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Looking Ahead: B.B. King Sells Out Knight Theater; Open Mic in McGlohon Theater Friday

January 6, 2014

Congratulations to the one and only “King of the Blues,” B.B. King, for selling out the Knight Theater this Sunday as he returns to Charlotte for one night only.

B.B. King sells out Knight Theater

B.B. King sells out Knight Theater

Since King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums, many of them considered blues classics, like 1965’s definitive live blues album “Live at the Regal,” and 1976’s collaboration with Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Together For The First Time.”

Over the years, King has had two No. 1 rhythm and blues hits — 1951’s “Three O’Clock Blues” and 1952’s “You Don’t Know Me” — and four No. 2 R&B hits — 1953’s “Please Love Me,” 1954’s “You Upset Me Baby,” 1960’s “Sweet Sixteen, Part I” and 1966’s “Don’t Answer the Door, Part I.”

King’s most popular crossover hit, 1970’s “The Thrill Is Gone,” went to No. 15 on the pop charts. But King, as well as the entire blues genre, is not radio oriented. His classic songs such as “Payin’ the Cost to Be the Boss,” “Caldonia,” “How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have the Blues” and “Why I Sing the Blues,” are concert (and fan) staples.

A duo sings and plays guitar at Open Mic.

A duo sings and plays guitar at Open Mic.

Whether or not you will be seeing King on Sunday, don’t forget about coming out to support local talent Friday night at Blumenthal’s bi-monthly Open Mic event at 7:30 p.m. in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square! To make it even better, it’s FREE! You could see local performers sing, play guitar, read poetry and much more. This family-friendly event is open to the public. Audience seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early and nab a great spot! CLICK HERE to read more about these great events!

Don’t want to miss out on another great show like B.B. King? CLICK HERE to see all the exciting things happening at the Blumenthal, including several recently added shows that are sure to entertain!

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