Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Venue, 11/29/18
There is a reason why jam bands have die-hard followers. They tend to be comprised of incredibly talented musicians that love playing live music that inspires people to get on the dance floor and let it all hang out. They almost never play the same set twice, and every song sounds a little different every time they play it.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood fit the description of jam band every bit as well as bands like The Grateful Dead, Phish, OAR and Dave Matthews Band.
Led by namesake and frontman Chris Robinson of the now defunct Black Crowes, the seasoned quintet delivered exactly what this town needed on a cold and dreary Thursday night: two full sets of groovy, southern style psychedelic classic rock tunes laced with funk and sprinkled with bliss.
Robinson’s voice sailed over the crowd at Venue with a smooth, smoky tone while band mates Neal Casal (guitar), Adam MacDougall (keys), Tony Leone (drums) and Jeff Hill (bass) merged their collective talent pool into a sublime musical expression.
They played a setlist packed with songs from their deep collection of original music and a few cover songs that were so skillfully executed they blended right in with the rest of the set. These were all tunes that one might wish to record and compare with other versions heard at other venues or even the last time the band was in town.
This is the type of mastery that proves that this Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a band you will want to see as many times as you can.