This Thursday Oct. 29, a very special night of blues will be taking over Paramount Hudson Valley. Honoring the King – A Tribute to B.B. King will feature Joe Louis Walker and Jay Geils (of J. Geils Band), and a NY Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Walker and Geils are teaming up for a limited four-night run of shows honoring the late B.B. King, and this will be the only performance in the Hudson Valley. Walker, a member of the Blues Hall of Fame (Memphis) has been described by NPR Music as “powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty…a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues.” Opening the show will be NYC guitarist Michael Packer.
The night will include an induction ceremony for the New York Blues Hall of Fame, honoring legendary, master, and local artists from New York State. This year’s inductees will include Michael Falzarano (guitarist for Hot Tuna and New Riders of the Purple Sage), Rick Knapp (bassist for Walter Trout and Jimmy Thackery), Juma Sultan (percussionist for Jimi Hendrix), and producer Osten Harvey Jr. The ceremony will feature a special guest, Peekskill’s own Professor Louie.
The show will start at 8pm, and tickets are $25/$35 available here and at the Paramount box office.
Check out a 1995 tribute to B.B. King by Joe Louis Walker and Guests at the Kennedy Center Honors: