NWA Musicians To Support Local Music Icon
Darren Ray has been playing music around NW Arkansas for many years as one of the hardest working musicians I’ve ever seen. Recently Darren has been dealing with health issues. A FREE event aimed to help Darren out has a line up of local bands that are some of the most talented performers NW Arkansas has to offer, filling almost every genre to ensure the up most entertainment. Please take the time to attend or at the least, read on….
Darren’s friend, Stephen Boudreaux has posted,
As you may (or may not) know, I “retired” from both Oreo Blue and The Uncrowned Kings last month to focus on family and such. But last night, I was driving up to play a gig with The Uncrowned Kings and to pick up Darren Ray as usual. When I got to his house, he was just standing in the garage and didn’t come to the car (like usual). I got out and walked up to him. He said, “I just can’t.” I hadn’t seen him in about a month and he looked like he had lost 60 pounds, but moreso had lost the will to fight to get to the gig. His cancer treatments have gone from just chemo treatments to now including radiation for the last couple months. I am afraid for him. As you do know, this is all that Darren Ray does…play music. Now he just “can’t”. He talked about the sickness like no big deal, but when he knew he couldn’t perform (and provide income), he cried right in front of me. He didn’t want to let anyone down…
Darren Ray has been a Fayetteville area music icon as much as anyone over the past 30 years+. With his time in Great Southern Railroad, Arkansas, Big Bad Bubba, The Darren Ray Band, Big Uns, and most recently, The Uncrowned Kings, he has been touted as one of the best male vocalists in the region. Both a NAMA and OMA Hall of Famer… But most importantly, he is a great and kind human who has given to all that will listen. He has a huge heart and has been there countless times for others. I would like to see us give for him in his time of need.
Everyone loves Darren Ray and he could use his friends right now.
Our initial goal is $10,000 but I hope we can exceed that number. As we all know, a musician’s life is a difficult one and although Darren Ray is a professional and responsibile version, it can be difficult to go any length without income. If he is compelled to file for federal disability, it could take 6 months to even see a dime.
There is a benefit concert and possible auction scheduled Sunday, February 11th in the afternoon to early evening at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR, USA. We hope to have met our goal by then, but that night will also be a chance to help and give Darren our love.
Thank you all in advance for any generosity you can spare.
The FREE event scheduled for Feb 11th at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayettville. The event will feature a Silent Auction, hosted by Joe Giles. Food will be available by Yazzeti’s with proceeds going to Darren.
Learn more about this event HERE
Donate to the GoFund Me HERE
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