|May 28, 2017
DOORS: 6:00PM SHOW: 7:30 AGES: ALL AGES
Blues legend Robert Cray is returning to the Flying Monkey! Cray’s smooth, seductive vocal phrasing and rhythmic R&B stylings have earned him a reputation as a modern blues poet. His signature blend of rhythm and blues, pop, rock, soul, and traditional blues have made him a standout, prompting Guitar Player Magazine to declare: “Cray is not only making great music, he’s making history.”
Cray’s Grammy-winning 1986 album Strong Persuader made him a leader of the ’80s blues resurgence alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and propelled hits “Smoking Gun” and “Right Next Door (Because of Me)” onto the charts the year of its release. He followed that success with his next Grammy winner, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988), which featured the hit single of the same name.
Robert Cray has lead a celebrated career as a blues musician. In the 1978 film National Lampoon’s Animal House, Cray was the uncredited bassist in the house party band Otis Day and the Knights. In 1992, Cray was invited to play at the “Guitar Legends” concerts in Seville, Spain where he played a signature track, “Phone Booth”. He supported Eric Clapton on his 2006-2007 world tour, even performing with Clapton on backup guitar for the Cream song “Crossroads”. And in 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame. Woah! We are very excited and honored to welcome him back to the Flying Monkey stage!