Have you heard yet that the fabulous Ben Rice is bringing his band here on June 9? Still in his late 20s, Ben (from Portland) is on his way to the top echelon of blues guitarists/vocalists. After standout performances at the 2015 Boise Blues Festival and 2016 Blues and Bones, and a sold-out show of his own in Fall of 2015, Ben was an obvious choice for our first Festival PreLaunch Party, as we enter a summer of music & fun! https://www.facebook.com/events/413064532411126/
Watch here for special announcements soon about this PreLaunch event, at Playhouse Boise. This party will likely sell out ahead of time, because Ben alone is more than worth the price of admission! Get your advance tickets now for just $15. BBS is keeping great live blues affordable! ben-rice.eventbrite.com
BEN RICE TRIO ROCKIN’ THE PARK AT THE 2015 BOISE BLUES FESTIVAL. WE’RE THRILLED TO BRING HIM BACK FOR OUR 2017 FESTIVAL PRE-LAUNCH PARTY!
Stay tuned here for information about a possible daytime guitar workshop with Ben on Saturday, June 10.
“among the very best in the world … one of the most innovative and creative harp blowers around” ~Blues Blast Magazine
Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind (his latest band) will play a pair of shows at Playhouse Boise. Separate tickets for each show. Doors at 6:30pm both nights, with shows getting started at 7:30. Co-sponsored by Radio Boise radioboise.org and Boise Blues Society boiseblues.org. Food and drink available. All ages welcome.
Advance $17 either night (no fees or tax added). Tickets will be $20 at the door if still available. Best deal to get yours here in advance.
Watch this playlist of artists playing the 2017 edition of the Boise Blues Festival. Go to YouTube for access to full playlist menu. Get tickets now to this very affordable day-long festival. Children 12 & under free. Tickets and more info at BBF2017.eventbrite.com
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
Pamela DeMarche & Friends
Kings of Swing
Hoochie Coochie Men
Boise’s Groove and Jones
The Blues Addicts
Bob Kohnke & Butts Giraud
The Facts: Location: Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm. Music from 7-11pm.
General admission: $10, bring-a-friend special add-on ticket $5.
Special price on CD at show for ticket buyers $10 (regular $15).
Tickets: BBS25.eventbrite.com and at all BBS events.
CD title: Blues Gems from the Gem State
Details: Boise Blues Society releases its brand new CD compilation in celebration of 25 years of bringing the best in blues to Boise and Southern Idaho. This CD, produced by BBS co-founder and KRBX Radio Boise host of Juke Joint blues show Norman Davis, features 18 tracks, one each by a different Treasure Valley blues band or artist who have donated their music to the fundraising project. Eight of those will be playing the Release Party. See playing list below.
For more information about the CD including list of all the artists, click here.
Come and enjoy the party with area musicians and lots of friends of the Boise Blues Society. The historic Mardi Gras Ballroom features a huge dance floor and lots of tables and chairs both near the stage and dance floor and in the separate full bar area, as well as food options. We’ll be decorating in the style of our Silver Anniversary and the history of blues entertainment in Boise.
Proceeds from the album and show go to support the non-profit work of Boise Blues Society, including their popular Blues in the Schools program offered free-of-charge to area schools to promote and educate about the blues, and their youth scholarship program which offers financial support for young musicians to further their music education.
Here’s the announced playing order in copy-friendly text form:
7:00–The Blues Addicts
8:00–Neighbor Dave and Big Mac
8:30–Pamela DeMarche and Friends
9:00–Bret Welty Band
9:30–Hoochie Coochie Men and Noble Holt
10:00–Gary Tackett and Full Moon Rude
10:30–Richard Soliz and the Fabulous Blue Rayz
Spreading knowledge and appreciation of blues music throughout Southern Idaho