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Winning Hand! Tinsley Ellis Plays the Sapphire

Boise Blues Society and Riverside Hotel are excited to present Tinsley Ellis in the Sapphire Room on Saturday, February 24th. His brand new album “Winning Hand” on Alligator Records marks Tinsley’s return to the guitar-driven hard rock sound that made him a legend in the blues-rock world. This great new album drops in January, just before Tinsley hits the state in the Sapphire Room!

Ellis was among the first of the New Generation blues heroes that included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray and many others. He says, “From BB King, I learned about performing with dynamics. From James Brown, I learned about putting on a seamless, exciting concert and from The Allmans, I learned about how to excite fans with extended instrumental jamming.

Now he says he’s ready to prove again that whenever he picks up a guitar, he’s playing with a Winning Hand!

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

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$20 general, $25 preferred ($23/28 at the door)
New ticket prices include fees!

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.

100% refunds are available until 48 hours before the event. Refunds cannot be processed after the event occurs for any reason.

Boise’s best kept secret! The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Need assistance? WE CAN HELP! Please call 208-331-4930 to order over the phone. Phone orders are available from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you need help after-hours or on weekends, please email music@riversideboise.com (fastest) or leave a voicemail at 208-331-4930 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for supporting local live music!

Tinsley Ellis in the Sapphire Room!

Ellis to The Sapphire Room

Boise Blues Society is excited to announce Tinsley Ellis will play the Sapphire Room on February 24th, 2018!

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Ellis recently returned to Alligator Records and his powerful new album, Winning Hand, is set for release just one month prior to his show in Boise!

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and keyboardist Kevin McKendree, the ten brilliantly performed, fervently sung tracks on Winning Hand include nine originals, ranging from blistering blues to heart-pounding rock to soulful ballads. “Guitar, guitar, guitar is what this album is all about,” says Ellis, who recorded primarily with his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, his 1967 Gibson ES 345 and his 1973 Les Paul Deluxe. Guitar World says, “Ellis’ playing sparkles with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a gorgeously fat, pure tone.”

Although he jokes that he’s “the best guitarist you may never have heard of,” hordes of fans worldwide know Tinsley, who is among the blues world’s most revered, respected and well-travelled statesmen. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam.

This will be an evening to remember! Join us in the Sapphire Room on February 24!

Ellis to The Sapphire Room

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.

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New BBS Blues Channel on YouTube

We’ve just created a new YouTube Channel!  Live music from local shows by BBS member bands, concert excerpts from touring blues musicians presented by BBS in the greater Boise area, and lots of other fine blues videos gleaned from YouTube and other websites. Check it out below, because there’s never too much blues music!!

Boise Blues Society YouTube Channel

Here’s a sample video from our channel of a recent BBS sponsored event with Portland’s Lisa Mann, and featuring Ben Rice:

BBS Receives A Grant from the City of Boise!

Boise Blues Society has received a $1000 grant from the City of Boise, Arts & History Department to support our Blues in the Schools (BITS) program.  Contributions like this help us reach out to  students in the Boise area.

Part of our mission to “promote and preserve blues music” includes providing musicians as coaches and performers to introduce blues music to children and adults alike.  BITS, which began in 2006, is part of our outreach effort and is provided at no cost to participating schools.  Through BITS, Boise Blues Society brings a taste of blues music, and the lessons that go with it, into schools.