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,...

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 6Laughlin, NVRio Vista Amphitheatre
September 7Phoenix, AZCelebrity Theater
September 18Bossier City, LACenturyTel Center
September 19Biloxi, MSBeau Rivage Resort & Casino
September 20Choctaw, MSPearl River Resort
September 21Huntsville, ALVon Braun Center
September 25Bridgeport, CTKlein Memorial Auditorium
September 26Hartford, CTThe Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
September 27Reading, PASovereign Performing Arts Center
September 28Peekskill, NYParamount Center for the Arts
September 30Detroit, MIMGM Grand Detroit Casino
October 2Toledo, OHStranahan Theater
October 3Joliet, ILRialto Square Theatre
October 4Carbondale, ILSouthern Illinois University Arena
October 5Branson, MOWelk Resort Theatre
October 7Wichita, KSCentury II Performing Arts & Convention Center
October 17Albuquerque, NMRoute 66 Casino
October 23Mescalero, NMInn of the Mountain Gods Casino
October 25Boulder, COBoulder Theater
October 31Milwaukee, WIThe Riverside Theatre
November 14Norman, OKRiverwind Casino
November 15Thackerville, OKWinstar Casino
November 16Dallas, TXMeyerson Symphony Center
November 21-22Houston, TXHouse of Blues
November 24Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle
November 26Alexandria, VABirchmere
November 28Beverly, MANorth Shore Music Theatre
November 29Atlantic City, NJHouse of Blues
November 30Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center
December 1Hagerstown, MDMaryland Theatre

Last Updated on August 16, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen