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BBS 25th Year CD Release Party May 13 – Mardi Gras Ballroom

The Facts:
Location: Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm. Music from 7-11pm.
General admission: $10, bring-a-friend special add-on ticket $5.
Special price on CD at show for ticket buyers $10 (regular $15).
Tickets: BBS25.eventbrite.com and at all BBS events.
CD title: Blues Gems from the Gem State


Boise Blues Society releases its brand new CD compilation in celebration of 25 years of bringing the best in blues to Boise and Southern Idaho. This CD, produced by BBS co-founder and KRBX Radio Boise host of Juke Joint blues show Norman Davis, features 18 tracks, one each by a different Treasure Valley blues band or artist who have donated their music to the fundraising project. Eight of those will be playing the Release Party. See playing list below.

Come and enjoy the party with area musicians and lots of friends of the Boise Blues Society. The historic Mardi Gras Ballroom features a huge dance floor and lots of tables and chairs both near the stage and dance floor and in the separate full bar area, as well as food options. We’ll be decorating in the style of our Silver Anniversary and the history of blues entertainment in Boise.

Proceeds from the album and show go to support the non-profit work of Boise Blues Society, including their popular Blues in the Schools program offered free-of-charge to area schools to promote and educate about the blues, and their youth scholarship program which offers financial support for young musicians to further their music education.

Here’s the announced playing order in copy-friendly text form:

7:00–The Blues Addicts
7:30–Bart Barbour
8:00–Neighbor Dave and Big Mac
8:30–Pamela DeMarche and Friends
9:00–Bret Welty Band
9:30–Hoochie Coochie Men and Noble Holt
10:00–Gary Tackett and Full Moon Rude
10:30–Richard Soliz and the Fabulous Blue Rayz


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


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!

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


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


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.


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! 


Master Bluesman RJ Mischo Returns to Boise Saturday Jan 14 – with Hoochie Coochie Men

Fantastic bluesman RJ Mischo returns to Boise to follow up his energy charged performance at this year’s Boise Blues Festival in July.


Mischo, master of the blues harp and voice, returns to Boise on Saturday, January 14 at Playhouse Boise.  RJ is one of the best blues harmonica players anywhere! He showed his prodigious skills accompanying the Andy T band at the festival, and now Boise Blues Society is bringing him back for his own show.

Mischo will be backed for this performance by Boise’s own long-time blues stars, The Hoochie Coochie Men!

Mischo has long been considered in the upper echelon of the world’s blues harp players. His music is drenched in the grease of the juke joint shuffles that have stayed in style since before they called it Rock & Roll. Mischo’s magnificent tone, formidable chops, and affable, self-assured vocals make him a top entertainer; the kind of entertainer that only 25 years of touring experience will bring to the stage. You won’t want to miss this outstanding performance!

Door $18. Show at 7:30pm. Doors at 6:30. Come early for best seat selection and for a free blues dance lesson with Robyn Watson and Craig Crist of Kickin’ It Dance (6:45). You may want to visit the large inviting dance floor at some point during RJ’s show, he will definitely get you moving!

Playhouse Boise is at 8001 W Fairview, near the intersection of Fairview and Milwaukee. Food and full bar available.