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Published: 2018/03/22

Eric Krasno Closes Out Blue Note Residency with Questlove, Robert Randolph and More

Dino Perrucci

Following a successful first night at NYC’s famed Blue Note Jazz Club, guitarist Eric Krasno completed his final four performances in style, with special guests like The Roots’ Questlove and sacred steel guitarist Robert Randolph.

Adding to a backing band consisting of Nigel Hall, Louis Cato and Chris Loftlin, Eric Krasno & Friends rolled deep on March 20, with a roster than included not only Questlove, but also David Guy (Dap-Kings & The Roots), Cochemea Gastelum (Dap-Kings) and Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy). Both the early show and the late show opened with Krasno originals “76” and “Be Alright.” And both nights featured rocking, star-studded versions of James Brown’s “Soul Power” and closing renditions of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Can’t Hide Love.”

March 21, mostly belonged to Robert Randolph, with the steel guitarist sitting in on Jimi Hendrix tunes (“Hey Joe,” “Manic Depression”), Dead originals (“Sugaree”) and even a gospel number (“Presence of the Lord”), which nodded to Randolph’s past as a church performer.

During the March 21 early show, photographer and jam scene regular Danny Clinch added harmonica to a version of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy.”

For the late show, which was Krasno’s final performance of the run (and his sixth in three days), the guitarist played his first tune “76” with just his backing band. Later, Trey Anastasio Band saxophonist sat in for Nigel Hall’s “Don’t Change For Me,” and Robert Randolph rode out the rest of the set, ending on the Beatles’ “Get Back.”

For full setlists from each night’s early and late shows, see below.

Check out Eric Krasno’s website for updated tour information.

Eric Krasno & Friends
March 20, 2018
Blue Note, NYC
Early Show

76, Be Alright, Don’t Change For Me, Get Back, Lay Away^+$, Give It Up or Turn It Loose^+$, Bewildered^+$, Soul Power^+$, Can’t Hide Love^+$=

Notes:
^: with Questlove
+: with Cochemea Gastelum
$: with David Guy
=: with Cory Henry

Eric Krasno & Friends
March 20, 2018
Blue Note, NYC
Late Show

76, Be Alright, Too Sweet, Get Back/ If It’s Magic=,
Lay Away^+=%, Give It Up Or Turn It Loose^+%=,
Soul Power^+=%, Bewildered^+=%,
There Was A Time^+=%, Can’t Hide Love^+=%

Notes:
^: with Questlove
+: with Cochemea Gastelum
$: with David Guy
=: with Cory Henry
%: with Maurice Brown

Eric Krasno & Friends
March 21, 2018
Blue Note, NYC
Early Show

Get Back^, Hey Joe^, Nobody^, Presence of The Lord^
Mannish Boy^+, Sugaree^, Manic Depression^

Notes:
^: with Robert Randolph
+: with Danny Clinch on harmonica

Eric Krasno & Friends
March 21, 2018
Blue Note, NYC
Late Show

76, Don’t Change For Me%, Hey Joe^, Be Alright^, Golden Time of Day^, Sugaree^, Get Back^

Notes:
%: with James Casey
^: with Robert Randolph

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