Blues-rock guitarist Robert Cray heading to Lincoln Theatre in August


The Robert Cray Band, featuring the five-time Grammy-winning guitarist for whom the group is named, is slated to bring the blues to the Lincoln Theatre stage Aug. 23.

Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, cost $37–$67 and can be purchased at the CBUSArts Ticket Center at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., by phone at 614-469-0939, or online at

Cray experienced moderate success in the early ’80s, but it was his fifth album, 1986’s “Strong Persuader,” that brought him rave reviews and name recognition. The album received a Grammy and yielded the crossover hit, “Smoking Gun.”

During his 50-year career, Cray has shared the stage and/or studio with artists such as John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Buddy Guy.