B.B. King drew a 45-second standing ovation amid reflections and remembrances about his life and legacy at a memorial for more than 350 family and friends in Las Vegas. Eight of the blues legend's 11 adult children and more than 10 of his 35 grandchildren spoke during an intimate two-hour Saturday service marked more by laughter than sadness.
As granddaughter Landra Williams said, to everyone else King was a legend. To his family, he was love.
Guitarists Carlos Santana and Richie Sambora attended. But it was King's onstage drummer for 37 years, Tony Coleman, who provided a beat for the day. He promised to go on playing blues with class, dignity and humanity — just like B.B. King taught him to do.
Sold Out: For the second year in a row, tickets to Soundset have sold out before the show. Organizers of the eighth annual hip-hop festival — landing again Sunday outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee — announced the sellout Friday via Twitter, where they also warned fans against buying third-party resale tickets. Soundset will thus once again stand as this summer's biggest music festival in the Twin Cities and one of the biggest all-hip-hop events in the country, with about 30,000 people expected to roll through the gates starting at 11 a.m. The day's schedule also was released Friday without the hosting hometown group, Atmosphere, in the final slot. Instead, Jay Z's protégé J. Cole and hip-hop legend Ice Cube will finish off the lineup on the side-by-side main stages. See the itinerary at startribune.com/soundset.