The GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum will honor the legacy of 15-time GRAMMY winner B.B. King by presenting Icon: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. King, a live tribute concert featuring performances and storytelling by artists influenced by the King of the Blues. Sponsored in part by Gibson USA, the concert will take place on Sept. 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Performers include GRAMMY winners Keb' Mo', Slash, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and Jimmie Vaughan; GRAMMY nominees Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd; and blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker. Also joining the lineup are 35-year member of King's band James "Boogaloo" Bolden, singer/guitarist Quinn Sullivan and singer/songwriter ZZ Ward. Jimmy Vivino of the "Conan" show will serve as musical director and will be joined by the Basic Cable Band, who will serve as the house band for the evening.
"This evening marks a unique collaboration between the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum, and it serves to showcase these charities founded by The Recording Academy that share a mission of preserving music's legacy and presenting it to a wide range of audiences," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, and Board Chair of the GRAMMY Museum. "This event is designed to be an annual fundraiser in honor of a music icon that will invite the public to enjoy tribute performances by an array of talented artists that engage, entertain, and enlighten."
"Exploring the enduring legacies of all forms of music, and the artists who created them, is a large part of our mission, and we couldn't be more thrilled to partner with the GRAMMY Foundation on a spectacular evening that will demonstrate our shared commitment to preserving the legacy of B.B. King," said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. "We're looking forward to having this amazing lineup of artists join us for a night that will introduce, or reintroduce, hundreds of music fans to the legacy of the King of the Blues."
King released more than 50 albums since he began recording in the 1940s, creating classics such as "3 O'Clock Blues," "You Don't Know Me" and "The Thrill Is Gone." In addition to 15 GRAMMY wins, his recognition from The Recording Academy includes a Lifetime Achievement Award and four recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
Proceeds raised from the event will support the initiatives of the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum.