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Robert Cray Band at Barre Opera House Nov. 20

BARRE – Blues Hall of Fame and Grammy-winner Robert Cray and his band travel to the Barre Opera House on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation and since his album “Who’s Been Talkin’,” Cray has been inviting audiences along on his musical journey.

“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 Collins and Clapton and he has his own line of Fender Signature Guitars. Cray has also worked with legends Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Dixon. Along with his Grammy wins, Cray has released 20 award-winning multi-platinum albums, received 15 Grammy nominations and, with The Robert Cray Band, has performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide.

The five-time Grammy winner has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 and earned the Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement for Performance in 2017.

Opening the show is Ali McGuirk. A singer-songwriter in the Boston music scene for years, now based in Burlington, McGuirk has made a career of captivating audiences with her powerful voice and heartfelt songwriting. The Boston Globe says McGuirk is “a soul singer who evokes comparisons to Amy Winehouse but rocks even harder.”

Tickets for The Robert Cray Band, with discounts for members, seniors, students and the disabled, may be ordered online at, or call the Barre Opera House at (802) 476-8188. The Opera House is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired. We recommend masks, but they are not required.

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