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B.B. King Music Festival Seeks New Sound and Image

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — The 12th Annual BB King Music Festival will undergo a major change. Instead of the B.B. King Blues Music Festival, the package includes non-blues artists. King, of course, is the headliner and main attraction with support from Jeff Beck, New Orleans progressive funksters Galactic and Florida-bred murky blues/soulsters Mofro. The tour, which kicks off July 25 in Las Vegas, NV and winds down September 7 in Anderson, SC., is produced by Front Row Productions and
presented by VH1 Classic.

For the last 11 years the B.B. King Music Festival has been a highlight of the summer touring circuit. Created for the King of the Blues himself, the festival represents B.B. King's lifelong dream to bring the blues and top musical talent to an ever-expanding audience, both young and old. In years past B.B. has consciously chosen to tour with some of the great artists from a variety of genres in order to keep each summer's festival unique and fresh. Continuing that tradition, this year's lineup features bands representing the emerging grassroots rock scene. Past themes have included mostly traditional blues artists such as George Thorogood, Jimmie Vaughan, Etta James, Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Corey Harris, Dr. John, Jonny Lang and Little Feat. – By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen.

B.B. King Music Festival 2003 Tour Dates:

July 25 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay

July 26 Reno, NV Hilton Amphitheater

July 27 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Field Amphitheater

July 29 Sacramento, CA Raley Amphitheater

July 30 Fresno, CA Grizzlies Field

August 1 Concord, CA Chronicle Amphitheater

August 2 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

August 3 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl

August 5 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater

August 6 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion

August 7 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheater

August 10 Lexington, KY Kentucky Horse Park

August 14 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

August 15 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheater

August 17 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center

August 19 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater

August 20 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion

August 22 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater

August 23 Madison, WI Madison Blues Festival

August 24 Minneapolis, MN Grand Casino Amphitheater

August 26 Chicago, IL Arie Crown Theater

August 28 London, ON Boler Mountain

August 30 Greenwich, CT Belle Haven Club

August 31 Bridgeport, CT Seaside Park

September 4 Marion, SC Carolina Amphitheater

September 5-6 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater

September 7 Anderson, SC Anderson Amphitheater