The Thrill Is Gone: A Tribute To B.B. King will take place on February 16th and 17th at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The all-star tribute concert will see Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Ivan Neville, Warren Haynes, and many more pay tribute to “The King of the Blues.”
Anthony Hamilton, Bob Margolin, Bobby Rush, David Hidalgo, Jamey Johnson, Jimmie Vaughan, John Scofield, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Little Steven, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Shemekia Copeland, Southside Johnny, Steve Cropper, Tony “TC” Coleman, and William Bell will also perform at The Thrill Is Gone. Drummer and producer Steve Jordan, who has worked with many well-known musicians including Eric Clapton and John Mayer, will serve as musical director for the two shows.
The event, produced by Blackbird Presents, The Capitol Theatre, and the B.B. King Estate, promises the addition of more very special guests. The event will benefit the Seva Foundation, which focuses on preventing blindness and is the leading innovator in delivering vital eye care services to the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Two-day tickets go on sale Friday, January 17th at 12:00 p.m. ET. Single-day tickets go on sale on January 31st at 12:00 p.m. ET. Click here for more ticket information.
Many of the artists set to perform at the event have had a personal relationship with B.B. King, including Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. At King’s show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on September 5th, 2012, Trucks, Tedeschi, and John Mayer joined King on stage for the final song. Trucks laid down his signature slide guitar leads, nearly knocking King off his chair. It was clear that King could not contain his emotion, even going as far as telling Trucks “It’s a good thing that I’m a boy because if I was a girl, every time you started to play like that, you wouldn’t have to say nothing”. Watch the epic exchange below.
B.B. King w/ John Mayer, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Finale – 9/5/12