All posts by Bill Arnold

Hamilton Loomis at Playhouse Boise

If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”, says Guitar Player Magazine. An apt description, as Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience. Spanning youth and tradition, Loomis bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers both in the U.S. and around the world, having finished tours in both Europe and the United Kingdom. Hamilton’s extraordinary play on the harmonica and guitar along with his emotion-filled blues vocals are complimented by his highly talented keys/sax musician and a driving bass and drums rhythm section. His mentor, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Bo Diddley would be proud! Hamilton’s last two shows in Boise have sold out, and for good reason. He is a great musician, performer and entertainer. This will be a show to remember…

Hear 2 of “Ham’s” great songs:

No, No, No:

Sugar Baby:

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Location: Playhouse Boise, 8001 Fairview Ave, Boise

Time: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Tickets: $18 ( $20 at the Door)

Online Member’s Only Discount Code: Ham19 ($2.00 off each ticket)

Tickets on Eventbrite:

We hope to see you at the show supporting this extraordinary blues musician and the Boise Blues Society.

Best Regards,
Boise Blues Society, Producer

John Clifton at Playhouse Boise

The Boise Blues Society brings you a fantastic night of blues at Playhouse Boise with the John Clifton Blues Band CD Release Party! John Clifton consistently sells out his shows in Boise, so get your tickets now and join us for a GREAT night of blues. And bring your dancing shoes…that big dance floor is going to busy all night long!

Music from his prior BBS show:  Stranger in a Strange Land

Day/Date: Friday, May 3, 2019

Show Time:  7:30 -10:30 (Doors Open at 6:30)

Ticketing: $15 online. Email for online member discount code. ($20 at the Door)

Eventbrite Link for Tickets:

Best Regards,
Boise Blues Society, Producer

Brett Benton Trio at the Sapphire Room

Hill country and delta blues/rock/roots heard by way of stomping, slide guitar, hollering and story telling…and dancing!

Brett Benton Music Link:

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Early:  $13 general, $18 preferred    At Door:  $18 general/$23 preferred

Member Discount:  BBT7 (for $2.00 discount for Eventbrite tickets)

Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Location: Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel

Best Regards,
Boise Blues Society

The Boise Blues Society Jam

NO Cover Charge

When: 2nd Sunday of each Month
Jam Date & Host Band: March 10, 2019 / SNAFU
Venue: Playhouse Boise (Located at: 8001 W. Fairview Avenue—East of Milwaukee on Fairview)
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Music: Blues Only


The Playhouse is a family-friendly environment with a stage, large dance floor, and a sound system. Youth are encouraged to participate in jam sessions. BBS mentors will be available to answer any questions these young blues musicians may have. All ages are welcome to come, observe, and learn. Drinks and a limited selection of food items will be available for sale by the Playhouse, as well as BBS CD’s and related items.


Each Jam session will be managed by a volunteer appointed by the BBS Board of Directors. The goal to make playing the blues both fun, as well as organized for smooth transitions. The BBS volunteer will be responsible for placing individuals into jam bands and designating the order, or priority, in which individuals and bands will play. Each band or BBS composed jam band, or individual musician will be able to play for 15 minutes (or 3 songs not lasting more than 15 minutes) in order to allow full participation of those wanting to jam.

Hosting Showcase Bands

BBS is seeking host bands that will be showcased at the Jam and play a 30-minute set to start the Jam Session. Host bands will be able to sell their CD’s or other marketing materials to those attending. Musicians in the Host band will also be responsible for covering when the need arises for a bass player, drummer, or another musician. If you have a band and would like to be considered for a Host Band, please send an email to (Dale Wilson) with your email, telephone number, and the name of your band. Host Bands will be selected based on BBS review of the band’s musical performance of at least one blues song by CD, Facebook or Youtube post, or another means of displaying their band’s musical ability. Application to be a Host Band does not assure selection as one.

Jam Players

Individuals and Bands will sign up for the Jam session when they arrive at the Playhouse. Each Jammer, whether signed in by Band or Individual, will be assigned to play in the order in which they registered to play when they arrived. If a Band is not ready to play at the time called because a member is missing, the Band will be moved down to the next available priority until they arrive; or, the Band may choose to play with an Individual Jammer substituting for the missing player(s).


The Showcase Host Band will be providing a drum kit and bass amplifier for all musicians. BBS will be providing microphones, with the Playhouse providing the sound equipment and sound engineer. Bands or individuals needing a keyboard should bring their own. Other instrument equipment is also the responsibility of the individual or band participating.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

-Boise Blues Society