John Brown's Body Announces Spring Tour

Article Contributed by Press Junkie PR | Published on Monday, April 4, 2016

John Brown’s Body (JBB) is one of the pioneers of the American reggae scene known for explosive live shows and critically acclaimed recordings.  On its upcoming Spring tour, John Brown’s Body will debut songs from their upcoming full length release Fireflies (Easy Star Records), due out fall 2016, while also tapping into its deep archive of hits spanning the last 20 years, including songs from the Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae chart topper, Kings and Queens, as well as its dub counterpart Kings and Queens in Dub.
Celebrating 20 years as a band, JBB is in its strongest incarnation yet, performing its legendary Future Roots sound that has helped to define the entire American reggae scene.  The band was one of the first U.S. reggae bands to tour nationally, helping to convert the U.S. scene from regional to country-wide. Several notable bands in the current U.S. reggae community, from Rebelution to Passafire, SOJA to The Movement, have pointed to JBB as a key spur in their own development. Through conscious lyrics backed by strong drum and bass and reinforced by triumphant 3 part horns, John Brown’s Body is on tour this spring doing what they do best - spreading its positive future roots reggae to the masses.
JBB will be supported by many talented acts such as People’s Champs; Former JBB alum Alex Asher; Asheville-based steel drum phenom Jonathan Scales Fourchestra; and 10-piece afro-beat funksters Big Mean Sound Machine.
JBB’s current lineup consists of founding members Elliot Martin (lead vocals) & Tommy Benedetti (drums) alongside Jay Spaker (guitar), Jon Petronzio (keys), Dan Africano (bass), Sam Dechenne (trumpet), TJ Shaper (trombone) & Mike Vitale (saxophone).
Fireflies, due early this fall on Easy Star Records, features a sound heavily influenced by pioneering early dancehall bands such as the Roots Radics. It includes a number of songs the band has been performing live, such as “Pure Fire” and “Badman,” and features plenty of songwriting collaboration between Martin and Spaker.
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April 06th – Buffalo, NY - Iron Works
April 07th – Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
April 08th – Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar
April 20th – Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
April 21st – Washington, DC - Gypsy Sally’s
April 22nd – Baltimore, MD - The 8x10
April 23rd – Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
April 28th – Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
April 29th – Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
April 30th – Asheville, NC - New Mountain Theatre
May 01st – Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
May 05th – Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House
May 06th – Athens, GA - Live Wire Athens
May 07th – Orlando, FL - Reggae On The Block
May 26th-28th – Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Music Festival 2016
May 29th – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewing Co.
June 18th – Boston, MA - JBB’s Rock On! Concert Cruise
July 30th – Haines, AK - Southeast Alaska State Fair