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Published: 2011/11/25

Robert Randolph Revisits Live at the Wetlands

Top: Popper with the Family Band, photo by Dino Perrucci. Bottom: Medeski with Randolph, photo by Peter Shapiro

Robert Randolph & the Family Band are halfway through a four-show run at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. As previously reported, on Tuesday night Blue Traveler frontman John Popper sat in with Randolph throughout his entire set. In addition, Blind Boys of Alabama guitarist Joey Williams—who once toured as a member of the Family Band—sat in throughout the night.

Randolph also played the Bowl on one of the biggest bar nights of the year, Wednesday night. John Medeski—one of the people responsible for introducing the pedal steel guitarist to the masses in 2000—joined Randolph on keyboards throughout the entire two-set show (Randolph and Medeski are also both members of the jamband super group The Word). Williams once again played guitar throughout the show while Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff—another former Family Band guitarist—sat in for five songs.

In celebration of Live at the Wetlands ‘s 10th anniversary, Randolph’s second set was a complete recreation of the classic album (the live disc, Randolph’s official solo debut, was recorded at Wetlands on August 23, 2001 as part of the club’s closing celebration). Brooklyn Bowl founder Peter Shapiro—who owned Wetlands—reprised his introduction from the seminal live album before Randolph took the stage for his second set. Randolph & the Family Band will return to the Bowl for another performance tonight.

Here’s a look at the live album’s original track listing

1. “Ted’s Jam”
2. “The March”
3. “Pressing My Way”
4. “Shake Your Hips”
5. “I Don’t Know What You Come To Do”
6. “Tears of Joy”

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