Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on a high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see the Robert Cray Band at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $19, you get one ticket for mezzanine seating (a $39 value).
- For $24, you get one ticket for loge seating (a $49 value).
- For $29, you get one ticket for orchestra or center-loge seating (a $59 value).
As a five-time Grammy winner and member of the Blues Hall of Fame, Robert Cray has proven himself both as a solo act and opener for legends such as Eric Clapton. With support from his band, Cray pours out tunes that bridge blues influences and rock. Commenting on his eclectic style, Cray says, “When I first started playing guitar, I wanted to be George Harrison—that is, until I heard Jimi Hendrix. After that, I wanted to be Albert Collins and Buddy Guy and B.B. King." Clutching his Stratocaster tightly and turning its strings into molten lead, he wails through stories of broken relationships in the funky, synth-heavy “I Guess I Showed Her,” recounts his regrets in “Right Next Door,” and dives into extended, high-register solos during “Smoking Gun.”
Before Robert Cray takes the stage, Michael Hill's Blues Mob riffs through heartfelt stories brought to life with passionate vocals, fast-picking guitar-work, the warm hum of a harmonica, and a wish on a shooting star. The bands will sprinkle their blues on crowds in the recently restored Union County Performing Arts Center, which was built in 1928 as a vaudeville and silent-movie palace and boasts a 500-pipe Wurlitzer organ; 1,300 seats; and rich, red drapes.
Union County Performing Arts Center
As a living landmark to the performing arts and cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District, the Union County Performing Arts Center has endured history and earned its way onto the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Recently restored to its 1928 luster, the former Rahway Theatre retains the charm and grandeur of its vaudeville theater origins while encouraging new forms of entertainment. From its 1,300 seats––where crowds once gathered to watch RKO movies and WWII newsreels––audiences can marvel at the theater’s opulent, gold-crested ceilings and ponder how many dresses can be made from its rich red drapes. One of the theater’s proudest treasures is its original Wurlitzer organ, which is small in stature, but emits massive sound out of its 500 pipes.