On Saturday, April 24th, The MSA Annex will host the debut of SonRay, a new musical project that brings together two songwriters who should be familiar to Tucson audiences. Poet and musician Oliver Ray grew up in New York City and spent a decade as guitarist in Patti Smith’s band before relocating to Tucson in 2009, where he began gracing local and international stages while fronting his own band, Saint Maybe. In 2018 Oakland’s Royal Oakie Records released Ray’s superb solo debut Out Passed Nowhere, a run of shows in support of Patti Smith on the west coast followed, just proceeding the events of 2020 (the Patti Smith/Oliver Ray show at the Fillmore was the last pre-pandemic concert at the storied San Francisco venue.)
The other half of the SonRay partnership is nomadic songwriter Mark Matos (Sonny Santos), who emerged from the Tucson scene in the early 2000’s with his project Campo Bravo and later went on to form San Francisco, California psych-rockers Os Beaches and his Lee Hazlewood inspired solo project Trans Van Santos. After spending the last few years living and performing in Europe, Matos has returned to the Old Pueblo to explore his musical relationship with Oliver Ray in the aftermath of recent, world changing events.
The concert is limited to 100 tickets and it is suggested that you purchase tickets in advance at Flamchen.com/events. Doors are at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased individually or as groups.