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B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James
B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards TheatreB.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.com has learned.
Dubbed the B.B. King Blues Festival, the jaunt will visit cities including Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas and Denver. Ticket prices will range between $37.50 and $120.50. Onsales begin at the end of this month/early April.
The trek, packaged by the William Morris Agency, will mark the first time the three legendary artists unite for a tour, according Brad Goodman, King's booking agent with the William Morris Agency. All three acts will play solo dates around the tour.
"It's a win-win for everybody," Goodman tells Billboard.com. "We had a vision for the new [B.B. King Blues Festival] to be at an elevated level of talent. In the past, it was more about B.B.'s summer tour and everybody else jumping on that tour."
Since January, 81-year-old King has been performing gigs on his 60th Anniversary Tour, and will continue touring through the year¹s end, which includes a string of Canadian shows in May. Supporting King on select dates are Joan Osborne, Robert Randolph and James Hunter.
Last April, the Grammy-winning bluesman celebrated his 10,000th concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City¹s Times Square. King also recently announced that he will fully fund the $10 million B.B. King Museum in Mississippi, which is expected to open in 2008.