News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 9, 2013

Blues guitar legend B.B. King to play at Effingham Performance Center on May 29

News Release

EFFINGHAM, ILL. — Riley B. King — affectionately known as B.B. — is scheduled to play at Effingham Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. on May 29.

King has had two No. 1 R & B hits, “Three O’Clock Blues” and “You Don’t Know Me,”  and four No. 2 R & B hits, “Please Love Me,” “You Upset Me Baby,” “Sweet Sixteen, Part I” and “Don’t Answer The Door, Part I.”

 B.B.’s most popular crossover hit, 1970s “The Thrill Is Gone,” went to No. 15 pop.

 His first big break came in 1948 — and he needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually to B.B. King.

He has won 15 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He ranks No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list. More information about King is available at

Effingham Performance Center is operated by Arts Connection of Central Illinois, a not-for-profit organization.

More information can be found at or by phone at 217-540-2788.

Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 800-745-3000, at Ticketmaster outlets or at Effingham Performance Center, 1325 Outer Belt West, Effingham. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Ticket prices range from $66 to $82.