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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

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!

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

Boise Blues Kids

We’re so very proud to say that 5 young musicians, all of them former Boise Blues Society Music Scholarship Winners – are putting on a special show at Ironwood Social, 5467 North Glenwood Street on Saturday, February 17th.
They’re paying it forward by raising funds for future Scholarships and for our Blues In the Schools program.

Don’t miss hearing these talented young musicians:
Zack Quintana; Thomas Wilson; Noble Holt; Kevin Littrell; Casey Shelden and friends are performing live. It’s a fun-raiser!
Special thanks to Steve Hall of “the Blues Groove” for being uh, instrumental, in arranging this great event.

Tickets are only $8 and are available at EventBrite.com

We hope you’ll come out and support these incredibly talented young men and contribute to our efforts to see that young musicians like these will keep the blues alive for future generations.

Boise Blues Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization