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Wheelchair Rocker – dos

Is there some law that prohibits old guys from attending concerts? No, not concertos. I mean rock concerts. Didn’t think so. So CD and I strapped on the hardhats last randolph1.jpgnight and trudged into Mordor. Okay, it was only Los Angeles, but it felt like Mordor. The House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, to be exact. There, we witnessed an awesome gig. Dude, my ears are still ringing!

Wikipedia describes Robert Randolph and the Family Band as “multicultural American funk and soul.” Randolph plays the pedal steel guitar, an instrument he was trained in by the House of God Church, Keith Dominion. The band’s sound is inspired by 70s funk groups like Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. It’s a raucous blend of gospel, blues and rock. The fellas have got around, touring with top acts such as Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews Band.

We managed to paste ourselves against the front of the stage, though the crowd was a lot more civil than this affair. The set was a whopping 1 hour and 40 minutes — long by randolph2.jpgany standards, much less for a Thursday night performance. There was an impromptu jam session, a Doogie Howser look-alike on trumpet, a violinist, and a special guest appearance by this guy, who, by the reaction of the crowd, must have been someone.

Apart from the valet tracking dog dookie into our car at the end of the night, we had a terrific time. Robert Randolph rocks! Next on our list is either Jamie Cullum, Switchfoot or Relient K. And you thought concerts were just for youngsters. . .

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  • Ame November 4, 2006, 5:44 AM

    define “youngsters!”

    it’s arbitrary.

    to one who is 85, you’re a youngster!

    me, too 🙂


  • janet November 4, 2006, 12:56 PM

    Seems to me that anyone who uses the word “youngsters” is old:) Just kidding mike. Rock on…
    Tomorrow at church a band named Stellar Kart will be playing. heard of them?

  • Mike Duran November 4, 2006, 1:20 PM

    I guess it wouldn’t be that bad if CD didn’t constantly survey the place for “the oldest person.” Lucky for me, there was some guy up front with us with a long grey beard who looked to be about 70. Actually, that crowd was extremely mixed. Thanks for the comments!

  • Jeanne Damoff November 4, 2006, 4:13 PM

    Sounds fun! I love live concerts, but I do bring earplugs. (Age has to be good for something. I call it common sense.) Prevents the residual ringage and adjusts the volume to where I can actually hear lyrics and what the music is doing.

    Meanwhile, let no one despise your non-youth, but be an example to the rockers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in righteous moshing, dude. (1 Jeanne 4:12)

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