When is the last time you went to a concert where the main act received a standing ovation as soon as his foot set on stage? It would have been January 4th, 2012 if you attended the B.B. King concert at the Arsht Center.
The king of blues playfully performed in front of a full house who was overpowered by the sound of the 86 years-old powerful voice. Occasionally stopping to tell story of the band over the years or joke around with the crowd, B.B. King received so much applause and shout outs that the concert competed with the Miami Heat game cheering fans three blocks down Biscayne Boulevard.
Adults of all ages rocked their bodies to the beat of the band, tapped their fingers to the rhythms of blues, and sang along “the thrill is gone baby…” like they were the one lamenting on their love lives. It was powerful to see a legend on stage with such great energy to share.
B.B. King joked about his old age but also took pride of his journey explaining how he never though he would be here today. He continued by sharing that during his time, growing up in Mississippi, people either starve or get beat up to death.
The band delivered a unique night of blues in Miami and although the performance went over its allocated time, no one moved from their seats until B.B. King left the stage. Pleas of encore and autograph signing session extended the event by another 20 minutes.