Ayron Jones to Open for B.B. King

Seattle’s Ayron Jones will showcase his own brand of rock when he opens for B.B. King at The Moore on 3/3 PHOTO CREDIT: HAYLEY YOUNG
Seattle’s Ayron Jones will showcase his own brand of rock when he opens for B.B. King at The Moore on 3/3
PHOTO CREDIT: HAYLEY YOUNG

Like the very best rock ’n’ rollers, Seattle musician Ayron Jones seems just slightly unhinged when he performs live—as if at any moment the music might carry him to a place even he didn’t know he was heading. With a voice that swerves between soulful runs and growly shouts, and an ability to seriously wail on the guitar, the 27-year-old has been blowing away local audiences of late, especially since the October release of his debut album, Dream. Produced by beloved Seattle royal, Sir Mix-A-Lot, the record showcases a style Jones calls urban rock, which he plays with his band The Way. “This music comes from the inner city, but it’s the rock version,” says Jones, who grew up and still lives in the Central District. “People think hip-hop and rap when they think inner city, but soul and rock come from the inner city too—mine is a 2014 version of inner city music. It’s a mix of blues and grunge.” His powerful new take on old styles will receive a wide audience this month, when Jones opens for blues legend B.B. King at The Moore Theatre. “It’s a huge honor,” he says. “B.B. King has inspired everybody who plays guitar. I’m a little nervous, but being nervous is good because it means you care.” 3/3. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.682.1414; stgpresents.org