April 4, 2014 · 8:00pm

$5 at the door

Big Red


“Everyone talks about the rock these days,” Keith Richards famously said in a mid-’90s interview. “The problem is, they forget about the roll.”

The roll Richards was referring to – that bluesy, funky, rollicking fire that roared underneath the rootsy rock of the Stones, The Band and the Allman Brothers – hasn’t been seen in Lancaster for some time, at least not since Big Red took its final bow in 1979.

The story picks up again in the fall of 2005, when four of the group’s original members found themselves at the same jam session in a barn down in Conestoga. After a little coaxing, they took the stage together for the first time in over 25 years, just to see what would happen. The roll was back, that unmistakable, unfake-able fire.