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The Lowell Summer Music Series is presented by the Lowell Festival Foundation at Boarding House Park in Lowell National Historic Park.
The 2023 season is in its 33rd year of presenting national recording artists in a beautiful outdoor setting near an historic textile mill and boardinghouse in historic Downtown Lowell
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The Robert Cray Band
Thursday, August 31st • 7:30 PM
Day Of Show
Advanced • $46
Day of Show • $56
Premium • $146
Since 1974, The Robert Cray Band has been touring and recording their unique groove, born from a love of Soul, R&B, Gospel, Blues and Rock n Roll. The five-time Grammy winner has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and earned the Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement for Performance. The Robert Cray Band has released over twenty acclaimed albums and has sold millions worldwide.
“Robert Cray is not only making music, he’s making history,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. Over the past four decades, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots, blues, soul and R&B, with five Grammy wins, 20 acclaimed studio and live albums that punctuate the Blues Hall of Famer’s career. On his latest, That’s What I Heard, Robert celebrates the music of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Sensational Nightingales and more, alongside Cray’s own songs.
“Funky, cool and bad,” is how Cray describes the Grammy-nominated album, produced by longtime collaborator, Steve Jordan, who adds, “I thought, if we could get this thing that Sam Cooke used to have, the kind of sound that early Sam Cooke records had, that we could pull this off.”
Cray and Jordan go way back, having met during the making of the Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, in 1987. They started working together in 1999, when Jordan produced the Grammy-winning Take Your Shoes Off, and the recent Grammy-nominated LP, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm. That’s What I Heard is their sixth album. “Once you start working with Steve, it’s kind of hard to get away from him,” said Robert. “Robert is just a great person besides being extraordinary talent,” adds Jordan. “People gravitate to his guitar playing first, but I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard in my life. Not only because of his singing ability, but his interpretations. He’s such an honest soul in my opinion.”
The Robert Cray Band features:
Robert Cray – Guitar & Vocals
Richard Cousins – Bass
Dover Weinberg – Keyboards
Terence F. Clark – Drums
Steve Jordan – Percussion, Drums