King of the Blues

200 N Davie St, 27401
  • Presented By: Greensboro Literary Organization
  • Dates: May 21, 2022
  • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Price: FREE

*All events are FREE, but we do ask that you please register so that we can monitor attendance and venue capacity.*

Greensboro Bound partners with the Carolina Blues Festival to bring an engaging conversation with DANIEL de VISÉ on the life and legacy of B. B. King. De Vise, whose previous book, Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, was a Greensboro hit, is a meticulous researcher and passionate lover of the blues, which makes him an ideal conversation partner for Blues Festival director ATIBA BERKLEY.

DANIEL de VISÉ is the author of the critically acclaimed Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show and The Comeback: Greg LeMond, The True King of American Cycling and a Legendary Tour de France, and coauthor of I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He lives in Maryland.

ATIBA BEKLEY is a former vocal performer & business manager whose interest in remaining close to the stage led him to the art of Sound Engineering almost two decades ago. He started HUMbl Media Svcs in a basement in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina in 2001. He has since worked for numerous production companies and organizations and helped to produce some of the world’s largest public events as a freelancer & production team leader. These events include multiple Olympic Games, NFL Super Bowls, NBA events, NHL events, National commercials and Television Broadcasts. These experiences sparked in him a desire to share his unique and diverse skills with his local community. Atiba honed his skills to curate public cultural events. In his volunteer life Atiba donates his time as the President and Acting Executive Director of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society. He manages the Carolina Blues Festival and numerous community and cultural programs. He has served on the programming committee for the both the National Folk Festival and North Carolina Folk Festival, Artist in Residency selection committee for Downtown Greensboro Parks, Inc, Logistics Coordinator for Greensboro Juneteenth Celebration, & Technical Director for This Community Sings at Carolina Theatre of Greensboro to name a few.