Here’s the official program for tonight’s gala event. Tickets will be available at the door, $10 for one, special $15 for a pair. See you at the show!!
Have you heard yet that the fabulous Ben Rice is bringing his band here on June 9? Still in his late 20s, Ben (from Portland) is on his way to the top echelon of blues guitarists/vocalists. After standout performances at the 2015 Boise Blues Festival and 2016 Blues and Bones, and a sold-out show of his own in Fall of 2015, we’re excited to bring Ben back to Boise!!
Get your advance tickets now for just $15. BBS is keeping great live blues affordable! ben-rice.eventbrite.com
Ben has been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest and winning awards for his vocals and guitar playing for the last seven years. In 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee he left the audience speechless with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway.” His second consecutive trip to the International Blues Challenge he made the finals in the solo/duo category. Where he was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist.
Ben Rice’s music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like “fearless,” “inventive” and “powerful,” and he routinly brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much at home fronting his electric band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his acoustic resonator guitar.
BEN WILL ALSO TEACH AN INTIMATE GUITAR WORKSHOP FOR 10 REGISTRANTS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1-3PM.
Ben did a successful workshop on a previous Boise visit. The cost is $25 separately, or package price including Friday night show and Saturday workshop is $35. The location will be a private residence in Eagle. Address and any other information will be sent to registrants well before the workshop. To participate, please register at ben-rice.eventbrite.com with your email by choosing the ticket option. For any questions, email us at email@example.com
This year’s Festival has a definite reunion theme, as we celebrate our 25th year of bringing the blues to Boise. Boise Blues Society was founded in 1992, the first “summer picnic” came during the first year, and the organization has been around playing and presenting the blues in Treasure Valley ever since. In 2015 the summer picnic became the Boise Blues Festival.
The 2017 Boise Blues Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever with the best lineup of popular blues artists we’ve ever assembled! Advance tickets are $25 at BBF2017.eventbrite.com, and will be $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and there is a playground at the park right behind the stage.
New Location: Eagle’s Reid Merrill Park
You’re going to want to be at this show, to be held this year at a beautiful new location. – Reid Merrill Park, at 637 E Shore Drive, Eagle (near Hilton Garden Inn). This one is definitely going to be great from the opening act, The Blues Addicts, to the headliner, Curtis Salgado and his band! Put Sunday July 16 on your must do calendar for this summer. It’s going to be really special for all the family! Gates open at 12 noon, with music from 1-9pm. Lots of food and drink onsite, plenty of free parking a short walk away, and an intimate lakefront setting on the Greenbelt.
Our 25th Anniversary Year Festival
Modern day blues icon CURTIS SALGADO, the man who inspired the original Blues Brothers, returns to Boise after his sold-out show in June 2016. This award-winning vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. With a career spanning forty years, Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Santana, he is a true musical giant. Salgado is once again nominated for several blues awards this year, including soul-blues artist of the year, album of the year and song of the year, all by The Blues Foundation.
The LISA MANN BAND sold out the Sapphire Room in 2015 for one
of our most well-received shows ever, and returned to Treasure Valley for last summer’s Blues & Bones event. Lisa is a multi-award winning bass player and powerful vocalist who always brings down the house! Many of our fans have been asking to see her again, so we’re bringing her and her Really Good Band (that’s what they’re called) back for the Festival.
JOHNNY RAWLS also had a sold out audience jumping all during his 2 show at the Playhouse in March of 2016-2017, so we’ve asked him to be part of the reunion Festival, too. He’s backed up again by Boise’s popular ensemble SMOOTH AVENUE, fronted by JT, who
continually sell out their own shows throughout the Valley. Rawls, who is nominated for many blues awards year after year, is considered one of the finest soul-blues entertainers in the world.
Another mega-popular Boise band, THE BLUES ADDICTS, will open the Festival, joined by their frequent guests THE BRASS TACKS horn section. The Blues Addicts with Brass Tacks headlined this year’s BBS Fat Tuesday event in February, and we’re thrilled to have them return to the Festival. A talented blues-rock and new blues outfit, this band always has its legion of fans dancing throughout the show to classic tracks.
LEO “BUD” WELCH began playing blues guitar in 1945 at the age of 13. He’s been called the last of the original Mississippi Delta guitarists. By 1947 at age 15, Bud could play well enough to perform publicly and garnered the blessing of many elder guitar players. He was offered an audition by BB King but couldn’t afford the trip to Memphis. So he continued to play locally and for friends and family for decades, while working other jobs, including 35 years as a logger. Years after retiring from that, he was finally “discovered” by the greater blues world in 2013 at the age of 81, releasing his first album and beginning to appear nationally and even internationally. We’re honored to have him come to Boise and our 25th Festival.
Check our facebook festival page for updates!
Boise Blues Society celebrates 25 years of bringing the blues to Boise and Treasure Valley with the release of a new CD compilation, “Blues Gems from the Gem State”. The album features 18 tracks, one each by a different Treasure Valley blues band or artist. It’s produced by BBS co-founder and KRBX Radio Boise Juke Joint host Norman Davis.
All the artists donated their music to the fundraising project. Proceeds from the album go to support the non-profit work of Boise Blues Society, including its popular Blues in the Schools program, which is offered free-of-charge to area schools to promote and educate about the blues, and youth scholarship program which offers financial support for young musicians to further their music education.
In addition to the 18 tracks by the following artists, there’s also a download link for a bonus extended length 19th track of an additional John Nemeth song. The album is available at The Record Exchange and at Boise Blues Society shows and other events ($15).
The bands/artists represented:
Richard Soliz and the Fabulous Blue Rayz
The Blues Directors
Pamela DeMarche & Friends
Kings of Swing
Hoochie Coochie Men
Boise’s Groove and Jones
The Blues Addicts
Bob Kohnke & Butts Giraud
Award-winning guitarist Nick Schnebelen brings his hot band to Boise’s classy Sapphire Room next Tuesday, April 4. Tickets still available! nicks-blues.eventbrite.com