B.B. KING HOMECOMING | Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | Indianola, MS
VENDORS, MUSIC & MORE IN FLETCHER PARK
711 Main Street
Performers: Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child” • Robert Kimbrough, Sr. • Lacee • Karen Wolfe • Chris Ivy • United Male Chorus • B.B. King AllStars • B.B. King Blues Band with Michael Lee of “The Voice”
Advance Tickets (18+) $15 / At the Gate $20 / Youth Tickets (Age 6-17) $5 / Kids 5 and under get in FREE.
FIREWORKS SHOW immediately following the performances!
Food and art vendors open at noon / Live Music from 2-9pm
Club Ebony event begins at 10pm (ticket sold separately) / No coolers allowed / No refunds.
LIVE MUSIC AT HISTORIC CLUB EBONY
404 Hanna Avenue
Performers: Grady Champion • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Tickets (18+) – Premium $100 / Plus $50 / Basic $25
Show starts at 10pm / Food and beverages on site for purchase.
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.
About the Artists
MR. SIPP “THE MISSISSIPPI BLUES CHILD”
In 2014 Mr. Sipp was named the International Blues Challenge (Band) winner, the Jus’ Blues Foundation’s Bobby Rush Entertainer of the Year, and the Albert King Gibson Guitar award winner. He won several Jackson Music Awards in 2015, including International Male Blues Artist, Blues Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. In 2016 he received the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Album and the Spirit of Little Walter Award.
B.B. KING BLUES BAND FEATURING MICHAEL LEE FROM NBC’S “THE VOICE”
For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined the blues to the world, averaging over 250 sold out concerts per year, with classics like “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Every Day I Have The Blues,” “How Blues Can You Get,” and “Why I Sing The Blues.” Now, Michael Lee has teamed up with the Band to tour, keeping the musical legacy of B.B. King alive. The two together combine amazing musical talent.
Sweet, Soulful, Songstress Lacee has captivated audiences far & wide with her powerfully melodic vocal abilities. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lacee is the epitome of a true Southern Belle as her voice resonates with a classic elegance infused with a flair for today’s R&B chic. Her influences in music come not only from home, but also from the likes of Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight & Aretha Franklin.
ROBERT KIMBROUGH, SR.
Robert Kimbrough Sr continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. The distinct and somewhat underground style of blues is rooted in hypnotic, rhythms and dance-able grooves. Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection can be seen on the Mississippi blues series “Mojo Hands and Moonshine.” Robert released his first CD, Willey Woot, in 2016 and quickly followed that with “What I’m Gon’ Do? Where I’m Gon’ Go From Here?” Robert released his fourth self-produced CD, I Been Fixed in September 2018. Robert and his band represented the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola at the 2019 International Blues Challenge.
B&J Records recording artist Karen Wolfe is no newcomer to the world of Southern Soul. She recorded her first album with The Harmonettes, who later changed their name to Direction. Karen joined the Blues arena by singing background for the Queen of Soul, Denise LaSalle. Soon after, Karen signed with B&J Records and her first label hit began with “Back Door Love Affair,” written by her label mate Mr. James Smith.
Chris Ivy was born and raised in the town of Moorhead, Mississippi. Growing up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Chris was accustomed to listening to blues music and even getting a chance to learn about blues and its culture. In 2008 Chris created H.B. Programs with help of songwriter and producer Trevell Williams. In June of that same year Chris was able to release his debut album entitled “Just Doing Me.” Having much success from his first radio single “Turn Road” off the album led Chris to be able to perform with great artist such as Nathaniel Kimble, Mississippi Slim, Denise LaSalle, OB Buchanon, Willie Clayton, and Tre Williams, and opened shows for Calvin Richardson and TK Soul.
B.B. KING MUSEUM ALLSTARS
The B.B. King Museum’s AllStars Ensemble displays the amazing musical talents of our Delta area children. It’s mission focuses on the musicianship, showmanship, pride of accomplishment, spirit and citizenship for boys and girls who display exceptional musical talent. The students train during the school year with music educators and travel during the summer as representatives of the B.B King Museum.
Mississippi native Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for two decades with his charismatic performances. This multi-instrument musician received a GRAMMY award for the song “Trust Yourself” that he co-wrote with Kevin Bowe. Champion signed to Malaco Records in 2013, and his album Bootleg Whiskey, named for the George Jackson song, established him as a torch carrier for authentic Mississippi blues. The Grady Champion Band won Indianola’s Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge and went on to win the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM
Twenty-year-old Kingfish, cousin to country music legend Charlie Pride, made a name for himself early and continues to amaze audiences with his talent. At age 6, he was playing drums; by 9, he was playing bass guitar; and at 13 he added lead guitar. His influences began with the gospel sounds he heard growing up in the Mississippi Delta, and he also draws from many of the blues greats who came before him. He has performed at music festivals all over the US as well as some international venues. His recent awards include the Jus’ Blues Foundation’s “In Honor of B.B. King” King of The Blues Award (2015), R&B Hall of Fame’s Robert Johnson Rising Star Award (2015), and Rising Star Award by the 3rd Annual New Blues Festival (2016).
UNITED MALE CHORUS
This group originated in the year 1983 when a group of Men in the surrounding areas would come together on Sunday Men day programs and help each other do the inspirational singing: We were called the (VOICES OF FAITH) back in those days under the leadership of Mr. J.T. Pitts and Mr. M.C. Williams. Our Musicians were Bro. Authur Strong Jr. and Sister Joyce Strong. Later we were in demand for doing men day programs. Each time we perform we would pick up more members. Eventually, we had about 20 members from all across Sunflower Co. so we renamed the group Sunflower County Male Chorus. After those guys passed on to be with the lord, we kept singing because we loved it and new recruits came in and now we have about 15 members. Our oldest member is John Henry Plummer who has been with this group since it first originated: Today the members are President: Cleotha Plummer, Vice: James Sample, Members: Walter Ervin, Percel Moore, John Plummer, Julious Jemison, Perry Stapleton, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Thomas, Marion Bo Bush, Terry Landfair, and Francis Plummer.