The Ray Charles Project

Saturday, January 27, 2024
7:30 PM

Ray Charles Project LogoIn tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging quintet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook.

Tony Lindsay has 11 Grammy awards on his mantel after spending two decades as lead singer of Santana, and has recorded with such artists as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Steve Winwood. He moved from Albany, New York to San Jose in 1980, worked at Guitar Center, and joined the Danny Hull Quintet, which later adopted the name Spang-a-Lang. His friend Chester Thompson invited him to audition for Santana, and overnight he went from playing small clubs to huge amphitheaters.

Ray Charles Project Band MembersInternationally recognized guitarist and recording artist, Chris Cain, has released a dozen albums, each filled with soul-stirring songs pulled from his own blues drenched heart. Cain burst onto the scene in 1987 with his debut album and soon caught the attention of legendary guitar greats BB King and Albert Collins. Cain delivers searing blues solos and jazz inspired guitar riffs that are unforgettable.

Glenn Walters sang lead for two sensational Bay Area bands, the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils and the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra. The San Francisco Examiner called his voice “as warm, furry and comforting as a mink coat. You just wanna wrap it around you”.

David K. Mathews (aka Dave Mathews) originally from Berkeley, California, began playing piano at age 7 and at age 15 worked with several R&B bands in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. Performing on piano, Hammond Organ, electric piano, clavinet and synthesizers, Dave toured for 2 1/2 years with funk/soul group, Tower of Power, and also played with Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. and Ray Obiedo. In 1990, Dave began to work with the great Etta James and did so until she passed away in 2012. He has also played and/or toured with Boz Scaggs and Maria Muldaur, and currently performs with Santana.

Bassist DeWayne Pate graduated from the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, moved north and has since worked with an array of top Bay Area talents including Huey Lewis and the News, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, and Robben Ford. He’s also a columnist for Bassics Magazine, and his instructional video, The Art of Tapping, has been widely popular. Reviewer Andrew Gilbert called his album Melting Pot “an impressive array of grooves.”

Drummer Kevin Hayes has played in a number of bands with his sister, Bonnie Hayes, as well as John Lee Hooker, and spent 21 years playing with Robert Cray.

Check out their website: Here’s a clip of them playing “What’d I Say?”

Doors open 7:00 PM, shows start promptly, please arrive on time.
Please note:

  • Masks are optional. Please be kind to those who choose to continue to wear masks.
  • Refreshments will be served before the show and through the end of intermission and can be consumed inside the hall. Refreshments are not served after intermission. Please return bottles, cups, and cans to the refreshment window before returning to your seat.
  • Per our ABC licensing requirements alcohol must be always kept inside the hall. No outside wine and beer are allowed.
  • We have increased our hall ventilation. Dress warmly on a cold day.

*Member Price is for current members only. Membership status will be confirmed and if necessary, the ticket price will be adjusted upon arrival at check-in, before seating.

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