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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
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Published April 13th 2011
Is there anyone living in New York - or visiting for that matter - who hasn't been to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill?

This iconic music venue and restaurant is a mecca for those who love music. With several great live shows every single day, it doesn't matter if you're not a blues fan, the performances at B.B. King are eclectic and varied. There are rock 'n roll shows, gospel performances, salsa, dance competitions featuring hip hop, jazz and tap. Many upcoming performers in rhythm and blues began their career with a gig at B.B. King Blues Club. It's an entertainment venue like no other, right in the heart of Times Square.

And if you don't know who B.B. King is, then music must not be your thing. Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. He was born on a plantation in Mississippi in September 1925. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. His mastery of the art of blues is legendary.

During my first time in New York, I was offered a pair of free tickets to see the Strawberry Fields Show there. As the name suggests, this is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, performed by former members of Broadway's hit musical Beatlemania. This show is dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. It really is a Magical Mystery Tour complete with mop top hair cuts, the psychedelic outfits and austere plain suits that made the group so famous. They perform all the best known Beatles hits from albums like "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band", "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

The bonus is an all-you-can-eat afternoon brunch buffet in Lucille's Bar and Grill, a separate bar/restaurant located inside B.B. King's. Lucille's is named for B.B. King's famous guitar.
Performances: Every Saturday from 11:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: from $71.00

Another show really worth seeing is the Sunday soul-food brunch, featuring the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir. Also including an all-you-can-eat southern buffet this feast is guaranteed to fill you to overflowing with rich hearty soul food, while the gospel performances will have you dancing on the stage.

Performances: Every Sunday from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $40 Advance; $42.50 Day of Show

So next time you're in the mood for a show, you'll be spoilt for choice at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Check out the extensive calendar of events and you're guaranteed to find something you'll enjoy, any time of day and night for the next few months.

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42nd Street, Between 7th & 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Why? It's a must for fans of all kinds of music
When: Every day and night
Where: Times Square, Manhattan
Cost: Show costs vary, but most are very reasonable
Love BB Kings, the food is awesome. Been there for 4 shows including the Harlem Gospel one. You can't come to New York without listening to those people sing!
By tmaugney - reader
Thursday, 21st of April @ 01:45 am
I went to BB Kings for the Harlem Gospel Choir brunch once and it was such an unplifting experience - i was on a high for hours.
By carol310 - reader
Saturday, 21st of May @ 01:32 am
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