Good Friday morning all you fans of Ray Stevens!! It looks as if the second half of 2012 will be concert heavy as news broke the other day that Ray will appear as far west as New Mexico later this year. He has three Florida dates in late February that I wrote about a couple of blogs ago. To recap those concerts it's February 21st through 23rd. On the 21st he'll appear at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. On the 22nd he'll be at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida and then on the 23rd he'll be at the King Center in Melbourne, Florida. In my earlier blog I provided URL links to each venue.
There are no concert appearances scheduled, at the moment, for the months of March through August. Perhaps a concert or two or three will pop up as time goes by...but starting in September Ray Stevens will perform a total of 12 concerts during the months of September and October. On September 21st he'll do two shows at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana. On September 29th he'll appear at the New Barn venue in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. He's appeared there several times during the last several years so for those familiar with the locale it'll be in the same place as before. On October 13th he'll appear at The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico. On October 15th Ray will become a regular performer, for 6 shows, at the Andy Williams Theater in Branson, Missouri. Then, on October 26th, he'll perform 2 concerts at the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Several days ago Ray celebrated his 73rd birthday. I had written a birthday blog in 2010 and 2011 but I didn't do one this year (as you can see) due mostly because of slow computer connection stemming from a series of weather events that passed through here. On Ray's Facebook page you can read the birthday wishes and belated birthday comments. The official page is called Ray Stevens Music so when you visit the site type in 'Ray Stevens Music' and you'll be there. You can also read more information about the tour dates here. When you're at Ray's web-page you'll be able to click on the info links and visit the various venue web-sites.