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BBS Blues Jams Second Sunday Each Month

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BBS Jam Sessions are held on the second Sunday of each month.

Venue: Playhouse Boise 8001 W. Fairview Ave
(East of Milwaukee on Fairview)

Time: 3pm to 6pm (every 2nd Sunday)
Music: Blues Only

–  Hosting Showcase Bands
Host bands will be showcased at the Jam and play a 30-minute set to start the Jam Session. Host bands will be able to sell their CD’s or other marketing materials to those attending. Musicians in the Host band will also be responsible for covering when the need arises for a bass player, drummer, or another musician. If you have a band and would like to be considered for a Host Band, please send an email to Boiseblueswilson@gmail.com (Dale Wilson) with your email, telephone number, and the name of your band. Host Bands will be selected based on BBS review of the band’s musical performance of at least one blues song by CD, Facebook or Youtube post, or another means of displaying their band’s musical ability. Application to be a Host Band does not assure selection as one.

–  Management
Each Jam session will be managed by a volunteer appointed by the BBS Board of Directors. The goal to make playing the blues both fun, as well as organized for smooth transitions. The BBS volunteer will be responsible for placing individuals into jam bands and designating the order, or priority, in which individuals and bands will play. Each band or BBS composed jam band, or individual musician will be able to play for 15 minutes (or 3 songs not lasting more than 15 minutes) in order to allow full participation of those wanting to jam.

–  Jam Players
Individuals and Bands will sign up for the Jam session when they arrive at the Playhouse. Each Jammer, whether signed in by Band or Individual, will be assigned to play in the order in which they registered to play when they arrived. If a Band is not ready to play at the time called because a member is missing, the Band will be moved down to the next available priority until they arrive; or, the Band may choose to play with an Individual Jammer substituting for the missing player(s).

–  Equipment
The Showcase Host Band will be providing a drum kit and bass amplifier for all musicians. BBS will be providing microphones, with the Playhouse providing the sound equipment and sound engineer. Bands or individuals needing a keyboard should bring their own. Other instrument equipment is also the responsibility of the individual or band participating.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

Ev Hadden debuts as Radio Boise DJ Tonight! KRBX announces new blues hosts

Boise musician Ev Haddden, member of Boise Blues Society’s Blues Directors band and others, makes her debut as a DJ on KRBX tonight, 8-10pm. You can listen online at https://radioboise.us/ Here’s the experience in her own words:

“It’s a terrifying but exciting day for me, folks. I’ll be doing my FIRST SHOW as a DJ for RadioBoise this evening. We’ve started a new program called Shades of Blues, with rotating DJ’s including Ken HarrisNoble HoltThomas Wilson, Dave Morris, and me (Evelyn Hadden). Big thank you to the many supportive and helpful people at KRBX. Tune in tonight at 8pm for blues music you won’t hear anywhere else!”

KRBX Announces New Program Hosts: The plan for replacing former Blues Block time-slot host Mojo Mike Witmer (who moved out-of-state) is to use a revolving cast of no less than 5 new Blues DJ’s for “DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUES”.

1st Monday of the month: Ken Harris
2nd Monday: Evelyn Hadden  
3rd Monday: Thomas Wilson and Noble Holt  
4th Monday: Dave Morris
5th Mondays: TBD

Long-time radio personality Norman Davis continues to host thefirst part of the Blues Block, Juke Joint, from 5-8pm Mondays. Tune in for a whole evening of traditional and contemporary blues music, and check out the fleet of new hosts, too.  https://radioboise.us or 89.5fm.

John Clifton Back By Popular Demand!

The John Clifton Blues Band will play the Sapphire Room on Saturday,  April 7th.

 

Update: Just a small handful of seats still available. So don’t wait to grab yours now: $15 advance purchase ($20 if available at the door). Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.

One of the best loved bluesmen in California, John Clifton, is releasing a new album called “Night Life” soon.  He will be playing tunes from that album as well as his usual West Coast to Chicago Blues, classic R&B and Soul to some hard driving vintage Rock’n’Roll.

John and his fantastic band gave us one of our best shows ever in May of 2016. Clifton has solidified himself as one of Central California’s most in demand Blues frontmen since he started in the late ’80’s and we’re excited to have him back in Boise on Saturday, April 7th, 2018.

 

Johnny Rawls St. Patrick’s Day Show

Johnny Rawls returns to Boise for a St. Patrick’s Day Party at The Playhouse, 8001 W. Fairview Avenue.  Johnny has been nominated for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards for 2018 in both Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album categories. His latest album, Waiting For the Train, shot straight to #1 on soul blues charts upon release last September. This blues legend has been our guest before and was a featured performer at the Boise Blues Society’s Blues Festival last summer. He has developed a real fan base so get your tickets early!

One of Boise’s favorites groups, Smooth Avenue, will once again take the stage to back Rawls for this show so you know The Playhouse will be rockin’ and the dance floor will be full right to the very last song.

Tickets are $15 General Admission, $20 at the door. Buy HERE

Fat Tuesday Party in the Sapphire Room!

The Fat Tuesday Party is an annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization we all know and love as the Boise Blues Society.  It helps BBS continue to presents its highly successful Blues In The Schools program and to offer Music Scholarships to student musicians around the Treasure Valley.
The event on Tuesday, February 13th will feature music from three great bands starting at 6:30pm in the Sapphire Room of the Riverside Hotel.  The bands are Mojo Boogie, Billy Blues Band and Blues Addicts. Three for the price of one! Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com –  $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 
Many tables in the Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or ADA accessible seating will be most comfortable at the following tables: 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 41, 60, or at the bar. For questions about accessible seating, please call 208-331-4930 or email music@riversideboise.com