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.
AIR SUPPLY @ SONY HALL
Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.
Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called Life Support. On this record were some treasures of songs, including "Lost in Love" which went Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.
Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Now Air Supply was on their way. The second single was "All Out of Love," and that went up the charts even quicker.
Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. "Lost in Love" was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies.
The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.
However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" by Jim Steinman which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song was released on The Greatest Hits album which soared past 7 million copies.
"Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.