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Studebaker John Headlines Blues on Banks Weekend Aug 4-5

Studebaker John and his longtime blues band, The Hawks, headline this year’s 2-night 20th edition of Blues on the Banks in Caldwell, presented by the Boise Blues Society. The Saturday night (Aug 5) show also features Boise area blues bands, Jake Leg, and The Blues Directors. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the show running 6-10pm.

Three fine blues bands, highlighted by the fabulous Studebaker John and The Hawks–and home by 10:30 if you choose! For only 12 bucks advance (no fees or tax added), at a beautiful creekside venue–this is a deal way too good to pass up!! Studebaker John himself is a great blues talent and wonderful showman, as those who have seen him live will attest–his live shows definitely surpass his impressive web videos.

This year will also feature a special Friday night Kickoff Party–Blues Jam with a live band yet to be named. That’s on Friday, August 4, 7-10pm; $5 cover at door or free with purchase of a Saturday ticket ($12 advance).

Studebaker John is among those who were fortunate to learn the Blues trade from the Chicago legends the rest of us read about.  A talented slide guitar and blues harp player, emotive singer and songwriter, and compelling live performer, John brought down the house at a show last fall in Boise. This time he brings his full band, The Hawks, with him. See at video of his last show here at https://youtu.be/neZu8W8fXa0

“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)

In addition to his own recordings, Studebaker John has made countless appearances as a sideman on recordings of other artists, including a stint with members of the British rock bands, Pretty Things and Yardbirds. His music has also been featured in numerous movies and TV shows. This band will surely get you moving, whether it’s on our feet on the spacious lawn or in your seat!

Website: http://www.studebakerjohn.com/

Video: https://youtu.be/cFtV53F2f4Y

Fabulous Ben Rice Blues Band Returns To Boise

Have you heard yet that the fabulous Ben Rice is bringing his band here on June 9? Still just 27, Ben (from Portland) is on his way to the top echelon of blues guitarists/vocalists. After standout performances at the 2015 Boise Blues Festival and 2016 Blues and Bones, and a sold-out show of his own in Fall of 2015, we’re excited to bring Ben back to Boise!!

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Riverside Hotel Helps Support The Blues and 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! 

NEWLY EXPANDED SANDBAR RESTAURANT