Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Headlining the 8th annual Blue Bear Benefit is Robert Randolph & The Family Band, a group well known for their powerhouse live performances, and led by a pedal steel virtuoso who has been called one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. Hailing from Orange, NJ, Robert Randolph started playing the pedal steel guitar - or "Sacred Steel," as the instrument is referred to in many African-American Pentecostal churches - as a teenager in his local church. He was discovered while performing at a Sacred Steel Convention in Florida, and shortly thereafter opened for the North Mississippi Allstars and Medeski, Martin & Wood in prestigious New York venues. Keyboardist John Medeski asked Robert to join an instrumental gospel/blues album with members of North Mississippi Allstars; calling themselves The Word, the band released an eponymous album in 2001 to critical and popular acclaim. Robert himself set the live music world on fire with his high-energy performances, and his style of incorporating a mix of funk and soul into his pedal steel playing, giving a new secular, multicultural element to the "sacred steel."

The first Robert Randolph & The Family Band album, Live at the Wetlands, was released in 2002 just prior to the legendary club's closing. The band's 2003 studio debut, Unclassified, caught the attention of Eric Clapton, who invited the band to open for him on tour and later guested on their 2006 studio album Colorblind. They worked with producer T-Bone Burnett on their latest studio album We Walk This Road, released in 2010 and featuring guest appearances from Ben Harper and Leon Russell. In Robert's words, We Walk This Road "is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras... what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift." The band's newest release is the live album Live In Concert, which captures performances recorded all across the U.S. with special guests such as Susan Tedeschi, Joey Williams of Blind Boys of Alabama and more.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and the PBS television program Austin City Limits, opened for such artists as the Dave Matthews Band, Derek Trucks Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Soulive, and recorded with Ringo Starr, Santana and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Elton John and Leon Russell, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, amongst others. To listen to tracks and for more info:

LEROY JUSTICE has "soul, style and chops to match any up-and-coming band in America," says Hittin' the Note, official magazine of The Allman Brothers. Having shared stages with members of the Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars, the Derek Trucks Band, and many others, the RELIX Magazine 2010 Readers Poll Winners have brought their "ferocious live show" to Warren Haynes' 2011 Christmas Jam and 2011 Mountain Jam, moe.'s 2011 Summer Camp and 2010 Snoe.down, and the 2010 Gathering of the Vibes. The year ahead kicks off with a Saturday night headline at Brooklyn Bowl featuring special guests (2/4), a Colorado Winter Tour, and a return to Austin's SXSW. Tracks from both of the band's albums have appeared in prime time network television programming.

ADVANCE: $45/$30 DAY OF SHOW: $45/$35


Robert Randolph is dynamite on the pedal steel guitar, and together with The Family Band, will perform an explosive show. Comprised up of some of Randolph’s true family members, Robert Randolph & The Family Band create a unique sound that demands attention from audiences. Their show at The Cap features special guests Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), Papa Mali (7 Walkers), and legendary saxman Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones). Their performances will be high energy, unforgettable, and filled with joy. Get ready to shake your hips!
This show has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. All tickets purchased for the original date (August 10th, 2013) will be honored at new date.
SEATING INFORMATION: This event will have a general admission standing room only floor and a reserved seated Loge and Balcony. Reserved Loge and Balcony tickets will NOT have access to the general admission floor.

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band with Leroy Justice, (special guests Eric Krasno, Bobby Keys, & Papa Mali to play with Robert Randolph & T...

Saturday, November 23 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Capitol Theatre