BB King’s daughter to host free tribute event for late blues musician

The blues legend will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi

BB King‘s eldest daughter Shirley King will host a free musical tribute event for her late father in Las Vegas on Friday night (May 22).

The event follows a public viewing of her father’s body at Palm Mortuary, west of downtown Las Vegas earlier in the day.

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Shirley King, who lives in Chicago and performs under the name ‘Daughter Of The Blues’, has booked the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas to open to the public at 8pm tonight, for what she says will be live music and remembrances.

The blues legend, who passed away in his sleep aged 89 last Thursday (May 14), will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on May 30.

Next Friday (May 29), The BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola will host a public viewing from 10am to 5pm, with the funeral following on May 30 at 11am, at the nearby Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Billboard reports that King will be buried later that day in a private ceremony at the museum, which King helped develop.

The Rolling Stones paid tribute to the late blues guitarist during a Twitter Q&A with fans on Monday (May 18).

Jagger and co held their first-ever Q&A on the social networking site ahead next month’s re-release of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ LP. They were asked by fans for their memories of King.

“I was just looking at a picture of me and BB backstage at Madison Square Garden [in 1969],” Jagger told fans. “He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It’s sad. He had such a huge, long career. It’s sad that we won’t be listening to him live anymore.”

Keith Richards finished by describing King as “one of the greats”, continuing, “BB was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen, and I shall miss him a lot. At least we have his records. Farewell, BB.”