Celebrated rhythm and blues musician Robert Cray, along with his band, will perform at The Orleans Showroom April 14 and 15.
Originally formed in 1974, the Northwest-based Robert Cray Band played gigs in Portland and Eugene, Oregon before branching out to Seattle and the San Francisco area. Early on, the band toured with guitar great Albert Collins, and by 1983, they were sharing the stage at Carnegie Hall with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon.
A five-time Grammy award-winner who is recognized for his masterful work as a guitarist and multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer, Cray’s musical credits include playing with a cross-section of greats, including Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.
The Robert Cray Band released its first album, “Who’s Been Talkin’?” in 1980 and has since released more than 15 albums. The 1986 release “Strong Persuader,” and 1988 release “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” each earned a Grammy in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Performance.” In 2010, “Cookin’ in Mobile” was released as a DVD/CD combination.
The other members of The Robert Cray Band are Tony Braunagel on percussion, Jim Pugh on keyboards and Richard Cousins on bass guitar.
Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Coast Casinos Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.