What a way to spend a holiday weekend! Putnam Den was packed to the hilt with fans of all ages for Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Dave Spadaro group took to the stage to an anticipatory crowd and gave them an incredible warm up show. Spadero has played in Good Foot, Heavy Fog and jams out with The Stone Revival Band. The group consists of Dave Spadaro on guitar, Stephen Orsini on bass, Andrew Costa on keyboards and Brandon Isles on drum with Josh Farrell on vocals this evening. The group had people moving their feet early in the night and the band was well received by the crowd. They started the night with a few original tunes before diving into a cover of Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Their new album can be downloaded and streamed for free here.
Robert Randolph took the stage sans welcome or introduction and got right to the music. An instrumental “Voodoo Chile” was an early highlight, while “The Sky is Crying” was ultra bluesy, with excellent vocals from cousin Ray-Ray. “Shake Your Hips”, with a “La Grange” feel to the song brought up the ladies on the stage for a solid 10 minutes of jamming and shaking. A brief “When the Saints go Marching in” was instrumental and disappeared too quickly. “Brand New Wayo” off Lickety Split had the most energy of the night with a cover of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” rounding out the night. An encore of “Amped Up” felt like it could have been the party starter of the night, but who can complain? Robert Randolph packed the house at Putnam Den and made a Good Friday even better.