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Spooky Blues Pre-Halloween Costume Show

Dress Up in your Finest…or Not, but come, listen, dance and enjoy these local blues bands to benefit BBS:

Richard Soliz and the Blue Rayz

Jeff Englebert Band featuring Jennifer Lea

Gary Tackett and Full Moon Rude

Location:  Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel

Day/Date: Thursday October 24, 2019

Doors Open: 6:00 pm

Show:  7:00 pm

Tickets:  $25 Preferred  $20 General (Door Price $30/$25)

Eventbrite Link:

BBS Membership $5 Discount Code for Online Use (Email for code)  Become a member now and get the code and start saving!

New Blues Jam Venue: Ironwood Bar and Grill on July 14

The Boise Blues Society Jam


Ironwood Bar & Grill

for JULY 14 JAM

2nd Sunday of each Month

Jam Date & Host Band:
July 14, 2019
Tone Kings

Ironwood Bar & Grill (5467 N Glenwood St,)
Full Bar, Grill Food Menu, and Friendly Wait Staff

3pm to 6pm

Blues Only



The Ironwood Bar & Grill 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 selection of grilled food items will be available for sale by the Ironwood Bar & Grill, as well as BBS merchandise.

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 Ironwood Bar & Grill. 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 and providing both 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.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

Our latest Blues In The Schools (BITS) Program:

Our latest Blues In The Schools (BITS) Program: The students were instructed to listen to “Before You Accuse Me” by Eric Clapton and then write their own words to that song. We spent the five classes talking a little about Blues but mostly playing and singing the students compositions to them and talking in general about 12-bar blues songwriting.  During the session of this photo. Jesse the school’s choir teacher sat in on acoustic guitar and their teacher Krista played bass.  Fun for the kids, great lyrics from the kids, and fun for volunteer BBS players!  Thanks to BBS volunteers today: Ken Harris, Joe Ryan, Becky Blake, Carmel Crock and Bob Kohnke for presenting the blues to five, 7th grade reading classes.