Grammy Salute To B.B. King Set For September 1st In Beverly Hills
August 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM (PT)
JOE BONAMASSA, KEB MO', KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, SLASH, SUSAN TEDESCHI, DEREK TRUCKS, JIMMI VAUGHAN, JIMMY VIVINO, JOE LOUIS WALKER, JAMES BOLDEN, QUINN SULLIVAN and ZZ WARD will pay tribute to B.B. KING at a special, sold-out concert sponsored by the GRAMMY FOUNDATION and GRAMMY MUSEUM, taking place SEPTEMBER 1st at WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in BEVERLY HILLS.
"ICON: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. KING" will honor the 15-time GRAMMY winner with performances from an all-star lineup, featuring the latest additions in 35-year member of KING's band JAMES BOLDEN; BUDDY GUY's protégé singer/guitarist QUINN SULLIVAN; blues guitarist JOE LOUIS WALKER; and singer/songwriter ZZ WARD. The show's music director will be JIMMY VIVINO of the "CONAN" show, joined by the BASIC CABLE BAND, who will serve as the house band for the evening. GRAMMY FOUNDATION VP SCOTT GOLDMAN will host.
The concert is sponsored in part by GIBSON MEMPHIS and the GIBSON FOUNDATION, and by BRIAN and ADRIA SHETH. In addition to live tribute performances and storytelling by artists influenced by KING's music, a pre-event VIP reception will be held at the venue. Proceeds raised from the show will support the initiatives of the GRAMMY FOUNDATION and GRAMMY MUSEUM.
KING released more than 50 albums since he began recording in the '40s, creating classics such as "3 O'Clock Blues," "You Don't Know Me" and "The Thrill Is Gone," among many others. B.B. was inducted into the BLUES FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME in 1980 and the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1987. He received THE RECORDING ACADEMY's LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in 1987, has had four recordings inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME and he received honorary doctorates from several universities and music colleges.