Riverside Hotel Helps Support The Blues and Our Annual Boise Blues Festival

Boise Blues Society thanks the Riverside Hotel Boise for once again co-sponsoring the Boise Blues Festival this year. Much appreciation to the Riverside for all they do to help keep the blues alive in Treasure Valley! Stop in soon and visit the newly expanded Sandbar Restaurant on the river, learn about the room renovations now happening, and see the additions and updating to facilities throughout the Hotel. It’s an exciting time at the Riverside and we look forward to lots more great blues there! 


Lisa Mann at Festival, Ben Rice at Pre-Launch Party!

See Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band at this year’s Boise Blues Festival. Lisa is a frequent collaborator with mutual Portlander Ben Rice, they played a fabulous sold-out show together at the Sapphire Room in 2015. You get to see both again this year, Lisa at the Festival on Sunday July 16 & Ben at his own show (Festival PreLaunch Party) at Playhouse Boise on Friday June 9. Get tix to the Ben Rice show now at ben-rice.eventbrite.com & jumpstart your summer of great music! Festival tix at BBF2017.eventbrite.com


“Blues for Philly G” Fundraiser Concert for Phil Garonzik Music Scholarship Sunday June 25

Scholarship supports talented young musicians in the Boise area.

The Boise Blues Society and the Idaho Jazz Society are pleased to announce a benefit concert, “Blues for Philly G” to be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at  Oak Barrel of Eagle, 1065 E. Winding Creek, Eagle, Idaho.

The concert will raise funds for a youth scholarship set up in honor of local musician and music educator, Phil Garonzik. The Philip B. Music Memorial Scholarship provides annual scholarships for private music instruction for promising junior, middle and high school age instrumental musicians in the Boise area.

This scholarship honors the musical legacy of saxophonist, Phil Garonzik and his commitment to jazz, blues, and quality music education. The Philip B. Garonzik Memorial Music Scholarship fund is managed by the Idaho Jazz Society, a local charitable 501(c)3 corporation.  The event is co-sponsored by the Boise Blues Society.

“Blues for Philly G” also recognizes Phil Garonzik’s involvement in the Boise blues community.  Phil was a founding owner of The Blues Bouquet, a popular Boise blues night club in the 90s, where he also performed with house band, The Hoochie Coochie Men.  In recent years, prior to his death in 2016 to a rare form of cancer, Phil focused on playing jazz, teaching woodwinds to area students and adults, as well as participating in the Boise Blues Society “Blues in the Schools” (BITS) project.

Performers at the event include the Hoochie Coochie Men, Smooth Avenue, and duo Danny Beal and Katie G. The event will also feature SNAPFU, a group of talented young blues musicians led by bassist Kevin Littrell.  JT Tyler of Smooth Avenue will emcee the event. Tickets are $10 at the door.  For more information, visit idahojazzsociety.org or boiseblues.org.

Ken Harris
President, Boise Blues Society
(208) 440-4590

Katie Garonzik
PBGMM Scholarship Committee

Patrick Kurdy
President, Idaho Jazz Society

Come To BBS 25-Year CD Release Party At Mardi Gras Saturday!

Come and help Boise Blues Society celebrate 25 years bringing the blues to Treasure Valley, on Saturday night (May 13) at Mardi Gras Ballroom.  Local musicians and blues fans will take over the Mardi Gras for the Release Party of the new BBS CD. You’re invited to party with us!

The Blues Addicts will open the show at 7pm sharp, followed by at least 7 more local blues acts, so plan to get there early! Each band plays a short set including their track on the brand new CD. Doors at 6:30. Tickets are just $10 each or 2 for $15 (bring-a-friend special) … and now no fees or tax added at BBS events. BBS25.eventbrite.com

 You can also grab a copy of the BBS 25th Year Compilation CD, Blues Gems of the Gem State, featuring 18 tracks from local blues artists plus a bonus digital track from Boise’s own John Nemeth, at a special price of $10 during this event. Get a glimpse into the history of blues music in Boise and be part of our thriving local blues scene!


The Facts:
Location: Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm. Music from 7-11pm.
General admission: $10 each or 2 for $15 (bring-a-friend special)
Tickets: BBS25.eventbrite.com/

For more information about the CD including list of all the artists, click here.