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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Some of the best blues in America today isn't coming out of Chicago or the Deep South -- it's coming from New York City's Times Square where the B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars featuring the Harlem Blues Project jam weekly at Lucille's with special guests. Several soulful and dynamic veteran vocalist-musicians make up the Harlem Blues Project: Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack and Barry Harrison. Singer and bassist Jerry Dugger is a member of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, who's shared the stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton and more. Guitarist Junior Mack has played with greats like the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts and Honeyboy Edwards and drummer Barry Harrison, a long-time band member for Johnny Copeland and Shemekia Copeland, rounds out one of the hottest blues outfits ever assembled. They're joined by a rotating cast of the finest musicians in New York City and beyond. 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 Forever Ray 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.