B.B. King, known internationally as the King of the Blues, will make his first-ever appearance on stage in downtown Helena when he performs Oct. 7 at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival.

 

     B.B. King, known internationally as the King of the Blues, will make his first-ever appearance on stage in downtown Helena when he performs Oct. 7 at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival.
     “This is the first time B.B. King has appeared at our festival,” Munnie Jordan, the festival director, confirmed Tuesday. “This will be our 25th anniversary.”
    The event was known originally and for many years as the King Biscuit Blues Festival and depicted the legendary rhythm and blues performer Sonny Boy Williams in its logo.
  Jordan said King was scheduled to give his command performance at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 7 on the main stage.
    Stephens Media columnist John Brummett made the initial announcement at the end of his keynote address Monday night at the 74th annual meeting of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce.
    Brummett’s announcement brought cheers from the audience gathered in the community room of the Lily Peter Fine Arts Building on the campus of Phillips Community College.
    Riley B. King, a native of Itta Bena, Miss., has been performing for more than 60 years. A museum in his honor was opened in recent years at Indianola, Miss.
    Jordan said more information about the lineup for the three-day festival would be made available later.