B. B. King Blues Club & Grill NYC
The holiday season in New York City is always one of
excitement when the city looks its prettiest and brightest from the
attractively decorated shop windows to the spectacular Christmas trees at
Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park. Christmas and holiday plays, ballets, and
special concerts help mark the season and make the month merry.
On Friday, December 2, 2016, we had the pleasure of
attending A Peter White Christmas featuring Peter White, Rick Braun and
Euge Groove at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill and it was the perfect way
to start the holiday season - Smooth Jazz style. The combination of Peter White on acoustic and electric
guitars, Rick Braun on trumpet and
flugelhorn, Euge Groove on saxophone,
Stevo Theard on drums, Nate Phillips on bass, and Ron Reinhardt on keys, all talented and
influential musicians on the Jazz circuit, made for a memorable evening of holiday
Euge Groove, Peter White, Rick Braun
The 90-minute set took the packed house, mixed-age audience
on a musical tour of favorite Christmas songs, at B.B. King Blues Club &
Grill the eponymous club named for the legendary B.B. King, singer, songwriter,
guitarist, bandleader (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015) which opened in 2000
in the heart of Times Square. Sitting at a stage-side table provided us with
the perfect intimate vantage point to experience the show and set our spirits
soaring with the excitement and energy of the band and the season.
Peter White and the band opened the show with the traditional
Drummer Boy written by American composer Katherine Kennicott Davis in
1941, followed by the very old English folk song Greensleeves. Next in the line-up was the
contemporary song, This Christmas written
by Donny Hathaway in 1970, followed by a Christmas Medley.
By the time the band started into the first few bars of Jingle
Bells the audience was in full holiday swing with more than a few
members of the audience joining in and singing along. Euge Groove gave a
beautiful introduction to the song, Go Tell It On The Mountain, before Stevo
Theard launched into the lyrics.
Peter White doing Elvis
Diverging from more traditional songs, the band segued into Doowop
White Christmas, with Peter, Rick, Euge, Stevo, and Nate singing
acapella. Peter White had a bit of fun, changing into a black Elvis wig and
donning a cape for the Elvis song, Blue
For the song, Silent Night, written by Franz Xavier
Gruber and Joseph Mohr in 1818 in Austria, Peter switched to acoustic guitar
for a long solo before the band joined in with Steveo Theard once again lending
his beautiful voice to this poignant song.
Throughout the night, the band kept the energy high and the
holiday spirit in full swing having fun and engaging the audience. A few of the
many other songs they played included Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, Cadillac
Slim featuring Rick Braun, Livin' Large, and Bueno
Funk, before the band took the audience back to 1968 with the song, Grazin'
In The Grass, followed by Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
Peter White notes about the show, "My earliest memories
of Christmas were probably not much different from many other people:
snowflakes, tinsel, Santa Claus, reindeer and the opening of presents
surrounded by family. As a child, my father taught me to play Christmas music
on my first instrument, the recorder, and my love for Christmas music has
endured throughout the years. I hope this tour will be an opportunity for many
Smooth Jazz fans to enjoy their favorite Christmas songs in a family setting.
You know, I might even bring my recorder!"
While Peter did not play his recorder for the band's
performance at B. B. King Blues Club & Grill on December 2, 2016, it was a
night of holiday musical magic, one that will live on in the hearts and minds
of the audience!
After the show, Peter White, Rick Braun and Euge Groove took
time for a meet and greet with the enthusiastic audience.
B. B. King Blues Club
& Grill Information
"B.B. King Blues Club is one of NYC's premier Live Music
Venues & Supperclubs. Since opening in 2000, BB Kings has hosted, and
continues to host, some of the greatest legends in music. Aretha Franklin,
James Brown, Alicia Keys, The Allman Brothers, Gipsy Kings, ZZ Top, & Jay Z
have all performed on its stage, making it a must-see destination for anyone
who loves live music."
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is open daily from 11:00 am
until 1:00 am for lunch, dinner, and drinks. Concerts vary in their start time,
but most shows begin at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm for most
shows. Please contact the box office for specific show times. Seating is on a
first come first served basis so arrive early for best seating. All seating is
cabaret style; you may be seated at a table with other guests. There is a $10
per person Food & Beverage minimum. Shows are open to all ages, however
some late shows are 21+ years of age, so call their box office for more
Debra C. Argen, Peter White, Edward F. Nesta
For a list of upcoming
performances at B.B. King Blues Club
& Grill, please visit the website: www.BBKingBlues.com.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 W 42nd Street between 7th and 8th
New York, New York 10036
Box Office: +1-212-997-4144
For information on
upcoming tours including A Peter
White Christmas, please visit the websites: www.PeterWhite.com,
www.RickBraun.com, and www.EugeGroove.com.
Debra C. Argen and RIck Braun
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