Chris Robinson Brotherhood's first date of their Spring tour

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s first date of their multi-show run at Echoplex was a high-energy set marked by a more laid back, spacey vibe than a typical Black Crowes’ concert. Chris Robinson barely put down his guitar, playing rhythm on most of the tunes, which ranged from new material, to Crowes’ classics (Appaloosa), to covers (Eddie Floyd and others).

Robinson fronts the band on vocals, harp and rhythm guitar. He’s joined by Neal Casal on lead guitar, who occasionally picks up the slide. The Crowes’ Adam MacDougall plays keyboard, and George Sluppick and Mark “Muddy” Dutton, formerly of the band Burning Tree, round out the rhythm section.

Excuse the bad pictures of a great night. I’ll be sure to make it back for more shows in their residency, which will no doubt spoil me over the next two months.


Chris Robinson plays the harmonica on "Thorn in My Pride"

The Black Crowes’ latest tour made a stop at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella this past December. The venue was a little unconventional for the band (Chris Robinson asked the audience at one point “What is this place, a fuckin’ casino?”), but the acoustics were great and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

The set lacked material from their two most recent albums (“Warpaint” and “Before the Frost”), but given that this tour might be the band’s last for a while, it’s understandable that they focused on their entire catalogue. Rich Robinson and Luther Dickinson’s playing was fantastic and the show proved to be the best Black Crowes concert I have seen.

Set list: Waiting Guilty, Another Roadside Tragedy, Wiser Time, Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, I Ain’t Hiding, Thorn in My Pride, Girl From a Pawnshop, Hotel Illness, Jealous Again, She Talk to Angels, Hard to Handle, Shake Your Moneymaker (Encore)

Luther Dickinson on slide