The whole world is mourning B.B. King's passing yesterday, and that wave of grief has definitely hit Orlando, where the legendary artist will always be remembered locally thanks in part to the venue that bears his name, B.B. King's Blues Club (and, you know, his god-gifted, jaw-dropping guitar-playing). Local artists posted loving tributes when they heard the news, like Kaleigh Baker, Damon Fowler, and Petey & the Ravens - just a small sampling of the artists B.B. King inspired.
B.B. King fans, check back soon for details on special tribute events announced by B.B. King's Blues Club. Here's the press release:
In the wake of B.B. King’s death, B.B. King’s Blues Club joins with blues fans across the world to mourn the death of B.B. King and pay tribute to its beloved namesake.
“B.B. touched the lives of millions of people across the world as the ‘King of the Blues,’” said Tommy Peters, president of B.B. King’s Blues Club. “He was a world-class entertainer and a wonderful, kind man. I am very fortunate to be able to call him my friend. B.B. King was truly one of a kind, rising from extreme poverty in the Mississippi Delta to become a musical icon and worldwide legend. He was proud to represent the state of Mississippi and Memphis music around the world.
“While we at B.B. King's Blues Clubs are deeply saddened by B.B.'s passing and are mourning our loss, we know that he is now at peace in heaven. Our mission going forward will be to strive to continue the spirit of B.B. King by entertaining and bringing happiness to people for years to come.
“To our wonderful friend and namesake, Riley B. King, we love you, B.B.! Thank you for sharing your life with us. May you rest in peace.”
B.B. King’s Blues Clubs in Orlando, Florida; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, will honor B.B. King and his legacy with special tributes in the upcoming days. Details will be announced as plans are confirmed.