Tour Supports Crayâ€™s Newest Release â€œ4 Nights of 40 Years Liveâ€
GLEN ELLYN, IL â€“ Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Robert Cray, comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage located at 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, Sept. 19 as part of an international tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his performing career. Known for bringing blues back to the top of the charts in the 1980s, this five-time Grammy winner will perform a mix of his most powerful good-time, uptown, low-down blues and soul material from a career that spans four decades.â€œWhile his music has always paid a deep debt to the blues masters that came before him, he has always had his own unique sound which is a result of his ability to meld blues with music accessible to the MTV generation,â€ said Blues Rock Review. Cray just released a double CD and video package â€œ4 Nights of 40 Years Liveâ€ (Mascot Label Group). Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain concert footage plus personal in-depth interviews with Cray, his band members and testimonials from Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and more.Born into a military family, Cray spent a lot of time traveling, and lived in Germany for two and a half years in the early 1960s. There he spent much of his time listening to his parents record collection including songs by Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and others. In 1964 the Crays moved back to the U.S. and settled in Tacoma, Wash. This was the same year Beatles took their first trip to the US inspiring Cray and many of his peers to pick up a guitar. Cray never put it down. Cray formed his first band with longtime bassist Richard Cousins in 1974. This was followed by the Robert Cray Band. In 1977 the band played the San Francisco Blues Festival and that same year Cray was asked to play the role of bassist for a fraternity party scene in National Lampoon’s â€œAnimal House.â€ The Robert Cray Band recorded their first album â€œWhoâ€™s Been Talkinâ€™â€ in 1980 and in 1986 won a Grammy for â€œBest Traditional Blues Recording,â€ with their fourth album, â€œShowdown!â€ (1985) a collaborative album with guitarists Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. But it was â€œStrong Persuaderâ€ (1986) which made the list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80’s and became Crayâ€™s break into the mainstream. As of today, Cray has recorded more than 21 albums and continues to tour extensively throughout the world.
Robert Cray comes to the McAninch Art Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets range $50-$65. For tickets and more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.
About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the collegeâ€™s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.