Start Date: February 22, 2019 (19:00)
End Date: February 22, 2019 (23:00)
Location: Ace of Spades 1417 R St Sacramento, CA, 95814
Phone: (916) 930-0220
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An Evening with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Show: 7:00 pm
Ace of Spades
Founded in 2011 by Chris Robinson, the Black Crowes frontman, the Chris Robinson Brotherhoodcame together around guitarist Neal Casal, drummer George Sluppick, bassist Mark Dutton, and Black Crowes keyboard player Adam MacDougall. The group’s studio debut, Big Moon Ritual, arrived in June the following year, with its sequel, The Magic Door, appearing just three months later. The single “Older Guys” was released at the end of 2012, followed by a live album entitled Betty’s S.F. Blends, Vol. 1 a year later. In February of 2014, the CRB dropped the preview track “Shore Power” as a teaser for its next studio full-length Phosphorescent Harvest, which was released in April. Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, released July, 2016.
Their new album Barefoot in the Head streeted July 21, 2017.
“I used to say what we do is ‘hippie baroque,’” says Chris Robinson about the music he makes with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood – a stew of rock, blues, country, funk and soul sounds topped with a healthy smattering of spacey psychedelia and wrapped in a jam-band aesthetic. “Because we want something that’s expressive and sensual and beautiful. It’s like a garment that feels really comfortable, but it has all these, like, magic symbols on it.” He pauses. “That maybe other people can’t even see …”
These days that magic-symbol-adorned garment, as it were, is getting plenty of wear. Since the Black Crowes played their final show in 2013 (they split for good, under acrimonious circumstances, in 2015), Robinson and his band, which includes guitarist Neal Casal, latter-day Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Jeff Hill and drummer Tony Leone, have been operating in overdrive, averaging upwards of 100 live dates a year and releasing two new CRB studio efforts – Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel and the EP If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now – in 2016 alone. They’ve just finished up another full-length, their fifth, titled Barefoot in the Head, due July 21st via Silver Arrow Records. Today, Rolling Stone is premiering the video for the album’s leadoff track, “Behold the Seer,” a jaunty funk & roll number accented by Casal’s quicksilver guitar licks and MacDougall’s burbling electric piano work. Robinson’s words, meanwhile, offer up something of a musical, if not a lifestyle, mantra: “If you want to keep your engine humming,” he intones, “keep your eyes wide ahead and don’t look back.” – Rolling Stone