King of Blues and legendary guitarist, B.B. King, performs at the State Theatre. Well-known acoustic bluesman Guy Davis will open the concert. For more than half a century, Riley B. King--better known as B.B. King--has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. King's music mixes traditional blues, jazz, swing, and mainstream pop into a sound that is uniquely his own. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. King, nominated for more than 20 Grammy® Awards and winner of 11, boasts an extensive and well-deserved list of awards, appearances, and accomplishments, including four honorary doctorates, two Gold-certified records, two Platinum certified records, four honorariums, eight W. C. Handy Blues Awards, five top awards from the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), and six Lifetime Achievement Awards. King was also inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.