Blues guitarist Robert Cray will play Hoyt Sherman Place on November 13. The venue announced the concert this week and tickets went on sale yesterday morning. Cray became the youngest inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a five-time Grammy winner. His latest album, Nothin But Love, came out last year. Tickets for the show are $27 to $37 (plus taxes and fees) through Ticketmaster.
In other Central Iowa blues news, the Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys concert scheduled for Friday, October 11 at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines has been cancelled due to an upcoming surgery. Big Red Dog Promotions announced earlier this week that the show would be rescheduled sometime in the future after the band leader recovers. The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys will be playing some of their scheduled concert dates with guest musicians sitting in with them until the good Reverend rejoins them around the first of November.
On Thursday, Big Red Dog Promotions also announced two new Central Iowa concerts. First, blues/bluegrass/Americana band The Black Lillies will play the House of Bricks in Des Moines on Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Then on Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. the Howlin' Brothers will bring their blues and bluegrass mix to DG's Tap House in Ames. Tickets for both shows will be $10 apiece, but whether the tickets will available in advance or just at the door for the two events has not yet been announced.