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National Christmas Tree
National Christmas Tree

The countdown is on until the lighting of the National Christmas tree!

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting. The event will be held [today] December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington DC. He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common. You can watch the ceremony live at or on public television throughout December. My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.

Aside from the news on the tree-lighting, there's a few interesting things in the above statement: Jim James is playing for the President and is recording a new LP with MMJ, former battle-rhymer Common is non-threatening enough to be a TV show host on PBS, and BB King, despite numerous facebook and twitter hoaxes, is alive.

As a matter of fact, BB King, who did not have a stroke, will begin another tour of the United States on New Years Eve in Atlantic City. The tour stretches into the end of April, and he tags Wellmont Theater on 1/6 along the way. Full tour dates for (not zombified) BB King are below, along with some videos...


B. B. King - The Thrill Is Gone (From B. B. King - Live at Montreux 1993)

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BB KING - 2010-2011 TOUR DATES
12/31/2010 Harrah's Casino Hotel Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ
1/01/2011 Birchmere Alexandria, VA, United States
1/02/2011 Birchmere Alexandria, VA, United States
1/05/2011 The Klein Memorial Auditorium Bridgeport, CT
1/06/2011 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ, NUS
1/07/2011 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ, United States
1/08/2011 HERSHEY THEATRE Hershey, PA
1/11/2011 Honeywell Center Wabash, IN, United States
1/13/2011 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Mt. Pleasant, MI
1/14/2011 The Colossume @ Caesars Windsor Windsor, Ontario, CA
1/15/2011 Paramount Theatre Aurora, IL
1/16/2011 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN, United States
1/18/2011 Independence Events Center Independence, MO
1/20/2011 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO, United States
1/21/2011 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO
1/22/2011 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO, United States
2/14/2011 Centennial Hall Tucson, AZ, United States
2/16/2011 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
2/17/2011 House of Blues - Anaheim Anaheim, CA
2/18/2011 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Cabazon, CA
2/19/2011 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA, United States
2/23/2011 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
2/26/2011 Silver Legacy Casino Reno, NV
3/02/2011 INB Performing Arts Center - Opera House SPOKANE, WA
3/04/2011 Chinook Winds Casino Resort Lincoln City, OR
3/05/2011 Chinook Winds Casino Resort Lincoln City, OR
4/12/2011 State Theatre Sydney, AUS
4/16/2011 Hisense Arena Melbourne, AU
4/22/2011 Byron Bay Blues Festival Byron Bay, AUS

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