San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This brand new hybrid concert/theater work brings the music and story of the great Ray Charles to vivid life! Portraying Ray, master pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner leads his 12-piece orchestra and 3 sultry vocalists (a la Raelettes) performing this American legend's most popular hits. What'd I Say?, I Got a Woman, Doin' the Mess Around, Georgia on My Mind and a blazing hot duet on Baby It's Cold Outside are all showstoppers! The songs are interwoven by "Ray" depicting how Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country music influenced his style - and reflecting on American social history, his epic battle with drugs, and his triumphant return home to Georgia. The Harlem-based Brawner Brothers Band is known for their old-school sweet soul music, blues, Latin, African and jazz modes - and volcanic funk. They've been featured with BB King and dazzled in Blues Suite - live on stage with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - since 2008. Kenny has played lead theatrical roles as a blues man in Dan Dietz's Clementine in the Lower 9 and Stew and Heidi Rodewald's The Total Bent.
When & Where
B.B. King Blues Club
Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.