Entries tagged with: BB King Blues Club
photos by Jonathan McPhail
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King did a two night run in NYC last week at (where else?) BB King Blues Club and Grill on Thursday (11/29) and Friday (11/30). We caught the Friday show and pictures from that show are in this post.
BB King will play NYC again at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival at MSG (4/12-4/13) in 2013 (tickets). He also plays the NYC area right before that at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on April 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon.
Speaking of the venue BB King's, don't forget Darlene Love is doing her Christmas shows there on December 9 -10 (tickets), and Ronnie Spector is doing her Christmas party there too on December 14 (tickets).
More pics from Friday's show (including opener Chris Bergson) below...
Deicide @ Gramercy Theater earlier this year (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Floridian death metallers Deicide are on tour and hit BB King's tonight with Eyes of the Dead, Mahavatar (tickets). The show is part of a string of the dates for the band, who will sadly miss the Tampa ceremony naming a street after them. All dates are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
The Security Project at BB King's - 8/11/12
While Peter Gabriel is gearing up to take his So album on tour, former members of his band and King Crimson teamed up as The Security Project to perform cuts from Security and his first three self titled solo albums at BB King's on Saturday (8/11) in NYC. Keyboardist Larry Fast contributed some sounds, sequences, and loops but did not perform with the group, despite being in attendance and was introduced from the stage. Apparently the band had only practiced together for two days prior, so there were some kinks but the audience seemed to love the whole thing. After a 12-song set, the band returned for an encore of two Genesis songs from Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
More pictures, the setlist, and some videos from the show are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Raekwon in a Cookie Monster shirt
at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The last time Wu-Tang played NYC, Raekwon and Ghostface were both absent from the show. This disappointed some, but maybe they'll be at least partly satisfied when Rae plays with Ghostface soundalike Action Bronson, which he'll do Thursday (4/26) at BB Kings with Maino, Kofi Black, JD Era, Paypa, We Major, D. Chamberz and Troy Ave. Tickets are available.
The show is an extension on Raekwon's Unexpected Victory Tour which hit Chicago and SXSW and ended in Massachusetts last week. The show flier and a trailer for the show is below.
Raekown and the actual Ghostface Killah will share a stage at NXNE in Toronto this June, which Action Bronson is also playing.
Raekwon NYC show flier and video below...
Lee "Scratch" Perry at Highline Ballroom (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee "Scratch" Perry has a few limited dates scheduled in the US in September, including one SATURDAY NIGHT (9/10) at BB King's with Subatomic Sound System and Jahdan Blakkamore. Tickets are still available. After NYC, the dub legend will take a few days off before hitting the west coast for three days in California in Santa Ana, Ventura, and San Francisco. Full tour schedule is below, alongside an interview and a recent demo.
The Lee Perry appearance is one of several shows scheduled as part of the Dub Invasion festival, which kicks off tonight in NYC with Adrian Sherwood featuring Brother Culture, Subatomic Sound System, and Channel U at Dominion, and will run the following week in both NYC and Boston. The fest will also feature NYC appearances from Dr. Israel at Dominion on 9/15 and two shows with Mad Professor on 9/16, one at Dubspot and a second with Twilight Circus Dub at Knitting Factory (tickets) among many others.
Full listing of Dub Invasion events in NYC, alongside tour dates, video and that demo stream below....
photos by Chris La Putt
After conquering the Warsaw in Brooklyn, Kaiju Big Battel invaded B.B. Kings last night (Saturday, April 9th) with live monster wrestling from Steam Powered Tentacle Boulder, Unibouzu, Slo Feng, The Grudyin, Dusto Bunny, French Toast, Cycloptopuss, Hell Monkey, #13, American Beetle, Metal Wing Black, Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, and, despite rumors of his death, the return of Dr. Cube. There were crushable blocks and there was cereal.
A set of pictures from the event, and video of the entire show (that was captured from a live stream), below...
photos by Greg Cristman
The career of Texas-born blues guitarist Johnny Winter has known its share of peaks and valleys. He was signed to Columbia Records in 1969 and has left an enormous footprint in the genre of blues-based rock, working and performing with folks like Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton....clean for several years and reportedly now even off the metahdone. His 2011 schedule will have him all over North America and Europe, and at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC two more times this month. It's where he played on 1/4 and 11/11 with Andy Aledort (who is Guitar World's senior editor and plays guitar for Dickey Betts among other things). The pictures in this post are from the last NYC show and they continue below...
But Winter has also been sidetracked by hard drugs, depression and management problems. Moving past all that proved the toughest challenge of his life, but he's now been clean for several years, and his guitar licks have benefited. [The Wire]
Gil-Scott Heron @ Marcus Garvey Park (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
In February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron released "I'm New Here", his first album in thirteen years. In August 2009, as a member of The xx (and producer) Jamie xx released his debut album "xx".The full reworked album will be released on February 21st, but you can listen to "NY Is Killing Me" now, below.
"NY Is Killing Me" is the first song from "We're New Here", Jamie xx's reworking of 13 tracks from the Gil Scott-Heron "I'm New Here" sessions.
Gil, whose album is already appearing on many year-end lists, was supposed to play BB King's on October 7th, but instead he is playing the NYC show TONIGHT (11/30). Tickets are still available. All dates, more new album info, and the streaming track below...
As she has for over two decades, rock icon Ronnie Spector will once again ring in the holiday season with tour dates and other activity in December. On December 15, Ronnie will bring this beloved tradition to a nationwide audience with a special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. On December 17, she'll perform her annual Christmas show at B.B. King's in New York City...Order the above-pictured CD in Ronnie's store. All US dates below...
Ronnie's December dates include a U.K. tour and additional shows at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on Dec 16, The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, MN on Dec 19-20, and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Christmas day.
The shows will feature a mix of songs from Ronnie's new holiday release, 'Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever,' along with her musings and anecdotes from childhood Christmases in NYC, Ronettes classics - like "Be My Baby" and "Walking in the Rain" - and of course her definitive renditions of "Frosty the Snowman," "Sleigh Ride," and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," each among the most-played Christmas songs of all time.
On December 1, she'll appear at the Penn Plaza Borders to sign copies of 'Best Christmas Ever' beginning at 5pm. In honor of World AIDS Day, Borders will donate 25% of the purchase price to Lifebeat - Music Fights HIV.
Ghostface Killah at Rock The Bells (more by Andrew St. Clair)
CMJ is almost here, and as usual hip hop is well represented with appearances from the greats as well as those on the upswing. Ghostdini (aka Ghostface Killah) obviously is one of the former, and he'll headline BB Kings on 10/22 with Sheek Louch (of D-Block), and Frank Dukes. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your CMJ badge.
Audible Treats have announced their 2010 showcase at Sullivan Hall in NYC, and once again it's chock full of interesting indie hip hop. Veterans Black Sheep will join Nottz, Diamond District, Big Pooh (ex-Little Brother), Chip Fu (of Fu-Schnickens), Rah Digga, Von Pea, Moe Green, DaVinci, and The Left (Apollo Brown, DJSoko, Journalist103). The show goes down on 10/21 and tickets are on sale.
Von Pea of Tanya Morgan will play two shows at SOBs in the coming months, with the first happening on 9/29 when he supports Pac Div along with STS and Beyond Belief (tickets). Then less than two weeks later, Von Pea will play the venue again with J-Live in tow to celebrate the release of his new record Pea's Gotta Have It. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of former members of Little Brother, Foreign Exchange (aka ex-Little Brother member Phonte and producer Nicolay) will play a CMJ how at BB King's on 10/23 with Darien Brockington, Zo! and a live band in tow. Tickets are on sale. Darien Brockington, who also contributes to Foriegn Exchange, will also be at SOBs in the coming weeks as part of a collaborative show with R&B singer Yahzarah on 10/14. Tickets are on sale.
Duck Down will team up with Blacksmith Music (Kweli's label) for the Duck Down vs Blacksmith CMJ Showcase with appearances from Jean Grae, Pete Rock, Strong Arm Steady, Pharoahe Monch, Skyzoo & !llmind, Marco Polo with Torae & Ruste Juxx, Team Facelift and Boot Camp Clik (Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah & 9th Wonder). Sounds amazing. Tickets are on sale for the 10/19 show at LPR.
The Duck Down CMJ show is part of a "15 Year Anniversary" tour for the label. All dates below.
And speaking of Pete Rock, BB King's will host a night curated by the year 1992, as Pete Rock & CL Smooth will team with Brand Nubian and Das EFX for a show at BB King's on 10/20. Tickets are on sale. Pete Rock & CL Smooth reunited at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest earlier this year.
Joell Ortiz of recent Slaughterhouse fame will play SOBs on 11/9. Tickets are on sale.
Statik Selektah & Termanology's new collaborative LP, 1982, gets an album release party on October 25th at SOBs. Tickets are on sale for the show, which will feature support from REKS & more special guests TBA. Dig on the recent video by 1982 featuring Bun B & Masspike Miles, "You Should Go Home", below.
Some videos and tour dates below...
Larry Graham came to the audience to play the bass in our face!!! :) (StephenGHill)
As commenter knowYERbassGODS helpfully pointed out in Wednesday's WGO post, Larry Graham, someone who you might not know by name but definitely do by sound (slap bass? he invented it), played BB King's last night (6/16). He brought out one friend and collaborator, Prince, to cover another, Sly & the Family Stone (of which Graham is a founding member - he's also uncle to Drake, says Wikipedia).
Two videos of Prince and Larry Graham playing "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" at BB King's, and another pic from the show, below...
by Benjamin Lozovsky
He forgot the words to his songs, sometimes even his own catalogue. He flashed sequins, brought all the ladies he could cajole on stage, grimaced while soloing, and flaunted his own grandeur. For a man who practically invented the genre in the early 1950s, Chuck Berry still has plenty of Rock and Roll in him.
That was evident as the legendary guitarist and songwriter performed the first of two New Years Eve shows last Thursday at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square, the same venue he rang in the New Year last year as well.
Clearly aware of his heritage, Berry still tries hard to be a showman. His attempts this night seemed simultaneously forced (given his age) and effortless (given the musical tradition running through his blood). Listening to Berry's matter of fact song-speak (when he remembered the lyrics), drawn out through tales of young love and pleasant rebellion, one could imagine Lou Reed in formative musical days getting infinitely inspired.
continued, with more pictures, below...
by Benjamin Lozovsky
If you've still got no particular place to go on New Years Eve and are looking for a potentially spectacular musical option, you could always ring in a new decade of Rock and Roll with one of the legends that started it all. Chuck Berry is coming to town to play two NYE shows at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, the same venue where he performed to bring in 2009 one year ago. The early show is actually a rescheduled date from November that is being offered to previous ticket holders, and both shows came after The Dan Band cancelled their scheduled appearances at the Times Square venue on that night ("rescheduled for Spring"). Tickets to both Chuck Berry performances are on sale.
The 83 year-old guitarist and pioneer still tours the world with some inspiring regularity; he has a monthly residency at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room in St Louis (he currently lives just outside the city in Ladue, Missouri), and even played several gigs in Brazil this summer. Berry last toured Europe extensively in 2008 (he also played The Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore that year) and had plans on a return to the UK this fall. However he ended up canceling those dates due to "a lack of lead-in time to prepare the marketing and advertising for what promises to be a great rock 'n roll tour," according to promoters. That tour was set to begin on November 21st, but has now been rolled over for March of 2010.
We have two tickets to give away to the early NYE show. Ticket giveaway info, tour dates, and a few Chuck Berry videos below:
by Martin Longley
Since the early 1980s, self-styled Texas Jewboy Kinky Friedman has drawn the most attention as a crime fiction scribe, smearing the division between reality and fantasy, laughs and tension. In the last four years, he's also been raising his political profile to the point where The Kinkster just might be a realistic contender (so says a recent, and apparently 'serious' poll), with his Texans For Kinky campaign surging towards 2010 in the battle against current governor Rick Perry. In 2006 he ran as an independent candidate. Next year, he's a Democrat.
Friedman's increased musical drive harks back to those early performing years in the 1970s, when his best-known songs were laid down. This merry trio of players are reasonably fresh from a substantial European tour. The music they make is kind of cabaret country, with Friedman singing lead vocals and strumming acoustic guitar, backed up by his amigos. As ever, Friedman is flanked by Little Jewford at the keyboards and fellow singer/guitarist Ratso, who both happen to enjoy a dual existence as characters in their bandleader's tales. Friedman believes that the eternal bonding between himself and Lebanese cowboy Ratso is the last chance for Middle Eastern peace.
The Kinkster's existence is legend, and his legend is his existence.
Friedman's return to B.B. King's Blues Club on 11/16 is even more anarchic than his last show at this same joint. The threesome are calling for tequila. They can't get started without a shot. Jewford, topped by tight curls, beaming a talk-show host grin, flashes boogie woogie runs up'n'down the keys, stylistically switching from country to schmaltz, pop-classical to Broadway. He's emcee-ing with stentorian Hollywood trailer pomp, bantering with The Kinkster. They're playing songs, jumping between Freidman's own classics ("Sold American", "Asshole From El Paso") and old chestnuts "Jambalaya" (Hank Williams handled by Ratso) and "When The Saints Go Marching In" (Jewford running through a ludicrous set of style-variations, topped by swivelling around to ripple the keys behind his back).
Friedman also steps aside from the songs to deliver a few rambling tales, coming into sharp focus with a short piece dealing with his father's exploits in WW2. This is the serious Kinky, although your reviewer just happened to be seated in front of two warring tables who surely couldn't be genuine followers of the Kinkster, as they proceeded to babble all the way through his poignant oration. The majority of this packed Monday nite crowd were thankfully hushed. This is one of Friedman's greatest talents: the ability to move through simultaneous spheres of low comedy and high thought, sometimes prompting the audience to wonder which is which. He'd been toying with his cigar throughout the reading, and right at the end of the encores, he's lighting up, puffing as he exits, doubtless ready to repeal all anti-smoking legislation in 2010.
No pictures from the show, but related videos below...
Al Green @ The Wellmont Theater in 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
We weren't sure going in what kind of music we would be hearing [at BB King's on Oct. 16th], but didn't really care as just to be in the presence of Al Green was enough of a draw for us. In recent years Green has played more gospel, but his latest recording brought him back to the R&B love songs that we know best. So when he came out singing his new single "Lay It Down" with singer-songwriter John Legend singing backup vocals along with Green's daughters, we knew we were in for a great show....Al Green played a two-night run at BB King's in mid-October...and he'll be back in the NYC-area in 2010, when he again plays a show at Montclair NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Sunday, February 14th. Tickets are on sale. They run less than the $175 described above (though not by much if you want good seats). All tour dates are below...
The relatively short 75 minute set ended with "Love and Happiness" and the lack of an encore was a bit disappointing, but the energy and excitement of the concert made up for that. Green of course had a large supply of the requisite red roses which were thrown to the ladies (you know I got one!) and the crowd was just swooning. We paid a lot to see him in such a small venue, $175 per ticket plus food and beverages, but it was completely worth it to be that close to a living legend of soul. [Blog Critics]
You know how Goodie Mob announced a reunion show at the massive Hammerstein Ballroom, well, not only was it moved to BB King's, it was combined with a Slick Rick show that was already happening there on that date. Tickets are on sale.
Al Green kicks off a two-night run at BB King's in Times Square tonight (10/16). Tickets are not cheap. In fact, they will set you back between $100-$200 each... which makes this contest so extra awesome. I have a pair for each night. To win, hurry and...
by Black Bubblegum
Talib Kweli on stage with Black Star (more by Tim Griffin)
After shows at the Blue note and with Rock The Bells earlier this year, tonight (8/28) marks the return of Reflection Eternal at BB King's , the crew that introduced the world to Talib Kweli with the Rawkus 12" single "Fortified Live" featuring then future Black Star partner Mos Def and Mr Man of Da Bush Babees. Also on board for tonight's festivities are the Paul-Wall-steez (aka they "got the internet goin nuts") of Slaughterhouse, as well as Slum Village (who recently lost a member). One of the kings of freestyle, Supernatural, will also be in attendance. Tickets are still available.
Sunday (8/30) BB King's will play host for a benefit for The Black August Hip Hop Project:
The Black August Hip Hop Project strives to promote human rights though supporting and influencing the global development of Hip Hop culture. By facilitating exchanges between international communities where Hip Hop is a vital part of youth culture, we promote awareness about the social and political issues that affect our global communities.The show will feature appearances by Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Blitz The Ambassador, The A-Alikes, Bazaar Royale, and many others as well as DJ sets by Bobbito Garcia, Beverly Bond, and others. Tickets are still available.
Another notable show at BB Kings kicks off on 9/25 when Organized Konfusion team up with Poor Righteous Teachers. Tickets are still available, or you can try your luck at one of FIVE pairs of tickets available for giveaway! Want a pair? Details on how to win below.
Bobbito has been known to team up with the mighty DJ Spinna, who is paying tribute to MJ this weekend at Prospect Park and at Nokia Theatre with Q-Tip.
Remaining Reflection Eternal dates and a video for their classic "The Blast" is below.
by Andrew Frisicano
"There is no limit of words to explain how great this concert was. Al was hotter ;)shall I say than fried grits. His performance was beyond the best. He still has the moves, voice, looks, and energy... -wilfranmarchaAbove are two views of the kick off show of Rev. Al Green's current tour, the first of which favorably compares Al's live show to, uh, that time he got burned with boiling grits by a woman who later committed suicide....
The Al Green concert in Woodway, TX. on August 21st was almost all I had hoped for after being a big fan for so many years. There was so much screaming and love for the man that I could hardly hear his singing. Still, I was so close to Al Green who seemed to be in great form. Loved those twin male dancers too! Want to see and hear Al Green at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth so I can actually hear the singing! -Erika
[two commenters @ Waco Trib, re: Al's Aug. 21 show in Waco, TX]
The tour's second leg in October includes a two-night run at BB King's on October 16th and 17th. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates, with videos, are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Paul Birman
"When BB King started his NY Blues club... did he really envision Deicide playing there?" - thepenta
First of all, hewhohathaninvertedcrossinhisforehead, aka Deicide vocalist and co-founder Glen Benton, WAS present at BB Kings on July 5th (as you can see), one show on their short jaunt with Vital Remains (Benton has a history of no-show-ing or cancelling his appearance at the last-minute). The NYC show, which featured additional support from Regain the Hearth Condemned and Martyrd, followed the band's appearance at Philadelphia's Hostile City Death Fest which impacted on the 4th, with Absu headlining the following night.
Deicide has a few more dates lined up throughout September (check 'em below), and is currently working on new material for release at their new home, Century Media Records. According to a recent interview with Express Night Out, the material is almost finished, requiring Glen Benton to add his vocals and bass tracks for completion.
Vital Remains, which featured ex-bandmate Tim Yeung for the show, have another NY area show, having scheduled a show at the Crazy Donkey on Long Island on August 8th.
All tour dates and more pictures, below...
DOWNLOAD: Etta James talks smack about Beyonce (MP3)
Etta James @ BB King's in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
This is not a joke: 71-year-old Etta James actually threatened to beat the crap out of Beyoncé Knowles -- and it's caught all on tape!TMZ later pointed out that the song is not even an Etta James song. She covers it too. The Chicago Sun Times says that "both Beyonce and President and Mrs. Obama were stunned by music legend Etta James' strong verbal whiplashing." Etta James told the Daily News she was just trying to get a laugh and meant no harm. Etta is definitely known for her between song banter at her live shows. Speaking of which...
The war is all over Etta's song, "At Last " -- Beyoncé sang the tune at Obama's 1st Inauguration Ball on Jan. 20th ... but last week at a concert in Seattle, James was still pissed.
While on stage, Etta told the crowd, "Your President, the one with the big ears ... he had that woman singing my song. She gone get her ass whipped."
She continued, "The great Beyoncé ... I can't stand Beyoncé," according to audio from Crown City Media.
Ironically Etta didn't kick up this sorta fuss when Beyoncé portrayed her in "Cadillac Records." [TMZ]
Etta James returns to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in NYC for three shows in May. Tickets are on sale.
Etta is also one of many artists who will be Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year...
American rock superstars Bon Jovi have been added to the already star-studded music lineup of the 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, organizers announced today. Making their first-ever Jazz Fest appearance, Bon Jovi will perform on Saturday, May 2. The 2009 Jazz Fest is scheduled for April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.Etta James also has a show scheduled in Atlantic City. All tour dates below...
Bon Jovi joins Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Etta James plus hundreds of others previously announced to appear at the historic edition of the Festival.
by Black Bubblegum
The Haunted (with the Bjorler twins of At The Gates) have announced their 2009 North American tour, in support of 2008's Versus, with unfuckwitable support from Nachtmystium, Kylesa, AND Intronaut (!!!) including one show at BB Kings in NYC on April 19th. Tickets are on sale today (@ 10AM).
Nachtmystium have one other show on the calendar, at The Masquerade in Atlanta on Feb 28th as part of the Atlanta Metal Festival. The psych-black metal "assassins" recently played Public Assembly with Velnias, Javelina, and Malkuth as part of the inaugural event of the Show No Mercy series. Skeletonwitch, Cannabis Corpse, and Atakke are lined up for round two on Jan 11th, 2009.
Intronaut released Prehistoricisms earlier this year and was last seen in NYC with Mouth Of the Architect.
All tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Diana Krall - What Are You Doing New Years Eve (MP3)
Rude Bear @ a Muggabears show (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
- Grandmaster Mele Mel, Mickey Factz, Ninjasonik, Trouble & Bass, and more @ Studio B
- The World Famous Pontani Sisters @ The Bell House
- RUDE year's eve HEARTSREVOLUTION (Live+DJ set) plus Nick Catchdubs / Bubblyfish / RUDE (DJ set) / hosted by RUDE BEAR @ Glasslands Gallery
- Surprise Me Mr Davis (members of The Slip) and The Benevento/Russo Duo (late show) @ BB King's
- Famous Friends & Palms Out Sounds Present NYE 2008! featuring Kill The Noise / AC Slater / The American Dream Team / Udachi / Bradley D & VDRK / Hosted by Chaz & Jason Pants of Palms Out Sounds @ Europa
- EVERYTHING ELSE
Living legend B.B. King turned 83 in September. You wouldn't know it by his touring schedule. Catch B.B. tonight/Thursday, December 4th, at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, Friday at the club with his own name in it, Saturday in Trenton, February 21st @ the Beacon Theatre with Buddy Guy, or at any of the shows listed below...