The rising rents in Times Square has forced the closing B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. After 18 years in business, Tsion Bensusan, the company’s chief operating officer, sent out the following press release.
“Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all.”
The last show at the Times Square location will be on April 29th with the fabulous Buddy Guy.
The final performances for the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir will take place on April 22nd and 29th. The adjacent Lucille’s Grill, will feature closing sets by B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars, Jon Paris and A Decade of Soul.
B.B. King died in 2015.
April 17, 18 and 29th: Buddy Guy
April 22: William Bell’s Memphis Soul Revue
April 23: Rick Ross
April 25: Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special Guests
April 26: El Gran Combo
April 28: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Special Guests