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The Record Company will open for legendary blues guitarist B.B. King at his Segerstrom Center debut on Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. The band is a rock/blues/roots trio based in Los Angeles and consists of Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, guitar, vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, pianos, vocals). Steeped in the classic sounds of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker along with the raw rock 'n' roll of The Stooges and The Yardbirds, The Record Company has burst onto the scene in a very short time.
Their live show has quickly become acclaimed throughout North America and has drawn capacity audiences from Los Angeles to Montreal. With their debut EP Superdead, released in September 2012, the band has received strong airplay at AAA and college radio throughout the United States and Canada. They have appeared at Montreal Jazz Festival, Summerfest (Milwaukee), Quebec City International Summer Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival as well as supporting Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph and Mesell D'dgeocello. The band has received wide exposure through the use of their song "Feels So Good" in the theatrical trailer for the movie Last Vegas starring Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The band has also gained a new fan base by way of their cover of the Grateful Dead's "New Speedway Boogie," which was chosen by The Dead as one of the top covers of their "Dead Covers Project".
Tickets for B.B. King with opening act The Record Company start at $59 are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about groups of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
B.B. King has been enthralling audiences worldwide and defining the blues for more than six decades. One of the most influential bluesmen of all time, King began his career as a professional musician in the 1940s and he continues to perform more than 100 concerts each year. He has recorded more than 60 albums and has received dozens of awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honor, 15 Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, he played on street corners for dimes and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. His passion for music led him to Memphis, where he was able to pursue a music career. King's first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a ten-minute spot on Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot" became so popular that it was expanded and renamed the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon King himself needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and, finally, B.B. King.
King's illustrious career includes a bevy of awards and accolades as well as honorary doctorates. In 1984 he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and, in 1987, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. In 1990, King received the prestigious Presidential Medal of the Arts and, in 1991, the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. King received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1995.