Blues Society of Omaha, Inc.

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Terry Sedivy
Stephanie Bokelmann, Treasurer
Public Contact Name
Stephanie Bokelmann
Main Address

P.O. Box 241698
Omaha, NE 68124
United States

What We Do

Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) works towards “Keeping the Blues Alive” by promoting the genre of blues music and providing education to foster awareness and artistic appreciation of the genre.

• The BSO produces and sponsors music events throughout the year, including our
weekly “BSO Presents Thursday Blues Matinee” series and our annual “In The
Market For Blues,” a 14-hour multi-venue festival.

• The Blues Society of Omaha supports and promotes blues musicians, live-music
venues, and events in the Omaha-Lincoln metropolitan area. We also support and
promote live performances of jazz music and other roots music genres.

• BSO created BluesEd, a youth artist development program, in 2002. BluesEd provides opportunities for young musicians to learn blues music in workshops and to play with other students in a band format. Students have multiple opportunities to
perform at festivals and venues throughout the summer months. Over 350 students have participated in the 20-year history of the BluesEd program.

• Since 2011, the BSO has hosted an annual Nebraska Blues Challenge for local
blues performers. Participants are showcased in judged performances and the
winning band and solo/duo are awarded the honor of representing Nebraska and the BSO at the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

• We currently have approximately 650 donors/members that maintain a calendar
of live events, publish a newsletter, and attend concerts throughout the area.

Interesting Info
  • In 2018, we received the prestigious “Keeping the Blues Alive” award from the international Blues Foundation because of our innovative BluesEd program.
  • "In The Market for Blues" is an all-day music festival in Omaha’s Downtown and Old Market that attracts thousands of music lovers with 40+ bands at 14 venues.
Geographic Location
Photos and Videos
In the Market for Blues poster next to candle light during Curtis Salgado show
Couple dancing at In the Market for Blues
people dancing during Brandon Santini's live show at In the Market for Blues
Cate Brothers live on stage during In the Market for Blues
Admission tent for In the Market for Blues festival
Are You True Blue?