Saturday, December 26, 2009

B.B. King Joins New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Bill‏

by Brent Warnken

The lineup for the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was recently announced, and the reigning king of blues, B.B. King, will be on hand for the Big Easy event. The 2010 edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-May 2.

Among the acts making their maiden appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2010 are My Morning Jacket, Gipsy Kings, the Dead Weather, Jonny Land, Drake and the Levon Helm Band, while Louisiana-bred acts like Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Neville Brothers will also be performing.

Of the event's eclectic lineup, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis told Pollstar, "It's just a way cool thing that Jazz Fest is so broad that it can embrace all these different things, all these different artists. We have jazz in the name, but it's not just jazz music."

Davis is right, as the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will also feature performances by Pearl Jam (the gig is the band's first confirmed North American 2010 show), the Black Crowes, Band Of Horses, Anita Baker, the Allman Brothers Band, Steel Pulse, Darius Rucker, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Baaba Maal, King Sunny Ade and many more.

The news of B.B. King's inclusion on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival bill comes on the heels of the opening of the legendary musician's club in Las Vegas. The Mirage hosted the star-studded grand opening party for B.B. King's Blues Club on Dec. 11, and B.B. King and Buddy Guy took the stage for an impromptu concert. The event saw guests like Willie Nelson feasting on some of B.B. King's favorite foods, such as Creole specialties like Fried Dill Pickles, Gumbo Ya Ya Straight from the Bayou and Fried Catfish.

Mississippi native B.B. King may have recently celebrated his 84th birthday, but that has not stopped this celebrated electric guitarist from touring! His latest album, One Kind Favor, was the highest-debuting solo album of his career, after all.

The album, which features King covering old blues tracks that inspired him in the early years of his career, debuted at the No. 38 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and will see him on the road through mid-2010. B.B. King recently wrapped up a mini-tour with Buddy Guy that ran from Nov. 10 through early December and will ring in the New Year with a performance in Tulsa, Okla. on Dec. 31 before embarking on a fresh set of tour dates in 2010.

Even after more than four decades of making blues music, the thrill is not gone for B.B. King fans, as B.B. King tickets to see the living legend live continue to be a hot commodity. Luckily, B.B. King tickets are available online. B.B. King has North American tour dates scheduled until May 2010 so there are plenty to choose from!

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