Tinsley Ellis in the Sapphire Room!

Ellis to The Sapphire Room

Boise Blues Society is excited to announce Tinsley Ellis will play the Sapphire Room on February 24th, 2018!

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Ellis recently returned to Alligator Records and his powerful new album, Winning Hand, is set for release just one month prior to his show in Boise!

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and keyboardist Kevin McKendree, the ten brilliantly performed, fervently sung tracks on Winning Hand include nine originals, ranging from blistering blues to heart-pounding rock to soulful ballads. “Guitar, guitar, guitar is what this album is all about,” says Ellis, who recorded primarily with his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, his 1967 Gibson ES 345 and his 1973 Les Paul Deluxe. Guitar World says, “Ellis’ playing sparkles with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a gorgeously fat, pure tone.”

Although he jokes that he’s “the best guitarist you may never have heard of,” hordes of fans worldwide know Tinsley, who is among the blues world’s most revered, respected and well-travelled statesmen. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam.

This will be an evening to remember! Join us in the Sapphire Room on February 24!

Ellis to The Sapphire Room

RJ Mischo “Live” in the Sapphire Room

Boise Blues Society is proud to present one of the finest blues harp players in the world today, RJ Mischo, on Saturday, October 21st, 7:30pm.  Our own Hoochie Coochie Men will be backing RJ for this show so you know its going to be a fun, rockin’ good time in the Sapphire!

Mischo loves traveling and playing with local musicians. Playing with different musicians instead of a band of his own is improvisation in its best form, he says. The Hoochie Coochie men have been together for a few decades as well and have improvised with RJ before, so look for the sparks to fly again when hit the stage together on Oct. 21st. Put on your dancing shoes and join us.

Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boise-blues-society-presents-rj-mischo-with-the-hoochie-coochie-men-tickets-37019518376?aff=efbevent

Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30pm.

Now On Sale! BBS 25th Year CD “Blues Gems From The Gem State”

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.

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Blues In the Schools Needs Your Support!

DID YOU KNOW? Boise Blues Society (BBS) is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting blues music through a wonderful program called Blues In the Schools (BITS).
Its part of a nationwide program involving dozens of blues societies  and is especially important now because funding for music programs in public schools seem to be a priority target for budget cuts.
We’ve also presented BBS Student Scholarships to several outstanding young musicians in the Treasure Valley. 
If you’re a member of BBS, thank you. If you’re not, please join us and help support our cause.
. Contact BBS President Ken Harris at kjharris1925@yahoo.com or 208-440-4590. For more info: http://boiseblues.org/education/blues-schools-bits/

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New BBS Blues Channel on YouTube

We’ve just created a new YouTube Channel!  Live music from local shows by BBS member bands, concert excerpts from touring blues musicians presented by BBS in the greater Boise area, and lots of other fine blues videos gleaned from YouTube and other websites. Check it out below, because there’s never too much blues music!!

Boise Blues Society YouTube Channel

Here’s a sample video from our channel of a recent BBS sponsored event with Portland’s Lisa Mann, and featuring Ben Rice:

Spreading knowledge and appreciation of blues music throughout Southern Idaho.