Blue over the loss of Kona, but buoyed by great blues (and some other improvements) at BB Kings!

Had some sad things going on last week, and some positive things happening as well.

It was the blues last week for those of us who were fans of Kona Grill’s great seafood and sushi, as the chain decided to close the West Palm location. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the great crew that has served us so well at Kona. They weren’t a big music venue — Thursday nights acoustic on the patio — but they had some great artists and great food to go along with it.

On a more positive note, and in the trademark philosophy of dancing and dining the blues away, BB King’s has been getting some great blues bands in on the “off nights” of late.  And, as of August 1st, they’ve extended their seven day happy hour to eight o’clock with a special happy hour menu to accompany a 2 for 1 happy hour drink special.

Great music– a great happy hour — and a new chef to boot. We’ve raved about the venue and the music here before, but the food… not so much.  Good, but not great.  However, last week we had the “pile of nachos,”  and they rivalled anything else we’ve had for nachos, and were way better than we’ve seen  in the past at BB’s.  Great presentation, lots of flavor, messy (like we like nachos), and they’ve got us looking forward to trying out some of the entrees and other potentially great things on the menu.

If BB King’s food gets to be as good as their music, they’ll really be a downtown powerhouse. I’ve been archiving some great video from the last couple of weeks.

On a Sunday night Bobby and the Renegades surprised us with some great blues music, and a stellar young blues player, Steve Laudicina.  Hope to hear them again at BB Kings soon.

 

 

I’ve raved on David Shelley and Bluestone in the past; they are back in August for a couple of dates, and if you’ve haven’t heard them, check them out. Here’s their version of “Voodoo Chile:”

 

 

The BB King’s All Star Band has a new guitarist backing up Gary, and he is just plumb full of great blues licks.  Here the All Stars get stripped down and dirty on a great cover of Crossroads (check out the lead work about a minute in):

 

 

While they can break down into a great, tight electric blues vibe, they still do lay down the great rock and roll and R&B sound they’re famous locally for:
 

 

And on the outside patio one night, the popular Spred the Dub was playing the reggae like only they can (sorry, but it was pretty dark out there):

So, if you’re missing Kona’s great happy hour, take a shot a what BB King’s has to offer; it looks like their joining whole-heartedly the great menu of great happy hours downtown. And you’re likely to get some great tunes on the side.

 

 

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