John Brown's Body / People's Champs / Tobler

  • Fête Music Hall

Fête and The Bowery Presents

John Brown's Body

with People's Champs & Tobler

Friday, March 25th

Fête Ballroom
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: ADV $15 • DOS $17
All Ages



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John Brown's Body

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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 2013 Kings 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.





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People's Champs

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People’s Champs play music for the mind, body and soul. Enamored and obsessed with roots dance music from all over the world, they mix jazz, hip-hop, rock and soul from the USA, Latin America and Africa to create new hybrids. The result is a passionate sound that will move you. Literally. Led by trombonist/vocalist Alex Asher, People’s Champs feature some of New York’s top musicians, who also perform regularly with Baja and Dry Eye Crew, Slavic Soul Party!, Meta and the Cornerstones, The Superpowers, Baye Kouyate, Jo Jo Kuo and his Afrobeat Collective, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Larkin Grimm, The Rex Complex, Cuddle Magic, Afrodesia, Nation Beat and many others.





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Tobler

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Joe Resten- Bass

Cory Ryan- Drums

Dave "Red" Hobson- Lead Guitar

Jack Vignone- Guitar

Matt Dolliver- Sax