State Theatre Presents Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on June 17, 2014

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Two of the most electrifying guitarists, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Randolph, join forces for one explosive night at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on June 17.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

State Theatre presents Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. WDHA is the media sponsor for this event. Tickets range from $30-60.

Blues-infused rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s songs include “Blue on Black,” “Never Lookin’ Back,” “Cryin’ Shame,” and “Show Me The Way Back Home.” KWS Band members include Noah Hunt (lead vocals), Chris Layton (drums), Tony Franklin (bass), and Riley Osbourn (B3 and keyboards).

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide, received five Grammy® nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and two Blues Music Awards. He has had six No. 1 blues albums and a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles. He is widely considered to be one of the best blues/rock guitarists alive, and in 2008, Fender released the guitar that Kenny designed—the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster. His latest record, Goin’ Home, released on May 19, 2014.

Recorded in a mere 11 days, Goin’ Home finds Shepherd revisiting a dozen of the vintage classics by B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, and more that first ignited his love of the blues and inspired him to play guitar. Lending a hand on the project are several talented friends who shared Shepherd’s enthusiasm for this back-to-basics concept: fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph, longtime friend Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson, The Rebirth Brass Band, and one of Shepherd’s musical mentors, Pastor Brady Blade Sr.

Named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Robert Randolph’s music is a distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues. Randolph & The Family Band hit the ground running in early 2014 in support of their acclaimed new album, Lickety Split. President of Blue Note Records, Don Was, says that 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.”

Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates, unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

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