Carnegie Hall presents Johnny King & Friends, featuring Tony “TC” Coleman (BB King’s Drummer) and opening act Highlands Blues Band in the Hamilton Auditorium on Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to come early for the Mainstage Lounge Preshow Reception from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Museum Gallery.
Johnny King has been called the future of the Blues. He is a producer, singer, songwriter, and lively performer. For over 25 years, he has been writing and performing his own music. He plays slide, lead, and rhythm guitar like lightning in a bottle. His other instruments include: drums, five-string bass, Hammond organ, keys, mandolin, and trumpet. Johnny King’s music ranges from Blues, Roots, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass, Country, Motown, Gospel, Funk, Latin, Ragtime, New Orleans jazz, and Psychedelic Southern Rock. He calls it the “Baptism of Sound!” He has written well over 60 songs and counting. Most recently, he has recorded 50 of them at Skip Brown’s Final Tracks Studio in Roanoke, VA. Tony Coleman (BB King’s drummer for over 30 years) is singing, playing drums, and co-producing the record. Together they are forging across music genres and making musical history all over again.
Joining King on stage is drummer TC Coleman. Coleman has had an illustrious career touring the world with B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, Katie Webster, Z.Z. Hill, O.V. Wright, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, and Buddy Guy.
The Highlands Blues Band is a musical group whose members belong to the Alleghany Highlands Blues Society. The AHBS is based out of Clifton Forge and its mission is to bring the community together with Blues Power.
Tickets for the special performance are $20 and may be purchased by visiting www.carnegiehallwv.org, calling 304-645-7917, or stopping by 611 Church Street, Lewisburg. Admission to the Mainstage Lounge Preshow Reception is free. A cash bar and snacks will be available.