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Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. Soundstage: B.B. King

(Rochester, NY) The man needs no introduction. Truly the reigning king of blues, B.B. King over the last 60 years has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles and has influenced thousands of musicians. Known for integrating precise and complex string bends with left-hand vibrato, King has a uniquely regal and velvety tone, making every note count. Soundstage: B.B. King airs Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

B.B. King is coming to Rochester! During the television special, you’ll be able to call into WXXI at (585) 454-6300 or 1-800-295-WXXI, make a donation, and as a thank you gift – receive tickets to this concert at the Auditorium Theatre on March 28, 2009. You may also pledge online at WXXI.org/support/membership.

With his trademark Gibson “Lucille” settled on his lap, King presents a set filled with staggering guitar jams on hits like The Thrill Is Gone and One Kind Favor. In between songs, King’s characteristic affable persona shines through as he introduces the band with whom he’s always toured and shares stories from his life. Special guests Terrence Howard, Solange, and guitarist Richie Sambora stop by to jam and pay tribute to this renowned blues master.

For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/soundstage.

Pictured: B.B. King
Photo Credit: WTTW Chicago/Bill Richert

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