After 18 years and over 6,000 shows, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
closed its doors on April 29, 2018.
We are committed to re-opening in New York City and we are currently looking for a new location. Over the past 18 years, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill has presented the biggest names in all genres of live music. Notable performances included James Brown, Ray Charles, Etta James, ZZ Top, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Al Green, Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett, Bo Diddley, Sly Stone, The Allman Brothers and B.B. King himself among many others.
Until we re-open, we will recommended venues and shows on this page to support live music in New York City.
Many of the shows that were featured at B.B. Kings annually have moved on to other venues and we want our fans to be aware and support them.
THE HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR
The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir has moved their residency from B.B. King Blues Club to Sony Hall.
Every Sunday at 1:30pm (12:30pm doors)
features an All You Can Eat Brunch.
BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB
Since its inception in 1981, Blue Note has become one of the premier jazz clubs in the world and a cultural institution in Greenwich Village. Legendary jazz musicians who have performed on the Blue Note stage include Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vahan, Oscar Peterson, Lionel Hampton, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Nina Simone and so many more.
Upcoming performances include Chick Corea, Seu Jorge, Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter & the annual Christmas through New Years residency with Chris Botti.
Sony Hall is the new premiere music venue in New York City focused on presenting world renowned performing artists across all music genres, powered by state of the art technology. Sony Hall is equipped with Sony's technologies, integrated throughout the 12,000 square-foot venue to deliver enhanced entertainment experiences to fans. Check out their amazing line-up of shows.
BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL
With over 100 events in five venues throughout New York City, the 2018 Sony Presents Blue Note Jazz Festival will take place June 1-30.
Featuring: Chris Botti, Art Garfunkel, Gregory Porter, Al Di Meola, Gordon Lightfoot, Lettuce, The Manhattan Transfer, Eddie Palmieri, Tab Benoit, Sergio Mendes, Robert Cray, Bilal, Southside Johnny & More
Sony Corporation is Blue Note Jazz Festival's official Title Sponsor; INGLOT Cosmetics is the festival's official Presenting Sponsor.
The Highline Ballroom is a 700-capacity standing, 400-capacity fully seated venue located in the heart of Chelsea. The venue’s pristine production quality allows for superstar stadium acts to play a more intimate show for their fans without compromising the level of sound or performance. Marquee artists from Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Amy Winehouse have all been swayed by the unique ambiance of the Highline Ballroom.
LALAH HATHAWAY @ SONY HALL
...Ask her to describe her voice and she might say it feels like, sounds like, soul. But when it comes to defining the essence of music, itself, Lalah Hathaway can go on and on...
"Music is so textured and layered," she says, "and it is an absolute entity in my life. It's three-dimensional, it's tangible, and when I die, I'll say goodbye to it, just as I will to everyone standing around my bed."
In the four years since she's blessed the people with a set of songs, she's been "working, writing music and living a very, simple life. Many people think that you're just lounging between albums, but that time for me was about trying to find a place to land that will give you the opportunity to create something artful, something mindful," Lalah notes.
In the meantime and between album projects, Hathaway - who's recorded collaborations with Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndegéocello and Mary J. Blige, among them - keeps her creativity nourished by taking to the global stage and contributing her voice to Daughters of Soul, a musical mélange founded by comrade, Sandra St. Victor, and featuring Nona Hendryx, Joyce Kennedy as well as Indira and Simone, daughters of Chaka Khan and Nina Simone, respectively.
"I don't necessarily need to fit into what's happening now," she says of today's marketplace, "but I want to stand with it, on my own thing. I would really love it if people need the record. I put a lot of myself into this album, so I hope people can hear me and understand who I am."