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Blues legend B.B. King coming to the Akron Civic Theatre in June

By Malcolm Abram Published: January 15, 2013

Ok, folks a bona fide living legend is coming to our humble town. If you have affinity for the blues or just want to see a living legend while he's still living (he's 87 folks...I'm juss sayin') get thee to a ticketmaster (or better yet the Civic box office...fewer "convenience fees") and come see the King while he still reigns..

sorry...didn't mean to be morose. Anyway, from the digital desks at the Akron Civic Theatre.

What: B.B. King

When: 8 p.m., Friday, June 7

Where: Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St.

Tickets: $97, $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50

Information: (330) 253-2488,

The Akron Civic Theatre welcomes award – winning, blues guitarist, B. B. King to the stage on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8 PM.

Throughout the 1990's as well as the 1980's, 1970's, 1960's and 1950's, there has been only one King of the Blues - Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940's, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics.

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world's most readily identified guitar styles. He borrowed from Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise 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 including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck.

B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. His singing is richly melodic, both vocally and in the "singing" that comes from his guitar. In B.B's words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille".





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