Date: August 17, 2012
Support: The Robert Cray Band
Ticket prices: $45*, $59.50*, $89*, $125*, $245*
Show Time: 8:00 p.m.
Gates Open: 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Info: Tickets for the August 17 show at Starlight Theatre can be purchased online, by phone 816.363.7827 (STAR) or in person at Starlight Theatre Box Office.
This event is part of the 2012 Capitol Federal Concert Series at Starlight Theatre
*Tickets subject to applicable service and handling fees
Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King or "King of the Blues," began recording in the late 1940s. Over the past six decades, King has released more than 60 albums, many of them considered blues classics, like 1965';s definitive album Live At The Regal and 1976';s collaboration with Bobby "Blue" Bland on Together For The First Time.
Born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bene, Miss., King played his music on a corner in his hometown for dimes. In 1947, with only his guitar and $2.50, he hitchhiked north to Memphis, Tenn., to pursue his musical career. Two of King';s songs hit No. 1 on the R&B charts (1951';s "Three O'Clock Blues" and 1952';s "You Don't Know Me"), and four others made it to No. 2. His most popular crossover hit came in 1970 – "The Thrill is Gone" climbed to No. 15 on the pop charts.
King has 15 Grammy Awards to his name, the most recent coming in 2008 when One Kind Favor received top honors for Best Traditional Blues Album. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Cray';s latest album release, This Time, came in 2009. Its blend of American rhythm and blues, pop, rock and soul introduced old and new fans to a more contemporary blues sound. Since his 1980 debut, Cray has released 17 award-winning multi-platinum albums, received 13 Grammy nominations, five Grammy Awards and performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide.
Don't miss the distinctive sounds and style of blues legends B.B. King and Robert Cray under the stars on Friday, Aug. 17.