Robert Plant shape-shifts into a rootsy groove
BY JEFF ELBEL July 10, 2013 8:04PM
& THE Sensational Space Shifters
With special guests
The Lone Bellow
◆ 5:30 p.m. Friday
◆ Petrillo Music Shell
◆ Pavilion sold out; lawn space only
Updated: August 12, 2013 11:48AM
Robert Plant will always be remembered as the “golden god” who fronted foundational British rockers Led Zeppelin. His solo records also produced several hits during the ’80s, including “Big Log,” “Little by Little” and “Tall Cool One.” In recent years, Plant’s career has developed a remarkable third act while he doggedly pursued his muse in surprising new directions.
Plant took lengthy excursions through Americana and roots music on his album “Raising Sand” (2007) with Alison Krauss and “Band of Joy” (2010) with Buddy Miller. Now, Plant is rocking again with his group the Sensational Space Shifters. Without an emphasis on rustic folk harmonies in his set, expect to hear Plant’s “big” voice Friday during his Taste of Chicago gig Friday.
The Sensational Space Shifters carry Plant into territory first explored on his “Dreamland” and “Mighty ReArranger” albums, as this band draws upon a range of range of styles from psychedelia to world music.
Jeff Elbel is a locally based free-lance contributor.