The legendary “King of The Blues” and beloved American icon B.B. King returns to the historic Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, for Sunday, October 6, performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50 and $99.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Morris Box Office, by phone at 574-235-9190 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org.
Born on a cotton plantation in rural Mississippi in 1925, B.B. King will be 88 years old when he returns to the Morris with his trusty guitar “Lucille.”
Riley B. King hitchhiked north to Memphis, Tenn., in 1947 with his guitar and $2.50 and started recording in the late 1940s. In his 64-year touring career, B.B. King has performed an astounding 15,000-plus concerts around the world. He has released over 60 albums, many considered to be Blues classics, such as 1965’s “Live At The Regal,” and 1976’s collaboration with Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Together For The First Time.”
B.B. has toured with or recorded with The Rolling Stones, U2, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and has been cited as a major influence on Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. He was awarded 15 Grammy Awards, a Grammy “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and many other awards, and has been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. B.B. was named # 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Top 100 all time guitar players.
His classic songs include “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss,” “Why I Sing The Blues,” “Rock Me Baby,” “Caldonia,” “How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “Why Sing the Blues,” and the duet with U2 “When Love Comes To Town.”
Tickets can also be purchased with credit card at Morris Ticket Outlets: Hammes Bookstore & Café located in Eddy Street Commons, South Bend; O’Brien Recreation Center, 321 East Walter Street, South Bend; and Super Sounds Catalog Center located within TG Music, 123 S. Main St., Goshen.