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WILL DOWNING at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

08/24/12 237 W. 42nd St. (7-8 Aves.) Map
212-997-4144
www.bbkingblues.com

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Women love Will Downing. And men love the women who love Will Downing. In his over two-decade recording career, the Brooklyn native has carved for himself a solid career as one of the leading purveyors of unapologetic, unabashed romantic music. And while this path has not translated to crossover success - or even to broad urban radio success - it has gained him a solid musical legacy and a rabidly loyal following of, well ... women. Downing had his first national exposure as a popular backing vocalist in the '80s before signing with Island Records. He recorded two modestly successful albums and had a minor hit with a cover of "A Love Supreme" before releasing his breakout 1991 album A Dream Fulfilled, which featured his superb baritone deftly handling such diverse songs as War's "The World is a Ghetto," Paul Davis's "I Go Crazy," and Angela Bofill's "I Try." Both "I Try" and the album hit the Urban Top 25, and critical acclaim for the disc abounded.

Venue Description: A throwback to the fabled days of New York nightclubs, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill features top-caliber music stars and an American Continental menu with a Southern flair. The Showcase Room has video screens and state-of-the-art sound, table seating, a bar where you can snack and listen, and a dance floor. The Beatles Brunch is offered every Saturday at noon (doors at 11am), and doors open for the Gospel Brunch every Sunday at 12:30pm with music at 1:30pm.

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