Ray Stevens Announces Grand Opening of New Music Venue CabaRay
After nearly two years of excavation, construction, furnishing and outfitting, country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens is finally ready to unveil his new state-of-the-art Nashville showroom, CabaRay. Today, Stevens announced his grand opening celebration set to take place January 18, 19 and 20.
"This whole process has been a real labor of love for me," says Stevens. "It took some time to get the building fully constructed and iron out all the kinks but I'm thrilled to say we're finally ready to open the doors to the public. We'd hoped to open last year... but better late than never!"
CabaRay is an homage to the producers, musicians, songwriters and artists who "made Nashville Music City," according to Stevens. The venue's interior is wallpapered with recording studio photos of sessions where hits like "Pretty Woman," "El Paso," "Ahab the Arab," and many others were born. The showroom features six red leather banquette booths named for esteemed Nashville record producers Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Shelby Singleton, Fred Foster, Jerry Kennedy and Billy Sherrill.
"This is a uniquely Nashville facility that celebrates the city and the industry I love and that has been so very good to me," notes Stevens.
CabaRay features dinner service for 500 patrons downstairs with beverage service for over 200 more upstairs in theatre-style seating. The Bill Lowery High Spirits Emporium is a true piano bar, featuring Nashville favorite John Jonethis on keys. The venue also includes a lobby gift shop, chock full of souvenirs.
Stevens' current plan is to host his own weekly dinner shows- Thursday through Saturdayevenings. As the year progresses, he plans to add Wednesday night shows, as well as bring in outside talent to perform in the venue.
In addition to serving dinner, drinks and entertainment, the facility will also act as The Production Studio for Stevens' popular "CabaRay Nashville" TV show, airing nationally on Public Television. The building will eventually house the office operations of Ray Stevens Music publishing companies, recording studio and real estate interests, all within the 35,000 square foot building.
CabaRay is located in West Nashville at 5724 River Road. Free parking is available for nearly 300 vehicles, as well as several tour buses.
Tickets for the first string of concerts, featuring live performances by Stevens, are on-sale now and can be purchased online at raystevenscabaray.com or by calling 615-327-4630.
About Ray Stevens
Twelve-time nominated and two-time Grammy® Award winner Ray Stevens has spanned the generations with 60 years of comedic musical talent, including songs such as his multi-million selling hit "The Streak" and his classic pop standard "Everything Is Beautiful." Throughout his career, Stevens has sold more than 40 million albums and continues daily office operations at his home base, Ray Stevens Music, located on Nashville's historic Music Row. Stevens hosts Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville, a 30-minute weekly music/talk show airing on Public Television. The music legend will soon open his very own Nashville entertainment venue, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 square foot music venue set to make its debut in January of 2018. The Ray Stevens: Everything Is Beautiful display is currently featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum where museumgoers can view items from Stevens' storied career.