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.

 Our next presentation: Blues, Brews and BBQ on Mar. 2/19. TBA.


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


Previous events

New Years with Baker Street Blues at The Prestige Lakeside in Nelson.

Prestige Inn, Lakeside, Nelson, BC

Join us for a New Years Party in VAULT at The Prestige. Three options to choose from.. Option 1: $20 per person includes the dance in VAULT and a glass of bubbly at midnight. Option 2: $50 per person includes a delicious 3 course dinner, the dance in VAULT and a glass of bubbly at midnight. Option 3: The 'more bang for your buck' amazing deal for those that are looking for a "Romantic Getaway" this New Years. It includes...(for 2)....a one night stay, a delicious 3 course dinner, the dance in VAULT, a glass of bubbly at midnight and brunch at the West Coast Grill New Years Day....all inclusive for just $250!! The joint will be jumpin' with non stop rockin' blues dance tunes as we take you on a musical journey following the history of the 'Juke Joint'.

CABARET NIGHT featuring Baker Street Blues

Finley's, 705 Vernon St., Nelson, BC

Broadway meets the Blues, featuring the Front Street Dancers with a little help from Baker Street Blues, Aryn Sheriff, Greg Walter, Melody Diachun, Doug Stephenson, Corinne Plomish, Ralf Buschmeyer . Choreography by Stelio Calagias.”

Doc Maclean and Albert Frost National Steel Blues Tour

Royal, Baker, Nelson, BC

Doc MacLean and Albert Frost. One guy played with Son House, the other with Ali Farka Toure. So now now, CanAfrica Blues: a playful, yet respectful collaboration by these unique, yet complimentary artists– each of whom mix traditional and contemporary blues and roots music from their own continents.

Tracy K and Jamie Steinhoff

Studio Lounge, Heritage Inn, Cranbrook, BC

Western Canadian Music Award Nominee - 2018 Blues Artist of the Year TRACY K" and JamieSteinhoff @ The Studio Lounge in The Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Center, Cranbrook, BC. Opening the show will be "Cranbrook's Own MADDI KEIVER; she is currently living and working in Dublin, Ireland and will be home for a short time in Mid October.

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Capitol Theatre, Nelson, BC

2017 BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2006 JUNO AWARD WINNER (Canada’s Grammys) - Best Blues Recording - "Let It Loose" (Electro-Fi Records) 2018 JUNO AWARD NOMINEE - Best Blues Recording - “Big City Back Country Blues” (Brandon Isaac Music)

Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Australian Michael Charles

Lorenzo's Cafe, 901 Mabel Lake Rd, Enderby, BC

Grammy elected, and Blues Hall of Fame Australian artist, Michael Charles will claim the stage at Lorenzo's Cafe from A to Z tour 2018 - 9:00 PM 901 Mabel Lk. Rd. Enderby, BC and embraces you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty five years and thirty five releases of his original music.