THE ROBERT CRAY BAND BRINGS THE BLUES TO THE DIAMOND CENTER

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 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 Cray Band began to spread across the Northwest and down into California. The Cray Band’s next two releases – Bad Influence and False Accusations – charted, taking the four-piece’s sound across the airways and abroad. With the 1986 release of Strong Persuader the Cray Band’s tunes were put in heavy rotation on mega rock stations across the nation.

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. Amidst these accolades, soaring record sales and a packed touring schedule the Cray Band recorded six CDs in the 90s. In the next decade the Cray Band recorded seven CDs, three of them live, and two – Twenty and This Time – were nominated for Grammys. The group’s recent recordings, Nothing But Love and In My Soul put the band back on the Billboard Charts. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Cray traveled to Memphis to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.

Friday, April 27, 2018
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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