Live Blues in May and June

Do you want to see live blues music in Boise? Here’s a loooooong list of what’s coming up in May and June. Enjoy!

Every Wednesday, The Blind Mice (formerly For Blind Mice) host an open blues and rock jam at Tom Grainey’s, 8pm-?. FaceBook page:

May 1 – Smooth Avenue plays funky blues, Motown, and light rock dance music at Crush Wine Bar in Eagle, 8-11pm. FaceBook page:

Jake Leg, a traditional Chicago-style blues band, plays on the following dates (all Saturdays). FaceBook page:
5/2 at the Crescent Brewery in Nampa. 7:30-10ish. The historic Crescent Brewery is a purveyor of fine craft beers and house rockin’ blues!
5/23 at the Crescent……
6/6 from 2-5pm at the Sandbar.
6/20 at the “Wing Off” hot wings competition at the fabulous Meridian Village Noonish.

The Blind Mice play Americana/blues/rock shows in May and June:
5/6, 5-7pm, Radio Promo for the River – Tom Grainey’s
5/30, 9-12pm, O’Michael’s
6/6, 6:30-10:30pm, benefit at The Lift
6/19, 8:30pm-12:30am, Cylos

Wednesday May 6, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Sodia’s Greek Bistro, Glenwood and State, 6-9pm

Friday May 8, Ken Harris and Rico Weisman, Berryhill restaurant, 6-10pm

Saturday May 9 from 11am to 3pm, Smooth Avenue provides the entertainment at the Momz Garage Mother’s Day Car Show in Star, Idaho. Car Show usually has about 100 classic cars with attendee voting for their favorite cars. JT will have the 48 Frazer on display. Signs and balloons will be posted as you enter Star from Boise on Hwy44.

Sundays May 10 (bring your mom!) and June 14, BBS hosts our open Blues Jam Session from 3-6pm at The Drink Waterfront Bar & Grill. This blues-only jam happens every second Sunday of the month. Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join us on stage. Blues lovers, come and catch local musicians while enjoying food, drinks, a great view, and a community atmosphere. BBS FaceBook page:

Thursday May 14, Ken Harris and Rico Weisman, Bella Aquila restaurant, Eagle, 6-8pm

Friday May 15, 11am-1pm at Sandbar: Moss Roses, a duo featuring BBS Board members Barbara Laing and Ev Hadden, bring you a mix of bluesed-up favorites and upbeat originals. FaceBook page:

Friday May 22, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Crooked Flats, Rt 16, Eagle 7-9pm

Saturday May 23, 5-8pm at Bar365: Ev Hadden with George Hadden

Saturday May 23, Smooth Avenue plays funky blues, Motown, and light rock dance music at Sandbar/Riverside hotel, Garden City, 6-9pm

Thursday May 28, an evening with Mississippi Marshall at the Sapphire Room. Marshall, who developed his own unique delta thumbing style on guitar, returns to Boise fresh from recording his second studio album. Get your tickets to this unique solo show at Marshall’s FaceBook page:

Sunday, May 31, 2-5pm at Sandbar Patio: Hoochie Coochie Men

Saturday, June 13, 2:30-4pm at Celebration Park in Melba: Blues Directors, a high-energy blues band featuring members of the Boise Blues Society’s Board of Directors.

Saturday, June 13, Blues Addicts at Sun Ray Cafe, Hyde Park, 7-10pm

Saturday, June 13, Hoochie Coochie Men, a 5-piece ensemble formed in 1993 as the house band for Boise’s legendary Blues Bouquet, will get you hoppin’ at Sockeye #2, Fairview and Cloverdale.

Tuesday, June 16, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Bar 365/Riverside Hotel, 5-8pm

Friday, June 19, Blues Collective has a free show at the Roosevelt Market Street Fair at 7:00pm. FaceBook page:

Wednesday, June 24 at Bar365: Experience sassy, sultry blues with the Moss Roses, a duo featuring BBS Board members Barbara Laing and Ev Hadden.

Thursday, June 25, Hoochie Coochie Men, Idaho Botanical Garden, 6:30-9:30pm, $10

Listen to blues on the radio:
Monday nights 5-10pm is the “Blues Block” on RadioBoise, KRBX, 89.9 & 93.5 fm and streaming online at Norman Davis hosts the Juke Joint from 5-7:30, then “Mojo” Mike follows with the Blues Revue from 7:30-10.

Listen for blues on KBSU-FM (91.5 fm and streaming live at
– Long-time DJ Arthur Balinger hosts “Blues Deluxe” Monday nights from 10pm – 1am.
– KBSU runs the (independently syndicated) “Blues Before Sunrise” Saturday 11pm – 4am.

Boise Blues Society is proud to bring you the Boise Blues Festival on Sunday July 19, noon- 6pm at Julia Davis park. This year will feature performances by Matthew Curry, Jimmy Lloyd Rea, and local bands Hoochie Coochie Men and Freudian Slip. We hope to add vendors this year too; please drop us a note if you have any suggestions.

We appreciate your support for live blues music in the Treasure Valley. See you at a show soon!

BBS Board of Directors
Ken Harris (President), Evelyn Hadden, Barbara Laing, David Light, Bobby Peters, Randy Reese, JT Tyler, and Mike Witmer