B. B. King might not be playing 250-plus shows a year anymore, but he seems to tour endlessly. After a summer filled with shows, he is still active, though the annual B. B. King Blues Festival was retired for 2008. King picks up his touring itinerary on September 6 in Laughlin, NV, with dates set through December 1 in Hagerstown, MD. The 31-date tour will take King through Mid-West, Southern, and East Coast states. No West Coast performances have been announced yet.

The King of the Blues will be touring in support of his new album, “One Kind Favor,” set to release on August 26. The record features covers of old blues songs from his early influences. With production by T-Bone Burnett, the set revisits the music that influenced King in the 1950s, the beginning of an extraordinary professional journey that changed the texture of modern blues.

On September 13, King will take a brief break from the road to preside at the opening of the B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, MS. Besides telling the story of King’s life and rise to fame, the museum hopes to put the spotlight on the Mississippi Delta region. According to the Web site, the museum will “celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta” and “promote pride, hope and understanding through exhibitions and educational programs.”

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B. B. King itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 6 Laughlin, NV Rio Vista Amphitheatre
September 7 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theater
September 18 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
September 19 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
September 20 Choctaw, MS Pearl River Resort
September 21 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
September 25 Bridgeport, CT Klein Memorial Auditorium
September 26 Hartford, CT The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
September 27 Reading, PA Sovereign Performing Arts Center
September 28 Peekskill, NY Paramount Center for the Arts
September 30 Detroit, MI MGM Grand Detroit Casino
October 2 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theater
October 3 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
October 4 Carbondale, IL Southern Illinois University Arena
October 5 Branson, MO Welk Resort Theatre
October 7 Wichita, KS Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
October 17 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino
October 23 Mescalero, NM Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino
October 25 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
October 31 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theatre
November 14 Norman, OK Riverwind Casino
November 15 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino
November 16 Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Center
November 21-22 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 24 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
November 26 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
November 28 Beverly, MA North Shore Music Theatre
November 29 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
November 30 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
December 1 Hagerstown, MD Maryland Theatre

Last Updated on August 16, 2008

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