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The Black Crowes @ The Riverside Theater

Nov. 7, 2009

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Rock ’n’ roll pioneers that are always ready for a party, The Black Crowes opened Saturday’s performance with a promise from lead singer Chris Robinson to take the crowd “on a rock ’n’ roll ride.” The veteran rockers brought his party-ready mentality to a packed and excited audience at the Riverside Theater.

With a diverse set mixing up ’90s hits such as “Sting Me,” Twice as Hard” and “Make Glad” with new material, The Black Crowes fired up the crowd with the easygoing and fun-loving spirit that pumped through their songs.

The band certainly feed off the crowd’s enthusiasm in return.  Robinson, wailing in his unmistakable, high-pitched voice, raised the microphone in triumph several times and did a little rock ’n’ roll dance as the band gelled. 

The band hit its stride in when it began stretching its sound, touching on the Americana, gospel and roots-accented sounds of their recent albums, like when Steve Gorman joined his band mates up front for a powerful performance of “Whoa Mule” (from last year’s excellent Warpaint.)

The show made it clear that The Black Crowes can jam with the best of them. Their rock ’n’ roll jams can rattle to a zenith or wander around in a somewhat moody, psychedelic state, often echoing the magnificent jams from classic rockers like The Allman Brothers. The crowd was into every moment, shaking along with the band.

Openers Truth and Salvage Co. opened the night with their own crowd-pleasing Americana-seasoned rock ’n’ roll tunes.

Photo: Chris Robinson, by Cj Foeckler 

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