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News of all things blues-related.

Radio Boise Blues Cruise

 This blues cruise, Boise’s first ever, promises to be a lot of fun. A luxury cruiser will pick us up at noon on Sunday, June 24. We’ll ride to McCall in style with snacks, games, prizes and live music by Russ Martin and Richard Soliz on the way.
 Then we’ll board the good ship Idaho for a two hour cruise of Payette Lake!
 More snacks, a full bar and live music during our cruise by Neighbor Dave and the Gary Tackett trio. :After the cruise, we’ll ride back to Boise with more live music and fun.
 Only 75 tickets will be sold for this event, at Eventbrite.com so don’t wait too long if you’d like to go. This is a fund-raiser for Radio Boise and a fun-raiser for blues fans.
  Questions? Contact Norman Davis of the Blues Bloc on Radio Boise, 89.9 Boise & Beyond, and 93.5 Downtown at norman@radiothrills.com

BBS Jam Sessions on Second Sunday of Each Month

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

Venue: Playhouse Boise (Located at: 8001 W. Fairview Avenue—East of Milwaukee on Fairview)

Time: 3pm to 6pm
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!

Don’t Miss This Show!

Terry Hanck, multiple award winning sax man, brings his awesome band to the Playhouse Boise on May 9th!
GET YOUR TIX NOW!!

Buy Tickets Here!  $15 advance purchase, $20 at the door.

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.

Boise Blues Society is so excited to have the opportunity to bring this group to Boise. Please don’t miss this great show.

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!

GET YOUR TIX NOW!!

Buy Tickets Here!  $15 advance purchase, $20 at the door.

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.

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.

 

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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.

Our shows have been selling out and John’s last appearance at the Sapphire was a sellout so don’t wait to grab those tickets!

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!