Robert Randolph and the Family Band November 25th Brooklyn Bowl Williamsburg, NY

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a multicultural American funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Other band members include drummer Marcus Randolph, bass guitarist Danyel Morgan, vocalist Lenesha Randolph, keyboardist and guitarist Brett Andrew Haas, and one of three rotating rhythm guitarists: Joey Williams of Blind Boys of Alabama, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Cousin Ray-Ray. Jason Crosby (keyboards and fiddle) and John Ginty (organ) are former members. Rolling Stone included Robert on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. (Wikipedia)

We got there at 8:50 which was perfect timing.  I couldnt believe how packed the place was.  It was a good sign.  I wasnt sure if it was because it was the night after Thanksgiving…or there was a sweet Randolph following here.  Once the first set got started, I saw it was just because of the Holiday.  Robert came out and there was definitely energy..and then the crowd just stood still.  A bunch of turtles..statues..I dont get why these people were here to see a band, and stand still.  It just doesnt make sense to me.  Its like people who walk 2mph on a treadmill.

So, Robert really killed it.  I mean, he can play.  Its too bad the crowd didnt know how to move.  Guys, were in Brooklyn..its Friday night..stop worrying about what people think..social image..fear..looking into yourself..and just dance.  Enjoy yourself.  Dont you see Robert smiling up there?  Smile with him.

Robert plays what is called a pedal steel guitar.  I dont really udnerstand it, but it has some type of religious background and sounds really cool.  He uses his feet and fingers to create music that makes you want to move.  It looks like he tends to pluck away..and kind of looks like a keyboard.  It flows in nicely with the bass, guitar, and drums.

It was fun to see the whole family up there.  A pretty awesome concept with Brothers and Sisters all part of this getup.  It was fitting for the Thanksgiving Holiday as well.  The crowd was still not dancing, but the energy picked up a tad.  It was fun when he brought his little sister out and mixed things up with the female voice.

Robert had fun up there and had a pretty solid set.  I was hoping it was just a warmup.  The music was really moving and I was into it.  If people would move a little, itd be more fun.

During the smoke break I met some pretty good people.  People who knew jam bands and enjoyed festivals. Some photographers, some people just hanging for live music.  And def some Phish fans.

Vibes were good going into the second set..and people seemed to be moving more now. I was so happy to see this.  The energy went to the next level.  The grooves were kicking and there was fun to be had.  Robert picked up the energy with some really deep jams and it felt pretty electric..

Special guest tonight was David Crosby, on the fiddle, which was a nice surprise.  He added an extra element and I enjoyed it.  The jams werent too hard or deep, I dont think Davis is known for that, or a fiddle can do that, but it had a good touch.  A guest excites people and adds some variety to the show.  It was even hipper when he decided to pull guests up from the crowd.  Talk about making people feel good..first an old man did a lil jammin on the Guitar, then a middle age guy..then a young kid..who could really rip it.  He finished the song out and had us rockin’.  We had gone up a level to just about where we needed to be..

Robert brought some new tunes in like “Purple Haze” and “Boogie Nights.”  There were some other really hard hitting jams too.  I popped an energy drink and lasted the whole night.  There was no official Encore, but I sure enjoyed the second set.  Things cleared up a bit and its like the real fans were leftover.  Solid finish.

Rating: 7.5

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