Robert Randolph & the Family Band at Otto’s in DeKalb July 15
From press release
DEKALB, Ill.—The rock and soul explosion of Robert Randolf & the Family Band will take the stage at Otto’s Nightclub in DeKalb, Ill., at 9 p.m., Thursday, July 15. Tickets will be $25 for this 21-and-older event. Advance tickets are available through the Web site www.yourticketstand.com.
Randolph, a New Jersey native, began playing pedal steel guitar in his local church, and early on, was only interested in religious music. Eventually discovering the likes of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and—whom Randolph sites as his primary influence—Stevie Ray Vaughn, he and his cousins formed this current group and released 2001’s Live at the Wetlands independently. With major-label support behind 2003’s Unclassified, major buzz swept across the country: The band received a glowing review in the New York Times; avant-jazz organist John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame) asked Randolph to collaborate on a gospel project; even legend Eric Clapton took notice, taking the band on their first European tour as his opening act. By the time 2003 finished, Randolph had become such a phenomenon he was listed in Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 guitarists of all-time.
All that was just the tip of the iceberg for this powerful, funky band. 2006 saw the release of their third disc, Colorblind, and the massive, toe-tapping single “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That,” which popped up everywhere on television (Grey’s Anatomy, Subway restaurant ads and The Discovery Channel, just to name a few spots). The group continued a marathon touring schedule, hitting the road with Dave Matthews Band and O.A.R., plus appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and the Grammy Awards, in a star-studded tribute to Sly & The Family Stone.
2010 brings Robert Randolph & The Family Band together with Grammy-winning producer T. Bone Burnett for their new album, We Walk This Road, due June 22. With Randolph’s eclectic, crowd-moving sound and Burnett’s ear for classic touches, Road is one of the most anticipated releases this summer. The album features guest appearances by Ben Harper and Leon Russell and contains spirited covers of material from three of popular music’s biggest icons: Bob Dylan (“Shot of Love”), Prince (“Walk Don’t Walk”) and John Lennon (“I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier, Mama”).
For information regarding advance tickets or for all other inquiries, visit kickstandproductions.net or call (630) 926-5229.
From the July 14-20, 2010 issue
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