The peripatetic blues team of Pat Burke (pere, guitar) and Brian Burke (fils, fiddle) apparently had nothing better to do this Friday. It was announced today that they will open that night for B.B. King at the State Theater.
Pat and Brian play an acoustic, rural style of blues such as Mr. King played growing up in the south in the 1930s. King eventually adopted electric guitar, under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker, and became one of its most innovative practitioners. His signature single-note solo style influenced all of blues and rhythm and blues, and created a blueprint for rock guitar.
The show is at 8 p.m. By Ithaca standards, tickets are expensive. They are also almost sold out. Today's announcement of these local stalwarts opening for this visiting legend will probably seal the deal. If you want to be there, you should act fast.