B.B. King Blues Club

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Last Day For B.B. King Blues Club In Times Square

April 29, 2018 - 1:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Sunday is the final day in the 18 year run of the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the club on 42nd Street has been the place to go in Times Square for jazz and R&B fans, who have seen everyone from Aretha Franklin to Jay-Z. The late Chuck Berry, James Brown, Bo Diddley, and of course, B.B. King himself all took the stage at the club over the years before they each passed away.

Buddy Guy will be the venue’s final performer.

Music superfan Christine has seen plenty of performers at the B.B. King Blues Club. She showed up one last time on Sunday.

“I can’t even count, for real,” Christine said. “They should make me an honorary member, honestly. I’ve seen some things on this stage. When the system was ratcheted and then it got better, and throwing the mic on the… ‘Fix them! I hear humming in the speakers!’”

She said that fit of pique came from El DeBarge at a particularly memorable concert.

“I’ve been coming here for a long time,” Christine said.

The club is closing up due a problem that’s hit just about every business across the city – a rapidly rising rent.

One man, Rolando, was upset at the reason the club was closing.

“Jazz music and B.B. King, like he’s an icon for the community. I mean, a lot of people grew up on jazz, you know, and it just shows the signs of the times. Everything is about, you know, increasing rent and the dollar,” he said.