Category Archives: Blues in the Schools

News about our Blues in the Schools program.

Update from the BBS Board of Directors – August 23, 2014

Thank you to all who came out to hear the August 20 show by Franco Paletta and the Stingers. If you were unfortunate enough to miss it, here is a sampler video shot by Board member Ron Gardner.

Our next featured act is Chicago-based Studebaker John, who will wow us with his rockin’ harp playing, guitar riffs, and vocals at the Sapphire Room on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30pm.  This will be a ticketed event, $7 general admission and $5 for members with a discount code (check your email). You can get your tickets online here, or call 1-800-838-3006 and select option #1 (available 24/7). Unsold seats will be available for purchase at the door an hour before the event.

Coming up next weekend, Bogus Basin is hosting a music festival Saturday and Sunday August 30-31 from 1-7pm each day featuring many great local bands. Boise Blues Society Band plays from 3-3:45pm on Sunday, and we’ll have a booth there both days. This is a free, family-friendly event. If you’d like to help us out at the booth, shoot Ken Harris an email at

Our next Blues Jam Session will be Sunday, September 14 at The Drink. The jam is always a fun time with a variety of styles, songs, and instruments.  Come out and make music with us and show your support for local musicians!

Are you in the mood for another music festival? Come out to Blues at the Flats on September 19 from 5-10pm. Bring the family and blankets/chairs. You can purchase food and beverages and listen to 5 local blues acts!

Once again, thank you to those of you who recently became members or renewed your membership. We ran out of membership cards and are ordering more, so please continue to be patient and we will get them out to you ASAP! Meanwhile, you are on our email list receiving these updates, so you won’t miss any opportunities to enjoy the blues.

Keep on coming out to see live blues, and we will keep the shows coming!
BBS Board of Directors

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party a Huge Success

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party a Huge Success

The March 4th BBS Annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at The Sapphire Room in the Riverside Hotel was a SMASHING success!  This is our major fundraiser for the “Blues in the Schools” program.  Kicking things off at 6pm was Jake Leg.  Before their set was over, the event venue was almost filled to capacity.  Blues lovers were lined up to get in and claim the last seats.  We certainly had not expected this and Sapphire Room employee Angel did a commendable job in managing the line for the duration.

Next up was Mississippi Marshall accompanied by BBS board member, ‘Harmonica’ Dave Light, who knocked out some tasty traditional acoustic blues.  Third on the bill was The Hoochie Coochie Men – now in their 21st year on the Boise Blues scene – and they rocked the house.  Wrapping things up was JT and Smooth Avenue with some get down funky soul-blues.

The attendees were very generous in their voluntary contributions to the “Blues in the Schools” program, and special thanks to Mrs. Green for passing the hat throughout the audience.  Eleven (11) new members signed up and with merchandise sales figured in, it was our MOST SUCCESSFUL Fat Tuesday ever!  THANKS to all who showed up and to the wonderful Riverside Hotel staff.

To book a FREE “Blues in the Schools” program in the southwestern Idaho area, call Ken Harris at 208-440-4590.

View the short videos shown below of each band courtesy of board member, Ron Gardner.





Testimonial from Tracy Martin – Director of Music at Canyon Springs High School

BITSTestimonial from Tracy Martin – Director of Music at Canyon Springs High School

As a music teacher, I (like many music teachers) take pride in training my students in a variety of musical styles to thoroughly develop their musical expertise. Yet we often fail to celebrate one of the most recognizable forms of American music still performed to this day: the blues. Our students know the blues when they hear it and some have even grown up with it. Within the plethora of musical styles that must be mastered and taught in the public school system, this essential genre often falls to the bottom of the priorities list.

Ken Harris and the Boise Blues Society were there to help. Through their Blues in the Schools program, they arranged for a custom-selected blues band to perform for my students, including specialized instrumentation so that each student would have a professional to collaborate with. Their presentations and activities for each class were individualized based upon students’ level of mastery and included a variety of content matter from historical context to musical theory. My students were encouraged to stand up and join in with the performers and it was a great moment when some of my shyest students came out of their shell to play or sing their solo. Whether you have a thriving program with hundreds of students or a K-12 music class at a rural school, the Blues in the Schools program will captivate your students and have them humming the blues for weeks to come.

Tracy Martin
Director of Music – Canyon Springs HS (Caldwell)