February 21, 1985 |
How do you like your blues served up? Greasy or gritty? Fast and funky, or blue and sentimental? Instrumental or vocal? Male or female? Whatever one's predilection, the B. B. King show has the recipe. At the Tuesday opening of his Concerts by the Sea engagement (closing tonight) he drew a standing ovation simply for walking on stage, and kept the capacity crowd in his thrall for better than an hour. The career of the blues king has long moved in a steady direction.
February 21, 2012 |
That Al Green tune was just the beginning. Weeks after President Obama sang a snippet of the soul hit “Let's Stay Together” during a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, he ventured into the blues Tuesday night. Maybe he was emboldened by the man who offered him the microphone: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Maybe it was because Buddy Guy brought up Al Green, telling the president, “You done started something and you gotta keep it up now.” Next thing you know, Obama took the mic in hand and crooned, “Come on, baby, don't you want to go” - twice.
December 20, 2009 |
As Garth Brooks' much-hyped return dominated the news, and all things Vegas focused on the opening of CityCenter, a little blues club and restaurant had a celebration at the Mirage last weekend. A VIP line formed stretching down a hallway an hour before the doors opened for the invitation-only grand opening of the latest, fifth outpost of B.B. King's Blues Club. The night promised to be special as the legendary performer would cap it by taking the tiny stage in the small club -- laid out with a restaurant, dance floor and a bar in the back -- to lead an all-star jam. As the line grew, King reflected on his career and the genre in a VIP suite, interrupting himself to check out the scene.
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.
May 18, 1990 |
A documentary of blues man B. B. King's life, produced for the British Broadcasting Co.'s "Omnibus" television series, had its world premiere in his hometown. Proceeds from $10 ticket sales for the one-hour film will go to Indianola's parks. Nearly 100 people turned out for the film, which was shown at the Mid-Delta Arts Assn. theater. The film has yet to be broadcast in England. Much of the film about the blues musician was filmed in Indianola.
May 25, 1985
Lloyd Glenn, a well-known blues pianist who appeared regularly at Los Angeles clubs, at the Monterey Jazz Festival and in the Hollywood Bowl, died Thursday of a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital. Glenn, 76, fronted some of his own small groups while also playing behind Big Joe Turner, B. B. King and with Kid Ory. A native of Texas who was self-taught, he came to Los Angeles during World War II to work in the area's defense plants.
April 16, 2002
B.B. King, Los Lobos, Little Richard and Bo Diddley lead the lineup for the 2002 Doheny Blues Festival scheduled for May 18-19 in Dana Point. Also on the roster of 28 acts that will be spread over three stages are Junior Brown, Jonny Lang, Marcia Ball, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Terrance Simien, and Candye Kane and the Swinging Armadillos. The festival will take place 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
August 8, 2000 |
B.B. King concerts these days have a warm and easygoing quality, especially after he dismisses his horn section and settles down with his rhythm section to explore a long medley of blues. If, at 74, he is not as physically active on stage as he once was, his soaring guitar work and his incisive ability to communicate the essence of a blues phrase are as superb as ever. On Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre, King headlined his annual B.B.
March 27, 1990 |
B.B. King stopped being a real bluesman back in the '60s. Since then he's been an R&B entertainer who occasionally dips into the blues. Because he's performed his material so often, his show on Sunday at the Universal Amphitheater often had a formula feel to it, though it was rousing at times. When singing suggestive songs about infidelity and relationships on the rocks, King seemed to be on automatic pilot.