Norman, OK — Five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray brings his special brand of blues to The Sooner Theatre to kick off the theatre’s 2011-2012 Main Event Concert Series, October 6, 2011 at 8 p.m.


He is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation” (Music Critic, Steve Matteo)  and since his 1980 album debut Who’s Been Talkin, Cray has been inviting audiences along on his epic musical journey – breaking through the pop ceiling with his gate crashing/blues-edged trademark sound, distinct playing style and daring innovations.


 “Robert Cray is not only making great music,” says Guitar Player Magazine, “he's making history. With a few exceptions... it used to be that there was the blues and there were the masses and never the twain shall meet. But Cray, who obviously is respected in blues circles, is a press darling and crossover smash. "


He has performed alongside blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and B.B. King- touring extensively with both Collins and Clapton and has his own line of Fender Signature Guitars. Cray has also worked with legends Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, friend and fellow guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Dixon, to name a few and his songs have been covered by many including, BB King, Clapton, and Tony Bennett. Featured in Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series, Cray has also appeared in Tina Turner's TV special Break Every Rule, the Chuck Berry tribute Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, and the Rolling Stones' pay-per-view video Voodoo Lounge. Along with his Grammy wins, Robert Cray has released twenty award winning multi-platinum albums, received 15 Grammy nominations, and with the Robert Cray Band has performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide. He has performed on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman to name a few and graced the cover of various magazines including a recent ten page story in Living Blues Magazine

Tickets are available in three different levels: Star Circle, $50; Main Floor and Premiere Balcony, $45; and Balcony, $40.


The Main Event series is made possible in part by the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support for the Main Event Concert Series is provided by Republic Bank & Trust.

More information about these and other Sooner Theatre programs is available at or by calling (405) 321-9600.


Robert Cray is available for a limited number of phone-in interviews prior to his arrival in Oklahoma. To schedule an interview, please contact Tamara Lamb at 609-383-2323, ext.10 or



Contact: Nancy Coggins,APR

405-321-9600 x103 OR 405-760-9053