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202 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6 decade. In the 1970s, he kept up the funk, work- ing with Parliament/Funkadelic, and on and off with Brown until 1988. He has enjoyed a suc- cessful solo career since the 1990s. Providing those backup harmonies essential to the Ray Charles sound will be the Raelettes, the girl group—with a changing cast of singers—he first enlisted in the 1950s. The trib- ute also features the Ray Charles Orchestra. Downbeat is at 3:30pm Saturday on the Jimmy Lyons Stage. Year in and year out, one of the best bargains in music is the Monterey Jazz Festival grounds admission ticket. For $47 on Friday, $57 for Saturday or Sunday or $137 for the full three days ($22/$52 for youths 3-18), ticketholders get continuous music on seven stages. Although admission to the main arena is not in- cluded, many of the artists who perform on the Jimmy Lyons Stage also play on one of the grounds stages. These include drummer Brian Blade and bassists Christian McBride and John Patitucci. Of course, as regular festival attendees know, there are always lots of surprises—one never knows who might show up on a stage to sit in. For a complete list of performances and to purchase tickets, visit www.montereyjazz.org. Paintings by Appointment (831) 624-5955 Ralph Jacobs Carmel Artist (1940 ~ Present) "Gerrondos In Raku Pot" Oil, 30"x40" Photo: Palma Kolansky Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his Quartet will feature vocalist Kurt Elling Saturday on the Jimmy Lyons Stage.