Robin tRower plays the Lobero Theatre (May 17, 2017)
Paul Wellman

On Wednesday night at the Lobero Theatre, Robin Trower’s power trio — which included Richard Watts on bass and vocals and Chris Taggart on drums — rallied the guitarist’s longtime fans with an impressively sold-out show. Trower has attributed his musical inspiration to both Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, and both genres — rock and funk — were present in his technique. The opening number, “Too Rolling Stoned,” set the tone for a nostalgia-fueled set that was invigorating and soothing by turns, and made up of equal parts psychedelia and blues.

Trower’s 10-minute solos and various “guitar faces” resonated with the predominantly baby-boomer audience, which gave standing ovations after each number and, in the case of an inspired few, rose from their seats to dance in front of the stage. Fans who chose to remain seated expressed their enthusiasm by head-banging and/or making the familiar universal hand signal for “rock on.”

Although Trower, who has been around since the 1960s, is still producing good new records such as 2017’s Time and Emotion, his set at the Lobero was filled with throwback hits, such as the ever-popular acid guitar track “Bridge of Sighs” and “Daydream,” a song built on slower, more tuneful riffs. Dressed in street clothes and flooded with simple lighting, Trower gave a live performance that evoked an experience that was grounded purely in his sound and presence.


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