John Brown's Body w/ Stick Figure and Rastasaurus
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
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 together͟ (WRUV), John Brown’s Body (JBB) is building ͞a legacy that has inspired and carved a path for the now thriving contemporary American reggae scene͟(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.
Launched in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Stick Figure showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff. Stick Figure’s music has a unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. Often referred to as the “one man band,” Scott single-handedly created 4 full length albums from 2006-2012 (a fifth album, “Reprise Sessions,” was recorded with a full band and released in 2010), and has sold over 50,000 albums worldwide. Each of Stick Figure’s songs are created by recording instruments individually, layering tracks on top of one another in unison. During the summer of 2009, Scott moved from East to West Coast, laying down roots in California, where he currently resides. In June of 2012, he released his most recent album, “Burial Ground,” arguably Stick Figure’s most extraordinary work to date. After hitting #1 on both iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts, Scott decided to bring the music to the people, putting together a live band and heading out on the road. The current lineup adds the creative, musical talents of Kevin Bong (Keyboards), Kevin Offitzer (Drums) and Tommy Suliman (Bass).
In the Fall of 2012, Stick Figure embarked on their first ever tour, linking up with The Green and performing 18 shows along the East Coast. Their debut tour ignited flames under both the band and dedicated fans who’ve been patiently waiting to hear Woodruff’s music live. Stick Figure has since toured the nation twice with San Diego natives Tribal Seeds, and also headlined their own national tour in the Spring of 2013, boasting numerous sold out dates. Stick Figure has toured extensively with other groups such as Passafire, Collie Buddz and Rebelution. In the summer of 2014 they released their hit single, “Smokin’ Love” featuring Collie Buddz. They also released the re-worked version of their classic, “Livin’ It.” This year they are gearing up for a tour with Iration that is set to hit 30 different cities spanning across the whole country. With 5 full-length albums and a top-notch live performance, the Stick Figure sound has been elevated to new heights and is sure to leave you craving more.
Rastasaurus was uncovered in the concrete jungles of Denver, Colorado, where they’ve been building an enthusiastic following around their new reggae sound. Centered around the prolific songwriting of Justus Lacewell (vocals, guitar), Rastasaurus also includes lifelong musical pals and identical twin brothers Eric (lead guitar) and Mark Ciccone (bass). The thick, psychedelic grooves of Ryan Kerr (keyboards) and the smooth, funky rhythms of Nick Souder (drums) round out the quintet.
With their original songs featuring an infusion of reggae with elements of funk, rock and roll, improvised jamming and dub, Rastasaurus is constantly exploring and expanding its own unique blend of American reggae.
$20 Day Of Show
Tickets Available at the Door
$1 PER TICKET WILL BE DONATED TO COLORADO FLOOD RELIEF
The John Brown's Body show at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom will aid in Colorado flood relief. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Foothills United Way to benefit the Foothills Flood Relief Fund.
In addition, a portion of proceeds from all JBB merchandise sales in Colorado this week will be donated.
To make a donation directly, click HERE.
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