Category Archives: Live Music

Update from the BBS Board – May 15, 2014

Hi there, fellow blues lovers! Here is an update from the Boise Blues Society Board of Directors.

We have two great shows coming up, featuring performers that Boise audiences have loved – put them on your calendar as you won’t want to miss these great acts!

Our BBS Sunday Blues event will be July 20, noon to 5pm at Julia Davis park. To headline, we’re excited to bring back Hamilton Loomis, who delivered a rousing performance to a standing-room-only crowd earlier this year at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge. Watch our website for more details.

On the evening of August 7, Matthew Curry returns to the Sapphire Room, where he wowed the crowd. Fans lined up after his high-energy show to meet him and get autographs. See details here.

If you’re a FaceBook user, note that BBS will be shutting down our FaceBook group and moving our activity to an organizational page. Please LIKE our new FaceBook page to keep up with what’s happening with blues music in the Treasure Valley! You are all still welcome to post your blues-related events, videos, and comments at the new page; we plan to continue growing and supporting our regional community of blues music lovers.

Don’t forget our next Blues Jam Session on Sunday, June 8, at The Drink Waterfront Bar & Grill (3000 North Lakeharbor Lane) from 3-6pm. Signups start at 2:30, the event is free, and all ages are welcome. Come out and dance, cheer, and play blues with other musicians.

Here is a clip from the recent jam on Mother’s Day:

Once again, thanks you for your support and enthusiasm as we spread the knowledge and appreciation of blues music through the Treasure Valley. See you at a live blues show soon.

BBS Board of Directors

Update from the BBS Board – May 6, 2014

Hey, fellow blues lovers! Here is an update from the Boise Blues Society Board of Directors.

Coming up this Sunday, May 11, treat your mom/wife/sister/grandma to a great Mother’s Day of live blues music. We’ll be hosting our Blues Jam Session at The Drink Waterfront Bar & Grill (3000 North Lakeharbor Lane) from 3-6pm. Signups start at 2:30, the event is free, and all ages are welcome. Come out and dance, cheer, and play blues with other musicians.

Looking further ahead, please save the date for our BBS Sunday Blues event on July 20, noon to 5pm at Julia Davis park. We’re bringing back Hamilton Loomis to headline the music. If you missed his standing-room-only show earlier this year at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss was about.

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm as we spread the knowledge and appreciation of blues music through the Treasure Valley. See you at a live blues show soon.

BBS Board of Directors

Get ready for Matthew Curry!

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From the Idaho Statesman, April 20, 2014 —

18-YEAR-OLD BLUES SHREDDER CURRY – by Michael Deeds

If you couldn’t afford to see Joe Bonamassa recently at the Morrison Center, take heart.

Bonamassa was once a teenage singer-guitarist blowing minds for affordable ticket prices – just like Matthew Curry is now.

Curry, 18, will bring his blues-rock band to the Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday. The show is for all ages and is free; you’ll be asked for a voluntary donation. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. It’s the latest guitar-shredder booking by the Boise Blues Society, which is creating a welcome new trend.

Curry has a bit of Jonny Lang in his bones, from his gravelly, soulful voice (which sounds nothing like a kid’s) to his flaming Stratocaster licks. Find out more at Matthewcurry.com, or check him out on YouTube. (Like when he’s jamming at 12 years old with Tommy Castro.)

This summer, Curry will tour as the opener for the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton, as well as opening for the Steve Miller Band and Journey.

 


This text appeared as a portion of Michael Deeds’ article titled “Michael Deeds: Get ‘Wicked,’ if just for Glinda”.

Update from the BBS Board – April 11, 2014

This is an update from the Boise Blues Society Board of Directors to let you know what we have already accomplished this year and what else we have in store for you. We have several new members since the beginning of the year, and we have drafted an updated mission statement and goals. One of those goals is to bring more live blues events your way.

We have already brought several great blues shows to Boise, and we plan to keep ’em coming. If you were one of the lucky ones to make it inside the doors for the filled-to-capacity BBS Fat Tuesday extravaganza of local blues bands, you know what I mean.

For those who are still marveling about Hamilton Loomis, the show that kicked off our 2014 season with a full-to-bursting house at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, we are excited to announce HE WILL BE BACK to headline our summer picnic on July 20, so mark your calendars.

If you weren’t at the Cee Cee James concert at the Sapphire Room last week, here is a taste of that dynamite show in which she lived up to her billing as the Vocal Volcano.

Our next concert will be rising star Matthew Curry on April 24 at the Sapphire Room. Matthew is currently on tour opening for the Steve Miller Band. He has opened for Robben Ford, and later this summer he will tour with the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. We anticipate another crowd pleaser, so come early!

We packed the house at The Drink Waterfront Bar & Grill during last month’s Blues Jam Session. Experienced blues professionals paired with up-and-coming teens from local high schools, and we heard a diverse mix of styles from local musicians. We anticipate another enthusiastic crowd for the next jam, coming up this Sunday from 3-6pm. Sign-ups start at 2:30; all ages welcome, no cover.

Several of our Board members are present at every event — you can usually find one or more of us at the registration table — and we do welcome your feedback and ideas. Please let us know what else we can do to further our goal of spreading knowledge and appreciation of blues music throughout the Treasure Valley.

Reminder to our member bands: please remember to post your shows on our website calendar; we want to help people find great blues shows around town.

Hope to see you at a live blues event soon!

BBS Board of Directors