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Lisa Mann has her own message for Boise Blues fans

Lisa Mann is one of our favorites blues musicians. We hope you’ve seen her at past Blues Festivals in Boise or in performance at the Sapphire Room of Boise’s Riverside Hotel.
The list of awards she has collected for her bass playing, her singing and her albums continues to grow and we’re so excited to have her back for Boise Blues Festival 2017 on July 16.
She saw Curtis Salgado’s video message to YOU last week and now she has a message of her own for YOU… and for CURTIS!!
Look out!  It’s ON!
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Curtis Salgado Headlines Our Biggest Boise Blues Festival Sunday July 16


This year’s Festival has a definite reunion theme, as we celebrate our 25th year of bringing the blues to Boise. Boise Blues Society was founded in 1992, the first “summer picnic” came during the first year, and the organization has been around playing and presenting the blues in Treasure Valley ever since. In 2015 the summer picnic became the Boise Blues Festival. 

Sponsored in part by Riverside Hotel, Boise. The festival is still carrying on its tradition of raising funds for The Idaho Foodbank. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to the Foodbank which also provides volunteers to help out at the festival. Other partners include Jo’s Traveling Bar and Radio Boise.

The 2017 Boise Blues Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever with the best lineup of popular blues artists we’ve ever assembled! Advance tickets are $25 at, and will be $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and there is a playground at the park right behind the stage.  

Note: This is a Rain or Shine event. Wear or bring appropriate clothing for any weather extremes. No weather-related refunds. No outside alcohol or glass containers. Coolers and bags are allowed but we reserve the right to inspect them at the gate. Please see full FAQ at the Ticket Page above.

New Location: Eagle’s Reid Merrill Park

You’re going to want to be at this show, to be held this year at a beautiful new location. – Reid Merrill Park, at 637 E Shore Drive, Eagle (near Hilton Garden Inn). This one is definitely going to be great from the opening act, The Blues Addicts, to the headliner, Curtis Salgado and his band! Put Sunday July 16 on your must do calendar for this summer. It’s going to be really special for all the family! Gates open at 12 noon, with music from 1-9pm. Lots of food and drink onsite, plenty of free parking a short walk away, and an intimate lakefront setting on the Greenbelt.

Our 25th Anniversary Year Festival

This year’s Festival has a definite reunion theme, as we celebrate our 25th year of bringing the blues to Boise. Boise Blues Society was founded in 1992, the first “summer picnic” came during the first year, and the organization has been around playing and presenting the blues in Treasure Valley ever since. In 2015 the summer picnic became the Boise Blues Festival.
Our 2017 festival includes the return of 3 of our most crowd-pleasing touring musicians of recent years, 2 of Boise’s most popular local blues bands, and an 85-year-old Mississippi blues icon who’s been playing and singing the blues for more than 70 years. You can’t get much more blues history than that!

Modern day blues icon CURTIS SALGADO, the man who inspired the original Blues Brothers, returns to Boise after his sold-out show in June 2016. This award-winning vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. With a career spanning forty years, Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Santana, he is a true musical giant. Salgado is once again nominated for several blues awards this year, including soul-blues artist of the year, album of the year and song of the year, all by The Blues Foundation.

The LISA MANN BAND sold out the Sapphire Room in 2015 for one


of our most well-received shows ever, and returned to Treasure Valley for last summer’s Blues & Bones event. Lisa is a multi-award winning bass player and powerful vocalist who always brings down the house! Many of our fans have been asking to see her again, so we’re bringing her and her Really Good Band (that’s what they’re called) back for the Festival.


JOHNNY RAWLS also had a sold out audience jumping all during his 2 show at the Playhouse in March of 2016-2017, so we’ve asked him to be part of the reunion Festival, too. He’s backed up again by Boise’s popular ensemble SMOOTH AVENUE, fronted by JT, who


continually sell out their own shows throughout the Valley. Rawls, who is nominated for many blues awards year after year, is considered one of the finest soul-blues entertainers in the world.


Another mega-popular Boise band, THE BLUES ADDICTS, will open the Festival, joined by their frequent guests THE BRASS TACKS horn section. The Blues Addicts with Brass Tacks headlined this year’s BBS Fat Tuesday event in February, and we’re thrilled to have them return to the Festival. A talented blues-rock and new blues outfit, this band always has its legion of fans dancing throughout the show to classic tracks.


LEO “BUD” WELCH began playing blues guitar in 1945 at the age of 13. He’s been called the last of the original Mississippi Delta guitarists. By 1947 at age 15, Bud could play well enough to perform publicly and garnered the blessing of many elder guitar players. He was offered an audition by BB King but couldn’t afford the trip to Memphis. So he continued to play locally and for friends and family for decades, while working other jobs, including 35 years as a logger. Years after retiring from that, he was finally “discovered” by the greater blues world in 2013 at the age of 81, releasing his first album and beginning to appear nationally and even internationally. We’re honored to have him come to Boise and our 25th Festival.

Check our facebook festival page for updates! 


Lisa Mann at Festival, Ben Rice at Pre-Launch Party!

See Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band at this year’s Boise Blues Festival. Lisa is a frequent collaborator with mutual Portlander Ben Rice, they played a fabulous sold-out show together at the Sapphire Room in 2015. You get to see both again this year, Lisa at the Festival on Sunday July 16 & Ben at his own show (Festival PreLaunch Party) at Playhouse Boise on Friday June 9. Get tix to the Ben Rice show now at & jumpstart your summer of great music! Festival tix at


“Blues for Philly G” Fundraiser Concert for Phil Garonzik Music Scholarship Sunday June 25

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.

The concert will raise funds for a youth scholarship set up in honor of local musician and music educator, Phil Garonzik. The Philip B. Music Memorial Scholarship provides annual scholarships for private music instruction for promising junior, middle and high school age instrumental musicians in the Boise area.

This scholarship honors the musical legacy of saxophonist, Phil Garonzik and his commitment to jazz, blues, and quality music education. The Philip B. Garonzik Memorial Music Scholarship fund is managed by the Idaho Jazz Society, a local charitable 501(c)3 corporation.  The event is co-sponsored by the Boise Blues Society.

“Blues for Philly G” also recognizes Phil Garonzik’s involvement in the Boise blues community.  Phil was a founding owner of The Blues Bouquet, a popular Boise blues night club in the 90s, where he also performed with house band, The Hoochie Coochie Men.  In recent years, prior to his death in 2016 to a rare form of cancer, Phil focused on playing jazz, teaching woodwinds to area students and adults, as well as participating in the Boise Blues Society “Blues in the Schools” (BITS) project.

Performers at the event include the Hoochie Coochie Men, Smooth Avenue, and duo Danny Beal and Katie G. The event will also feature SNAPFU, a group of talented young blues musicians led by bassist Kevin Littrell.  JT Tyler of Smooth Avenue will emcee the event. Tickets are $10 at the door.  For more information, visit or

Ken Harris
President, Boise Blues Society
(208) 440-4590

Katie Garonzik
PBGMM Scholarship Committee

Patrick Kurdy
President, Idaho Jazz Society