Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Randolph & The Family Band Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 6/15
When a performer who is electrifying on his own joins forces with an equally awesome artist, it's explosive! Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Robert Randolph & The Family Band -- two of today's most acclaimed guitarists -- will perform at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Five-time Grammy nominated Kenny Wayne Shepherd's latest album Goin' Home, his highest-ever charting album, just debuted on the Billboard 200 #25 this week. It's also his seventh album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart -- the first time this has ever happened! This blues-pop crossover artist has sold millions of albums worldwide and earned two Billboard Music Awards among others and is widely considered to be one of the best blues/rock guitarists alive. Kenny Wayne will share the stage with the high energy Robert Randolph & The Family Band (RR&FB), currently touring in support of their celebrated new album, Lickety Split. RR&FB is led by the master of the steel pedal guitar, which is arguably the most complex instrument in the world. The Cutting Board Cafe and Catering (103 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield) will take 10% off breakfast or lunch the day of this show when tickets are presented. Ticket holders will learn how Love Hope Strength (lovehopestrength.org) saves lives, one concert at a time, in the lobby before the show and during intermission. An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a pre-show cocktail party 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d'oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show by calling the box office (203-438-5795). This event is part of the Xfinity Rock Series with media sponsor 107.1fm The Peak.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has produced six No. 1 blues albums and a string of No. 1 mainstream rock tunes. He has earned two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation's Keeping The Blues Alive Award and two Blues Music Awards, among many other accolades. James Brown once referred to young Kenny Wayne as "one of the wonders of the world". In 2008, Fender released the guitar that Kenny designed -- the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster. His latest record, Goin' Home (Concord Records / May 20th) features Ringo Starr, Warren Haynes, Joe Walsh and Robert Randolph.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (RR&FB)'s new album, Lickety Split, features guest appearances by Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana. His Colorblind album (2006) produced the big hit "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That". President of Blue Note Records, Don Was, says that the pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph is an "American Original" who has "mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo." Randolph is on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list.
For tickets ($87.50), call the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org.