Today, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill announced its final run of shows in its current Times Square location (237 W 42nd St) in New York City, after 18 years of hosting some of music and entertainment’s most revered names–including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Etta James, Alicia Keys, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, Bo Diddley, and B.B. King himself.According to a press statement, the decision to close its doors was “due to escalating rent”, explaining that “the historic venue and supper club is forced to close its doors with a final performance on April 29, 2018.” However, they promise, “B.B. King Blues Club is in the process of selecting a new location in Manhattan to relocate the venue.”In addition to this sad announcement, B.B. King’s announced the final schedule before they close their doors. Buddy Guy, Rick Ross, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special Guests, El Gran Combo, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and more will all celebrate the venue’s legacy for one last time. Buddy Guy will headline the final B.B. King Blues Club show on Sunday, April 29. Check out the full schedule below, and click here to purchase tickets. Additional shows will be announced in the next few days.In a press release, Tsion Bensusan, Chief Operating Officer states,It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news about B.B. King Blues Club’s closing. Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately, this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all.Furthermore, all shows scheduled beyond the April 29th closing date will be moved to various venues throughout the city. The weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir will give their two final performances at B.B. King’s on April 22nd and 29th. B.B. King’s is currently working with the group to find a new home for their weekly residency which will be announced shortly. Lucille’s Grill, located inside the venue, will remain open until April 29th and will feature sets by club favorites: B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars, Jon Paris, A Decade of Soul, and more.B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Closing Week Celebration Show Schedule:April 17 & 18 Buddy GuyApril 22 William Bell’s Memphis Soul RevueApril 23 Rick RossApril 25 Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special GuestsApril 26 El Gran ComboApril 28 George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Special GuestsApril 29 Buddy Guy
…set sights on playing for WI womenBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Chuntell Martin is nicknamed “Thunder” not only for being fearless in life but also for her ferocious batting style.This was quite evident in last year’s women’s final when she produced an innings of immense quality to help Kaisoca Cricket Club women’s team dethrone defending champions Superstars in the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) grand finale played at the Ashtonbee ground here.In a brutal display, Martin blasted a stroke-filled 80 as Kaisoca upstaged favourites Superstars in the second edition of the tournament to claim the Caribbean Wave-sponsored winners’ trophy. Her innings, which also earned her the Most Valuable Player award for her team, included 10 fours and five towering sixes.Born and raised in St Vincent & The Grenadines, the 24-year-old Martin harbours hopes of still playing for the West Indies women’s team despite residing in Toronto.In an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport, the stoutly-built no-nonsense opener, who also bowls medium pace, disclosed that she had a passion for cricket at a very young age since her family, neighbours and friends were all fascinated with the sunshine game.According to Martin, she has an unending love for cricket and is aiming to make a successful career out of it. “My dream is to represent the West Indies and if possible Team Canada. I feel that I have the necessary potential and once I get that chance to represent the West Indies female team it will be a memory of a lifetime.”Martin explained that she was on the verge of representing St Vincent & The Grenadines but migration to Canada hampered her chances. She however continued to pursue the game once in Canada and have played for several clubs, including Malvern before joining Kaisoca Cricket Club in 2011.Following her match-winning performance in last year’s final, Martin was all set and eager to face the MCC women’s team who were scheduled to take on their SCA counterparts in a feature game. That game was however called off by Cricket Canada just a few days before it was scheduled to take place, a decision that not only irked the SCA but also the squad which had undergone rigorous training.A disappointed Martin described how she was ready and prepared to put on a show. “I slept and slept and could not wait for that day to come, then all of a sudden I received emails saying that the game was off. It broke my heart. This is the just a small amount of discrimination the Scarborough women cricketers face…”Despite this setback, Martin is vowing to perform even stronger when the 2017 women’s tournament kicks off on Sunday. “I feel great and I am hoping to bounce back this season, coming harder and stronger and ready to defend our title.”Martin pointed out that last year’s victory was a total team effort and her team is capable of repeating the feat this year. “We are coming out with passion and will be giving it everything we’ve got. We are coming one hundred per cent stronger than we were last summer.”Martin disclosed that preparations are in full swing and after completing indoor practices, they have recently started outdoors at L’Amoreaux ground in Scarborough. “We are doing some running and hitting the gym to ensure we are fit ready to defend our title.”Questioned on the challenges facing women’s cricket in Canada, Martin stressed that unity among the clubs are extremely important while sponsorship is also a major bugbear. She also feels possible tours should be arranged with teams outside of Canada “so that way we can develop greater cricketing skills and knowledge of the game.” She’s also hoping that the West Indies may tour Canada with a view to playing against them.Martin has assured that come June 4, the “Thunder” is all set to roll.
Juan Mata is recalled to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.Frank Lampard is on the bench, with Michael Essien coming in for his first Premier League start of the season. The fit-again Fernando Torres starts up front and Eden Hazard is also in the team.England striker Rickie Lambert is dropped to the Saints bench, while ex-Chelsea man Jack Cork is also among the visiting substitutes.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Willian, Ba.Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Osvaldo.Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Lambert, S Davis, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook