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Robert Randolph Feels the Love

November 21st, 2012

Robert Randoph & the Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl – November 20, 2012


You’d be hard pressed to find a more likeable act than Robert Randolph & the Family Band. It’s not just the fact that a large chunk of the group comes from the same family as the supremely talented pedal-steel guitarist—it’s that Randolph’s music is just so damn eclectic. In the artist notes on his Web site, Randolph called his latest record, We Walk This Road, “…a celebration of African-American music over the past 100 years….” In truth, it showcases his signature fusion of gospel, soul, funk and blues. But it’s clear that there’s a hefty helping of sonic diversity in the mix. Last night at Brooklyn Bowl, along with covers of songs by preeminent black artists like Bill Withers (“Use Me”) and Michael Jackson (“Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough”), the group jammed on selections from legendary white rockers like Bob Dylan (“Maggie’s Farm”) and Led Zeppelin (“Whole Lotta Love”).

To hammer in the point further, the band invited Marc Roberge, from frat-boy favorite O.A.R., to pop onstage for a few songs. It’s this ability to integrate a variety of musical influences that underscores Randolph’s likeability. The second—and equally important— piece of the puzzle is Randolph’s unbelievably energetic show. He slowly hooked in the crowd with his virtuosity, beginning the night teasing his signature licks by playing them in short bursts and then finishing up the set with prolonged, heavily climactic solos. “Can I get a witness!” he screamed to the delighted audience after one particularly uplifting jam.

As it turns out, Randolph had no trouble doing that at all. Halfway through the set, one incredibly bold woman climbed onstage to display her dancing ability. (Quick note: She didn’t come anywhere close to vocalist Lenesha Randolph’s kinetic prowess.) And in a matter of seconds, 12 or so women were strutting their stuff in front of hundreds of delighted fans. After the song ended and people returned to the status quo, two of the interlopers planted big, grateful kisses on Randolph’s cheek. It was a fitting symbol of the crowd’s collective love for the band. —Alex Kapelman

(Robert Randolph & the Family Band play Brooklyn Bowl tonight, Friday and Saturday.)

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A Big Festival Just a Ferry Ride Away

August 26th, 2011


One of the best things about summertime is music festivals. But all too often you need to board a plane or hit the road to enjoy them. Traveling can be fun, except when it isn’t. Sometimes you want all the fun without all the effort, which works out great. Because if you haven’t heard, Dave Matthews Band Caravan hits South Island Field at Governors Island today (and tonight). Saturday’s and Sunday’s shows have been postponed—ticket holders for those days can attend today instead—and new dates will be announced once they’re confirmed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The weather for the next two days appears to be less than stellar, but today is another story. And the lineup is terrific: Dave Matthews Band (above, playing “Dancing Nancies”),  O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Soulive, Vieux Farka Touré and the Wood Brothers. You can expect more than eight hours of eclectic, nonstop music in a great setting just a ferry ride away. Really, what else are you gonna do? For ferry information and answers to other questions, please go here.

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Win Two Tickets to See Soulive Play DMB Caravan on 8/26

August 5th, 2011


Soulive—Alan Evans (drums), Neal Evans (Hammond B3) and Eric Krasno (guitar)—formed in the late ’90s and has been bringing its own bluesy, jammy brand of jazz, funk, classic rock and R&B to the dancing masses ever since. Krasno joined the brothers Evans for a recording session in Woodstock in 1999, which eventually became their first EP, Get Down! A host of discs followed, including last year’s Rubber Soulive, which, as you can imagine, reinterpreted the Beatles. But despite the trio’s recorded virtuosity, the best way to experience these guys is live. And guess what? On the first night (Friday, 8/26) of the DMB Caravan at South Island Field at Governors Island, the trio (above, performing at State Theatre Portland) will be playing alongside Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Vieux Farka Touré and the Wood Brothers. And The House List is giving away two tickets. Fill out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan 8/26) and a brief message explaining why you’ve got a thing for music festivals. The winner will be notified next week. Good luck.

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