We are dedicated to the music we love, the Blues, and helping other music lovers discover and
appreciate this genuine American art form. We are a non-profit organization, recognized by the
State of Washington, the I.R.S. and the US Postal Service. Our members, volunteers and
supporting merchants, sustain us. We are based in Spokane Washington, but we try to
represent Eastern and Central Washington, Northern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Southern British
Columbia and Western Montana. We are proud to be a member of The Blues Foundation.
In January of 1992, The Inland Empire Blues Society started out as a small group of musicians
and fans of good music that wanted to try to get more live Blues shows in the Spokane area.
We met a few times and shared our ideas and hopes, trying to figure out how to pool our
energies and resources. Some details took a while to iron out, and then we really started
happening in April '92, when the official paperwork was completed, and May of 1992 when the
first "Inside Blues" was printed and distributed.
Our purpose, as stated in our By-Laws reads: "The purpose of the Inland Empire Blues Society
shall be to support, preserve, and promote the blues through such social events as concerts,
festivals, and a newsletter." What we really want to do is put the word in the street that there is
some fun music to be heard, and to coax enough paying customers to the shows to keep our
local bands together and in the area. We also hope to attract more national Blues acts to
stages in the Spokane area. We hope that if we help people to understand that the Blues is not
necessarily about "having the blues," they will find joy in this.
The Inland Empire Blues Society holds a general membership meeting at 6:30PM the second
Thursday of each month, usually at Bolo's Bar and Grill, 116 South Best Road, Spokane
Valley, (509) 891-899, although changes are listed in the monthly issue of "Inside Blues." At
the meetings, free, open to the public 21 and over, we usually offer live music, and have a
multitude of blues door prizes such as tickets to upcoming I.E.B.S. sponsored events, cds,
t-shirts, and many other blues prizes.
As a non-profit organization, we have officers and a board of directors, who, along with our
membership, steer the ship toward our goals, which are blues, blues, and more blues!
(Financial solvency would help!) Membership in the Inland Empire Blues Society is open to
anyone interested in furthering the purposes and objectives of the Society. Persons may
become members by completing a membership application and paying annual dues, and
members receive a card identifying their membership in the Society. Please see our
In addition to a subscription to Inside Blues, the newsletter of the Inland Empire Blues Society,
your membership entitles you to some significant discounts. Several merchants in the area give
discounts to card-bearing current members. Tickets to I.E.B.S. sponsored events usually cost
less if you are a member. Membership is currently only $20 for a year and the discounts could
easily pay for it.
Some of the event highlights of our society include our popular "Wild Women of the Blues"
(Female Blues Vocalists), "Harp Attack" (harmonica showcase), "Axe Attack (guitar showcase),"
and "Empire Awards" ceremony, where we thank our local musicians for their dedication
towards the music we all love.
The Inland Empire Blues Society can be reached by calling or faxing:
509-534-8185 message box 2, or email us at: email@example.com
Inland Empire Blues Society
PO Box 11513
Spokane Valley, Wa. 99211-1513