Warm Up a Cold Weekend in January with the Award-Winning Progressive Island Sounds of John Brown’s Body: January 21st, Friday@ 8:00 p.m.
Listen to John Brown’s Body.
I was very glad to see the posting for this upcoming show at the infamous House of Blues, as several members of John Brown’s Body are also members of Dub Apoclaypse, recent winners of the most coveted Boston Music Award for Best International Artist of the Year. (See my previous post) This band is a huge local favorite, which should come as no surprise since their latest original release “Amplify” debuted at #1 on the Billboard reggae charts, #10 on the CMJ world music charts, and also made iTunes’ list of top 10 reggae albums of 2008. The band labels their music as “Future Roots Reggae”. And a well-deserved label it is, as John Brown’s Body is considered to be one of the most successful progressive-style reggae bands in the entire world. The musical formula responsible for their success consists of an artful blending of a rather large number of other genres with reggae rhythms including dub, dubstep, hip-hop, electronica, funk, and ska. Add to that the lyrical melodies of lead vocalist/composer Elliot Martin, a trademark of his for which he is very well-known, and some rather unique instrumentation within the band and you have one top-notch, cutting-edge reggae sound with a magnificent stage presence to boot. It is refreshing to note, however, that the band has not lost its distinctively roots reggae character, in spite of it all. Their music, unique as it is, still screams reggae, loud and clear! John Brown’s Body’s current membership includes: Elliot Martin, co-founder (lead vocals), Tommy Benedetti, co-founder (drums), Mike Keenan (guitar), Scott Flynn (trombone), Sam Dechenne (trumpet), Drew Seyers (saxophone), Nate Edgar (bass), Matthew “Kofi” Goodwin (organ), with Jason “Jocko” Randall (sound engineer). The band has begun to tour internationally in earnest, having made stops in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Canada in the spring of this past year.
Also appearing in the show will be Spiritual Rez and Zion Train, along with djs Mister Rourke and Axel Foley. If you come hungry, you can catch dinner before the performance. Check out the menu here. Let John Brown’s Body be your host for an evening of reggae fusion at its very best!
When: January 21st, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Where: House of Blues (Kenmore Square)
Tickets: Standing room only
$20.00 (Advance) / $22.00 (At the door)
More Info: 888-693-BLUE (2583)