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The Robert Cray Band blows away blues music lovers in Grass Valley.

There are many things we love about living in Nevada County, the unique character of small towns like Nevada City and Grass Valley, easy access to outdoor activities, great schools, and cultural events that THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS brings to our area on a weekly basis, often more than one great event every week.

Five-time Grammy Award winning blues guitarist and vocalist Robert Cray rocked the house at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on April 3. The Robert Cray Band played to a packed house, drawing music lovers from Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and as far way as Reno and the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Cray plays the blues with distinct roots in American music. Rolling Stone magazine credits him with introducing “a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues.”

Blues Master Robert Cray Rocks The Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley

Blues Master Robert Cray Rocks Grass Valley

Inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2011, The Robert Cray Band has released 20 studio albums, 15 of which hit the Billboard charts. In a two hour nonstop concert, the band regaled Cray fans with blues from is extensive catalog, never missing a beat. Music lovers will not find more, or better, music experiences at venues that deliver world class entertainers in settings as intimate as the Center For The Arts, or Vets Hall in Grass Valley.

The Center For The Arts is a dynamic, vital presence in Nevada County.

In 2015, 118 performances were attended by 33,902 patrons and included sellout performances by Jeff Bridges, Hot Tuna, the Wailin’ Jenny’s, Taj Mahal, Paula Poundstone, Jefferson Starship, Jackie Greene, Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, EmmyLou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Wyndham Hill, and Roy Rodgers & The Delta Rhythm Kings. The Center For The Arts now brings you California Worldfest. The 19th Annual Worldfest in 2015 showcased 46 musical acts over 8 stages & 50 workshops over 3 days at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Over 70% of attendees to Worldfest come from outside Nevada County.

In 2015 the Center For The Arts raised $5,000. for scholarships given to area youth in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and unincorporated areas to attend summer camps and for youth programs at the Center, and donated $2500. in tickets to area non-profits for fundraising purposes.

This is why we love living in Nevada County!  You can too.


Photo Credit: We thank John Taber.