Musicians often cultivate a dynamic stage persona by filling their shows with multiple costume changes, elaborate choreography, and family-vacation slideshows. Feast your eyes and ears on a thrilling performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Robert Cray Band at the Hamilton Convention Centre. For $25, you get one ticket for general-admission table seating on Wednesday, June 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $50.25 value, including fees).
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 and rock influences. 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.”
Crowned Guitar Player of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society in 2011, Steve Strongman adds his twangy pluck to the evening's show, interspersing chugging, bending strains and virtuosic flights through the scales with his earthy voice, often rising into a crystalline falsetto. Hamilton's Convention Centre aids growth of the evening's sprawling riffs with low-key, cabaret-style seating and natural accents that transport audiences to a tropical paradise, prompting relaxed dancing and spontaneous monkey impressions.