On Saturday, March 4, the Sugaray Rayford Band will be headlining the San Luis Obispo Blues Society dance concert at the SLO Vets Hall (801 Grand Avenue). Opening the show at 8:00 p.m. will be the Irene Cathaway Blues Band.
Tickets are $20 for Blues Society members and $25 for the general public. Tickets are sold at the door, and may also be purchased at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo. The event is 21 and over.
Support the Blues Society – Volunteer
The Blues Society runs on volunteers to produce and staff its concerts. At the shows, volunteers set up, sell tickets and drinks, or clean up after the show. Volunteers get free admission to the show and two drink tickets. If you have extra time and energy to contribute, leave your name and phone number on their volunteer line: (805) 541-7930. Someone will contact you.
Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of seven singing and playing drums in church, and this gospel influence is still heard and felt in his music. His Texas childhood was marked by poverty and loss, and his soulful gravel voice provides hints of these experiences. When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage. He is a superb vocalist and entertainer with a dynamic voice that is large, just like he is. His music is an old school blues and soul vocal style, with echoes of Muddy Waters or Otis Redding.
In the late 1990s, Sugaray left Texas, moved to San Diego, and realized that the blues were where his heart and soul belonged. He became lead vocalist for R&B band Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, which earned second place in the 2006 International Blues Challenge (IBC). He moved to Los Angeles where he hosted a regular blues jam at Cozy’s in Sherman Oaks, which exposed him to the LA blues music scene. He formed his own band in 2010 and released Blind Alley. By the next year, he was the lead vocalist for the Mannish Boys. His performance on their Double Dynamite CD won Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2013 Blues Music Awards. His band’s second CD, Dangerous (Delta Groove, 2013), debuted at #2 on the Blues Debut Chart and reached #2 on the Living Blues Chart. Rayford made his stage debut in 2012, starring in the Tony Award-winning play Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues with the New York Broadway cast for a six-week run in Portland. In 2015, he released Southside (NimoySue Records).
The Sugaray Rayford Band is a big blues band, made up of some of LA’s best blues musicians. The band includes Ralph Carter on bass (and songwriting), Gino Matteo on guitar, Leo Dombecki on keyboards, Lavelle Jones on drums, Allan Walker on sax, and Gary Bivona on trumpet. It takes a big band with plenty of horns to provide the power to match Sugaray’s voice.
“Not many singers can take us from the delta to the modern chitlin’ circuit as easily as he does. A big man with a big voice and plenty of personality…” – Jazz & Blues Report
“Whether it’s rompin’ Chicago blues, Memphis Stax-powered soul, scorching Texas blues or New Orleans-tinged jazz, Sugaray fields whatever’s his way with confident versatility.” – Colorado Blues Society