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May 1: Blues Poet/Musician Ray Bonneville

Performance at Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 5-1-2014

MANKATO, Minn. -- World-class guitarist, harmonica player and hard-hitting songwriter Ray Bonneville will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Bonneville's concert is the final concert of the University's 2013-2014 Performance Series season and is co-sponsored by the Andreas Visiting Artist Endowment.

Bonneville is a Canadian-born, Austin, Texas based singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who is known for his “loose, darkly funky vibe” (All Music Guide).

Bonneville has earned many accolades, including a Juno Award (Canada’s version of the Grammy Award) for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has performed on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists. Bonneville has shared songwriting credits with Tim O’Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville’s “Run Jolee Run” on his lauded 2009 album, “Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away”.

“Easy Gone”, Ray’s fourth album for Red House Records, takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places Bonneville has gone on his own travels. An Austin, Texas, resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his — and will always be a part of him, no matter where he roams.

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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