After more than 50 years of recording and touring, acclaimed blues guitarist B.B. King has performed thousands of concerts around the world. The music...

After more than 50 years of recording and touring, acclaimed blues guitarist B.B. King has performed thousands of concerts around the world. The music legend adds to that tally with two brief tour legs in the U.S. and a mid-summer run of Europe.

King’s current itinerary begins and ends in the United States, split between 10-show runs in early and late summer. The first tour leg starts May 16 at the House of Brews in Las Vegas, NV, and temporarily ends May 31 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. The second round of dates picks up August 19 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, and closes September 2 at the Mable House Amphitheatre in Marbleton, GA.

Another U.S. tour leg is in the works for fall, with just four dates currently confirmed. The outing picks up a month after King completes his summer itinerary on October 3 at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC. Details for all concerts are available on B.B. King’s official Web site.

The stateside concert plans bookend a 20-city European tour, set from June 24 at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England, through a July 24 concert at Theatre Antique de Vienne in Vienne, France. During that one-month run, King will make the rounds of mainland Europe’s major blues and jazz festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 12, and the Cognac Blues Passions Festival in France on July 23.

King continues to tour behind his 24th studio album, “One Kind Favor,” released in August 2008. The effort won King a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 51st Grammy ceremony early in 2009.

In addition to picking up a Grammy, King started his year on tour with fellow blues guitarist Buddy Guy. The pair completed a series of shows together in February and April.

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

May 16Las Vegas, NVHouse of Brews
May 17Dana Point, CADoheny Blues Festival
May 19Santa Rosa, CAWells Fargo Center for the Arts
May 21San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore
May 22Saratoga, CAThe Mountain Winery
May 23Aptos, CASanta Cruz Blues Festival
May 27El Paso, TXPalace Theatre
May 29Houston, TXArena Theater
May 30New Orleans, LANew Orleans Arena
May 31Dallas, TXHouse of Blues
June 24Manchester, ENGManchester Evening News Arena
June 25Birmingham, ENGThe NIA
June 27Cardiff, WALCardiff International Arena
June 28London, ENGWembley Arena
July 1Helsinki, FINIce Hall
July 3Goteborg, SWETradgaarn
July 5Sonderborg, DENMolleparken
July 6Hamburg, GERColor Line Arena
July 8Ghent, BELDe Bijloke Muziekcentrum Ghent
July 10Rotterdam, NETNorth Sea Jazz Festival
July 11Frankfurt, GERBallsporthalle
July 12Montreux, SWIMontreux Jazz Festival
July 15Prague, CZRTesla Arena
July 16Budapest, HUNBudapest Sportarena
July 17Vienna, AUTWiener Konzerthaus
July 19Perugia, ITA Umbria Jazz Festival
July 20Nice, FRANice Jazz Festival
July 22Paris, FRAPalais des Congres
July 23Cognac, FRACognac Blues Passions Festival
July 24Vienne, FRATheatre Antique De Vienne
August 19Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
August 21Hyannis, MACape Cod Melody Tent
August 22Cohasset, MASouth Shore Music Circus
August 23Northampton, MAThe Pines Theater
August 25Morristown, NJCommunity Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
August 27Bethel, NYBethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 28Hampton Beach, NHHampton Beach Casino Ballroom
August 29Westbury, NYThe Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury
August 30Vienna, VAFilene Center at Wolf Trap
September 2Mableton, GAMable House Amphitheatre
October 3North Myrtle Beach, SCHouse of Blues
October 6Charlotte, NCThe Fillmore
October 9Cleveland, OHHouse of Blues
November 9San Bernidino, CACoussoulis Arena

Last Updated on June 15, 2009 by By Allison Reitz