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Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the National


While its population count keeps it from ranking as one of the most dangerous cities in the country, Irvington, N.J., is still considered by statisticians a rough place to grow up. As someone who was actually able to come out with a strong and optimistic perspective, funk and soul artist Robert Randolph is an exception to the rule. Known for his sacred-steel pedal guitar playing, Randolph and his Family Band find a way to bring church to the masses through lively gospel-infused concerts that encourage constant dancing. Catch them at the National on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. $20-$23. 612-1900. — Alexander Chang

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