Wednesday March 20 3:14 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan



“While his music has always paid a deep debt to the blues masters that came before him, he has always had his own unique sound which is a result of his ability to meld blues with music accessible to the MTV generation,” said Blues Rock Review.

Born into a military family, Cray spent a lot of time traveling, and lived in Germany for two and a half years in the early 1960s. There he spent much of his time listening to his parent’s record collection including songs by Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and others. In 1964 the Crays moved back to the U.S. and settled in Tacoma, Wash. This was the same year Beatles took their first trip to the U.S. inspiring Cray and many of his peers to pick up a guitar. Cray never put it down. Cray formed his first band with longtime bassist Richard Cousins in 1974. This was followed by the Robert Cray Band. In 1977 the band played the San Francisco Blues Festival and that same year Cray was asked to play the role of bassist for a fraternity party scene in National Lampoon's “Animal House.” The Robert Cray Band recorded their first album, “Who’s Been Talkin,’” in 1980 and in 1986 won a Grammy for “Best Traditional Blues Recording,” with their fourth album, “Showdown!” (1985) a collaborative album with guitarists Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. But it was “Strong Persuader” (1986) that made the list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's and became Cray’s break into the mainstream. To date, Cray has recorded more 24 albums, and has collaborated with stars including Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker.


The Robert Cray Band comes to the McAninch Art Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale online to the pubic Jan. 1. Tickets range: $56-$66. For tickets and more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit

VIP Suite Service is available for an additional cost of an additional $30 per person and includes a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception beginning at 6:45 p.m., followed by coffee and dessert at intermission.

WDCB 90.9 FM, Chicago’s home for jazz, is the media sponsor for this event.

About the MAC

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. Visit or for more information.

The MAC’s 2018-2019 Season is made possible in part with support by, Follett, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.