Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7 PM Burke County High School Auditorium
The great Ray Charles story is brought to vivid life in this concert/theatre production featuring Augusta native, Kenny Brawner. Portraying Ray, master pianist/vocalist, Brawner leads his 12 piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists (á la the Raelettes), performing this American legend’s 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 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 and on stage with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2008.