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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:

Cari Chenkins – President –

MariLu Onweller – Vice President –

Lisa Phenix – Secretary –

Rich Gormley – Treasurer –

Jim Tatol – Parliamentarian –


Board Members at Large:

Tony Westlake

Art Quinn

Ro Bloodwell

Committee Chairs:

Cari Chenkin/ Jan Kelley – Newsletter –

Lisa Phenix/David  Alcock – Blues in the Schools (BITS) –

Sally Katen – Hall of Fame –

Willie Brown – Blues News –

Linda McShane – Membership –

Bas Vossen – Webmaster, Social



Board of Directors Meetings:

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


Blues in the Schools (BITS)

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