Top

music

Stories

 

Henry Gray & the Cats at Colony Theatre March 11

With seven decades of boozy riffing, troubled loving, and tough living behind him, Henry Gray is a complete and unabridged human history book of the American blues.

Born on the outskirts of New Orleans, this piano player first pounded the black-and-white keys in church as a boy, playing gospel spirituals and hymns. But at home, Gray's father had forbidden the blues. It was only when he began playing barrooms at the age of 16 — and getting paid for it — that pops dropped the ban.

By 1946, Gray had joined the Army, served in World War II, received a medical discharge, and moved north to Chicago. Straight away, he hit the blues clubs and struck up a friendship with legendary barrelhouse piano man Big Maceo Merriweather. He landed gigs. He earned cred. And he spent the next half-century helping to pioneer Chicago blues piano, playing alongside guitar gods such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King.

Location Info

Map

Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: South Beach

Details

8:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-674-1026; colonyandbyrontheaters.com. Tickets cost $35 for general admission or $50 for VIP via tigertail.org.

Related Stories

More About

Now 85 years old, Gray is writing his next chapter. Hear the first few bars at the Colony this Friday.

 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
 

Concert Calendar

  • April
  • Mon
    21
  • Tue
    22
  • Wed
    23
  • Thu
    24
  • Fri
    25
  • Sat
    26
  • Sun
    27
Miami Event Tickets
Loading...