Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul, and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and more than 20 acclaimed albums. The glow of a career in music began when Cray was a teen, and in 1974 it burst into flames as the Robert Cray Band came together in Eugene, Oregon. With the group’s 1980 debut release, Who’s Been Talkin’, word about the band began to spread across the Northwest and down in to California. Playing packed bars and roadhouses the Cray Band was thrilling. Yes, fans could hear an Albert Collins guitar riff and a Howlin’ Wolf song but the sound was present. Blues and soul fans showed up religiously, but those steamy raucous sets also drew crowds whose tastes in music ranged from rock to funk and jazz.
Their sound eventually gained attention from artists in the rock arena. In an interview Eric Clapton gives his initial response to Robert Cray saying, “As a blues fan, we’re saved.” The Cray Band brought the sounds of its mentors into the mainstream, taking the music of John Lee Hooker, Etta James and Albert Collins to a larger, younger audience.
Following the path of fame taken by blues-based rockers like Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cray became a sensation, leading his band in concerts at large arena and rock festival. He was the first African American artist since Jimi Hendrix to rise to such fame in rock music.
This performance will have something for all music fans. Please join us for a night of high-energy music that transcends genre.
Opening for the Robert Cray Band will be Midwest-based singer-songwriter Jennie Devoe, whose unique personal style blends folk, jazz, blues, and soul.
Doors will open at 7:30pm for this reserved seating event.