Smaller venue has Chris Robinson Brotherhood up close and personal

Show set for Sky City on Oct. 23

See the Chris Robinson Brotherhood performing at The Beale Street Music Festival in May in Memphis, Tenn.
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 Chris Robinson played a major role in the success of Atlanta’s the Black Crowes, one of the breakout bands of the 1990s.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood brings its California brand of Georgia soul to Sky City for a show Oct. 23. Robinson should be familiar to fans of The Black Crowes.  ALISSA ANDERSON/SPECIAL
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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood brings its California brand of Georgia soul to Sky City for a show Oct. 23. Robinson should be familiar to fans of The Black Crowes.

The singer now leads the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which is known for its eclectic mix of what the band describes as “chooglin soul” and “fresh rock.”

The group’s Georgia roots shine through brilliantly, thanks to the Marietta-born Robinson.

The band will bring its California brand of Georgia soul to Augusta’s Sky City on Oct. 23.

Coco Rubio, a local promoter and the owner of Sky City, says the group’s Augusta debut could be a special night for the area’s music enthusiasts.

“Importantly, this will provide Black Crowe fans with a rare opportunity to see Chris up-front and close in a smaller setting,” Rubio said. “The band intentionally wanted to tour smaller venues instead of the larger settings they’ve worked in the past. There’s no opening act and the band will play three straight hours.”

The show will start at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7. Tickets are $16 advance or $20 at the door. Rubio said he’s being assisted by Steve Hall, an Atlanta promoter. Ticket sales are robust, Rubio said, though tickets are still available.

“The band opted for an earlier start time to give their fans a chance to see the entire show and still be able to leave at about 11 p.m.,” Rubio said.

Other shows at Sky City can start as late as 11 p.m., he said.

The quintet released two albums this year: Big Moon Ritual in June and The Magic Door last month. The latter features a cover of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters’ 1960 classic, Let’s Go, Go, Go (Thrill on The Hill).

The band consists of Robinson on lead vocals and guitar, Neal Casal on guitar and vocals, Adam MacDougall on keys and vocals, George Sluppick on drums and Mark Dutton on bass and vocals.

As the lead singer of the Black Crowes, Chris Robinson and guitar-playing brother Rich Robinson earned international acclaim with their cover of the Otis Redding classic Hard to Handle in 1991.

Rubio describes the group’s sound as a mix of gritty blues coupled with soulful rock and a touch of Athens’ R.E.M.

“Should be a great show and good night for everyone,” he said.

LIVE MUSIC

WHO: Chris Robinson Brotherhood

WHEN: Oct. 23; doors 7 p.m.; show 8 p.m.

WHERE: Sky City, 1157 Broad St.

COST: $16 advance; $20 at the door; (706) 993-7545

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