July 6, 1995 |
Putting B.B. King's Blues Club in CityWalk presents on obvious dichotomy--black music born out of poverty is offered in the moneyed mecca of Universal City. The reasoning behind the CityWalk location is clear--there's money in them thar tourist traps. And for folks who simply want to hear the music, B.B. King's is a terrific, breathtaking club, with great sight lines and sumptuous Southern food.
December 21, 1995 |
Blues man Smokey Wilson doesn't just talk over the telephone, he testifies. "When people talk about the real deal, I AM the 'Real Deal,' " Wilson reveals. "Oh yes, Lord, I've been there." Wilson, who appears tonight at the B.B. King Blues Club, learned to play the blues by watching legends such as Elmore James, Little Milton and Howlin' Wolf play tiny roadhouses and juke joints in his native Mississippi. One club, Ruby's, was owned by B.B.
January 23, 1997 |
I think it was Mae West who once said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." For those people who can't get enough of good blues harp playing, B. B. King's has a show for you this weekend. Two of Southern California's premiere blues harmonica players--Rod Piazza and John "Juke" Logan--will be featured Friday and Saturday at the Universal City blues joint. Riverside-based Piazza and his Mighty Flyers have garnered many accolades and a handful of awards over the last few years.
July 28, 1996 |
B.B. King's Blues Club may soon have to do business without the help of B.B. King--or even his name. The blues great's representatives have filed suit in a Memphis court against the operators of the clubs using his name in that city and at the Universal CityWalkin Los Angeles, claiming a breach in the licensing agreement. The claim, filed July 16, alleges that the Beale Street Blues Co.
September 16, 1994 |
Veteran bluesman Rufus Thomas stood on a terrace over the starkly modern courtyard at Universal CityWalk, a world away from his Memphis roots. "Blues and barbecue," he mused on a recent summer afternoon. "You like that?" Nothing about his surroundings suggested such fare. But one of Thomas' best friends, the legendary B. B. King, has opened a nightclub amid the tourist trappings at CityWalk. To step through the club's wood-and-glass doors is to step into another world. B. B.