Blues Society of Omaha, Inc.

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Year Founded:
1998
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Nancy Walsh, Board of Directors
Main Address:
P.O. Box 241698
Omaha, NE 68124

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.
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 12-hour multi-venue festival. We support & promote blues musicians, live-music venues, and events in the Omaha-Lincoln metropolitan area. We also support & promote live performances of jazz music and other roots music genres.

BluesEd is a youth artist development program created by BSO in 2002. With financial support of BSO, BluesEd provides opportunities for young musicians to learn blues music in workshops & to play with other students in a band format. .

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 & solo/duo are awarded the honor of representing BSO at the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

We currently have approximately 650 donor-members that maintain a calendar of live events, publish a members 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.
Our 5th annual "In The Market For Blues" festival in 2019 featured 41 bands performing in 12 downtown Omaha venues throughout the 12-day event.
We hope to host a FREE outdoor blues festival to showcase the finest of touring blues music headliners & our own local performers for the community.

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Upcoming Events

6th Annual "In The Market For Blues" blues music festival
August 7, 2021 - 2:00pm to August 8, 2021 - 2:00am
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