Forever Ray: A Tribute to Ray Charles at B.B. King Blues Club
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The last date listed for Forever Ray: A Tribute to Ray Charles was Monday February 17, 2014 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm).
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Vocalist Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters and Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne from Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers head up this high-energy salute to the best R&B music of the classic soul era. Get ready to groove to hits from greats like "The Godfather" and "Queen" of Soul -- James Brown and Aretha Franklin -- not to mention Motown and Stax artists galore. From Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder to the Jackson 5 and Sam & Dave, you'll hear these hot tunes performed live on stage. McNeil performed for close to 30 years with doo-wop group The Drifters, who were known for classics like "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof." Learn More
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A tremendously exciting and entertaining show in a fabulous venue. Top-notch musicianship, great audience rapport. The quality of the sound system at B.B. King's was wonderful and the sound mix was perfect. Table service was courteous, intelligent and cheerful. The food was delicious. Whitley's self-assured ease played beautifully against the amazingly tight, energetic performance delivered by the band and the singers. Angie Workman's solo portion totally blew us away. By the end of the show, we were up on our feet, clapping, dancing and generally grooving along with rest of the audience. All in all, this performance "Raysed" the roof!
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- Learn more about the show at the <a target="_blank" href="http://foreverray.com/">Forever Ray</a> website.
Whitley and the Hard Times Band perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which include a wonderful blend of musical styles which range from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B.
The band features a stellar line-up of musicians whose performing credits include: Ben E. King, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Vivino, Rod Stewart, The Blues Brothers, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera + Vocalist Angela Workman was a Raelette in Ray Charles' band for over 10 years.
From country to blues to jazz to R&B and even funk, Ray Charles set the aesthetic standard for more than five decades, earning plaudits across the globe and setting standards that his legion of fans, in and out of the entertainment industry, aspire to.
More often than not he wasn't called by his name - or even his longtime nickname "Brother Ray"---his is simply "The Genius."
Few artists can claim to have had such a wide ranging impact on the music we love, and even fewer have altered the course of so many musical streams - from his soul-jazz combos to his crucial R&B bands, to his landmark country music recordings, Modern Sounds in Country Music. Only modesty kept him from saying the obvious - that his name sits at the top of the soul singers list.