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The Golden Gate Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, Tennessee. The purpose of The Golden Gate Blues Society is to enhance the appreciation and understanding of the Blues, especially in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Our Facebook Page has approximately 3,500 followers. We also encourage you to join TGGBS and help us support the music community (please visit our Store page for info on how to join).

Rates are VERY reasonableIndividuals $25, Bands $50, Sponsors $200, Lifetime Memberships $500. If you're already a member, and not sure of your current status, please send an inquiry to

The Golden Gate Blues Society Programs:

  • Karen Johnson Musicians Health Initiative (a program developed in 2013 by Karen Johnson & Wendy Dewitt to assist those in our music community facing health challenges).

  • TGGBS Sponsored Video Program -  features a new Bay Area artist each month. TGGBS pays the artist, the video production, & also promotes the event with boosted Facebook ads, etc. TGGBS has sponsored the following Bay Area Artists: Aki Kumar, Howell Devine, Kyle Rowland, Al Von Johnson, Alabama Mike, Niecey LivingSingle, Michael Skinner, Sam-One, & Steve Freund & Jan Fanucchi (June 24 2021/ Piedmont Piano Virtual Event).

  • International Blues Challenge .

  • Best Self-Produced CD Submissions to the Blues Foundation's Award Committee.

  • Support for “Keeping the Blues Alive” Awards.

  • Sponsorship of events such as the annual San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival (main fundraiser for TGGBS Karen Johnson Musician’s Health Initiative), Fountain Blues Festival, TGGBS Sunday Blues Jam at The Turf Club (monthly/ every 2nd Sunday from 3 – 7PM).

  • Up Close & Personal - Interviews with Sherri Jones (Sherri Jones has interviewed Al Von Johnson, Niecey LivingSingle, Michael Skinner & more - see our Facebook page)

  • Special offers and discounts (ticket giveaways)

  • YouTube Channel - CLICK HERE to Subscribe



We need your help so that we may continue to serve you, the blues community, and to continue our dynamic programs. If you are not yet a TGGBS member, or if your membership has expired, please visit our STORE page to join or renew. If you're not sure of your membership status, you may contact our Membership Coordinator via email at

We also encourage donations in any amount. Donations are fully tax deductible, and there are convenient ways to make them.

If you have a PayPal account or Credit Card, you can click the "Donate" button below, or you can mail a check to: TGGBS, 17252 Rolando Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546.

During your transaction, please indicate how you'd like your funds to be used (such as Video promotion, General Fund, Health Fund, etc. If there isn't a clear way to indicate this, please send a follow up email to Non-designated funds will go into our General Fund to help pay TGGBS's ongoing expenses, such as Blues Foundation affiliate fees, insurance, etc. Thank you!