After January saw the not-entirely-shocking break-up of The Black Crowes, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB) is pretty much the best way fans of The Black Crowes soulful southern jam-rock can still get their fix.
Fronted by Chris Robinson, one-half of the Black Crowes’ founding (and constantly feuding) brothers, the CRB worked two full sets at the Paradise for an adoring, if somewhat older audience, who gave enthusiastic and strong support for the group opening their first show of a two-show run.
The first set included slower, mellow selections, which highlighted guitarist Neal Casal’s ability to hit a proper groove that whipped the crowd of cannabis-friendly fans into the proper spirit of the night. The second set quickly picked up the pace, channeling the spirit and sound of Jerry Garcia (replete with a couple of Grateful Dead covers (“West LA Fadeaway,” “Bertha”) that ultimately appointed the dance floor to its intended purpose; namely, fans shaking and dancing while imbibing the CRB namesake beer that was at the ready.
When given the chance to stretch-out beyond the borders of guitar-driven songs, keyboardist Adam MacDougall showed impressive chops. Gone are the days of the Crowes and the forever bickering brothers. For now, it’s just Chris and Rich in their respective bands.
Dan is a freelance journalist and has written for publications including Vice, Esquire, the Daily Beast, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, MEL, Leafly, Thrillist, and DigBoston.