Our 2nd Sunday BBS monthly Blues Jam moves to Playhouse Boise at 8001 W Fairview this month, Nov. 13, 3-6 pm, since the previous venue closed. Playhouse Boise is a large room with plenty of space to spread out and lots of tables and chairs for your comfort. It has a full bar, and a food truck right at the front door. There’s even a large dance floor for those who are so inclined.
For those who have’t been there, Playhouse Boise (formerly AEN Playhouse) is located at a convenient west Boise location, on Fairview near the intersection with Milwaukee (onetime Play It Again Sports building). Sold out Blues shows were held there in the past year for Johnny Rawls, Smooth Avenue, and Boise’s Blues Brothers Rock ‘n Soul Tribute, among others, and BBS is happy to host the Blues Jam in this venue.
As always, amps and speakers are provided, bring your instruments, plug in, and join the jam. Come soon after 3pm to sign up early on the jammers list. No charge, all ages are welcome, listeners too of course!
Studebaker John (Grimaldi) returns to Boise’s Sapphire Room after a 2 year absence on Tuesday, November 15, and his presence is sure to be felt! Yes, the dance floors will be open – come join us there! Just 10 bucks advance for general seating, 15 for preferred.
A documentary about the life and music of blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, a larger-than-life character who inspired the Rolling Stones and many other bands. It features Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records, who discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BB King and Jerry Lee Lewis and called Howlin’ Wolf his greatest discovery. Also appearing in the film; The Rolling Stones, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Boy Arnold, Marshall Chess and many others. Howlin’ Wolf was so powerful he was downright scary! Just in time for Halloween! Sunday October 30 at Playhouse Boise, 8001 W Fairview, Fairview & Milwaukie. Showtime is 7 p.m. All ages welcome! No charge. Donations accepted.
Legendary slide guitar and blues harp artist Studebaker John (Grimaldi) returns to Boise in support of his 18th album of all-original material, Eternity’s Descent. Boise Blues Society last sponsored Studebaker John at the Sapphire Room in the fall of 2014.
Studebaker John is among those who were fortunate to learn the Blues trade from the Chicago legends the rest of us read about. Grimaldi grew up in Chicago listening to Chicago Blues and still makes his living there doing what he does best, playing slide guitar and harmonica with his band of many years, The Hawks (named after the Studebaker Hawk he still owns today).
Not too many living Bluesmen can say they saw or played with or knew the legends of Chicago Blues. John mentions Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Big Walter, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Albert King, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and many others in casual conversation. He’s not being pretentious; he was merely in the right place at the right time in his life. (Blues Blast Magazine)