Electric Jam Rock with Soul! Robert Randolph & The Family Band at City Winery Chicago (September 1, 2021)

“I need more love everyday of my life!” sings Robert Randolph. With these words on top of an incredibly funky bass line accompanied by Randolph shredding on the steel pedal guitar, it’s impossible to not to start dancing. It’s such a great uplifting song.

During a long jam, of which there are many, Robert gets up and switches instruments with the guitarist. Then, the bassist switches instruments with the drummer. More switching of instruments continues. This is all done without stopping the song. It’s a very cool moment that really adds to the intimate jam atmosphere.

It really is a family band. The bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph are his cousins. The backup vocalist is his sister, Lenesha Randolph. Also, Brett Andrew Haas plays the guitar.

For the encore, as they play, the entire room is singing “Got my mojo workin, but it just won’t work on you” as the band covers this Muddy Waters classic. They close the night with “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That”, which is a great rocker to close out the night. They are truly a great live band.

Also see our review of The Word featuring Robert Randolph here.

Cost of a ticket: $55

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price+

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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