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A reminder that Two Boise Blues Society bands will play live TONIGHT, MONDAY OCT 26, on Radio Boise KRBX, as part of the Monday Blues Block programming for community radio’s fundraising campaign. The Blues Addicts get it all rolling from 6-7pm on the Juke Joint show with Norman Davis. The BBS Blues Directors band finished the evening from 8:30-9:30pm on Mojo Mike’s Blues Revue program. Folks in the Boise area may listen locally at 89.9FM or 93.5FM downtown. Everyone can also listen online at You also call in to donate to community radio’s fundraiser over the phone 208-258-2072 or at the website at, where you can also see all the great donation rewards being offered.

Times zones for you outside our area listening on …
Blues Addicts…. 8ET, 7CT, 6MT, 5PT … and so on wherever you are in the world
Blues Directors… 10:30ET, 9:30CT, 8:30MT, 7:30PT, etc..

Here’s a reminder of what these fine bands look and sound like:

BBS Band Live on Radio Boise

HEAR BBS’s OWN BLUES DIRECTORS BAND (made up of members of the board of directors) live on the radio, Monday Oct 26 at 8:30-9:30pm on Radio Boise KRBX 89.9 and 93.5FM as a part of the Blues Block KRBX Fall fundraising campaign. You can also listen online at

The stellar lineup consists of:
Barbara Laing-guitar/vocal
Evelyn Hadden-vocal/percussion
Carmel Crock-vocal/percussion
Dave Light-harmonica/vocal
JT Tyler-vocal
Mojo Mike-bass
Barney Southard-drums/vocal
Ken Harris-keyboards/vocal
Alan Braga-guitar

Sounds like there will be a full studio that evening. I’ll be listening for sure – hope you will be too!

See a video sample of the band on our About page. 


Live Blues Calendar For Oct-Nov 2015

Here’s our live blues schedule for late October through early December in the Boise area. Hope to see you out supporting and enjoying the local blues scene soon!


Friday October 23, Ken Harris and Rico Weisman at Berryhill Restaurant, 6-10pm.

Saturday October 24, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play Kind Cuisine Cafe, on State Street near bowling alley, 7-9pm.

Sunday October 25, Ken Harris at Bella Aquila, Eagle Rd, Eagle at the River,

Monday October 26, The Blues Directors (BBS Board band) will be playing Mojo Mike’s Blues Revue on Radio Boise (KRBX, 89.9 and 93.5 FM) at 7:30pm as part of the fall radiothon.

Saturday October 31, The Blind Mice are playing O’Michaels from 9pm – midnight.  (This event may be moved to October 30, depending on the Broncos game.)

Saturdays October 31 and November 28 (and the last Saturday of every month) the Zack Quintana Band plays blues, classic rock and rock at The Curb in Meridian. Also, the ZQ Band will be playing with Smooth Avenue at the Sapphire Room, November 13.

Every Wednesday, The Blind Mice host an open jam at Tom Grainey’s from 8pm – ? Drums and amps provided; bring your axe and play blues, rock, and more with other musicians.

Wednesday November 4, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play Sofia’s Greek Bistro, Glenwood and State between Big 5 and Rue 21, Garden City, 6-9pm

Thursday November 5, Random AcX presents Lori B! and The Ticklers, Tracy Underwood, Jake Blues & The Rock ‘n Soul Revue, and Rex & Beverly at the Sapphire Room at

Friday November 6, Ken Harris plays at District Coffee House, 10th and Bannock in downtown Boise, 7:30-9:30pm.

Sundays November 8 and December 13, the Boise Blues Society hosts an open Blues Jam Session from 3-6pm at The Drink Waterfront Bar & Grill. This blues-only jam happens every second Sunday of the month. Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join us on stage. Blues lovers, come and catch local musicians while savoring food, drinks, a great view, and a community atmosphere.

Tuesday November 10, The Danielle Nicole Band plays The Reef at 9:30pm. Danielle (Nicole) Schneblen was bass player and singer for Trampled Under Foot, the winners of the 2009 International Blues Challenge.

Friday November 13, Smooth Avenue performs blues, Motown, and light blues rock tunes at the Sapphire Room at

Tuesday November 17, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play blues, swing, and classic hits at the BAR365 in the Riverside Hotel,

Saturday December 26, The Blues Addicts present their annual Year’s End Party in the Sapphire Room at


Blues Addicts Live on RadioBoise!

Just learned there’s not one but TWO fine Blues shows on RadioBoise this coming Monday night, Oct 26 – featuring BBS member bands! The Blues Addicts are kicking off the evening between 6 and 7pm on the Juke Joint Party as part of the station’s fundraising campaign. Listen in at or 89.9 or 93.5 FM. Or come on down to the station to take part in the festivities and meet the band! Their studios are at 1020 W Main, #50, downstairs – follow the music! The Blues Addicts tell us they are also making available their latest album as a pledge reward during the evening – bet you can get ’em to sign your copy if you come in person!



The first Boise Blues Society Fall 2015 Blues-In-The-Schools program took place on October 14th at Iowa Elementary School in Nampa, with the entire student body and most staff members present. The BITS band included BBS president Ken Harris on keyboard and vocals, Mojo Mike Witmer on bass, Bobby Peters on drums, Carmel Crock on vocals and percussion, Leif Skyving on harmonica and vocals, and Joshua Lamansky on guitar and vocals.

After some staff school announcements, the program started with a brief explanation on the formation of blues music out of African Rhythm and melody augmented by British ballads and Presbyterian hymns. After demonstrating American slave re-conceptualizing of the German diatonic harmonica, the music kicked off with the Jimmy Reed shuffle “Baby What You Want Me To Do.”

Next, Carmel  sang the 1962 Ikettes’ soul blues “I’m Blue”, and then Leif sang Junior Wells’ rocking “Messin’ With The Kid” with Carmel going out dancing with a teacher and then through the crowd of seated kids. The Blues trademark “bending of notes” was variously demonstrated, even on Bob’s rack tom drum! Josh ended the student body portion of the program singing Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me.”

Music Teacher Bill Weaver’s 4th grade class remained after the assembly for a question-and-answer session, with students asking about “being a musician” and howling with delight when they found out that some of the BITS musicians were their grandparents’ ages! Finally, Mr. Weaver led his students in trying out some blues scat singing backed by the band.

The school reported to us later that the kids continued to talk about the program all day. Mr. Weaver said he had a music meeting that same afternoon and told all his colleagues about the quality show and the educational experience that his school received. “Thank you for taking time to make Iowa ‘Bluesy’,” he concluded. Also, the school nurse called to say a special needs boy, who ordinarily cries all day and doesn’t want to be at school, DID NOT CRY AND STAYED THE WHOLE DAY after our BITS session. Bob had let him sit at the drums before the session. It seemed the BITS program went over great at Iowa Elementary.

Ken Harris,
BBS Board President

Photo from a previous BITS program: