Shirley King, the daughter of the late blues legend, hosts "Celebrating the Life and Musical Talent of The Legendary King of the Blues B.B. King." She plans to talk about her dad through his life and music. Expect live music, tributes to King and more.
King was the kind of artist who defined the blues for a generation. His career, which started in the 1940s, didn't stop until earlier this year when the 89-year-old decided rest was more important than trying to keep up with his 250-plus performances a year.
His style of playing on a Gibson ES-355 nicknamed Lucille made his strings bend into vocals and his left hand create that signature vibrato. His influence spanned artists such as Eric Clapton and George Harrison. And as King liked to say, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."
NPR reports that King came up with the name after a fire broke out in a nightclub he was playing in Twist, Ark. Two men fighting knocked over a barrel of kerosene that was burning to keep the place warm. King ran back in the burning building to fetch his guitar. The next day, he discovered the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille. "So I named my guitar Lucille and reminded me not to do a thing like that again."
King, member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and
The free event starts at 8 p.m.