Pedal steel powerhouse Robert Randolph and his Family Band stopped into Denver’s Gothic Theatre on Saturday, March 25 for the penultimate show of a four-night Colorado run. Just as they had wowed audiences in Fort Collins and Boulder the nights prior, Randolph and his ace band brought the heat to the Gothic with a set that saw the band showcasing their prowess in a multitude of genres from rock and blues to funk and soul. Of course with the church raised Randolph you get a healthy dose of gospel as well. In fact, seeing Robert Randolph is almost like going to church; it’s a spiritual experience.
Looking sharp in a silver bow tie and black vest, Randolph led his band through a set that featured heavily on his latest album, Got Soul, weaved seamlessly among jam odysseys and laced with the occasional traditional number like “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Randolph’s skill on the pedal steel is unmatched and never ceases to amaze. At one moment he can deliver a blistering solo and then switch effortlessly to weaving a web of delicate dancing notes that harken to a more country sound. Randolph is simply a master of the instrument.
He is also a consummate showman, sometimes leaning his pedal steel forward when he’s really feeling it or shouting out to the crowd “I’m feeling good tonight!” There was also some great interplay between Randolph and guitarist Bret Haas. When Randolph would nod to Haas for a solo, the two guitarists would intricately weave their similar but at the same time very different instruments together, sometimes seeming as if they were melding into one. It was a night of great and diverse music, and we wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few fans followed Randolph up to his show in Aspen to close out the Colorado run.
Robert Randolph & the Family Band will be performing at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 29. Click here to find tickets on AXS. Also be sure to check out video of Robert Randolph & the Family Band at the Gothic Theatre below.