Category Archives: Live Music

Studebaker John Headlines Blues on the Banks Caldwell 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 https://youtu.be/neZu8W8fXa0

“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!

Website: http://www.studebakerjohn.com/

Video: https://youtu.be/cFtV53F2f4Y

Fabulous Ben Rice Blues Band Returns To Boise

Have you heard yet that the fabulous Ben Rice is bringing his band here on June 9? Still just 27, 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!!

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.

 

Lisa Mann at Festival, Ben Rice at Pre-Launch Party!

See Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band at this year’s Boise Blues Festival. Lisa is a frequent collaborator with mutual Portlander Ben Rice, they played a fabulous sold-out show together at the Sapphire Room in 2015. You get to see both again this year, Lisa at the Festival on Sunday July 16 & Ben at his own show (Festival PreLaunch Party) at Playhouse Boise on Friday June 9. Get tix to the Ben Rice show now at ben-rice.eventbrite.com & jumpstart your summer of great music! Festival tix at BBF2017.eventbrite.com

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Come To BBS 25-Year CD Release Party At Mardi Gras Saturday!

Come and help Boise Blues Society celebrate 25 years bringing the blues to Treasure Valley, on Saturday night (May 13) at Mardi Gras Ballroom.  Local musicians and blues fans will take over the Mardi Gras for the Release Party of the new BBS CD. You’re invited to party with us!

The Blues Addicts will open the show at 7pm sharp, followed by at least 7 more local blues acts, so plan to get there early! Each band plays a short set including their track on the brand new CD. Doors at 6:30. Tickets are just $10 each or 2 for $15 (bring-a-friend special) … and now no fees or tax added at BBS events. BBS25.eventbrite.com

 You can also grab a copy of the BBS 25th Year Compilation CD, Blues Gems of the Gem State, featuring 18 tracks from local blues artists plus a bonus digital track from Boise’s own John Nemeth, at a special price of $10 during this event. Get a glimpse into the history of blues music in Boise and be part of our thriving local blues scene!

 

The Facts:
Location: Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm. Music from 7-11pm.
General admission: $10 each or 2 for $15 (bring-a-friend special)
Tickets: BBS25.eventbrite.com/

For more information about the CD including list of all the artists, click here.