The Soundtrack of Your Week – Maceo Parker & Ray Charles

By Kendall Buzzelli

We’re back with another Wharton-inspired Spotify playlist curated just for you! Coming up on April 20, Maceo Parker will be bringing his new show, To Ray with Love, a special tribute to Ray Charles which features the Ray Charles Orchestra and The Raelettes.


Maceo Parker is a powerhouse in the music world, having had a huge role in creating the genre of funk music. At 75 years old, he continues to wow audiences with hugely entertaining shows where you can see and hear just what a treasure he is to the world of music. This special tour, To Ray with Love, pays tribute to Maceo Parker’s longtime hero and inspiration.  Featuring the perfect mix of Ray Charles tunes with an expert big band and singers, Maceo Parker and ensemble deliver a great night of music. You will be astonished with Parker’s singing style and its uncanny resemblance to the that of Ray Charles.


Maceo Parker proclaims his music as “2 percent jazz, and 98 percent funky stuff”. But despite being a frontrunner in jazz and funk, Parker spent much of his career sharing the spotlight with mega-famous funk stars like James Brown, George Clinton, Prince, and even Ray Charles himself.

So give our mix of Ray and Maceo a try – it’s the perfect playlist to get you through the work week!

To Ray with Love, Maceo Parker’s tribute to Ray Charles, featuring The Ray Charles Orchestra, and The Raelettes, will be at Wharton Center on Friday, April  20. As always, tickets are only $19 for studentsDon’t forget to follow Wharton Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks at all things Wharton Center. 



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