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MVBS Presents Sugar Ray & the Bluetones at Hotel Utica

  Sunday, May 6th, 2012 - 1:35 pm

The Mohawk Valley Blues Society is proud to announce it will present Sugar Ray and the Bluetones in concert at the beautiful, historic Hotel Utica's Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Opening the show is Ron Spencer Band from Syracuse.

Tickets are $20 MVBS for members; $22 for non-members, and are available at Utica Harley-Davidson and the Hotel Utica, or online at Special packages are available for the show, a room and deluxe breakfast at the Hotel Utica for $149 plus tax. Call 315-724-7829 for package information and purchase. Sponsorship for the concert is provided by Utica Harley-Davidson.

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia's career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it has stayed there ever since. Norcia has appeared on nearly 50 albums including discs with the Bluetones, Earl, Otis Grand, Ann Peebles, Michelle Willson, Sax Gordon, Duke Robillard, and his 1999 "Best Traditional Blues" Grammy-nominated collaboration with fellow harmonica virtuosos James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch called SUPERHARPS.

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones have received five current Blues Music Awards nominations! Their latest Severn CD "Evening" has garnered nominations as Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album; the band is up for Band of the Year; Sugar Ray Norcia for Instrumentalist - Harmonica; and Michael "Mudcat" Ward as Instrumentalist - Bass.

For the sixth consecutive year, The Blues Music Awards were broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville and will subsequently broadcast on public television. 

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