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Robert Randolph and the Family Band will play at the 14th annual Double Decker Arts Festival, which will be held on the Courthouse Square on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

"We are really excited about this year’s line-up," says Mary-Kathryn Milner, festival coordinator, "We work to provide a line-up that is diverse and has a wide appeal, and I certainly think this year will be no exception to that.”

Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s concerts are known for their lively stage performance. The group’s sound is inspired by successful 1970s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. The band uses a blend of music genres from guitar-driven rock to sanctified soul. Randolph and the Family Band are known to be a fierce live band through their rock and roll energy and their righteous funk sound.

Frontman Robert Randolph was listed as #97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in September 2003. The band members are Marcus Randolph, on drums, Danyel Morgan, bass and vocals, and Jason Crosby, on Hammond organ and piano.  The Family Band has opened for Dave Matthews Band for shows on their 2002-2007 tours. Robert Randolph & the Family Band opened for Eric Clapton and was 1 of 4 featured artists on the Music Builds Tour.

The first Robert Randolph & the Family Band album, Live at the Wetlands, was recorded live in 2002.  Unclassified was their studio debut album released in August 2003.The last album, Colorblind, was released October 2006.The song "Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That" was used in The Game Plan, Grey’s Anatomy, Stomp the Yard, Discovery Channel and many commercials for NBC. The track "Thrill of It" made appearances in Saturday Night Football and NBA Live 07.

Other musical performers that will be joining Randolph and the Family Band at the festival include Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, George McConnell, Charlie Mars, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Kenny Brown, and many more.

The Oxford Double Decker Arts Festival brings together visitors and residents for a daylong celebration of music, food, and the arts.  The festival gets its name from the town’s authentic double decker bus imported from England in 1994.   Attendees enjoy a rich variety of vendors including potters, glass craftsmen, woodworkers, painters, and various other artists, all selected by a jury put together by the Yokanpatawpha Arts Council.  A "Taste of Oxford" food court will feature a mouth-watering sampling of culinary treats form local restaurateurs. 

Sponsors of the Fourteenth Annual Double Decker Arts Festival include AT&T, Budweiser, Bryon and Kristy Cohron, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, Downtown Oxford Inn and Suites, Magnolia Rental, Malco, Oxford Insurance Agency, Panola Paper Company, Square Books, and Zerk Wilson Golf Carts.

For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, check out our website www.doubledeckerfestival.com

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