Wow, that was fast. The Grammy Foundation’s and Grammy Museum’s B.B. Tribute Concert sold out almost instantly. On September 1, 2016 musical legends Joe Bonamassa, Keb Mo, Slash, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan and Joe Louis Walker will take the stage at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills for a tribute honoring the late great B.B. King. The musical director for the evening will be Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band (you may recognize them as the house band on Conan).
The Life and Legacy of B.B. King, will be a live tribute concert featuring performances from the artists mentioned above and storytelling by the artists who were influenced by him.
“This evening marks a unique collaboration between the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum, and it serves to showcase these charities founded by The Recording Academy that share a mission of preserving music’s legacy and presenting it to a wide range of audiences,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, and Board Chair of the GRAMMY Museum. “This event is designed to be an annual fundraiser in honor of a music icon that will invite the public to enjoy tribute performances by an array of talented artists that engage, entertain, and enlighten.”
“Exploring the enduring legacies of all forms of music, and the artists who created them, is a large part of our mission, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the GRAMMY Foundation on a spectacular evening that will demonstrate our shared commitment to preserving the legacy of B.B. King,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “We’re looking forward to having this amazing lineup of artists join us for a night that will introduce, or reintroduce, hundreds of music fans to the legacy of the King of the Blues.”
Proceeds raised from the concert will benefit initiatives of the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum.