Former Black Crowes singer touring with side project band The Chris Robinson Brotherhood playing songs and covers from their self-titled album.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood brought freedom and love through music to the Sound Board at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan June 13th.  There was no reason for concern on Friday the 13th as the Brotherhood took our hands and guided us through a sonic wonderland.

I have to start out by saying the Sound Board is a great venue for live music. The staff working this show was helpful and friendly. Given this is a great band playing in such a splendid venue, it was surprising the show wasn’t packed. By looking at the band, I don’t think they would have cared if there were 30 or 30,000 people. With incense burning, the atmosphere displayed was to play music and have a good time.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood kicked things into gear with a cover of Hank Ballard’s Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go featuring the unmistakable voice of Chris Robinson, with Adam McDougal on keyboards, and lead guitar by Neal Casal. Drummer George Sluppick and bass guitarist Mark Dutton kept the groove deep in the pocket throughout the night.

With their new album, Phosphorescent Harvest having just been released at the end of April, the set included a good representation of their new music. Jump the Turnstile had a very cool psychedelic feel, especially with the upfront keyboards. Shore Power was a rollicking song that just kept coming, a great live song that makes you feel good. Tornado took the pace down to showcase the easy grace of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

I really loved the extended jams of Vibration & Light and Tulsa Yesterday. Vibration & Light is a jazzy rambling of a leaf on a stream, while Tulsa Yesterday rambles with a superb ethereal feel, had me thinking of the great jam bands in the past and present. I imagined myself on a road well traveled and finding the air smelling sweet and the ride is just fine.

As we moved through the evening the fans finally let things loose and a large dance party took to the front of the stage. There were many smiling faces and many dancing to Rosalee.

With a short break, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood came back for an encore and nearly put me on the floor. They started out with Appaloosa, readers, I really can’t tell you how much I love this song. I sang, danced, and nearly cried. Determined to send us all out with a bang, the band finished up with a cover of Shake, Rattle, and Roll by Jesse Stone.

Just as the tag line on the back of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood shirt says, ‘Blessed Are The Trip Takers’, I felt blessed to have witnessed great live music performed by a troop of very talented musicians.

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About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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