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Ray Paczkowski Benefit ft. The Sun Ray Orchestra

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

The T-Rex Theater at Essex Cinemas is excited to host the Sun Ray Orchestra, a benefit for Ray Paczkowski.

Tickets are $30 advance / $35 day of show.

General Admission Seating (age 18+) with 400 extra wide leather rockin theater seats and plenty of room to dance.

Food available from Mad Taco, drinks by Double E.

Ray Paczkowski, known for his tremendously talented keyboard work with bands such as Soule Monde (Ray Paczkowski & Russ Lawton), Vorcza, Viperhouse and The Trey Anastasio Band, recently underwent successful surgery to remove a brain tumor. Unfortunately, Ray faces a lengthy period of additional treatment and recovery during which he will be unable to work. Proceeds from this show will go directly to a trust that has been established to help Ray during this time.

The Sun Ray Orchestra is:
Russ Lawton, Bob Wagner, Mihali Savoulidis, Robinson Morse, Michael Chorney, Dave Grippo / Aaron Hersey / Brian McCarthy / Steve Jones of the Grippo Funk Band, Pappy Biondo, Gabriel Jarrett, Miriam Bernardo, Ron Rost, Brett Hughes, Heloise Williams, Josh Weinstein, Seth Yacovone, Tyler Mast, Ryan Dempsey, Steve Hadeka, Peter Day, Zach Nugent, Greg Matses, Sean Preece, Clint Bierman, Brett Lanier, Brian Boyes.

This show will feature an opening solo acoustic set by Mihali of Twiddle.

To donate directly please visit Ray’s Go Fund Me page:

Some background information:
On March 11th , following several weeks of recurring headaches and nausea, Ray went to the UVM Medical Center in Burlington VT where a scan revealed a significant mass near his brain stem. The following day he was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and underwent a 12 hour surgery on March 16th. The tumor was determined to be a type called ependymoma. Follow-on treatment to reduce any chance of recurrence will be four weeks of daily radiation therapy which will begin sometime in late April. The prognosis for his full recovery is good.

In addition to his musical performances, Ray also works as a carpenter to help pay the bills. It is unclear how soon Ray will be able to return to work in either of these fields; at the very least it will be several months. In addition to uncovered medical costs, he needs help with living expenses, travel costs for his radiation treatments and other costs associated with recovery and rehabilitation.

Please share this event with friends that have enjoyed Ray’s music and talents through the years. Thank you and see you in Essex!


May 16
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm