a little about ray

A Brief History:

Ray Evangelista, and his incredible One Man Musical Showcase, plays many genres of music including Motown, R&B, funk, & soul. He was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame, and once you hear him, you’ll know why!

The Filipino-American musician likes to call his act “enhanced karaoke,” with sets shaped almost entirely by audience requests. His renditions of Jimmy Buffet and Michael Jackson classics go down about as easily as Hunan Guarden’s legendary Flaming Volcanoes — punchbowls of brandy, rum, and fire.

The Master – can play over 600 songs from memory — everything from “Green Onions” to “Lady Marmalade.” And he seems to be as familiar with his audience as he is with the chords to “Hotel California.”

Ray, grew up in the Philippines. He started performing when he was 7 years old. At 10, he won an American Idol-like competition in Manila. And by 15, he was performing all over Asia as part of a USO tour.

Ray has been playing at St. Paul’s Hunan Garden for more than two decades and he is St Paul Minnesota’s longest-running musical act.