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Cherished Blues Legend B.B. King Comes To UVic

Only three months from now, the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium will host a living blues legend on its stage. On March 6, the 86-year-old African-American blues songwriter, vocalist and guitarist B.B. King will appear at UVic for one night to help remind the Victoria audience why he is often called the King of Blues.

“To present a legend like B.B. King in as intimate a venue as ours is very exciting,” says auditorium director Ian Case. “This concert is a special opportunity to celebrate the living legacies of both Mr. King and the university during UVic’s 50th anniversary celebrations. This event highlights Farquhar Auditorium’s integral role in the cultural landscape of Victoria and, with the acoustic purity of the venue, this concert is sure to be unforgettable.”

The Farquhar Auditorium brings world-class cultural events to the community and is pleased to include this performance as a 50th anniversary event. Students in 1963 enjoyed B.B. King’s music then just as much as today’s students do now.

For more than half a century, B.B. King—born Riley B. King—has defined the blues for worldwide audiences. In 1956, he and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands, and today, B.B. King is still touring at an impressive pace with 13 dates booked so far over four US states in January 2013 alone. Over the years, he has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He continues to average over 250 concerts per year around the world.

Public Advisory: Tickets went on sale Dec. 4 and are already sold out.

      What: B.B. King at UVic
      When: Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
      Where: University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, UVic
      Tickets: Starting at $68.50, $78.50 to $98.50.
      Prices include service charges & HST.

More on B.B. King: www.bbking.com and www.bbkingfanclub.net
Farquhar Auditorium on Facebook: /uvicfarq
Farquhar Auditorium on Twitter: @uvicfarquhar


  Media Contacts:

Carol-Lynne Michaels (Farquhar Auditorium) at 250-721-6131 or cmic@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca
Ian Case (Farquhar Auditorium) at 250-721-6561 or iancase@uvic.ca

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UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 2012 to June 2013. Visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary for more info.

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