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Ring in the New Year with B.B. King
Article published on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
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Legendary blues icon B.B. King performs on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., at the all-new Capitol Theatre. King also plays the first show of 2014 on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m.
CLEARWATER - Legendary blues icon B.B. King performs on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., at the all-new Capitol Theatre. King also plays the first show of 2014 on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m.

“Eighty-eight year old bluesman B.B. King will start a new tradition for downtown Clearwater with the first New Year’s Eve concert at the all-new 93 year-old Capitol Theatre,” said Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. President and CEO Zev Buffman. “We are thrilled to have such a tremendous musical icon ring in our first New Year’s Eve in such an unprecedented intimate setting. My wife Vilma and I are excited to attend the first of what will be an annual New Year’s superstar celebration at the Cap.”

Throughout the 1990s as well as the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s and 1950s, 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 1940s, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics, like 1965s definitive live blues album Live At The Regal and 1976s collaboration with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Together For The First Time. B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970s The Thrill Is Gone went to #15 on the Billboard Pop Charts.

Over the years, B.B. King 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.

King 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 King's words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."

Reserved tickets for Tuesday, Dec. 31 priced at $150, $115 and $86 and tickets for Thursday, January 2 priced at $125, $89 and $69 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 online at www.AtTheCap.com 24/7.
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