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Welk Resort Branson
1984 Hwy 165
Branson, MO   65738

(Branson, MO) – B.B. King, The King of Blues, is returning to Branson in October, 2008. Sullivan Shows and Welk Resort Branson jointly announced today that the most famous blues singer/guitarist in the world, B.B. King will perform one show only on Sunday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson.
For more than half a century, B.B. King has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards and 22 W.C. Handy (Blues Foundation) Awards has released over 50 albums including four Gold albums, two Platinum albums and one Multi-Platinum album. His R&B Chart-topping hits include “Three O’Clock Blues,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Please Love Me,” “You Upset Me Baby,” “Sweet Sixteen, Part I,” and “Don’t Answer The Door, Part I.” His most popular crossover hit, “The Thrill Is Gone,” reached #15 on the Top-40 Chart in 1970.

Tickets for the B.B. King concert in October go on sale Friday, July 18 and may be purchased at the Welk Resort Theatre Box Office, by phone at (417)-337-7469. Ticket prices including all taxes range from $69.50 (Gold Seating) to $59.50 (Silver) and $39.50 (Bronze).

Opening for B.B. King will be The Rankin Brothers. New to Branson, this duo began playing their Classic Music Revue show at the Welk Resort Theatre in March of this year and will present select musical numbers from their popular new show as the opening segment of the B.B. King concert.
B.B. mixes traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into his own unique sound. Over the years, he has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles featuring delicate single string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and “bent” notes. The technique of rock guitar playing is – to a large degree – derived from B.B.’s playing.

B.B. has been inducted into Halls of Fame (Blues Foundation, Rock & Roll, Performance Magazine and N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards); received numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards (Grammy Awards, Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, Orville H. Gibson/Gibson Guitar, Blues Foundation, MOBO Awards {London} and Congress of Racial Equality {CORE)}; and is featured on several Walks of Fame (Rock Walk, Amsterdam {Holland} Walk of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame). He has many film and TV appearances to his credit along with radio and TV commercials, soundtrack albums and even an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Video From a Film” in 1988/89. With his many honors, extensive tour schedule and recently released albums, B.B. King is more popular, more cherished and more relevant than ever to the audiences he entertains night-after-night, around the world.

The Welk Resort is located 3 miles south of Highway 76 on State Highway 165. The destination resort complex opened in 1994 and includes a 160-room hotel, the Stage Door Restaurant & Lounge, a miniature golf course, swimming pool, game room and other amenities. Welk Resort Branson recently added new, luxury lodges featuring custom stone gas fireplaces, full size appliances, sofa sleeper, flat screen HD TV, DVD player, Bose sound and wireless internet. The 2,245-seat theatre near Table Rock Lake has been home to The Lawrence Welk Show since 1994 and in 2008 is presenting The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Revue, The Tillis Family Reunion starring Mel Tillis and Pam Tillis in September and October and a spectacular Christmas show starring Tony Orlando and The Lennon Sisters in November and December.

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