Saturday, January 26, 2019. 8:00pm-12:30am. Ironwood Social, Glenwood in Garden City. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly
Friday, February 22, 2019. 8pm-11pm. Willi B's on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. 21 and older.
Michele Eastland Covering Ain't Got Time for Hate
Michele covering the song originally performed by Shemekia Copeland, which has been nominated by the Blues Foundation as Song of the Year in 2019. We received a standing ovation from a sold out show at the Sapphire Room, January 2019. Please use the YouTube link that will appear below to view this video and three other cover songs performed by Michele at this 2019 show.
The Billy Blues Band
The Billy Blues Band was started in the fall of 2016 to entertain with contemporary blues rock, rock & roll and funky soul at private parties, weddings, festivals and upscale venues in the general Boise, Idaho area. The band features vocalists Michele Eastland and Becky Blake who blast out their songs and control the stage with their energy. Both Michele and Becky are professional singers and actresses, which accounts for their dynamic stage presence. Lead guitarist, Joe Ryan, the most recent member to join to the band, plays with the soul of a blues master with his heart felt riffs, as well as singing vocals. The band organizer-manager, vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Billy Arnold promotes a new generation of blues rock, along with the classics in both blues, rock and funky soul. The blues band also includes solid rhythms by Bass Player, Terry Jones and Drummer, Brian Sweet. Dale Massee, our blues harp, keyboard player, and vocalist, has been playing music in Boise bands for years. Local great and well known sax players include Joe Young and Bruce Guy. We are a performance show band to which you will love to dance, dance, dance.
Check out our Billy Blues Band Facebook page for information on the band and events at Facebook.com//billybluebones
Past 2018 & Currently Scheduled 2019 Shows
2019 Scheduled Shows
Friday, January 11, 2019. Est: 9:30-10:15pm (last of 3 bands to play that night). Boise Blues Society Winter Blues Festival. Riverside Sapphire Room. Ticheting through Eventbrite when available. Family Friendly.
Saturday, January 26, 2019. 8:30pm-12:30am. Ironwood Social, Glenwood in Garden City. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Friday, February 21, 2019. 8:00pm-11:00pm. Willi B's on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. 21 and older.
April 21, 2019. Sapphire Room Sunday Blues Brunch, Riverside Hotel. 9:00am-12:00pm. No cover but Buffet fee applies. Family Friendly. Music by Billy Blucoustics Ban.
June 15, 2019. Korah Shrine. Boise, ID. Private Event. By Invitation only.
Tuesday, February 12, 8:30-9:30pm. Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Benefit for Boise Blues Society, Sapphire Room at Riverside Hotel, Boise. Ticketed Event. Family Friendly.
Monday, April 23, 2018. 8-9 pm. Radiothon, Radio Boise KRBX 89.9FM (outside of Boise); 93.5 FM (downtown) and streaming online. Live Broadcast.
Friday, April 27, 2018. 7-10pm. Destination 112, Nampa. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018. 7-10pm. Willi B's. Boise on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. Age 21 and older.
Thursday, May 31, 2018. 6:30-9pm. City of Eagle Gazebo Concert Series at Heritage Square. Cancelled by the City due to the weather. Rescheduling.
Sunday, June 10, 2018. 3-6pm Showcase Band (3-3:30pm), Boise Blues Society Jam, Playhouse Boise. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018. 6-9pm, Sandbar at the Riverside Hotel. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Saturday, June 30, 2018. 8-11pm. Willi B's. Boise on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. Age 21 and older.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 7-10pm Willi B's Boise on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. Age 21 and older.
Saturday, July 28, 2018, Time 5:00-8:00 pm. Ironwood Social on Glenwood Blvd. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Sunday, August 12, 2018. 11:45-1:00pm Nampa Festival for the Arts. Lakeview Park, Garrity Blvd, No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018. 7-10pm. Willi B's Boise on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. Age 21 and older.
Friday, September 7. 8:30-11:30 pm. Ironwood Social on Glenwood Blvd. No Charge. Over 21.
Saturday, September 15, 2018. 10am-2pm. City of Eagle Saturday Market at Heritage Square Gazebo. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018. 7-10pm. Willi B's. Boise on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. Age 21 and Older.
Saturday, September 29, 2018. 1:00-2;00pm. Wiping Away the Blues Benefit Festival, JUMP Center, Boise. No Cover Charge. Family Friendly.
Saturday, October 31, 2018, 8:00-11:00 pm. Halloween Costume Party at Willi B's on Chinden Blvd. No Cover Charge. 21 and older.
Friday, November 9, 2018. 7:30-11:30 pm. Riverside Sapphire Room. Billy Blues Band followed by Smooth Avenue. Ticketing through Eventbrite. Family Friendly.
Sunday, December 30, 2018. Sapphire Room Sunday Brunch, Riverside Hotel. 9:00am-12:00pm. No Cover, but Buffet fee applies. Family Friendly. Music by Billy Blucoustics.
Our First Show in February 2018
Love me Like a Man performed by Becky Blake
Hurts So Bad performed by Michele Eastland (video clip)
Better off with the Blues performed by Becky Blake (video clip)
We were so excited last night to get to witness the world premiere performance of our BBS Board member Bill Arnold's new band, Billy Blues Band!!
Many of you know these musicians and will remember Becky Blake from when she showed up at a jam session at The Drink a while back and just blew everyone away with her awesome, passionate performances. Michele Eastland is also well known to us for the same reasons, incredible voice, passionate delivery. Put those two together with a great group of musicians like this and you're gonna have an amazing sound.. one our sold-out crowd at the Sapphire was certainly thrilled to hear and has been asking "where are you playing next?"
Stay tuned, we're pretty sure we'll be seeing this group again soon and we'll have more video for you soon as well.
Look for the band's page here and on Facebook and let 'em know how much you enjoy their music. by Ron Gardner