Remembering Ray: The Legacy of Ray Charles
April 26, 2018
37 John Street Charleston 29403

This brand new concert/theater work brings the music and the story of the great Ray Charles to vivid life! Portraying Ray, master pianist/vocalist, Kenny Brawner leads his 12 piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists (a la the Raelettes), performing this American legends most popular hits: “What’d I Say?”, “I Got A Woman”, “Mess Around”, “Georgia On My Mind”, a blazing hot duet on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, and many more! The music is interwoven with monologues depicting how Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country influenced Ray’s style, while also reflecting on American social history, his epic battle with drugs, and his triumphant return home to Georgia.

The Harlem based Brawner band, which includes a former member of the Ray Charles Orchestra, is known for its old school sweet soul music, blues, Latin, African and jazz modes – and volcanic funk. They have been featured with BB King and have dazzled in Blues Suite – live on stage with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2008. Kenny Brawner has played lead theatrical roles in Dan Dietz’s Clementine In The Lower Nine, Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent and most recently a Canadian Stage musical theater production of What Makes A Man which featured the music of Charles Aznavour, one of the world’s last surviving “showmen”.