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.
- 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.