Riverbend Festival 2014: Get to know Robert Randolph & The Family Band
They’re called Robert Randolph & The Family Band for a reason.
The New Jersey band is made up of actual family members—Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, and Lenesha Randolph, together with guitarist Brett Haas. They’re known as an American funk and soul band that first gained national attention with the release of their album Live at the Wetlands in 2002.
Since then, they’ve put out four more albums. Their last, Lickety Split, was released on July 16, 2013. It showcases the unique chemistry of the Family Band with eleven original compositions, plus a stomping cover of “Love Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players.
With whatever time they had left after that, Robert Randolph & The Family band has toured festivals like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The group's sound is inspired by successful 1970’s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. The band has attracted the attention of English musician Eric Clapton, with whom they subsequently toured with as a supporting act. Clapton later guested on their 2006 album Colorblind, playing on a cover of "Jesus Is Just Alright".
Plus, if you’re a big New York Knicks fan, you probably already know these guys. They play before every Friday-night New York Knicks basketball game.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band will perform at the Bud Light Stage at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.