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Winter Blues Weekend Jan. 12 & 13

Boise Blues Society (BBS) and Riverside Hotel/Sapphire Room have come together to bring you TWO NIGHTS of awesome MUSIC from some of the best bands/musicians in the Treasure Valley.

Tickets on sale now:
Fri, Jan 12 show features Gary Tackett (solo) Jake Leg, then Smooth Avenue. Tickets here

Sat, Jan 13 show features Zack Quintana and Noble Holt (duo), followed by Blues Directors and Blues Collective. Tickets here

Please share this event info with all your friends and help us fill the Sapphire Room. If you’re not a member of the BBS, you’ll find a link to join right here  on our website and we’d really appreciate you helping us grow our base. Its only $15 a year for an individual and $20 for a family membership. The money supports our Blues In the Schools Program!

Want the best seats in the house? Call the hotel at 208-343-1871 to reserve a room package and join us for the whole weekend! No need to purchase tickets with the room package… we’ll reserve those seats for you!

Winter Blues Package (one night):

$109 + taxes/one night (standard room, double occupancy)

Includes 2 Preferred tickets for that night’s performance

Riverside Signature Brunch

$20 Food & Beverage Gift Card

Winter Blues Package (two nights):

$199 + taxes/two nights (standard room, double occupancy)

Includes 2 Preferred seating tickets for both night’s performances

Riverside Signature Brunch each morning

$30 Food & Beverage Gift Card

Bottle of Wine/Champagne/Sparkling Cider upon arrival

Many tables in the Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or ADA accessible seating will be most comfortable at the following tables: 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 41, 60, or at the bar. For questions about accessible seating, please call 208-331-4930 or email music@riversideboise.com

100% refunds are available until 48 hours before the event. Refunds cannot be processed after the event occurs for any reason.

Boise’s best kept secret! The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Need assistance? WE CAN HELP! Please call 208-331-4930 to order over the phone. Phone orders are available from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you need help after-hours or on weekends, please email music@riversideboise.com (fastest) or leave a voicemail at 208-331-4930 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for supporting local live music!

Winning Hand! Tinsley Ellis Plays the Sapphire

Boise Blues Society and Riverside Hotel are excited to present Tinsley Ellis in the Sapphire Room on Saturday, February 24th. His brand new album “Winning Hand” on Alligator Records marks Tinsley’s return to the guitar-driven hard rock sound that made him a legend in the blues-rock world. This great new album drops in January, just before Tinsley hits the state in the Sapphire Room!

Ellis was among the first of the New Generation blues heroes that included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray and many others. He says, “From BB King, I learned about performing with dynamics. From James Brown, I learned about putting on a seamless, exciting concert and from The Allmans, I learned about how to excite fans with extended instrumental jamming.

Now he says he’s ready to prove again that whenever he picks up a guitar, he’s playing with a Winning Hand!

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

Tickets on sale now: Click Here
$20 general, $25 preferred ($23/28 at the door)
New ticket prices include fees!

Many tables in the Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or ADA accessible seating will be most comfortable at the following tables: 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 41, 60, or at the bar. For questions about accessible seating, please call 208-331-4930 or email music@riversideboise.com.

100% refunds are available until 48 hours before the event. Refunds cannot be processed after the event occurs for any reason.

Boise’s best kept secret! The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Need assistance? WE CAN HELP! Please call 208-331-4930 to order over the phone. Phone orders are available from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you need help after-hours or on weekends, please email music@riversideboise.com (fastest) or leave a voicemail at 208-331-4930 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for supporting local live music!

Tinsley Ellis in the Sapphire Room!

Ellis to The Sapphire Room

Boise Blues Society is excited to announce Tinsley Ellis will play the Sapphire Room on February 24th, 2018!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW:  Click Here

Ellis recently returned to Alligator Records and his powerful new album, Winning Hand, is set for release just one month prior to his show in Boise!

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and keyboardist Kevin McKendree, the ten brilliantly performed, fervently sung tracks on Winning Hand include nine originals, ranging from blistering blues to heart-pounding rock to soulful ballads. “Guitar, guitar, guitar is what this album is all about,” says Ellis, who recorded primarily with his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, his 1967 Gibson ES 345 and his 1973 Les Paul Deluxe. Guitar World says, “Ellis’ playing sparkles with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a gorgeously fat, pure tone.”

Although he jokes that he’s “the best guitarist you may never have heard of,” hordes of fans worldwide know Tinsley, who is among the blues world’s most revered, respected and well-travelled statesmen. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam.

This will be an evening to remember! Join us in the Sapphire Room on February 24!

Ellis to The Sapphire Room

RJ Mischo “Live” in the Sapphire Room

Boise Blues Society is proud to present one of the finest blues harp players in the world today, RJ Mischo, on Saturday, October 21st, 7:30pm.  Our own Hoochie Coochie Men will be backing RJ for this show so you know its going to be a fun, rockin’ good time in the Sapphire!

Mischo loves traveling and playing with local musicians. Playing with different musicians instead of a band of his own is improvisation in its best form, he says. The Hoochie Coochie men have been together for a few decades as well and have improvised with RJ before, so look for the sparks to fly again when hit the stage together on Oct. 21st. Put on your dancing shoes and join us.

Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boise-blues-society-presents-rj-mischo-with-the-hoochie-coochie-men-tickets-37019518376?aff=efbevent

Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30pm.