John Brown’s Body bringing progressive reggae to Vail
VAIL, Colorado – Progressive reggae band John Brown’s Body performs at the Sandbar in West Vail on April 10. The band just completed a 16-show run in the U.K. in October, followed by a two-week New Zealand tour ending mid-November. The octet kicked off 2010 performing aboard Jam Cruise, a five-day floating music festival in the Caribbean. Coinciding with these tours was the international release of John Brown’s Body’s most recent studio album, “Amplify,” in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. “Amplify” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart in the U.S., and made iTunes’ “Best of 2008” list. As a bonus, buyers of “Amplify” in all formats will get most of the tracks from the remix EP released earlier in 2009, “Re-Amplify,” including tracks produced by Australian urban roots Blue King Brown, U.K. remixer Wrongtom, U.K. artist/producer GoldieLocks and Juno Award-nominated Canadian producer Dubmatix.John Brown’s Body has gone through significant changes since the release of 2005’s “Pressure Points.” Lead singer Elliot Martin underwent throat surgery, several longtime band members departed and the band dealt with the death of bassist Scott Palmer. Palmer lost his battle with cancer in 2006, only six months after his diagnosis. Emerging from these changes, the band’s current line-up is a more experimental outfit than ever before.John Brown’s Body is Elliot Martin on lead vocals, Tommy Benedetti on drums, Nate Edgar on bass, Matthew “Kofi” Goodwin on Hammond B3, clavinet, synths, Mike Keenan on guitar, Scott Flynn on trombone, Drew Sayers on saxophone and Sam Dechenneon trumpet.
What: John Brown’s BodyWhere: Sandbar, West VailWhen: 9 p.m., April 10Cost: $15More information: http://www.sandbarvail.com, 970-476-4314