Fat Tuesday Party in the Sapphire Room!

The Fat Tuesday Party is an annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization we all know and love as the Boise Blues Society.  It helps BBS continue to presents its highly successful Blues In The Schools program and to offer Music Scholarships to student musicians around the Treasure Valley.
The event on Tuesday, February 13th will feature music from three great bands starting at 6:30pm in the Sapphire Room of the Riverside Hotel.  The bands are Mojo Boogie, Billy Blues Band and Blues Addicts. Three for the price of one! Tickets are on sale now at –  $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 
Many tables in the Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or ADA accessible seating will be most comfortable at the following tables: 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 41, 60, or at the bar. For questions about accessible seating, please call 208-331-4930 or email

Announcing the Return of The Boise Blues Society Family-Friendly Blues Jams

The jams are back! On the second Sunday of each month, 3pm to 6pm with the first jam scheduled for January 14th. The hosting showcase band, “SUDA” is comprised of BBS Scholarship winners.


The Playhouse is a family-friendly environment with a stage, large dance floor, and a sound system.   Youth are encouraged to participate in jam sessions.  BBS mentors will be available to answer any questions these young blues musicians may have.  All ages are welcome to come, observe, and learn. Drinks and a limited selection of food items will be available for sale by the Playhouse, as well as BBS CD’s and related items.


Each Jam session will be managed by a volunteer appointed by the BBS Board of Directors.  The goal to make playing the blues both fun, as well as organized for smooth transitions. The BBS volunteer will be responsible for placing individuals into jam bands and designating the order, or priority, in which individuals and bands will play.  Each band or BBS composed jam band, or individual musician will be able to play for 15 minutes (or 3 songs not lasting more than 15 minutes) in order to allow full participation of those wanting to jam.

Hosting Showcase Bands

BBS is seeking host bands that will be showcased at the Jam and play a 30-minute set to start the Jam Session.  Host bands will be able to sell their CD’s or other marketing materials to those attending.  Musicians in the Host band will also be responsible for covering when the need arises for a bass player, drummer, or another musician.  If you have a band and would like to be considered for a Host Band, please send an email to (Dale Wilson) with your email,  telephone number, and the name of your band.  Host Bands will be selected based on BBS review of the band’s musical performance of at least one blues song by CD, Facebook or Youtube post, or another means of displaying their band’s musical ability. Application to be a Host Band does not assure selection as one.

Jam Players

Individuals and Bands will sign up for the Jam session when they arrive at the Playhouse.  Each Jammer, whether signed in by Band or Individual, will be assigned to play in the order in which they registered to play when they arrived.  If a Band is not ready to play at the time called because a member is missing, the Band will be moved down to the next available priority until they arrive; or, the Band may choose to play with an Individual Jammer substituting for the missing player(s).


The Showcase Host Band will be providing a drum kit and bass amplifier for all musicians.  BBS will be providing microphones, with the Playhouse providing the sound equipment and sound engineer.  Bands or individuals needing a keyboard should bring their own.  Other instrument equipment is also the responsibility of the individual or band participating.

Winter Blues Weekend Jan. 12 & 13

Boise Blues Society (BBS) and Riverside Hotel/Sapphire Room have come together to bring you TWO NIGHTS of awesome MUSIC from some of the best bands/musicians in the Treasure Valley.

Tickets on sale now:
Fri, Jan 12 show features Gary Tackett (solo) Jake Leg, then Smooth Avenue. Tickets here

Sat, Jan 13 show features Zack Quintana and Noble Holt (duo), followed by Blues Directors and Blues Collective. Tickets here

Please share this event info with all your friends and help us fill the Sapphire Room. If you’re not a member of the BBS, you’ll find a link to join right here  on our website and we’d really appreciate you helping us grow our base. Its only $15 a year for an individual and $20 for a family membership. The money supports our Blues In the Schools Program!

Want the best seats in the house? Call the hotel at 208-343-1871 to reserve a room package and join us for the whole weekend! No need to purchase tickets with the room package… we’ll reserve those seats for you!

Winter Blues Package (one night):

$109 + taxes/one night (standard room, double occupancy)

Includes 2 Preferred tickets for that night’s performance

Riverside Signature Brunch

$20 Food & Beverage Gift Card

Winter Blues Package (two nights):

$199 + taxes/two nights (standard room, double occupancy)

Includes 2 Preferred seating tickets for both night’s performances

Riverside Signature Brunch each morning

$30 Food & Beverage Gift Card

Bottle of Wine/Champagne/Sparkling Cider upon arrival

Many tables in the Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or ADA accessible seating will be most comfortable at the following tables: 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 41, 60, or at the bar. For questions about accessible seating, please call 208-331-4930 or email

100% refunds are available until 48 hours before the event. Refunds cannot be processed after the event occurs for any reason.

Boise’s best kept secret! The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Need assistance? WE CAN HELP! Please call 208-331-4930 to order over the phone. Phone orders are available from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. If you need help after-hours or on weekends, please email (fastest) or leave a voicemail at 208-331-4930 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for supporting local live music!

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!


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