B.B. King Homecoming
TITO JACKSON AND THE B.B. KING BLUES BAND TO HEADLINE 38TH ANNUAL HOMECOMING FESTIVAL
Fletcher Park, Indianola, Mississippi
featuring Tito Jackson and the B.B. King Blues Band and others
Advance tickets are $10.00 (on sale April 1)
Call 662-887-9539 for purchase
Tickets at the gate are $15
12 p.m. – Food and art vendors in the park
2 p.m. – Music in the park
8 p.m. – Tito Jackson and the B.B. King Blues Band in Fletcher Park
11(ish) p.m. – Tito Jackson and the B.B. King Blues Band at Historic Club Ebony (food and beverages on site for purchase)
Tito Jackson, well known for his role with the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, teamed up with the B.B. King Blues Band in 2017 to become their new lead singer. The band is comprised of many of King’s former band members who still perform together, so event goers will likely see familiar faces. In 2017 Jackson released his first solo album, Tito Time, featuring “One Way Street” and “When the Magic Happens” with Jocelyn Brown, and “Get It Baby,” with Big Daddy Kane. “I always idolized B.B. King, and I’ve always been a blues player, ever since I picked up the guitar, I guess,” said Jackson.
Club Ebony, which opened in 1948, was the site of performances in its heyday by big names such as Count Basie, Ray Charles, Bobby Bland, Albert King, Ike Turner, James Brown, and many more. After Mary Shepard, one of Club Ebony’s last owners, retired in 2008, King bought it and gifted the club to the museum to help preserve its important legacy.
“We encourage all to visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center while they are in Indianola,” said Malika. Polk-Lee. “Everyone who does comes out with a whole new understanding of who B.B. really was, the things that were important to him, and the circumstances that shaped his life,” she added. The ongoing museum expansion includes space for three of King’s vehicles: a 1978 Rolls Royce, 1984 El Camino, and one of his tour buses. It will also add exhibits for telling the story of the last years of King’s life. In addition, the museum site is also his final resting place, and fundraising efforts are in place to finalize the memorial courtyard. “We’re excited with the progress taking place at the Museum, and we hope everyone will take advantage of this chance to visit our exhibits while in town for the festival as well as pay their respects to our beloved B.B. before going to Club Ebony for what promises to be an outstanding show,” said Polk-Lee.