On this date in history, 11/1/2008, I attended one of the most treasured of all my concert memories. This one took place in Bloomington, IN. I had driven down to visit my parents and they surprised me with tickets to see B.B. King at the Indiana University Auditorium. The King of the Blues was 83 years young at the time and although he performed the entire show seated, his voice was still extremely powerful, and his playing on his beloved Lucille was a gift to the universe! Of course, every time B.B. would speak between songs he had the audience eating out of his hands. He had a real human touch that made everyone feel like they knew him personally. His status as a giant of music was built on this humanity as much as the talent that went along with it. This was the first (and only) time my folks got to see B.B., so I was completely thrilled that we were treated to an absolutely stellar show. The band was on fire, as they were every time I was privileged to see the man. Sound and lights were dialed in perfectly, fit for a King. The Larry McRae Band opened the show with a pleasant set of blues, but stayed only long enough to get the crowd primed for the main event. All in all, it was a perfect evening with my wonderful parents and a blues legend!
Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic