Ray’s Music Exchange reunited for a concert of epic proportions in Cincinnati on Friday July 9th.

When many first heard that there was a “Citizens in Favor of a Ray’s Music Exchange Reunion” group created on Facebook back on March 30, 2010, many had to do a double take.  Then once you looked a little deeper and realized this was a viable opportunity, hundreds began to join the FB group.  The excitement and eager loyal fans that joined the group quickly made it evident that they were hungry to see these incredible musicians back on the stage again.  Not only would it be the first time in 7 years Ray’s Music Exchange would play, it would also be rare chance to gather family and old/new friends together again under one roof.   Once the members of Ray’s Music Exchange realized that this could be pulled off, on April 5, 2010 they announced that they would absolutely melt minds on July 9, 2010.  And that is exactly what they did!

As Friday evening started to roll around, many old friends and family gathered at their respective houses for pre-parties and catching up.  Once the parties were at fever pitch it was time to make the way to Play by Play in Silverton outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Many arrived to the venue and mingled with hundreds of familiar faces telling stories of seeing Ray’s Music Exchange in the late 90’s and early 00’s at various locations throughout the country.  The energy in the venue could be felt by all leading up to the band taking the stage.  We all knew that we were about to see Ray’s Music Exchange again, but little did we know that they would deliver one of, if not the, best show in the history of the band.  9:20 pm rolled around and the members of RME took the stage to a thunderous cheer from the crowd.  They were glad to be back, and the crowd definitely let them feel their appreciation.  The stage was set, the crowd was amped……let the show begin!  And what a show it was.  I don’t normally like to use the term “Epic” in describing an evening of music, but in this case it is necessary.  Epic is truly the perfect term to describe the show that was performed by these world-class musicians.  You would think that after 7 years of not playing together, and more for some members, that there would be a little bit of rust.  I understand that being the true professionals that they are, they went through the necessary rehearsal process in anticipation of a show of this magnitude.  However, I wouldn’t have imagined that this band could sound so unbelievably cohesive in such a short amount of time.   It was ever so apparent that each of these musicians have matured on their respective instruments, and now bring a higher understanding of different interactions between each member.  The amount of respect each of these musicians has for one another can been seen as they interacted with one another during the show.  The maturity and new vibrancy each member brought to the stage on Friday was a thing of beauty.  Who would have thought that after seeing Ray’s Music Exchange on Friday, I would walk out of the show saying that this just might be the concert of the year in Cincinnati.

Much love and respect to each and every member of Ray’s Music Exchange for delivering a night that everyone will never forget.  You are all loved by many and we hope to see you take the stage again in the very near future!

RAY’S MUSIC EXCHANGE – 7/9/10 – Play By Play – Cincinnati, Ohio

Lineup:
Paul Hogan, Joe McLean, Nick Blasky, Brad Myers, Jason Smart, Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou, Matt Hawkins, Steve Kortyka, Mike Darrah, Eli Hludzik, Nick Mavridoglou

SET I:  The Scrambler, Itch The Scratch, Ran Over Ray, Gronus, Peruvius > drums > Boris The Bedsnake, announcement, Fat Mama, Meathead Dance Party, Misguided Samaritan, Long Distance Operator

SET II: Worthville Shuffle, Furley’s Comet, Quartalchondriac > 12 Tone jam, Debo Rides Again, Windjammer, Bowie Knife, Swamp Stomp, El Padrino

E: Hydrofunk, Magic Fingers

DOWNLOAD SHOW HERE:  FLAC (Thanks to K.C.) ,  MP3 (MEGAUPLOAD)

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Nick Blasky of Ray's Music Exchange lays it down on June 9th

Brad Meyers

Steve Kortyka

Steve Kortyka

Michal "Mad Dog" Mavridoglou

Jason Smart

Michal "Mad Dog" Mavridoglou

Joe McLean

Joe McLean

Matt Hawkins

Brad Meyers

Michal "Mad Dog" Mavridoglou

Eli Hludzik

Brad Meyers

Michael "Mad Dog" Mavridoglou

Ray's Music Exchange

Paul Hogan

Eli Hludzik

Nick Blasky

Brad Meyers

Eli Hludzik

Nick Blasky

RME

Eli Hludzik

Joe McLean

RME

Eli Hludzik

RME

Nick Blasky

Brad Meyers

Paul Hogan

Jason Smart

Steve Kortyka

Nick Blasky

Paul Hogan

Ray's Music Exchange

Ray's Music Exchange

Ray's Music Exchange

Mike Darrah

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~ by thenoblevisions on July 12, 2010.

One Response to “Ray’s Music Exchange reunited for a concert of epic proportions in Cincinnati on Friday July 9th.”

  1. Wow, what an amazing night! I knew it would be good, but indeed, it was epic! There was an energy that night that would be hard to match. Thank you for the insider viewpoint and review, and especially your top quality, artistic photographs.

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