Band brings soul sounds and funk to The Pullo Center Oct. 10

Robert Randolph and The Family Band are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at Penn State York. Ticket prices are $47 and $35, and are on sale now.  Penn State York students can purchase one ticket at the discounted rate of $15 at the box office.  Tickets can be purchased at The Pullo Center box office, charge by phone at 717-505-8900, or online at www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu and www.Ticketmaster.com

Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a multicultural American funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Other band members include drummer Marcus Randolph, bass guitarist Danyel Morgan, vocalist Lenesha Randolph, keyboardist and guitarist Brett Andrew Haas, and one of three rotating rhythm guitarists -- Joey Williams of Blind Boys of Alabama, Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff and Cousin Ray-Ray.

Trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church, Randolph makes prominent use of the instrument in the band's music. The instrument is referred to in many African-American Pentecostal churches as sacred steel. Randolph was discovered while playing at a sacred steel convention in Florida. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” included Robert on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

The first Robert Randolph and the Family Band album, “Live at the Wetlands,” was released in 2002 on Family Band Records, recorded live in 2001, just prior to the club's closing. The band released their studio debut, “Unclassified,” in 2003. They attracted the attention of Eric Clapton, and have subsequently toured as a supporting act with the English blues guitarist. 

Their third album, “Colorblind,” was released in 2006. The song, "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That," was used in several commercials for NBC and the Discovery Channel. The group worked with producer T-Bone Burnett on their fourth studio album “We Walk This Road,” released in 2010.

 

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Last Updated August 31, 2011