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Internationally renowned Roaming Blues Musician Ray Bonneville to perform April 26

World-class guitarist, harmonica player, songwriter in concert.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music News Release [4-17-12]

World-class guitarist, harmonica player and hard-hitting songwriter Ray Bonneville will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Elias J.Halling Recital Hall, Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Ray Bonneville's concert will be the final concert of the university's 2011-2012 Performance Series season. The Bonneville performance is co-sponsored by KMSU The Maverick and Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Music.

Ray Bonneville is Canadian born, Austin based singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, who is known for his 'loose, darkly funky vibe' (All Music Guide).

His Red House release Goin' By Feel was named one of the best CD's of 2008 by DownBeat Magazine and featured the Americana hit 'I Am the Big Easy,' which was the #1 most played song on folk radio that year and won the Folk Alliance Award for Song of the Year.

The tune was a powerful tribute to the resilience of New Orleans, where Ray lived for half a decade and picked up his take your time attitude toward music.

Noted for having one of 'the sexiest guitar styles around' (Acoustic Guitar), Ray is a unique player and has performed with such blues luminaries as B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Robert Cray. He has quickly become a fixture in the Americana scene since moving to Texas, becoming one of the go-to session players for artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier and Eliza Gilkyson.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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