An audience with the King

The “King of the Blues,” B.B. King, still rules the roost after five decades of recording, and today on “The World Cafe,” he drops by to give host David Dye — and you, if you tune in — a sampling of the songs on his most recent album. Other special guests these next three weeks include composer Jonathan Elias and alt-rockers Ben Folds Five.

Thursday, Nov. 11 B.B. King talks with Dye and performs, featuring music from his latest album, “Let the Good Times Roll”

Friday, Nov. 12 Luaka Bop recording artists Zap Mama bring the world fusion sounds of “A Ma Zone” to the Cafe studios

Monday, Nov. 15 An encore presentation of Billy Bragg and the Blokes’ visit

Tuesday, Nov. 16 The Cafe goes all instrumental!

Wednesday, Nov. 17 The Johnny Nocturne Band visit and perform music from their latest release, “Million Dollar Secret”

Thursday, Nov. 18 The Cafe welcomes Toshi Reagon for a performance and interview featuring music from her new release, “Righteous Ones”

Friday, Nov. 19 Dye visits Ben Folds Five during a recent sound check at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory

Monday, Nov. 22 An encore presentation of Luka Bloom’s visit

Tuesday, Nov. 23 Dye interviews composer Jonathan Elias, with music from his all-star orchestral album, “Prayer Cycle”

Wednesday, Nov. 24 Teenage blues phenom Shannon Curfma visits the Cafe and performs music from her debut effort, “Loud Guitars, Big Suspicion”

Thursday, Nov. 25 Robyn Hitchcock stops by for an interview and performance featuring music from “Jewels for Sophia”

Friday, Nov. 26 Dye joins Macy Gray at her sound check at the Theatre of Living Arts, where she performs music from her debut album, “On How Life Is”

Monday, Nov. 29 An encore presentation of Indigenous’ visit

Tuesday, Nov. 30 To be announced

Wednesday, Dec. 1 To be announced

“The World Cafe”, which is heard on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide, is produced by WXPN-FM (88.5) and airs locally from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. All live appearances air between 3 and 4 p.m.


Originally published on November 11, 1999