Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Brother Josepheus @ Brooklyn Bowl 11/29/12

It was a lot of fun and a great band.  It's about 9 pieces including vocalists.  I especially like it when they get funky.  I had a great time and it was good to get down.

The listing:

Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra is a
12-piece explosion of righteousness that blends New Orleans party
music, Soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping
of jam-bandy Roots Rock and a righteous splash of good, upbeat Gospel
without the religious overtones (We like to call it secular gospel).

In the group’s short history they have already made a big splash in
the NYC music scene, sharing the stage with New Orleans stalwarts such
as the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Dirty Dozen Brass Band,
Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars
and Eric Lindell. They’ve sold out legendary venues such as the
Highline Ballroom and BB King’s.

The Revolution began expanding into other regions in April, 2009
playing 13 shows in 12 days during Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Since
then the group has performed in 10 states and developed a strong
presence in several markets up and down the eastern seaboard. Many
followers have attended recent Revivals in Vermont (Burlington
Discover Jazz Festival, Red Fox Inn), Boston (Harper’s Ferry), Long
Island (Stephen Talkhouse, Great South Bay Festival), Philadelphia,
Dewey Beach, Winston-Salem, Asheville (Bele Chere Festival), Atlanta
(Smith’s Olde Bar), Birmingham and New Orleans (Blue Nile & Tipitina’s
during VooDoo Fest).

Each BroJo tune has been meticulously arranged for the Love Revival
Revolution Orchestra: The three-piece horn section (the Shepherds of
the Wind), the gospel choir (the Voices of Reason), and the most
righteous rhythm section (the Guardians of the Groove) lay it down for
Brother Joscephus to sing about the pain, joy and wisdom that is in
his heart.

The core group is twelve pieces, but the Revolution has been known to
expand to over sixteen (adding members to the gospel choir, fiddle,
mandolin and percussion) and plans are in the works to incorporate an
entire orchestra to back up the 12-piece core.

A Love Revival with Brother Joscephus is more than just excellent
original live music. BroJo is also all about the spectacle and
pageantry - it’s a life changing EXPERIENCE! The orchestra is decked
out in their finest whites (accented with the appropriate gold, purple
and green of Mardi Gras). They break out parasols, start each set with
a parade through the audience and throw out hundreds of Mardi Gras
beads over the course of a show. When the parade starts grooving the
crowd can't help but have a good time. It's undeniable!!

Brother Joscephus' message is one of righteousness: spread as much
love as possible around, regardless of your individual beliefs, race,
age, gender, sex, sexual orientation or whatever it is you're into.
Long as you're not hurting anyone, BroJo has much love for you and
encourages you to fill the space with whatever love you got. That's
what the Love Revival Revolution is all about.

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