3.17.2014

BB KING RETURNS TO THE MICHIGAN THEATER JUNE 1


Ann Arbor, Mich. - 15-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee B.B. King will return to the Michigan Theater on Sunday, June 1, at 7:30 PM.

For more than half a century, King has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. Soon after his first number one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," in 1951, King and his guitar Lucille began touring and haven't stopped since. He has performed at the Michigan Theater many times throughout his career, most recently in 2004.

Over the years, King has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. King has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop, and jump into a unique sound. In his words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."

Reserved seats go on sale at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets on Friday, March 21, at 10 AM. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $35 and $60, with limited Gold Circle seating also available.

Now celebrating its 87th year, the Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's award-winning non-profit historic center for fine film and performing arts. The Michigan Theater welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year to its art house films, concerts, lectures, live theater, and special programs such as Sundance Film Festival USA and Cinetopia International Film Festival. The Michigan Theater is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. Visit michtheater.org or call the 24-hour information line at (734) 668-TIME for schedule and ticket information.

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