SOME OF THE GREATEST MUSICIANS ON EARTH TO MAKE A STOP AT DEADWOOD MOUNTAIN GRAND WITH B.B. KING’S BLUES BAND
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DEADWOOD, S.D. (09/26/2017) – BB King’s band, known as the BB King’s Blues Band kicks off their first ever nationwide tour in 2017 and will make a stop at Deadwood Mountain Grand for a show on Friday, October 20th at 8pm.
“We are thrilled to have many of the original BB King Band members together and performing on a national tour,” said James “Boogaloo” Bolden, trumpeter and bandleader for over 30 years with the late BB King. “The band was reassembled by Myron Johnson, tour manager for BB King. We want to keep the Blues alive and this is the closest thing you will experience to a BB King’s show.”
Also featured on the tour will be Charles “Charlie Tuna” Dennis, guitarist extraordinaire, who spent 15 years as rhythm guitarist for his early musical influence, B.B. King himself. Russell Jackson toured exclusively with B.B. King as his bass guitarist and was the first artist to put slap bass on a live blues recording, Live at Old Miss 1979. During the 1990’s, he recorded with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne on his Juno Award winning CD. Herman Jackson, drummer and master percussionist honed his skill at the Berkley School of Music, Boston, with noted jazz great, Alan Dawson. Jackson was without a doubt influenced by the stellar lineup of artists including Al Green, Ellis Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, and Blues Icon B.B. King, with whom he toured and performed. Jackson also played himself as a drummer in the HBO series Treme.
Eric Demmer, saxophonist, toured with the legendary Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown for 12 years until Gate’s death in 2005. This gave Eric the opportunity to perform with many well-known and respected musicians such as Carlos Santana, George Duke, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Allman Brothers, and Dr. John, among many others.
Jesse Robinson, guitarist and vocalist, worked as the bandleader for artist Bobby Rush. Robinson was featured in the 2003 documentary, Last of the MS Jukes. Jesse went on to perform with the likes of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Little Milton Campbell, Freddie King, and Magic Sam. In 2002, Jessie co-wrote a song on the CD of jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, Belly of the Sun. Robinson went on to release his first CD, Blues Child, in 2004, and most recently, his CD, Stray Star. Jesse was brought into B.B. King’s Blues Band as guitarist and vocalist covering the rich musical legacy left by King.
Lamar Boulet, trumpeter, studied and worked with some of the legends in New Orleans such as, Ellis Marsalis, his first teacher in the study of jazz. As an undergraduate, he studied with the incomparable Vince DiMartino at the University of Kentucky before receiving his master’s degree at the University of Miami.
Darrell Lavigne, keyboardist, has been performing on stages around the world, most notably New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rotterdam JVC Jazz Festival- Netherlands, and Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. Darrell has gone on to record two albums with then Columbia Jazz Artist, Kent Jordan, write for one Night Aire and produce another Out of This World.
BB King's Blues Band is the vision of Myron Johnson, BB King's former Tour Manager & Personal Assistant of 11 years. Myron’s association with the blues began around 1969 when as a 9-year-old he became aware of family friend B.B. King. This association with B.B. continued through the years and matured into a lasting friendship. Johnson would go on to found MJ Productions & Entertainment, Inc. and as CEO would hire B.B.’s band and continue touring as B.B. King’s Blues Band.
Tickets are on sale now. They are available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office – The Company Store – or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND.
For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-0386. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.