The Robert Cray Band will perform at the Garde on Sunday, March 24, 2024, with Special Guest: Vance Gilbert

The Garde Arts Center is proud to share that The Robert Cray Band will perform at the Garde Theater at 325 State Street in New London on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m with Special Guest: Vance Gilbert. Tickets are $39-$95 and are available at

Since 1974, The Robert Cray Band has been touring and recording their unique groove, born from a love of Soul, R&B, Gospel, Blues and Rock n Roll.
The five-time Grammy winner has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and earned the Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement for Performance.

“Having had the opportunity to play with some of our heroes was more than we could have ever imagined,” says Robert.  “Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and the big stages with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, and Eric Clapton.”

Cray’s producer Steve Jordan adds, “People gravitate to his guitar playing first, but I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard in my life.”

The Robert Cray Band has released over twenty acclaimed albums and has sold millions worldwide.  “The Band continues with the same enthusiasm and joy in what we do, and no matter the accolades,” says Robert.   “Today is all that matters!”

**Vance Gilbert**
“If Joni Mitchell and Richie Havens had a love child, with Rodney Dangerfield as the midwife, the results might be something close to the great Vance Gilbert“, says Richmond Magazine.

30 years into his career, the songwriter’s influence can be felt all over the contemporary Folk and Americana realm as he has helped pave the way for many of the BIPOC artists who have followed.

Vance was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Starting out hoping to be an R&B and jazz singer once at college, there he discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of the acoustic singer-songwriter thing. Word spread like wildfire about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, and Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour where he took much of America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god..” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


CALENDAR LISTING: The Robert Cray Band will perform at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street in New London, CT, on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $39-$95 each plus fees at or call the box office at 860-444-7373 x1 Tue-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT 06320.  

For photos and interviews, please contact 
Jeanne Sigel, (860) 961-4106,
About the Garde Arts Center
Founded in 1985, The Garde, Southeastern Connecticut’s non-profit home for the performing arts and cinema, presents a full spectrum of touring musicals, opera, orchestras, music, dance, special events, and state-of-the-art 4K surround sound digital cinema at its restored historic (1926) 1425-seat movie palace and the 120-seat Oasis Room. The Garde hosts performances by regional arts organizations and provides educational programs for more than 12,000 young people. The Garde owns a city block of adjacent buildings which include the Mercer and Meridian Buildings, and a cottage that houses Title IX Bookstore.

Under the leadership of Steve Sigel, executive director since 1988, the Garde has become a major catalyst for the cultural and economic revitalization of New London. 

In 2022, the Garde singly received the Outstanding Historic Theatre in America award by the League of Historic American Theatres.

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