Benefit Bash To Celebrate B.B. King's 80th
B.B. King will celebrate his approaching 80th birthday with a multi-artist blues concert in Mississippi that will benefit the planned B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.B.B. King will celebrate his approaching 80th birthday with a multi-artist blues concert in Mississippi that will benefit the planned B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. King, who will turn 80 in September, will headline the July 30 show at the Isle of Capri's Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.
Also on the bill will be Deborah Coleman, Bobby Blue Bland, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Jody Williams and Dickey Betts. King will close the show with his own set and a jam that will include all of the artists.
In addition to the concert, the event will include a video presentation with messages from many of King's notable friends and colleagues and a silent auction.
Tickets for the show go on sale July 1 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will benefit the B.B. King Museum, a $10 million project that will not only honor King, but work to preserve the Delta blues heritage and encourage young artists. A June 10 ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for the museum's physical home in Indianola, Miss.
King, who last month won the W.C. Handy Awards entertainer of the year honor for the seventh consecutive year, is in the midst of a tour that last night (June 2) played his namesake nightclub in New York's Times Square. The U.S. leg of the run will close with Mississippi Homecoming shows June 10 in Indianola and June 11-12 in Pickens, Miss. A European run will open June 23 in Groningen, The Netherlands, and close June 14 in Rome.
He'll be back on the road in the late summer for the annual run of the B.B. King Blues Festival, slated to open Aug. 3 in San Diego. Later this year, he'll release a long-awaited duets album through Universal Music with Van Morrison, U2, Sting and Elton John all confirmed to appear.