In 1972, sitting in the front row at a B.B. King concert at the Marco Polo Hotel in Miami, 15-year-old Tinsley Ellis was smitten by the cool magic of the blues. When King broke a string, he handed it to Ellis, replaced it with a new one while still singing a verse, and then nonchalantly hit the next lick.
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Tinsley Ellis. 8:30 p.m. May 4, $17.50 advance, $20 day of show. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, 404-524-7354, www.varietyplayhouse.com.