In Church with Robert Randolph at Infinity Hall
by Holley Dey
Robert Randolph confessed that the vaulted ceiling, wood backed seats and original proscenium stage reminded him of church. Makes sense; that’s just where he took the Infinity Hall audience on Friday evening.
Nearly two hours of funk and soul kept the audience singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles. The men jumped to their feet and called out his name “Robert!” in encouragement. The women smiled and grooved in their seats, then took to the stage with hip swaying enthusiasm when the bandleader called.
Music was pulled from more than one of the Band’s original albums, including 2010’s We Walk This Road. The audience happily sang along to the Band’s rendition of “Purple Haze”. Robert’s cousin sang a sweet and well received falsetto on a soulful cover of “People Get Ready”.
Robert smiled; he danced and kicked his heels in the air. He played pedal steel until the guitar called for mercy, and then he played electric. Each of the band members took instrumental solos, including Robert’s cousins on bass and rhythm guitars, as well as on drums. His “cousin” Brett played strong keys/guitar, and contributed vocals to the mix.
The encore came too soon. When it ended, Robert graciously thanked the audience, then tossed a few guitar picks into the crowd before leaving the stage. The applause continued, but the Family Band played it smart – always leave them wanting more.
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