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Who We Are

The Sacramento Blues Society (SBS) is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization formed to preserve and promote blues music as an art form.

The Sacramento Blues Society was founded in 1979 and is one of the oldest blues societies in California. The SBS has kept the blues tradition alive in the Sacramento area by promoting the local blues music scene, bringing international renowned artists to the region, and is an affilliated member of The Blues Foundation. We provide educational opportunities for young people with our “Blues In The Schools” program.

Board Officers:

Sally Katen – President –

Rene Erickson – Vice President –

Barbara Katen – Secretary –

Rich Gormley – Treasurer –

Barbara Katen – Parliamentarian –

Board Members at Large:

Cari Chenkins
Mari Lu Onweiler
Doug Pringle
Rick Snyder

Committee Chairs:

Cari Chenkin / Jan Kelley – Newsletter –

Lisa Phenix  – Blues in the Schools (BITS) –

Sally Katen – Hall of Fame –

Linda McShane – Membership –

Mari Lu Onweiler – IBC (International Blues Challenge) –

Mindy Giles – Events –

Rick Snyder – Rico’s Blues News –

Dave Baldwin –

Social Media:
  SBS Website- Dave Baldwin
  SBS Facebook – Mindy Giles
  BITS Facebook – Mindy Giles
  SacBlues on Twitter – Mindy Giles
  SacBlues on Instagram – Mindy Giles


Board of Directors Meetings:

Our board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.  RSVP by emailing Barbara Katen at


Blues in the Schools (BITS)

BITS committee meetings a held at the end of each month, Contact Lisa Phenix for location at