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BBS Music Scholarship Filing Deadline May 1st

The Boise Blues Society (BBS) is once again accepting scholarship applications.  The BBS has awarded a number of scholarships over the past several years to deserving young blues musicians.  The money awarded can be used by the recipient for any expense related to their development as a musician.  The application deadline for this year is May 1. 
 
An important part of the application process is performing at the BBS jam.  The jam sessions are held at Playhouse Boise, 8001 W. Fairview Ave. on the second Sunday of each month, from 3-6 pm.  The application can be downloaded here: http://boiseblues.org/education/scholarship/
 
Applications will be reviewed during the month of May and awards will be made at the June BBS jam.
 
If you have any questions contact  BBS scholarship committee chair, Mike Witmer at mikeandandrea47@gmail.com .

Radio Boise Blues Cruise to Payette Lake June 24

 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 Scott Wallenburg of The Blues Addicts, 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

Note: The May jam will not be held due to it being Mother’s Day (13th). See you on the next jam Sunday, June 10th.

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!

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.

 

GET YOUR TIX NOW!!

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!

Johnny Rawls St. Patrick’s Day Show

 

 

 

 

Johnny Rawls returns to Boise for a St. Patrick’s Day Party at The Playhouse, 8001 W. Fairview Avenue.  Johnny has been nominated for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards for 2018 in both Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album categories. His latest album, Waiting For the Train, shot straight to #1 on soul blues charts upon release last September. This blues legend has been our guest before and was a featured performer at the Boise Blues Society’s Blues Festival last summer. He has developed a real fan base so get your tickets early!

One of Boise’s favorites groups, Smooth Avenue, will once again take the stage to back Rawls for this show so you know The Playhouse will be rockin’ and the dance floor will be full right to the very last song.

Tickets are $15 General Admission, $20 at the door. Buy HERE