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News of all things blues-related.

Join Our New Facebook Blues Group!

We’ve just created a new group – “Friends of Boise Blues Society” – on Facebook.

This is different from our Facebook page, in that everyone can join and post blues-related events, news, videos, and more! Once you join the group, you can invite your friends in the “add member” box. Pin the group to your personal shortcuts (via menu at top) so you can find it easily. This is a special group for you, our friends and fans! Communicate and share with other blues lovers!

Blues Music & Rafting Trip on Salmon River August 10-12

Do you like whitewater rafting and blues music? If so, you must be on the first annual “Blues and Rafting on the River”, co-sponsored by Boise Blues Society and H2O Idaho. This event will take place on the Salmon River outside of Riggins, August 10-12 . We’ll meet at H2O Idaho headquarters in Riggins (Big Salmon Rd) on Friday, August 10 at 9am! 

Rafting over an amazing 3 days will take us down the river, running rapids, making friends, eating great food provided, and listening to great music each night around the campfire. Music will be provided by artists from BBS member bands Jake Leg, SUDA, and Zack Quintana. 

You need only bring your clothes, sunscreen, favorite adult beverages, and love for the blues. H2O Idaho will provide everything else from tents to sleeping bags, food, guides, boats and gear.  Join us August 10-12 for an amazing trip and great music.

Boise Blues Society members: $650.  General Public: $750
If you’re not a BBS member, it’s only $15 a year for individual or $20 for family membership. You can join BBS now and save a hundred dollars on the trip fee. A no-brainer it would seem!

Buy tickets at H2O Idaho, phone 208-447-7101, or see their form at BBS members, tell them you are one for the $100 discount.




For more information, you may email or call 208-440-4590.

Terry Hanck Band at Playhouse Boise May 9

Blues lovers, we are on a roll are we not?  Our shows have been selling out and we know you’ll help us stay on that roll when Terry Hanck brings his awesome band to the Playhouse Boise on May 9th!


Buy Tickets Here!  $15 advance purchase, $20 at the door. Showtime is 7-9pm.

Terry Hanck proves that sax and soul are still all the rage. He won the 2016 Blues Music Award for Best Horn. In 2014,he won the ISC Award (International Songwriting Competition) in the BLUES Category and in 2012 swept both the Blues Music Awards and the Living Blues Award forBest Horn. He was in the great Elvin Bishop’s band for ten years and Bishop still refers to him as his favorite sax man.

Joined by his solid sender bandmates–Johnny Soubrand (the sizzling master guitarist celebrating his 12 year anniversary with Terry), and the tight all-star rhythm section of long-time drummer Butch Cousins and bassist Tim Wagar, Terry  has never lost his unbridled enthusiasm and fearless youth—in his playing, singing, songwriting or his warm personality.

He has travelled from his hometown of Chicago to Southern California, to the Bay Area, to the southeast coast of Florida. From the 1960s Berkeley-based Grayson Street Houserockers to ten years with the great Elvin Bishop. He has led his own band for over 28 years and we are so excited to have the opportunity to bring this group to Boise.

BBS Music Scholarship Filing Deadline May 1st

The Boise Blues Society (BBS) is once again accepting scholarship applications.  The BBS has awarded a number of scholarships over the past several years to deserving young blues musicians.  The money awarded can be used by the recipient for any expense related to their development as a musician.  The application deadline for this year is May 1. 
An important part of the application process is performing at the BBS jam.  The jam sessions are held at Playhouse Boise, 8001 W. Fairview Ave. on the second Sunday of each month, from 3-6 pm.  The application can be downloaded here:
Applications will be reviewed during the month of May and awards will be made at the June BBS jam.
If you have any questions contact  BBS scholarship committee chair, Mike Witmer at .