B.B. King Blues Fest to feature Green, James


B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 16-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif.

Dubbed the B.B. King Blues Festival, the jaunt will visit cities including Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and Denver. Supporting on select dates are Joan Osborne, Robert Randolph and James Hunter.

The trek will mark the first time the three legendary artists unite for a tour, according to organizers.

Since January, the 81-year-old King has been performing gigs on his 60th Anniversary Tour, and will continue touring through the year's end, which includes a string of Canadian shows in May.

Last April, the Grammy-winning bluesman celebrated his 10,000th concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York's Times Square. King also recently announced that he will fully fund the $10 million B.B. King Museum in Mississippi, which is expected to open in 2008.