BB King’s Blues Club & Grill To Close Doors in NYC

Final Show On April 29 with Buddy Guy

BB King’s Blues Club & Grill in NYC’s Times Square announced that it will be closing its doors, citing a rent hike as the reason for closing. The lineup for the final week includes shows by William Bell’s Memphis Soul Revue (April 22), Rick Ross (April 23), Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh (April 25), El Gran Combo (April 26), and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (April 28). The finale on April 29 features Buddy Guy. Tickets are on sale now.

photo: Steve Malinski, NYS Music

“Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all.”

– Tsion Bensusan, chief operating officer

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Closing Week Celebration Show Schedule:
April 17 & 18 Buddy Guy
April 22 William Bell’s Memphis Soul Revue
April 23 Rick Ross
April 25 Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special Guests
April 26 El Gran Combo
April 28 George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Special Guests
April 29 Buddy Guy

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