John Brown's Body

John Brown's Body

Annie in The Water

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Showcase Lounge

$14 advance | $16 day of show

This event is all ages

John Brown's Body
John Brown's Body
Together for two decades and hailed as Future roots, reggae, and dub with an intricately balanced weaving of vocals, percussion, keyboard, bass, guitar, and stunning 3-piece horn section that ties it all together (WRUV), John Brown’s Body (JBB) is building a legacy that has inspired and carved a path for the now thriving contemporary American reggae scene(Rudeboy Reggae). Formed in Ithaca, New York, in the mid 1990s, at a time when there wasn’t yet a far-reaching U.S. reggae scene, JBB was one of a small handful of U.S. reggae bands that began touring nationally. Since then, JBB has played an important role in helping define distinctly American reggae. JBB’s music is steeped in traditional vibes, but unapologetically incorporates elements from other genres. While most American reggae bands tackled typical reggae themes (such as religion and marijuana), JBB acted more like an indie band, writing songs that used the vocabulary of reggae to express their own experiences. Their unique approach resonated with the masses. The group’s 2008 full-length record, Amplify, hit #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, 2012’s JBB In Dub EP reached #1 on iTunes’ Reggae Chart, and in 2013Kings And Queens topped both Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts at #1. Today, JBB’s signature style has become the norm for U.S. reggae bands - and many in the genre admittedly point to John Brown’s Body as a key influence.Their eleventh studio release, Fireflies, comes out September 9th on Easy Star Records.
Annie in The Water
Annie in The Water
Beginning as a duo years ago, the band has evolved into the five-piece powerhouse that it is today. Members Brad Hester (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Michael Lashomb (lead guitar/vocals), Josh West (drums/percussion/vocals), JD Tolstoi (keyboards/organ/vocals), and Billy Comstock (bass/vocals) have been taking the east coast by sonic-storm together since last April, with performances at StrangeCreek, Disc Jam, ADK Independence Music Festival and the Frendly Gathering (among others), and the momentum is increasing.

The music is a groove-infused combination of rock, reggae, and funk, with a healthy dose of improvisation. Five strong personalities, five-part harmonies and conscious lyrics are an integral part of the band’s original sound. The group is a band of friends focused on bringing positive vibes and raising the vibration of any room or stage they play, and their heartfelt performances bring smiles and get the booties shaking. The fan base and family grows with each show, and no show is the same as the last.

Dedicated to building a platform that inspires growth, the band intends to evolve and raise consciousness while connecting the people of the world through music.
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/