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2017 Boise Blues Festival July 16 – Bigger ‘n Better ‘n Ever!

FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR SILVER ANNIVERSARY 

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. 

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. 
 
 
 
 
 

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 BBF2017.eventbrite.com, and will be $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and there is a playground at the park next to the stage. 

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!
 
THE ARTISTS:
 

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

LISA MANN

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

JOHNNY RAWLS

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.

THE BLUES ADDICTS
THE BRASS TACKS
 
 
LEO “BUD” WELCH

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! 

SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL !!
 
 

Last Call for Fat Tuesday Advance Tickets!

UPDATE TUESDAY 11:30am: We just sold out the original allotment of advance tickets for tonight’s Fat Tuesday Celebration, and have added a block of 20 seats we were holding back for door sales. You may still purchase advanced tickets until 3pm, then if any are left, they will be available at the door for $25. But best option is to get them now ($20+3.31 fees/tax)… Going to be a wang dang doodle of a party tonight!!

Update 2-27: We have just a few tickets left to tomorrow’s Fat Tuesday Celebration & Fundraiser for our Blues in the Schools program. Don’t miss this great colorful party! Tickets may not be available at the door, so don’t wait. Get yours now at bbs-fat-tues-2017.eventbrite.com/

Table reservations:  If you already have tickets, bring some more friends and reserve a whole table (up to 9) for all of you. Email boisebluessociety@gmail.com to reserve or ask questions. See you at the party!!

Bring Friends to Fat Tues – Reserve Your Table Now!

Bring your friends to the party at our Fat Tuesday Celebration, and reserve a table (or part of a table, they seat up to 9). Come early for dinner and help us get the party rolling! Doors open at 5:30 and music starts at 6pm sharp. It’s going to be a frolicking good time! And all proceeds go to support our Blues in the Schools and youth scholarship programs. To reserve a table, email us at boisebluessociety@gmail.com

Get advance tickets now before they sell out! bbs-fat-tues-2017.eventbrite.com/

TONIGHT’S Fat Tuesday Celebration Nearly Full!

UPDATE TUESDAY 11:30AM: We just sold out the original allotment of advance tickets for tonight’s Fat Tuesday Celebration, and have added a block of 20 seats we were holding back for door sales. You may still purchase advanced tickets until 3pm, then if any are left, they will be available at the door for $25. But best option is to get them now ($20+3.31 fees/tax)… Going to be a wang dang doodle of a party tonight!!  bbs-fat-tues-2017.eventbrite.com/

Get your tix early to the BBS annual Fat Tuesday Celebration and Fundraiser for our Blues in the Schools program. One of our biggest shows of the year! Four top local blues bands! Saturday, Feb. 28. Door at 5:30pm, music starts at 6pm.  Tickets & Info!

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BAND LINEUP:
BLUES COLLECTIVE
JAKE LEG
THE BLUES DIRECTORS
THE BLUES ADDICTS & BRASS TACKS HORNS

4 HOURS OF GREAT BLUES MUSIC!

FAT TUESDAY IS PARTY TIME … at one of our biggest events of the year! Boise Blues Society ushers in its 25th year of bringing the best in blues music to Boise and Treasure Valley with its annual Fat Tuesday Celebration and Fundraiser.

Mardi Gras decor all around, theme food & full bar available, large dance floor.  Come early for best seat selection and dinner. The first band goes on at 6pm.  Playhouse Boise, 8001 W Fairview, near the intersection of Fairview and Milwaukee. 

All proceeds from this event help support the BBS Blues in the Schools program, which provides free blues education and live music programs free-of-charge to any area school, and scholarships to young promising musicians. Everyone involved, including the musicians, venue, sound personnel and more, donate their time and talents to this show. We appreciate each and everyone of you for supporting this great cause!