Address: 237 W. 42nd St. - 212-997-4144
Description: For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, the guitarist and singer has released over 50 albums, many of them classics, including 1965's definitive live blues album Live at The Regal and 1976's collaboration with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Together for the First Time. His instantly recognizable guitar playing, filled with delicate filigrees of single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos, and bent notes, has been the stylistic model for thousands of guitar players, including giants like Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Jeff Beck. He has collaborated with a cast of notable artists too numerous to list, has won more than a dozen Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In many respects, he has been the face, the sound, and the very heart and soul of the blues for over half a century.
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.