The festival’s final night will be majestic with Sunday night
headliners that include Little Willie Littlefield, Bobby Parker and
Karen Carroll with Charlie Love and special guest Lurrie Bell, and of
course, B.B. King.
B.B. King, known as the King of the Blues, has graced the stages
worldwide, and at age 82, he continues to tour as often as he did in his
youth. King last played at the Chicago Blues Festival in 1988, so this
festival will be a welcome return! Born Riley B. King, B.B. King has
recorded more than fifty albums, many of them classics. With his
left-hand vibrato and vocal-like string bends, he has developed one of
the most identifiable styles in the music business, and become one of
the most renowned blues musicians.
King has influenced a myriad of talented musicians, including Eric
Clapton, Jeff Beck, and George Harrison; has won numerous awards
including a NARAS Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, honorary
doctorates, and in 1984, was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of
Fame. B.B. King performs Sunday, June 8th at approximately 8 p.m. at
the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park.
Little Willie Littlefield began his career at age 16, recording his
first hit “Little Willie’s Boogie” in Texas. His talent on the
keyboard has influenced many performers that include Fats Domino, and he
has played in various clubs and venues both in America and Europe.
Littlefield last played at the Chicago Blues Festival in 1988.
Delmark Records vocalist Karen Carroll recorded with Lurrie Bell’s
father, Carey Bell in 1984. Festival-goers will enjoy her gospel/jazz
influenced sound, paired with the talents of Charlie Love and special
guest Lurrie Bell.
Blues Rock guitarist Bobby Parker, played with Bo Diddley, Paul
Williams, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Little Richard. His most famous
hit Watch Your Step, has been covered by Dr. Feel Good and Santana.
Parker spends most of his time performing in the D.C. area, where he
B.B. King, Little Willie Littlefield, Karen Carroll and Bobby Parker
join a list of headliners that includes already released names Buckwheat
Zydeco, Lil’ Ed and the Imperials, Koko Taylor, Eddy “the Chief”
Clearwater, James Cotton and Johnny Winter. Celebrating 25 years will
be worth its weight in gold with all the royalty in Grant Park! The
remainder of the world-class lineup will be released by March 1 and is
regal in nature! Visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us for updates.
The Chicago Blues Festival has grown tremendously in its twenty-five
years and now features more than ninety performances on six stages and
extended hours of 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Chicago Blues Festival is known
world-wide as one of the biggest and best Blues events on the planet,
drawing hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to Grant
Park, year after year.
Chicago Blues Festival is sponsored by 93XRT, Chicago Transit
Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television,
Communications Direct, Dominick’s, Gibson Guitar, Hinckley Springs,
Louisiana Office of Tourism, Pepsi-Cola, U.S. Cellular, WGN-Television
and more generous sponsors to be announced. For more information, visit
www.chicagobluesfestival.us or call 312/744-3315. For hotel
information, visit www.choosechicago.com