The lineup for the annual Clear Summer Nights concert series at the Athletic Club of Bend has been released, and it's strong to quite strong (STQS), including a show by pedal-steel guitar gospel prodigy turned rock and roll hero Robert Randolph and the Family Band on August 15.
Randolph, who just released his new record, We Walk this Road, this week, learned his craft in the churches then soon took the show on the road in his teens, quickly gaining a reputation for the high-energy instrumental shows he and his band of cousins (for real) are known to pump out.
But back to Robert Randolph. This guy will knock your face off your face leaving no face where your face should be when he starts ripping on his guitar. And the fact that he's playing here is huge -- the guy continues to explode, thanks largely to his recent crossover into the hip-hop and pop worlds. The new album will only lift him higher.
Bonus: Tickets for all four of the shows are a mere $16. They're on sale now at Newport Avenue Market.