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Address: 237 W 42nd Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Aug-29-16 08:00 PM JON PARIS General Admission - Seated
* First Come, First Seated
* Full Dinner Menu Available
* $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
* All Ages

This show will take place in Lucille's Bar & Grill,
located inside B.B. King Blues Club

Jon Paris has toured nationally and internationally with an impressive list of artists that includes Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Chris Spedding, Johnnie Johnson, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. He's also backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Phoebe Snow, Hubert Sumlin, Rudy Ray Moore, the Uptown Horns, and Elvin Bishop, to name just a few. All the while Paris has maintained his own New York City-based rock and blues band. The group performs regularly at B.B. King Blues Club and at clubs, casinos, and concerts across the country.

Paris has headlined in Norway, Sweden, Israel, and South Africa. He's opened concerts for Little Richard, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Dick Dale, George Thorogood, Brian Setzer, Joan Jett, Southside Johnny, Jonny Lang, and more. His recording credits include sessions with Bob Dylan, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Ron Wood, and John Hiatt. For years, he was also an often-featured guest with Les Paul, the electric guitar legend, at Les's regular Monday night shows at the Iridium in Manhattan. His latest album, Blue Planet (2004), features many of his blues-drenched original rockers and his unique versions of some great blues classics.

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Aug-29-16 08:00 PM Stevie Wonder Tribute: Papa J. & Mo' Soul Stevie Wonder's Ballads and Funk Classics With Papa J. & Mo' Soul

From Stevie Wonder's early days as a child prodigy signed by Berry Gordy through classic albums of the '70s and '80s, Papa J. & Mo' Soul pay tribute to this one-of-a-kind artist. You'll hear the unforgettable ballads like "Isn't She Lovely" and soul classics such as "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" that earned Wonder dozens of Grammys, international stardom and a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Wonder is equally at home crooning romantic tunes like "My Cherie Amour" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You" as he is belting out the irresistible funk of "Living for the City" and "Superstition," a versatility that Harlem-based blues/soul band Papa J. & Mo' Soul will recreate for this concert at New York's famed B.B. King Blues Club.
Aug-29-16 08:00 PM The Music of Stevie Wonder feat. Papa J. & Mo' Soul
Aug-30-16 07:30 PM B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars Featuring The Harlem Blues Project

Some of the best blues in America today isn't coming out of Chicago or the Deep South -- it's coming from New York City's Times Square, where the B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars featuring the Harlem Blues Project jam weekly at Lucille's with special guests. Several soulful and dynamic musicians make up the Harlem Blues Project: Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack and Barry Harrison. Singer and bassist Dugger is a member of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, and he's shared the stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton and more. Guitarist Mack has played with greats like the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts and Honeyboy Edwards. Drummer Harrison, a long-time band member for Johnny Copeland and Shemekia Copeland, rounds out one of the hottest blues outfits ever assembled. They're joined by a rotating cast of the finest musicians in New York City and beyond.
Aug-30-16 07:30 PM B.B. King Blues Club All Stars & The Harlem Blues Project
Aug-30-16 08:00 PM BONEY JAMES VIP Reserved Booths on Floor
* $87.50 per Ticket - Must Buy Entire Booth
* Booth for 4 = $350
* Booth for 6 = $525

VIP Gold Circle Reserved Seating
* $87.50
* First Come, First Served

General Admission - Seated
* $47.50 Advance / $55 Day of Show
* First Come, First Seated

* Full Menu Available
* $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
* All Ages

Four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY-nominated album The Beat.

"The forms I'm working with are rooted in my early influences," says James, dropping names like King Curtis, the Stylistics and Earth, Wind & Fire. "But recently I've been listening to contemporary artists like Tinash´┐Ż, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and I'm inspired by the sound of their recordings. The production is so cool and evocative. As I started the new record, I was in my backyard studio messing around with this "gearhead" stuff I've collected. Ideas started flowing and it sounded like modern soul music to me. I thought to myself, `What is this?'... And then it hit me: `futuresoul.'"

His 15th CD, futuresoul contains 10 original songs produced and written or co-written by James. Released by Concord Records May 4, 2015, futuresoul features vocalist and Mint Condition frontman Stokley on "Either Way," a collaboration enabled by Twitter. Says James, "Like my recent duet with Raheem DeVaughn, I was able to meet Stokley on Twitter and send him the music for this track. He wrote the brilliant lyric and sent me a finished vocal all via email!"
Also featured is rising-star trumpet player Marquis Hill (2014 winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition) on the plaintive "Far From Home."

Other notable collabs on the record are title-cut "futuresoul," co-written and co-produced by neo-soul mainstay Dwele, and "Drumline" and "Watchu Gon' Do About It?" with co-writer/co-producer Jairus Mozee (Anthony Hamilton, Robin Thicke).

futuresoul is the follow-up to The Beat (2013), nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album, which prompted The New York Times to praise "The relaxed charisma of Mr. James' tone..."

"Tone, or the `sound' of my horn, is really crucial to me," says James. "I practice my saxophone in my backyard studio every day when I'm not on the road. I'm still dedicated to trying to be a better player. I spend much of my time with a keyboard next to me and a computer behind me," he continues. "So when I get a creative idea, I'll reach over to the keyboard and pick out a few notes or record myself singing a melody. I start gathering pieces. Then I'll build on them and gradually they'll turn into songs. I get more and more excited and start spending 14-hour days out there. Before I know it, I've made an album. It's amazing how it happens - like a ball rolling down a hill, it develops its own momentum."

Of course this process would not be possible if James weren't so skilled with the production technology - he says he views digital production as an instrument in itself. He almost certainly could not have imagined such a thing when, at age eight, he picked up his first instrument: the clarinet. "I really wanted to play the trumpet, but when we went to the local music store, all they had were clarinets," he explains. "I had to have something that day, so I took one home. The saxophone came up two years later because there were so many clarinet players in the band. My teacher kind of leaned on me to switch," James laughs. "It was fate."

The `analog' tone of the sax combined with the `digital' sounds of modern production contribute to the sonic tension that fuels futuresoul.

Boney says, "The track `Vinyl' really embodies the blending of retro and modern,"
as it represents the first time he has sampled a classic record. "What you hear in the chorus," he notes, "is a `filtered' piece of the Stylistics song `People Make the World Go Round.'"

Born in Lowell, Mass. and raised in New Rochelle, NY, Boney became seriously interested in music in the mid `70s, a very vibrant and freewheeling period for popular music. "You could hear different genres all over the radio. Contemporary jazz was everywhere - people like Grover Washington Jr., Herbie Hancock and George Benson were stars," he marvels. "Artists like Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire were incorporating jazz into what they were doing, and the jazz guys were mixing R&B into their sound. It was a great time to be a young musician."

By 13, James - born James Oppenheim and nicknamed "Boney" in his mid-20's when a meager touring per diem saw him growing thinner - was jamming in basements and garages. One summer during college, he found himself sitting in with some friends at a club. "Playing in a real club, with the energy of a real audience was such a fantastic rush," he remembers. "That was the spark for my decision to become a professional musician."

Following early pro gigs, (including sideman stints with Morris Day, the Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford and Teena Marie) James released his debut album as a leader, Trust, in 1992.

Over the following 23 years James has racked up sales of more than 3 million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 CD's atop Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. In 2009 Billboard magazine named him the #3 Contemporary Jazz Artist Of The Decade (trailing just Kenny G and Norah Jones).

What's in the future for futuresoul? Already making inroads at radio with the funky "Drumline" and the sultry "Either Way," Boney will hit the road mid 2015 and continue touring throughout 2016.

James says, "When people ask me what category my music falls under, I always say, `It's Boney James music'."

Known for blurring the lines between genres, with futuresoul, Boney is doing the same between eras.

Let's just call it "retro music for a modern age."

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Aug-30-16 09:30 PM B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars Featuring The Harlem Blues Project

Some of the best blues in America today isn't coming out of Chicago or the Deep South -- it's coming from New York City's Times Square, where the B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars featuring the Harlem Blues Project jam weekly at Lucille's with special guests. Several soulful and dynamic musicians make up the Harlem Blues Project: Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack and Barry Harrison. Singer and bassist Dugger is a member of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, and he's shared the stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton and more. Guitarist Mack has played with greats like the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts and Honeyboy Edwards. Drummer Harrison, a long-time band member for Johnny Copeland and Shemekia Copeland, rounds out one of the hottest blues outfits ever assembled. They're joined by a rotating cast of the finest musicians in New York City and beyond.
Aug-30-16 09:30 PM B.B. King Blues Club All Stars & The Harlem Blues Project
Aug-30-16 11:30 PM Funkmaster Flex Birthday Bash & Concert Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Special Ed & More at Funkmaster Flex Birthday Bash & Concert

You're invited to the party of the year as New York's top DJ Funkmaster Flex celebrates his birthday at B.B. King Blues Club. The festivities kick off with a concert featuring two hip-hop pioneers of the '90s: Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun. Black Moon burst onto the scene in 1992 with hardcore anthems "Who Got Da Props?" and "I Got Cha Opin," which were highlighted by the distinctive vocals of charismatic MC Buckshot Shorty. With slick street rhymes and undeniable chemistry, Smif-N-Wessun is best known for their album Dah Shinin, which was regarded as a classic of the era. This special birthday bash concert will also feature performances by Special Ed, Das EFX, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch.
Aug-30-16 11:30 PM Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun & More Perform Live 4 Flex's Bday