Robert Cray Band to play Grass Valley in April |

Robert Cray Band to play Grass Valley in April

Five time Grammy winners The Robert Cray Band come to The Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, April 3.
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WHO: The Center for the Arts presents The Robert Cray Band

WHEN: 8 p.m. April 3

WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley


$57 premium including parking, reserved seats in first 10 rows

$42 members, $52 non-member, Tier 1 rows L-Q reserved seating

$32 members, $42 non member bleachers general admission

$27 standing/dancing behind Row Q.

Tickets can be purchased at The Center Box Office, 530-274-8384, ext, 14, at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, 530-272-5333, or online at

The Robert Cray Band is returning to Grass Valley, thanks to The Center for the Arts. The center announced today that the band, which last appeared in Nevada County in 2011, will be part of its Off-Site Headlining Series for 2016.

Five-time Grammy winners The Robert Cray Band will perform at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium April 3, with an opener to be announced. Tickets go on sale to Encore Club ($1,000 plus donors) first, on Tuesday, then Center members will have a chance to purchase and gain first access to best seats starting Friday, before the general public can purchase tickets starting Feb. 10. This show will include a dancing tickets priced at $27. Members also save up to $10 per ticket; members will receive an email with access codes or can contact the box office to procure their tickets.

Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. Rolling Stone has commented that he has “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues,” and reinvented the genre with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing.”

In just over 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. In 2011, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

The Robert Cray band represents a musical journey Cray began with longtime bassist and childhood friend Richard Cousins and current keyboardist Dover Weinberg. “Strong Persuader” was the fifth studio album by the American blues singer and guitarist. Released in 1986, it became his breakthrough album to the mainstream. “Strong Persuader” also became a nickname for Cray. The album was ranked No. 42 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

In 2014, “In My Soul” debuted at No. 1 on the blues album charts including Billboard and iTunes. Produced by longtime Cray friend Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), “In My Soul” is the 17th studio album from the legendary axeman.

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