Live On The Green: Robert Randolph and The Family Band & Joe Robinson
Robert Randolph honed his skill on pedal steel in the House of God Church, as part of the Sacred Steel tradition in black Pentecostal churches that reveres steel guitar as an instrument of worship. He’s the first Sacred Steel player to break through to a large secular audience, but he’s been taking jam-band crowds to church ever since, bringing revival-meeting fervor to his ecstatic mix of ’70s funk, Southern boogie and roof-raising gospel. On his latest album, Lickety Split (whose producers include Shannon Sanders and Tommy Sims), he and his Family Band enlist guests such as Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana to extend their reach toward tropical and Crescent City R&B rhythms — but the centerpiece remains the soaring, stinging whine of Randolph’s instrument, the ghost of electricity giving the group its current. Also on the bill: St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Australian guitar phenom Joe Robinson. Free.
Thu, Aug 29 | 5:00 PM
Public Square Park