DEADWOOD | The BB King’s Blues Band on its first-ever nationwide tour will stop at Deadwood Mountain Grand for an 8 p.m. show on Oct. 20.
“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, who spent 15 years as rhythm guitarist for King. Russell Jackson toured exclusively with 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. Herman Jackson was influenced by such artists as Al Green, Ellis Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, and King, with whom he toured and performed. Jackson also played himself as a drummer in the HBO series Treme.
Eric Demmer, saxophonist, toured with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown for 12 years until Gate’s death in 2005. Dremmer has performed with many well-known musicians including Carlos Santana, George Duke, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Buddy Guy, the Allman Brothers, Dr. John, King and 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.” Robinson went on to perform with the likes of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Little Milton Campbell, Freddie King, and Magic Sam. In 2002, Robinson 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.” Robinson was brought into B.B. King’s Blues Band as guitarist and vocalist.
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 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. Lavigne 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, King's former tour manager and personal assistant of 11 years. Johnson’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 King 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 King’s band and continue touring as B.B. King’s Blues Band.
Tickets for the show are now on sale at the Deadwood Mountain Grand box office, The Company Store or at ticketmaster.com.
Prices range for $10 to $30. For information go to deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-0386.