A “brotherhood” is a community of people linked by a common interest, which perfectly describes the scene I was a part of 11/16 at Fine Line Music Café in downtown Minneapolis. Although having a well-established front man certainly created curiosity about the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, there is a sound, a groove, an emotion that this damn good band brought to life that has built the CRB culture over the past five years.

Touring in support of new album “Barefoot In The Head” seems to have freshened up the energy that was exchanged Thursday night and the crowd was fully on-board. Chris Robinson was in good vocal form and appeared to be having fun interacting with his fellow bandmates and the active listeners out in front of him. Lead guitarist Neal Casal was on his game as always and has certainly become a fan favorite. The psychedelic sounds generated by keyboardist Adam MacDougall ended up being a standout for me and really played an important role in the overall mix for this show.

The band did a nice job of taking their time over the course of 2 sets that contained a great deal of music, which the crowd seemed to really appreciate. It also helped that the room sounded very good all night and provided a fun environment for this community to meet-up and share what has become a common interest for them all.

Photos and review by Patrick Dunn