Hurricane Katrina shined a spotlight on the slew of legendary and unsung musical trailblazers in Blues and Jazz. Due to the storm, many of the artists moved away to all corners of the U.S. with no plans to return to New Orleans. Even at one point, no one knew where New Orleans resident Bo Diddley was after the storm, but luckily he found a safe haven at a friend's house. In light of this scare and the loss of a center for the birth of modern day American music, it was reassuring to know that BB Kings Blues Club is front and center in NYC on 42nd Street. Upholding and celebrating a genre of music, its weavers, and its culture, BB Kings Blues Club serves as an unofficial landmark for Rock and Roll and Americana. There's something special and refreshing about this place. It provides a good sense of security that there's a home for Blues and all things related in these parts.
It's not the traditional small, smoke filled blue grass type of club. BB Kings Blues Club puts a new twist to the genre, giving it a larger platform with two restaurants, an ample dance floor, bar area, and gift shop. You might miss the cozy small clubs of the past but since BB Kings is almost always packed with a crowd that appreciates the ethnomusicology of the Blues and is ready to party and let loose, it doesn't matter.