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Studebaker John Headlines Blues on Banks Weekend Aug 4-5

Studebaker John and his longtime blues band, The Hawks, headline this year’s 2-night 20th edition of Blues on the Banks in Caldwell, presented by the Boise Blues Society. The Saturday night (Aug 5) show also features Boise area blues bands, Jake Leg, and The Blues Directors. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the show running 6-10pm.

Three fine blues bands, highlighted by the fabulous Studebaker John and The Hawks–and home by 10:30 if you choose! For only 12 bucks advance (no fees or tax added), at a beautiful creekside venue–this is a deal way too good to pass up!! Studebaker John himself is a great blues talent and wonderful showman, as those who have seen him live will attest–his live shows definitely surpass his impressive web videos.

This year will also feature a special Friday night Kickoff Party–Blues Jam with a live band yet to be named. That’s on Friday, August 4, 7-10pm; $5 cover at door or free with purchase of a Saturday ticket ($12 advance).

Studebaker John is among those who were fortunate to learn the Blues trade from the Chicago legends the rest of us read about.  A talented slide guitar and blues harp player, emotive singer and songwriter, and compelling live performer, John brought down the house at a show last fall in Boise. This time he brings his full band, The Hawks, with him. See at video of his last show here at

“Not too many living Bluesmen can say they saw or played with or knew the legends of Chicago Blues. John mentions Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Big Walter, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Albert King, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and many others in casual conversation. He’s not being pretentious; he was merely in the right place at the right time in his life.” (Blues Blast Magazine)

In addition to his own recordings, Studebaker John has made countless appearances as a sideman on recordings of other artists, including a stint with members of the British rock bands, Pretty Things and Yardbirds. His music has also been featured in numerous movies and TV shows. This band will surely get you moving, whether it’s on our feet on the spacious lawn or in your seat!



Now On Sale! BBS 25th Year CD “Blues Gems From The Gem State”

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
Neighbor Dave
John Nemeth
Zack Quintana
Jake Leg
Mississippi Marshall
Pamela DeMarche & Friends
Gary Tackett
Bret Welty
Kings of Swing
Hoochie Coochie Men
Boise’s Groove and Jones
Ruberry Jam
The Blues Addicts
Bart Barbour
Bob Kohnke & Butts Giraud
Smooth Avenue

Come to the Festival and Support the Blues in Boise

We’re working to bring you the best in touring & local blues entertainment, and you’re responding by selling out our 2016 shows! Our Boise Blues Festival on Sunday July 17 at Idaho Botanical Garden is another of these quality events, as we take our annual festival to the next level this year. Portion of ticket sales goes to support The Idaho Foodbank. Get your advance tickets for just $15 now at … and remember children 12 & under are free.

We’ll see you at the Festival!



Dennis Jones Headlines 2016 Blues on the Banks


The 19th annual Blues on the Banks will be a “wang dang doodle” this year. Headliner is Dennis Jones, high-energy blues-rocker based in Los Angeles whose influences include Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. Sizzling hot guitar solos, smooth and soulful vocals, backed by a hot rhythm section that is second to none, this is the Dennis Jones Band. 

buy-now-blueDennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and  contemporary style of American rock and blues.  The lineup will be completed by Boise blues bands Jake Leg and the Boise Blues Society Blues Directors band.  

The intimate patio venue at Stewart’s Bar and Grill allows patrons to be “up close and personal” with the musicians. There is comfortable shaded seating available and plenty of food and beverages on premises for your dining and drinking pleasure.

Blues on the Banks Poster

Tickets are just $10 advance ($15 door) and are available at or at the following local outlets:
Stewart’s Bar and Grill, 2805 Blaine St, Caldwell
Printcraft, 2614 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell
Canyon West Guitars, 1224 1st St S #202, Nampa
Shear Madness, 7007 W Fairview, Boise

This is a Boise Blues Society fundraiser for our “Blues in the Schools” program. It’s going to be a great evening! 

Jake Leg, a traditional Chicago-style blues band
Blues Directors performing at Sunday Blues, 2014.