Muni Ray Charles
Photo by Andy Callahan
Mr. Eric Sir, take it away …
Who says Muni isn’t worth $2?
Last Thursday night I was in a foul mood and in desperate need of some cheering up before the ohGr show at Bottom of the Hill.
The bus cleared out when we hit 16th and Mission and that’s when I spotted the source of the sound: Muni Ray Charles.
Make no mistake, Muni Ray Charles is a black man wearing a suit and sunglasses (at 9pm, no less) who “sings” in his own unusual way.
Passengers kept their distance as Muni Ray Charles rocked himself out like an overwound wind-up toy. Like most other passengers, I was ultimately unsuccessful in suppressing my laughter. His performance was so vigorously impassioned it was impossible to stay in a bad mood for long.
A few stops after Mission, Muni Ray Charles finished the performance, fist-bumped a few passengers, yelled “BACK DOOR!” and was on his way.
yes, I’ve seen him a few times at the Market St. 24-Hour Fitness too. When not singing, he’s usually trying to talk to girls.
Back in 2007 this guy was on the L in the Sunset a lot. I was always under the impression that there wasn’t actually any music in those headphones and that he was just trying to make people really uncomfortable (and succeeding).