Studebaker John (Grimaldi) returns to Boise’s Sapphire Room after a 2 year absence on Tuesday, November 15, and his presence is sure to be felt! Yes, the dance floors will be open – come join us there! Just 10 bucks advance for general seating, 15 for preferred.
Legendary slide guitar and blues harp artist Studebaker John (Grimaldi) returns to Boise in support of his 18th album of all-original material, Eternity’s Descent. Boise Blues Society last sponsored Studebaker John at the Sapphire Room in the fall of 2014.
Studebaker John is among those who were fortunate to learn the Blues trade from the Chicago legends the rest of us read about. Grimaldi grew up in Chicago listening to Chicago Blues and still makes his living there doing what he does best, playing slide guitar and harmonica with his band of many years, The Hawks (named after the Studebaker Hawk he still owns today).
Not too many living Bluesmen can say they saw or played with or knew the legends of Chicago Blues. John mentions Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Big Walter, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Albert King, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and many others in casual conversation. He’s not being pretentious; he was merely in the right place at the right time in his life. (Blues Blast Magazine)
Extraordinary Blues guitarist-harmonica master Hamilton Loomis will be here on May 13 at the Sapphire Room.
This protege of the legendary Bo Diddley headlined the Boise Blues Festival in 2014, wowing the crowd. BBS also hosted him in 2 sold-out harmonica workshops here, and a stunning performance in his first Boise show in January 2014 at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge.
Loomis’ latest album release GIVE IT BACK is an altruistic message showcasing a “pay it forward” philosophy. Loomis states his goal to share the knowledge and information that was given to him as a young musician by Bo Diddley and others. Bridging the gap between generations of music-lovers and redefining blues-based American music for a contemporary audience, Loomis created his own path and built a loyal following by blending myriad influences, clever songwriting, and an expressive voice into a sound that defies description.
COMING TO PLAYHOUSE BOISE, 8001 Fairview,
on Thursday evening March 24 Soul-Blues star JOHNNY RAWLS!
Treasure Valley music lovers rarely get a chance to hear “real deal” Mississippi Soul Blues, so that’s why you WON’T WANT TO MISS singer/guitarist/songwriter JOHNNY RAWLS!
Born and raised in Mississippi, JOHNNY RAWLS started off playing professionally backing soul/blues luminaries such as Joe Tex, The Sweet Inspirations, ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor and finally went to work as OV Wright’s bandleader.
Eventually, Johnny went out on his own and has released many cd’s over the years. In 2008, his “Red Cadillac” cd placed #1 on the Living Blues radio chart. His 2009 release, “Ace of Spades” nominated him for Best Male Soul Blues Artist and Best Soul Blues Album by the Blues Foundation.
His latest cd now receiving local airplay on the Monday night KRBX Blues Bloc is “Tiger In A Cage” (89.9fm/93.5fm).
Johnny has performed twice at The Chicago Blues Festival, The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Russian River Blues Festival and festivals in Sweden and Poland.
“I’ve never seen anyone play the blues like him.” Purdue Exponent
“They were eating it up and begging for more.” Athens Musician
“You can’t find a guy like him very often who can sing soul and play blues guitar solos both so well.” Blues Ginza
“Every person packed on the dance floor….gyrating to Johnny Rawls had the blues and was loving every low-down minute of it.” Tallahassee Democrat
On Thursday, March 24 at Playhouse Boise (8001 Fairview just EAST of Milwaukee), doors open at 6pm and Johnny’s first show starts at 7pm. He will be backed by local groovemasters Smooth Avenue. Tickets are available NOW at Bluesman Johnny Rawls
THIS IS AN ALL AGES SHOW. Food available from Tiki Teryaki and bar snacks inside.
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!!