event/2488023

Saturday February 20, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play blues, jazz and pop classics at Boise Brewing Company, 521 W Broad St, Boise.  kenharrismusic.com

Thursday February 25, David McT Trio plays blues, R & B, and light rock at Shangri-La Tea Room & Cafe, S Federal Way & W Overland Rd, 6-8pm.

Saturday February 27, Zack Quintana Band plays mostly blues and rock at The Curb, 1760 S Meridian Rd #100, Meridian, 7-10pm.. facebook.com/zackquintanamusic

If you are not a current 2016 member of the Boise Blues Society, please support us by joining or renewing at our website.  Membership is good through calendar year 2016, and the entire amount is tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

2016 Touring Artists Season Opener

JOHNNY RAWLS
backed by
Smooth Avenue

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The great Mississippi-born blues/soul singer Johnny Rawls opens our highly anticipated live concerts series for 2016. We bring the living legend Rawls to Playhouse Boise on March 24! His backing band for this very special evening will be Boise’s own popular Smooth Avenue! All in all, it promises to be an excellent show! Mark the date down, you won’t want to miss it!

Johnny Rawls sings and plays the blues throughout the land at well over 200 shows a year, and has played the Chicago Blues Festival and Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, among many others. He’s the winner J-Rawls6of “Most Outstanding Blues Singer 2013” and “Best Soul Blues Album” (for ‘Red Cadillac’) in the 21st Annual Living Blues Awards Critics’ Poll.

These media quotes about Rawls will let you know what you’re in for here on March 24:

“a great singer and a fantastic showman… Rawls filled the dance floor from the very first note and kept them dancing all night long.” Blues on Stage

“Johnny Rawls has blossomed into one of the top talents in soul blues today.” TOstudent.com

“If you had to sum up Johnny and his music in one word, it would be smooth.  Everything he does, from singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and interacting with his fans reflects the polish and considerable talent he has developed over the years.”  Blues on Stage

“Blues fans are advised to check Johnny Rawls out…you’ll be glad you did.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Show at 7:00pm, doors at 6:00. March 24! The Boise Playhouse (formerly AEN Playhouse) is at 8001 W. Fairview, near the corner of Fairview & Milwaukee. Tickets available soon at http://brownpapertickets.com/

Opening Band Announced for Fat Tuesday Celebration

The opening act for the Fat Tuesday Celebration & Fundraiser (for the Blues in the Schools program) Feb 9 at the Sapphire Room has been announced – a special grouping of local musicians for this show billed as JEFF ENGELBERT AND FRIENDS. The configuration is Jeff Engelbert on guitar, slide & lead vocals,  Pat Reid on drums (Blues Addicts, The Like Its, Tractor Beam), Scot Alexander on bass (Emily Stanton Band, DishWalla), Paul Krieder on sax, and Emily Stanton (Emily Stanton Band) on vocals. Now, that’s some kinda opener!

If you’re not yet familiar with Jeff Engelbert, he was born and raised in Long Island NY, surrounded by music in the NY Metro area, began the guitar at age 10, and started playing professionally and touring at 19 in New York and New England. After moving to Tucson in the early 80s, Jeff led or formed numerous bands over the years. He’s opened for the likes of Dickey Betts, Kansas, Dennis Jones, Kim Simmons (Savoy Brown). The Outlaws and many others. He’s a 3-time winner of the Southern AZ “King of the Blues”, sponsored by Guitar Center, and 2nd place regional runner-up in the Southwestern US. His most recent band was Crosscut Saw, in Tucson for 7 years.

After relocating to Boise about a year ago, Jeff’s met and jammed with numerous Boise musicians, and has been quite well received at the monthly BBS Blues Jams. This will be a very hot blues band, folks!

 

All Musicians Posted for Fat Tuesday

This year’s Blues Musicians for the annual BBS Fat Tuesday Celebration and Fundraising for the BBS Blues in the Schools program promise to make it a rockin’ Blues Evening!   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2476868

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