Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary BB King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. And he will play the new and improved Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland, on Thursday at 8 p.m.
A contemporary blues guitar solo without at least a couple of recognizable King-inspired bent notes is all but unimaginable, and he remains a supremely confident singer capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric (and he's tried his hand at many an unlikely song, anybody recall his version of "Love Me Tender?)
King will be joined on stage by Lukas & The Promise of the Real. And of course like any good show it is already sold out. But fret not, if you have cash that is and are immune to the economy. Tickets are being resold via Stub Hub. The only problem is they cost a pretty penny.
If you still can't get to the show, we will have a photographer there catching everything.