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B.B. King Tribute at Montreal Jazz Fest

Jazzed Magazine • News • June 18, 2015

BBKINGTRIBNext week, Montreal will morph into the international epicenter of live music, welcoming thousands of the world’s greatest artists to the ten-day celebration. This year’s Festival is dedicated to B.B. King (1925-2015). Celebrated musical guests to honor the King of Blues with “The Grand Blues Evening,” a free concert on July 5th.

Main Attractions Include: Joss Stone, Lucinda Williams, Wayne Shorter, Erykah Badu, The Barr Brothers, Beirut, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mika, Cibo Mato, Sophie Hunger, The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman, My Brightest Diamond, Joe Lovano, Steve Miller Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Badbadnotgood w/Ghostface Killah, Madeleine Peyroux, and many more.

The Grand Blues Evening in memory of B.B. King – July 5, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., TD Stage.

A regal figure of the blues, the late B.B. King will remain eternally stamped in the history of this festival, to which he was deeply linked—in fact, an Award was created in his name last summer to annually recognize the exceptional talent of a blues artist. Organizers of this festival passionately dedicate this 36th edition to him. The great B.B. will reign throughout the event, particularly via his presence among the 24 legends of the festival, the windows of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, which look out over thousands of music fans in attendance. To pay tribute to his legacy, the crème de la crème of the Québécois blues scene gathers onstage in a grand evening anchored by incomparable harmonica wizard Guy Bélanger and his band, with an army of high-profile guests—Bob Walsh, Jordan Officer, Kim Richardson, Brian Tyler, Angel Forrest, Mike Goudreau, Jimmy James, Conor Gains, Jean Fernand Girard, and Mathieu Holubowski.

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