Have you heard yet that the fabulous Ben Rice is bringing his band here on June 9? Still just 27, Ben (from Portland) is on his way to the top echelon of blues guitarists/vocalists. After standout performances at the 2015 Boise Blues Festival and 2016 Blues and Bones, and a sold-out show of his own in Fall of 2015, we’re excited to bring Ben back to Boise!!
Ben has been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest and winning awards for his vocals and guitar playing for the last seven years. In 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee he left the audience speechless with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway.” His second consecutive trip to the International Blues Challenge he made the finals in the solo/duo category. Where he was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist.
Ben Rice’s music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like “fearless,” “inventive” and “powerful,” and he routinly brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much at home fronting his electric band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his acoustic resonator guitar.
Come and help Boise Blues Society celebrate 25 years bringing the blues to Treasure Valley, on Saturday night (May 13) at Mardi Gras Ballroom. Local musicians and blues fans will take over the Mardi Gras for the Release Party of the new BBS CD. You’re invited to party with us!
The Blues Addicts will open the show at 7pm sharp, followed by at least 7 more local blues acts, so plan to get there early! Each band plays a short set including their track on the brand new CD. Doors at 6:30. Tickets are just $10 each or 2 for $15 (bring-a-friend special) … and now no fees or tax added at BBS events. BBS25.eventbrite.com
You can also grab a copy of the BBS 25th Year Compilation CD, Blues Gems of the Gem State, featuring 18 tracks from local blues artists plus a bonus digital track from Boise’s own John Nemeth, at a special price of $10 during this event. Get a glimpse into the history of blues music in Boise and be part of our thriving local blues scene!
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 each or 2 for $15 (bring-a-friend special)
For more information about the CD including list of all the artists, click here.
Those who were at our 2 sold out shows with Johnny Rawls will want to be at this show at Playhouse Boise, Monday May 22. Promises to be another blow-out, with world class blues guitarist Andy T and his excellent band, featuring new lead vocalist, the acclaimed Alabama Mike. If you saw the Andy T Band at the 2016 Boise Blues Festival, you already know what a great band they are! General admission just $15, no fees or tax added.
BLUES ICON CURTIS SALGADO IS ADDED TO THIS YEAR’S EXCELLENT FESTIVAL LINEUP! The rumor is true, we’ve given you another fabulous reason to be at our 25th Anniversary Festival. Tickets go on sale online April 1st – and we’re not foolin’. Watch here for our Early Bird Ticket Special & more information!
Nick Schnebelen tearing it up solo at Legendary Blues Cruise. He will have his whole band with him for his Sapphire Room show on Tuesday, April 4. You don’t want to miss this rising blues talent. Get your tickets now at nicks-blues.eventbrite.com/
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