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Robert Randolph to Bring Soulful Tunes

That’s right, Robert Randolph and the Family Band will grace the State Theatre with their funky sound tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30.

The band is currently touring to promote their most recent album, “We Walk This Road,” which came out in June and rediscovers American music from throughout the 20th century, adding the band’s funk/soul sound to the mostly blues, rock and gospel tunes. The album was a collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and other soul-men.

For those who don’t know, Robert Randolph is only one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Playing the steel pedal guitar, or “Sacred Steel” as it has come to be lovingly called by gospel musicians everywhere, Randolph provides a show that motivates concert-goers to get up and dance, as well as participate in the show. So it’s sure to be high-energy.

Randolph got his start at the House of God Church, totally immersed in gospel music with next to no knowledge of secular music. Over the years he discovered greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, a major influence on Randolph as a guitarist. The band’s sound hints at inspiration from the 70’s funk movement in America (think Sly and the Family Stone). As far as contemporaries, the Family Band is in the same vein as the Roots.

At any rate, the show is bound to liven up the week. Anyone looking for something to hold them over until the Halloween festivities kick in definitely has something worth checking out here. For more information, here’s the State Theatre’s event page.

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Matthew D'Ippolito

I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.


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