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Jan. 16, 2008

Blues legend B.B. King performs in Hancher Feb. 7

Blues legend B.B. King will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.

The concert comes just before the Feb. 19 release of the CD/DVD "LIVE!", recorded at B.B. King's blues clubs in Nashville and Memphis in Oct. 2006.

It has been estimated that the "King of the Blues" has played more than 10,000 shows in a career spanning nearly 60 years. Since he began recording in the 1940s, he has released more than 50 albums.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 2003 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 3 among the "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time."

In 2006, he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor awarded to a civilian; his 1964 album "Live at the Regal" was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; and he won his 14th Grammy Award, for Best Traditional Blues Album, for "B.B. King & Friends: 80," which had celebrated his 80th birthday the previous year.

He won eight previous Grammys in that category, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His hit recording of "The Thrill is Gone" is in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The B.B. King concert in Hancher is sponsored by Ian and Deborah Bullion and Insurance Associates, a TrueNorth Company, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Remaining tickets are $50/45, UI student $36/32.

The Hancher Auditorium box office will re-open Jan. 22. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

While the box office is closed, tickets may be ordered online through Hancher's Web site

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lieberman Management, 212-421-2021,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),