Ready to rock: Area summer concerts kick off June 5 with B.B. King|[05/25/08]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2008

The summer concert season will get a jump start in early June, with a B.B. King concert in Vicksburg and Jubilee Jam in Jackson the same week.

King will play June 12 at the Vicksburg Convention Center as part of a round of dates in his home state during the month, including a June 5 show in Jackson, a June 13 performance in Tunica and his 19th annual homecoming concert in Indianola on June 6. In March, King purchased the historic Club Ebony in his hometown, at which he will also perform following his usual set at Fletcher Park.

A variety of Vicksburg bars and restaurants will host blues musicians the weekend following King’s Thursday evening show in Vicksburg.

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LD’s Restaurant at Catfish Row will host Robert “The Duke” Tillman on June 13 and The Blue Monday Band on June 15. The Loft will stage The Blues Dudes on June 13-14. The Blue Room II, Highway 61 Coffee House, The Ware House and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center are to announce weekend shows.

Simultaneously, the 21st annual Jubilee Jam in Jackson will kick off June 13. Located on Capitol Street in downtown Jackson, the outdoor festival and concert series will feature rockers ZZ Top as its headline performer on June 13, and in the soul and gospel category, Robert Randolph’s Revival on June 14.

If you goB.B. King-Vicksburg – 7:30 p.m. June 12; Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry St.; tickets: convention center box office or; $45-$75.B.B. King-Jackson – 9 p.m. June 5; Jackson Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 400 Greymont St.; tickets: 601-948-5835 or 601-573-2621; $50B.B. King Homecoming Festival-Indianola – June 6; gates open at 4 p.m., music at 5; Fletcher Park, 800 Main St.; tickets: call Indianola Chamber of Commerce at 877-816-7581; $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; other performers: Petticoat Junkies, Mickey Rogers and the Soul Master Band, Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band.Jubilee Jam-Jackson – June 13-14; headliners: ZZ Top, Robert Randolph’s Revival, Three 6 Mafia, Blind Melon; tickets: in advance, $23 per day or $40 for weekend pass;