The Record Company to Open for B.B. King at Segerstrom Center, 12/8

The Record Company to Open for B.B. King at Segerstrom Center, 12/8

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.

King tours globally, performing an average of 125 concerts per year. Classics such as "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss," "The Thrill Is Gone," How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," and "Why I Sing The Blues" are concert (and fan) staples.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi- disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.

Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization and owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.

The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family- friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. The Center's arts-in-education programs are designed to inspire young people through the arts and reach hundreds of thousands of students each year.

In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

B.B. King with opening act THE RECORD COMPANY will perform at Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Segerstrom Hall Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59. The Box Office is located at 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or daily online at SCFTA.org. Call (714) 556-2787 for more information. Information provided is accurate at the time of printing, but is subject to change. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a private, non-profit organization. "Segerstrom Center for the Arts" is a registered trademark.

Pictured: The Record Company. Photo by John Cizmas.