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Curtis Salgado Headlines Our Biggest Boise Blues Festival Sunday July 16


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. 

Sponsored in part by Riverside Hotel, Boise. 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. Other partners include Jo’s Traveling Bar and Radio Boise.

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 right behind the stage.  

Note: This is a Rain or Shine event. Wear or bring appropriate clothing for any weather extremes. No weather-related refunds. No outside alcohol or glass containers. Coolers and bags are allowed but we reserve the right to inspect them at the gate. Please see full FAQ at the Ticket Page above.

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! 


Blues & Brews Weekly Music Guest Series in Nampa

Here’s another opportunity for the public to hear blues regularly in Treasure Valley, and for local blues musicians to play for their fans.

Established California Bay Area blues artist and new Idaho resident/BBS member Gary Tackett is now hosting a Blues & Brews Music Series every Thursday at Six Degrees in Nampa from 8:30-11pm. The series features a variety of songwriters in the Boise area in a Q&A show setting where artists talk about each song and its origin.


Gary has invited BBS artists and other interested musicians who write originals to contact him at 209-221-2426 about doing a guest shot on the series. Guest artist does 45-60 minutes solo acoustic or electric and receives $75 for the appearance.

Six Degrees is located at 1411 Shilo Drive in Nampa.


SOLD OUT – Hamilton Loomis Returns to Boise May 13

Buy Your Tickets Now – SOLD OUT!!

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.

See more about Hamilton at his website hamiltonloomis.com.

Tickets are now available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2534424/
General Seating: $10 online ($15 at the door if any left).  Seating: $15 online ($20 at the door if any left).
Discount for BBS members! To became a member see http://boiseblues.org/paypal-payments/ Discount passwords for current events will be sent to you right away in the member welcome email. If you are already a member see our latest mailing or email boisebluessociety@gmail.com with your membership name for the discount password.


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.

PRESENTED BY Boise Blues Society
Info: #440-4590
CHECK OUT Johnny Rawls live video below!

Food will be available from Tiki Teriyaki Food Truck. For menu choices and more info see http://www.tikiteriyaki.com/

Tiki Teriyaki Logo

John Nemeth & Johnny Rawls – 2 Great Soul-Blues Singers!

“Love me some Johnny Rawls,” commented Boise’s own favorite blues-son John Nemeth on our Facebook page. The same John Nemeth of course who is nominated for 2016 Blues Music Award BB King Entertainer of the Year, in town long enough to play a pair of sold-out shows this week! The best know the best! Get your tix now to our Johnny Rawls show – http://jrawls.bpt.me/ Thank you for the kind words, John!

Photos below of these 2 great blues singers – John Nemeth and Johnny Rawls!

'John Nemeth'
'Johnny Rawls'