The Kootenay Blues Society has had a big first year, a lot of fun and great success with the shows presented: The KBS Fundraiser (featuring local blues bands: Flaming Aardvark Trio, White Lightning Blues Band, Jon Burden and Friends, Baker Street Blues with Judy Brown); Sonny Rhodes Band (three shows); Sue Foley (with guests Baker Street Blues); Alabama Mike and Country Pete with Riverside Blues Band (5 shows); JW-Jones (with guests Holly Hyatt Band).  And our membership keeps growing!

We'd like to thank all those who came out and supported blues music in the Kootenay's and made these events the huge successes that they were. You all have enabled us to keep bringing you high quality blues from all over North America and we have some exceptional shows planned for 2019, including: Mark Hummel and The Golden State/Lone Star Revue on May 29th; Andy T. Band on June 21st and 22nd, Cecile Doo Kingue on July 19th and 20th; Sue Foley on Aug 19th and 20th and Terry Hancks on Sept 7th and 8th.

 Our next presentation:  Holly Hyatt "Wild Heart" CD Release Show. Apr 5 @ Finley's. 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10.00 at the door.


Volunteers Welcome - The KBS is a non-profit society run by volunteers and we are always looking for people to help out the society.  There are many ways to volunteer, including ongoing as well as event specific.  If you have any of the following skills or are interested in volunteer, please contact us at:

  • Board/Committee Members
  • Social Media Person
  • Bookkeeping/Financial
  • Selling memberships and merchandise at events
  • Putting up Posters
  • Live Event Photography
  • Talent Accommodation/Billeting and/or driving to/from gigs


Small Group Lessons with Ralf Buschmeyer


Tired of playing the same licks?  Still hitting the bad notes?  This course can put you on a path to re-inspire and re-build how you play the Blues.  Learn new techniques to build your awareness in improvisation to get the "right note" every time.  Also includes chordal development, rythm styles, analysis of Blues greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Albert King.

Guitar Player Magazine calls guitarist Ralph Buschmeyer "as smooth and sophisticated as James Bond taking a holiday in Monte Carlo" and Blues Review hails him as an "inventive musician."

Nelson: Tenth Street Campus

Section W19A01:

January 12 to March 2, 2019;

Saturday 1:00pm - 2:30pm (8 sessions)
No class February 16

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Tune in to Make Room For the blues. Fridays at 7Pm. Saturday at noon

Tune in to Make Room For the blues. Fridays at 7Pm. Saturday at noon


Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue

Finley's, Vernon St., Nelson, BC

Kootenay Blues Society presents Blues Supergroup MARK HUMMEL GOLDEN STATE - LONE STAR BLUES REVUE, featuring Grammy-nominated Harp Blower/Vocalist/ Bandleader MARK HUMMEL; guitarist ANSON FUNDERBURGH (Delbert McClinton joining his Sandy Beaches Cruise every year, Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Earl King and Jimmy Buffet); guitar legend MIKE KELLER - (Fabulous Thunderbirds/Marcia Ball/The Keller Brothers) ; drummer WES STARR and bassist RW GRIGSBY. This band is an all-star cross country melding of two California musicians (Hummel and Grigsby) with three Texans (Funderburgh, Keller and Starr). GOLDEN STATE - LONE STAR BLUES REVUE's self-titled debut album (Electro-Fi Records/April 2016), was recorded by Kid Andersen at the famed Greaseland Studio in San Jose, CA, and co-produced by Funderburgh & Hummel. Both Hummel & Funderburgh are nominated for BMAs on their respective instruments this year.