The Ray Charles Project

The Ray Charles Project

Tony Lindsay, Chris Cain, Linda Tillery, Eamonn Flynn, DeWayne Pate, Deszon Claiborne

Sunday, June 9th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Ray Charles Project
The Ray Charles Project
In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook.

Tony Lindsay-Vocals,
Glenn Walters- vocals
Chris Cain - guitar and vocals
Simon Russell - keys
Deszon Claiborne - drums
Dewayne Pate - bass
Tony Lindsay
Tony Lindsay
Tony Lindsay has 11 Grammy awards on his mantel after spending two decades as lead singer of Santana, and has recorded with such artists as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Steve Winwood. He moved from Albany, New York to San Jose in 1980, worked at Guitar Center, and joined the Danny Hull Quintet, which later adopted the name Spang-a-Lang. His friend Chester Thompson invited him to audition for Santana, and overnight he went from playing small clubs to huge amphitheaters. He comes to the Freight fresh off a stint with Santana at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.
Chris Cain
Chris Cain
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery's career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda’s journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene – through psychedelic 60’s soul, groundbreaking 70’s activism, 80’s R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.
Eamonn Flynn
Eamonn Flynn
Dublin-born Eamonn Flynn first came into prominence playing the Hammond organ and piano on the movie soundtrack for The Commitments. Now living in San Francisco, he has toured and recorded as a keyboard player with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Elvin Bishop, Michelle Shocked, Pee Wee Ellis, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Maria Muldaur, Finbar Furey, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Black Family, and Zigaboo Modeliste. He stepped out front and released his first solo album singing and playing his original songs in 2017 and is currently working on a second album that is due out soon.
DeWayne Pate
DeWayne Pate
Bassist DeWayne Pate graduated from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, moved north, and has since worked with an array of top Bay Area talents including Huey Lewis and the News, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, and Robben Ford. He’s also a columnist for Bassics Magazine, and his instructional video, The Art of Tapping, his been widely popular. Reviewer Andrew Gilbert called his album Melting Pot “an impressive array of grooves.”
Deszon Claiborne
Deszon Claiborne is the dynamic drummer for Clockwork and the Tammy Hall Trio.