For the uninitiated, Beale Street, where B. B. King’s is located, is quite possibly Tennessee’s most visited attraction, and, according to USA TODAY, it's arguably one of America’s most iconic streets, thanks to a history steeped in blues. Even today, every bar and restaurant on Beale Street features live music, and tributes to area legends abound. One such legend is B.B. King. In the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, King was an integral part of the then-burgeoning blues scene on Beale Street. "Beale Street was where it all started for me," King told the Los Angeles Times in a 1994 interview. At the time, he was even in a group called the Beale Streeters, with other future legends, such as Bobby Bland, Johnny Ace and Earl Forrest. In 1991, Beale Street developer John Elkington recruited B.B. King to open the original, and now-iconic, B.B. King's Blues Club. Other B.B. King’s Blues Clubs have popped up in places like Los Angeles and New York City, but Memphis is the original.
For the B.B. King’s install, Solangi brought in Innovations Solutions of Memphis. Innovative Solutions is a systems designer and integrator that specializes in incorporating technology into engaging spaces. Owner Jason Long shared that they have been working with RCF for several years and have greatly enjoyed working with the company and their products. “We’ve been using their HDL line arrays and other RCF products. Between the ease of installation, customer feedback received, and the support received from RCF, they have been excellent to work with.”
The B.B. King’s RCF installation consisted of the aforementioned HDL 6-A Active Line Array Modules, as well as NX 32-A Active Two-Way Multipurpose Speakers, SUB 9006-AS Subwoofers (under the stage) and Media Series M 602 Two-Way Passive Speakers as additional fills throughout the room. Long affirms that the installation itself took merely a day, and that everything was straightforward about that process. “I got together with Tarik after he made a site visit,” he recalls. “As a part of the installation, we did some re-wiring of their rack and we were able to do away with a floor-standing rack, which gave back to them [B.B. King’s] some valuable restaurant space. Total time frame was about two days, but the RCF speakers were functional every night along the way.”
It’s a company like RCF that makes all of that possible because they offer such a broad range of scalable products. With B.B. King’s, they really knocked it out of the park. It’s probably the nicest venue on Beale Street right now.