All posts by Gordon Rosenberg

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.

 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)

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


Are These Guys Hot Or What?!

AFTER SHOW UPDATE: Yes, they were hot, they were very hot!! Many people were saying they were our best show ever, and we’ve had some pretty great shows in the past couple of years!!  Thanks to John and the band, we can’t wait to have you back! Be sure to see them when they come to your town! 

John Clifton Blues Band rocking the house in February 2016, opening for the legendary Tommy Castro. They certainly got the place warmed up!

We’re eager for much of the same in Boise this Saturday night! Some tickets still available

From Johnny Rawls to Andy T with Alabama Mike–The Blues Keep Rolling

Those who were at our 2 sold out shows with Johnny Rawls will want to be at this show at Playhouse Boise, Monday May 22. Promises to be another blow-out, with world class blues guitarist Andy T and his excellent band, featuring new lead vocalist, the acclaimed Alabama Mike. If you saw the Andy T Band at the 2016 Boise Blues Festival, you already know what a great band they are! General admission just $15, no fees or tax added. 






Blues Harmonica Wizard Jason Ricci Returns To Boise For 2 Shows, July 27-28

“among the very best in the world … one of the most innovative and creative harp blowers around”   ~Blues Blast Magazine

Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind (his latest band) will play a pair of shows at Playhouse Boise, Thursday and Friday, July 27-28. Separate tickets are now available for each show. Doors at 6:30pm both nights, with shows getting started at 7:30. Presented by Radio Boise hosts Norman Davis and Mojo Mike of the Monday night Blues Block.  Food and drink available. All ages welcome.



Norman Davis, co-founder of Boise Blues Society way back in 1992 and present-day host of Juke Joint on Radio Boise KRBX, calls Jason Ricci the greatest living harmonica player. Pretty high praise by one who has known his share of blues harp players over the years! Norman was around back in mid-90s Boise when Jason got his start here as a blues artist, and now he’s helping bring him back for this pair of shows that will surely be knockouts!


Jason Ricci is definitely one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today. Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence.

Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’ (2014)
Has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown and Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015

Jason has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others.