Blues­man Robert Cray; Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Con­sid­ered Sui­cide ; com­edy at Sky­light; and the Chicago Arts Orches­tra Baroque En­sem­ble

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Grammy Award-win­ner Robert Cray has been both a blues sta­ple and blues in­no­va­tor since the 1980s. His rich yet eco­nom­i­cal gui­tar play­ing and easy way with lyrics that cut straight to the meat are cred­ited with fu­el­ing the ’80s blues re­vival. His band’s third al­bum, 1986’s Strong Per­suader , was its break­through hit-maker dur­ing a dark time for popular mu­sic — chart-top­pers that year in­cluded “That’s What Friends Are For,” by Dionne and Friends, and Ed­die Mur­phy’s “Party All the Time.” The list of rock, soul, blues, and R& B lu­mi­nar­ies with whom Cray has played over the years is ex­ten­sive: Eric Clap­ton, Bob Dy­lan, Tina Turner, and John Lee Hooker are just a few. The Robert Cray Band plays tracks from its new­est re­lease, In My Soul , at the Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) on Tues­day, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets, $39 to $54, are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 and at www.tick­ — Jen­nifer Levin

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