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Boise Blues Kids

We’re so very proud to say that 5 young musicians, all of them former Boise Blues Society Music Scholarship Winners – are putting on a special show at Ironwood Social, 5467 North Glenwood Street on Saturday, February 17th.
They’re paying it forward by raising funds for future Scholarships and for our Blues In the Schools program.

Don’t miss hearing these talented young musicians:
Zack Quintana; Thomas Wilson; Noble Holt; Kevin Littrell; Casey Shelden and friends are performing live. It’s a fun-raiser!
Special thanks to Steve Hall of “the Blues Groove” for being uh, instrumental, in arranging this great event.

Tickets are only $8 and are available at

We hope you’ll come out and support these incredibly talented young men and contribute to our efforts to see that young musicians like these will keep the blues alive for future generations.

Boise Blues Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization

Fat Tuesday Party in the Sapphire Room!

The Fat Tuesday Party is an annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization we all know and love as the Boise Blues Society.  It helps BBS continue to presents its highly successful Blues In The Schools program and to offer Music Scholarships to student musicians around the Treasure Valley.
The event on Tuesday, February 13th will feature music from three great bands starting at 6:30pm in the Sapphire Room of the Riverside Hotel.  The bands are Mojo Boogie, Billy Blues Band and Blues Addicts. Three for the price of one! Tickets are on sale now at –  $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 
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

Happy New Year! Look what we have planned for you!

Boise Blues Society has some great things planned for January & February.
1. Jan 12/13: Winter Blues Weekend at the Riverside. Six great bands over two nights and fabulous room/show tix/bkft deals being offered by those awesome folks at The Riverside Hotel.
2. Feb 13: Our annual Fat Tuesday blowout with 3 bands.
3. Feb 17: Blues Kids at Ironwood Social. A fundraiser for our Scholarships and Blues In the Schools programs.
4. Feb 24: Guitar legend Tinsley Ellis on Feb 24th!

Ticket info for these events:
1. Winter Blues
Friday night:
Sat night:
2. Fat Tuesday:
3. Blues Kids:
4. Ellis:

Give the Blues for Christmas!


Are you on the email list for the Boise Blues Society?  Thank you for your interest, but do you want more?  We would like to add you, and your family, as a BBS member.

With your membership, you will get marketing emails–before the general public–of BBS events in order to have privileged access to seating, as well as a discount code for each event.

In addition to supporting Blues music in Boise with events, as well as monthly Jam Sessions at the Playhouse, a major emphasis involves supporting the development of young Blues players through three $500 scholarships each year, and educating local public school children in the history of the Blues and performing for them to demonstrate Blues music.  The BBS wants to develop an appreciation for the development of the Blues in America’s history and an appreciation for its music.

We at the Boise Blues Society are appreciative of you.   We thank you for your continued support at events, and hope you will become a member soon!  If you choose to join, click on “Join Us” at the following link, follow the prompts, and print your membership card. Buy a membership for a friend and print a card for their stocking!

Best Regards,
Boise Blues Society

Announcing the Return of The Boise Blues Society Family-Friendly Blues Jams

The jams are back! On the second Sunday of each month, 3pm to 6pm with the first jam scheduled for January 14th. The hosting showcase band, “SUDA” is comprised of BBS Scholarship winners.


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.