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The Center for the Arts Presents Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Robert Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on the pedal steel guitar has Rolling Stone calling him one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Rising from his roots of playing in the Church of God where his art is deemed “sacred steel,” the virtuoso has now secularly captured the praise of literal legends such as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Santana, playing with them on stage and in the studio. While the iconic bending chords and complex riffs of the “lap steel” have enlivened his church since the 1920’s, it is Robert Randolph and The Family Band who have charged the musical style and instrumentation to the forefront of modern musical culture. Their distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues has earned them a rapturous response from a fervent, international audience. Their live shows explode with joy, freedom and energy, with Robert mastering the most complex instrument in the world and emitting a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. Dancing is mandatory – your body will demand it - as proven in unforgettable performances from festivals such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo. The unique chemistry of The Family Band includes Robert’s actual family members Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass) and Lenesha Randolph (vocals) joined by Brett Haas (guitar). Do not miss this show. 8:00 p.m. $40 early bird / $45 week of.