One of the best Cincinnati-based bands of the ’90s (and early ’00s) was Ray’s Music Exchange, which had a strong following in the Jam Band scene and blended together more styles than a schizo fashion designer. Other projects and relocations caused the band’s lineup to switch a few times in its career, but Ray’s remained remarkably consistent (and popular) through it all until its dissolution in 2004. The band members have since played with popular touring bands like the Jazz Mandolin Project, Frances and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, as well as local faves like Super Massive and Aja. This Friday at Play By Play (6923 Plainfield Road, Silverton), Ray’s Music Exchange reunites for a show with its popular ’90s lineup (including keyboardist Paul Hogan, who split to New York City in 2000), as well as members from other Ray’s eras. The group plays two full sets Friday, starting at 9 p.m.
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