Two great jazz legends will highlight the 12th annual Oklahoma Blues Festival this year to be held May 5 and 6.
Matt Alcott, festival director, says B. B. King will include the festival as part of his last road tour. King, the guitarist hailed as King of the Blues, 80, will do individual performances after this year but this is his last tour.
Another legend, guitarist and singer Robert Lockwood, Jr., will also be making one of his last appearances. He will be 92.
Tulsa bands will be well represented as well as bands from Texas, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Louisiana. Even the great Taj Mahal will fly in from Hawaii to be part of the festivities.
Among the colorful names will be Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Natt Boff and Blue Tantrum, and Tulsa’s own Rev. Jonny Palmer and the Muddy River Revival Band.
The legends will be part of the two-day festival that will be held at 400 N. Main St. in the Brady District of downtown Tulsa. Three stages will be erected and beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday patrons will be able to stroll from stage to stage taking in some of the most inspired music in jazz.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 17 at the Brady Theater box office, area Albertson stores, The Wall in Bartlesville and online at www.startickets.com.
Tickets are $25 for Friday, $29 for Saturday, and $39 for both days.
“We have been averaging 12,000 fans a day in recent Festivals,” says Alcott, “and with this year’s talent we hope to exceed that figure. This is truly a great musical event for Tulsa and we are delighted to be winding up a dozen wonderful years.”