CERRITOS, CA – More than two decades ago, Robert Cray made a name for himself and became a part of music history with his breakthrough album, Strong Persuader, which won the 1987 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Recording.” The year before, Cray brought home his first Grammy statue for Showdown!, an acclaimed collaboration with two Blues icons: Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. Join Cray as he belts out his classics in a rousing concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 22, 8:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
. Ticket prices range from $45-$25.
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT CRAY
, the five-time Grammy-winning Bluesman Cray performs the hits that have made him a household name and a musical force to be reckoned with. Few Blues acts have managed to accomplish as much crossover success as Cray, but his undeniably enticing brew of R&B, Blues, and Soul has delighted an ever-expanding loyal fan base. Since transitioning into the Pop mainstream with the Smoking Gun single from Strong Persuader, Cray’s soulful sound has become a bridge between Traditional and Contemporary Blues.
An ardent music lover and guitarist since his early teens, Cray formed his own band in 1974. The group began by performing in West Coast college towns. After a few years of regional success, the band scored a contract with Mercury Records in 1982, and Strong Persuader soon followed. The record’s success boosted Cray’s status and name recognition, leading to career-making gigs with A-list musicians such as Grammy winners Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, the Eurythmics, and B.B. King.
By the late ’80s, Cray and his band’s stature was quickly on the rise, with yet another Grammy triumph for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the “Best Contemporary Blues Recording” that rocked the music charts. The next decade kept the group busy, with a celebrated tour in Russia and a slew of smash releases, including Midnight Stroll, I Was Warned, Shame + a Sin, and Some Rainy Morning. In 1996, Cray picked up another Grammy for his contribution on SRV Shuffle, a track on the A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan album, which featured various performers, including Clapton, King, Art Neville, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, and Buddy Guy.
By the late ’90s, it was time to hit the road again. The band packed its bags and toured the United States with King and Europe with Clapton. It also toured New Zealand and Australia. In 1999, Cray took home his fifth Grammy with the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” Take Your Shoes Off. The ensuing years brought a string of well-received releases, including Time Will Tell and Shoulda Been Home, garnering more applause for the group and further securing its role in music history.
Cray’s longevity in the fickle Pop and Blues arenas is largely attributed to his guitar prowess and bold, brassy bursts of Southern Soul. The singer-songwriter’s talent and appeal have also attracted Hollywood’s attention, leading to several appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and 1978’s Animal House, in which Cray plays a bassist in the movie’s fictional band Otis Day and the Knights.
Tickets are now on sale for An Evening With Robert Cray at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, call (562) 467-8818 or go to
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