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Lisa Mann has Album of the Year!

Lisa Mann is no stranger to Boise blues fans and she is one of our featured performers at the Boise Blues Festival on Sunday, July 16th.
On July 12th it was announced that her latest album, “Hard Times, Bad Decisions” was named Album of the Year by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame!
Lisa was also recently nominated for Female Artist of the Year by Blues Blast Magazine.
We hope you’ll come to the festival and congratulate Lisa in person.
Our friend Ed Simon of the online entertainment blog The Los Angeles Beat, recently interviewed Lisa about playing our festival, winning awards, playing that bass and her music in general.

Read the article

“Blues for Philly G” Fundraiser Concert for Phil Garonzik Music Scholarship

Scholarship supports talented young musicians in the Boise area.

The Boise Blues Society and the Idaho Jazz Society are pleased to announce a benefit concert, “Blues for Philly G” to be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at  Oak Barrel of Eagle, 1065 E. Winding Creek, Eagle, Idaho.

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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

Star-Studded Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue Sept 26


Boise Blues Society is thrilled to present blues supergroup Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue, on Monday September 26, at the Sapphire Room in the Riverside Hotel, 7:30pm. This promises to be a fabulous night of the best in traditional blues played by an extraordinary new collaboration of long-time blues illuminaries!

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August Treasure Valley Live Blues Calendar

calendar6Lots of Live Blues Music in our region this month.

See for listings by date.


Thursday July 28, 6-8 pm, Ken Harris, Merriwether Cider, 5242 Chinden, across from Dutch Brothers Coffee. Free.

Friday July 29, 7-10pm, Hoochie Coochie Men, O’Michaels Pub, 2433 N Bogus Basin Rd. Free.

Friday July 29, 7pm, Scott Wallenberg of The Blues Addicts, will be opening for Albert Lee at The Sapphire Room/Riverside, 2900 W Chinden Blvd. Show is sold out.

Sunday July 31, 10:30am-1:30pm, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Bella Aquila Restaurant Sunday Brunch, 775 S Riverside Ln #100, Eagle Rd across from Hilton Garden Inn. Free.

Every Tuesday, 8pm, Open Jam with The Blind Mice, Tom Grainey’s Pub, 109 S 6th St, Boise. “We supply amps, cables, drums, keyboard, and PA. Just bring you axes/sticks!” Free.

Wednesday August 3, 6-9pm, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Sofia’s Greek Bistro, 748 N Glenwood St at State St, near Big 5 behind Burger King. Free.

Friday August 5, 6-10pm, Blues on the Banks, Stewart’s Bar & Grill, 2805 Blaine St, Caldwell. Featuring Dennis Jones, Jake Leg and The Blues Directors.

Saturday August 6, 6-9pm, Ken Harris & Carmel Crock, The Sandbar, Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise. Free.

Saturday August 6, 7-10pm, Jake Leg, The Bird Stop, 702 Main St, Caldwell. Free.

Sunday August 7, 1-4:30pm, The Blues Addicts with The Brass TacksBluesAddicts-SteChapelle-Poster horns, Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Rd, Caldwell. $12 General Admission ($10 Ste Chapelle Members). 16 & under free. or at door.

Sunday August 7, 12-2pm, Harry O, Even Stevens, 815 W Bannock St, downtown Boise. Free.

Sunday August 7, 3-6pm, Blues and Jazz Jam, Oak Barrel of Eagle. Free.

Tuesday August 9, 5-8pm, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Bar 365/Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd. Free.

Tuesday August 9, 9pm-midnight, Danielle Nicole Bank, The Reef, 105 S 6th St, downtown Boise. Door at 8pm, show at 9pm. $10 at door.

Thursday August 11, 6-8pm, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Bella kenharriscarmelcrockAquila Restaurant, 775 S Riverside Ln #100, Eagle Rd across from Hilton Garden Inn. Free.

Saturday August 13, 10-11am, Carmel and the Closers, Lakeview Park, just N of downtown Nampa. All ages. Free.

Saturday August 13, 7-10pm, Smooth Avenue, Sockeye Brewing, 12542 W Fairview Ave. Free.

Saturday August 13, 7:15-10pm, Gary Tackett, Mackey’s Steakhouse & Pub, Ontario OR. Free.

Sunday August 14, 3-6pm, Boise Blues Society Monthly Blues Jam, The Harbor, 3000 N Lakeharbor Ln. Free.

Sunday August 14, 2:45-4pm, Jake Leg, Nampa Arts Festival, Lakeview Park, Nampa. Free.

Thursday-Saturday August 18-20, 7:30-11pm, Gary Tackett is doing a 3-evening run at Six Degrees, 1411 Shilo Drive, Nampa. Free.

Friday August 19, 5:30-6:30pm, Hoochie Coochie Men, opening for High Street, Rock the Village series, Meridian Village. Free.

Friday August 19, 8:30-11:30pm, Smooth Avenue, Oak Barrel of Eagle. Free.


Saturday August 20, 1:30-9pm, Blues and Bones 2, Eagle Island State Park. $20, discounts available. Schedule: 1:30-3:00–Zack Quintana Band; 3:30-5:00–John Clifton Blues Band, 5:30-tix-17:00–Lisa Mann; 7:30-9:00–Harlis Sweetwater Band. Tix at selected local businesses, see for locations and details. Doors open at 1pm. Can use promo code “Facebook” at checkout for $5 off per ticket.

Saturday August 20, 2-5pm, Jake Leg, Sandbar/Riverside 2900 W Chinden Blvd. Free.

Suhoochie-coochie-men-2nday August 21, 2-5pm, Hoochie Coochie Men, Sandbar/Riverside, 2900 W Chinden Blvd. Free.
Sunday August 21, 3-6pm, Blues and Jazz Jam, Oak Barrel of Eagle. Free.

Thursday August 25, 6-7pm, Smooth Avenue, Heritage Park Gazebo, Eagle. Free. Last Thursday of the month music and market. Food, crafts and music. Smooth to be followed by Afrosonics.

Friday August 26, 5:30-9:30pm, Ken Harris and Rico Weisman, Berryhill Restaurant, 9th & Idaho, Boise downtown. Free.

Sunday August 28, 10:30am-1:30pm, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, Bella Aquila Restaurant Sunday Brunch, 775 S Riverside Ln #100, Eagle Rd across from Hilton Garden Inn. Free.

Mississippi Marshall at Sapphiree

Monday August 29, 7-10pm, Mississippi Marshall is back in town, Sapphire Room/Riverside, 2900 W Chinden Blvd. $10-$15 advance ($5 more at door).  Get Tickets:tix-3