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Etta James Coming To The B.B. King Blues Club: The Ever Passionate Bold And Brassy Blues Singer Returns To New York!

April 9, 2008 - by CityGuide News
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New York, NY - April 9th, 2008 - ETTA JAMES is the greatest of all modern blues singers. Her raw, unharnessed vocals and hot-blooded eroticism has made disciples of singers ranging from Janis Joplin to Bonnie Raitt.

James' pioneering 1950s hits - "The Wallflower" and "Good Rockin' Daddy" - assure her place in the early history of rock and roll alongside Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles.

"Tell Mama" from 1967 was a searing slice of upbeat Southern soul that contrasted markedly with another standout from the same sessions, the spine-chilling ballad "I'd Rather Go Blind."

In concert, Etta James is a sassy, no-holds-barred performer. She's paid her dues many times over as an R&B and soul pioneer; long may she continue to shock the uninitiated.  

About Etta James: 

Etta James has seen it all: in a life lived to the full, she has experienced all the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the joy, the pain and then, rejuvenation, reinvention and renewal. Perhaps unlike any one of the dozens of albums she has recorded during a distinguished career that spans five decades, “ALL THE WAY” could be said to capture – if just one record could possibly do so – a miniature kaleidoscope of the emotions, feelings, expressions and sentiments that this remarkable woman has experienced.  
With a range of material that would render most singers helpless, the truly legendary Etta James – a three-time Grammy award winner, NARAS Lifetime Achievement, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer awardee and W.C. Handy Blues Foundation honoree, who rightfully has her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame - shows that when it comes to music that speaks to the soul, she is virtually peerless. After all, who else could tackle Leonard Bernstein’s classic “Somewhere” in the space of one record and then give "Holding Back The Years" the kind of world-weary workout that makes you say, "Simply who?" in a reference to the song’s originator, Simply Red. It takes a whole lotta raw talent to take on such a feat but then this is Etta James, who recently underwent (CHECK NAME OF SURGERY) surgery that resulted in her shedding some 200 pounds. Etta 2006 is, in the words of one of her many classic albums, ‘betta than evah,’ with a new spring in her step, a new lease on life and of course a new CD that showcases her enduring talent. “Now I can flaunt my figure wherever I go,” she grins, “and I can go shopping and buy those outfits I always wanted to wear!” 

Etta James and The Roots Band  

Featuring Special Guest opener ‘Leroy’ 

April 14th – 16th 2008  At 8:00pm  

Doors open at 6:00pm  

 $90 GA tix – First Come, first seated 

 $150 Reserved Booth Seats Must Buy Entire Booth. Booths Available for 4, 5, and 6 people.  

About B.B. Kings Blues Club: 

Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, The B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.  

Showcase Room
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.  

Notable Past Shows:
B.B. King, Gregg Allman and Friends, Brian Wilson, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, Etta James, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Peter Frampton, Better than Ezra, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dr. John, Robert Cray, the Roots, Ozomatli, Taj Mahal, Junior Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sonny Rollins, James Brown, Little Richard, The Pharcyde, the Radiators, the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Lyricist Lounge, Steel Pulse, Buddy Guy, the Beach Boys, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Maceo Parker and more.  

Our menu mirrors the diversity of the Big Apple with a hint of Southern fare and is available during all seated shows.  


  • Supper Club style: 500 Seated


  • Gold Circle style: 650


  • Standing Room Only: 1000 standing


Special Events:
The club is also available for special group events. Past clients include Minolta Product Launch, Bloomberg for Mayor, Goldman Sachs, Wilhelmina/MODE Magazine Model Search, LEVIS, Philip Morris Marketing Corporation, News America Marketing, HBO Premier Party For Love or For Country, National Association of Theatre Owners product trade show. 

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