June 11, 1990 |
It's almost a shame that it didn't rain on the Benson & Hedges Blues concert Saturday at the Pacific Amphitheatre. A continuation of the downpour and blustery winds that started the afternoon would have provided an ideal setting for the inclemency classics offered during the show. Hearing Irma Thomas' emotion-drenched "It's Raining" or Stevie Ray Vaughan's storm-driven "Couldn't Stand the Weather" in their natural element would have been well worth a soaking.
December 30, 1991 |
When it comes to American treasures, rank B.B. King right up there with the Grand Canyon and baseball. The bluesman is one of the most masterful singers and instrumentalists this nation has produced, and he never seems to take his gifts for granted.
January 22, 1995
Regarding Charles Solomon's "Paperbacks" review of "Mississippi History" (Oct. 30), please be advised that "Yarbrough's fictional Delta town of Indianola" is, indeed, not fictional but an existing town. Further, it is where famed blues singer B.B. King is from! LAWRENCE COHN, BEVERLY HILLS
April 17, 1997
If blues guitar is your bag, you might want to check out former Albert Collins sidekick Debbie Davies when she brings her own band to B. B. King's on Friday night. Davies has garnered critical raves for her razor-sharp lead guitar work as well as her vocals and songwriting. She has received four W.C. Handy Award nominations for best contemporary female blues artist since 1991. She has recorded three CDs, and her latest, "I Got That Feeling," is available on Blind Pig Records.
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.
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.