Back on December 2nd, The Westcott Theater in Syracuse hosted a great cross section representation of what Central New York has to offer for home grown original talent. John Brown’s Body started their national reggae takeover right here in Ithaca. Thunderbody started doing their thing years back in Rochester. The Barroom Philosophers are the reggae/rock/soul/funk/blues outfit that is one of the hottest things to come out of Syracuse right now.
The Barroom Philosophers opened the show. They are one of the hottest bands around Syracuse right now. One minute into any set and it becomes easy to see why. These guys rock, their catchy as hell, and they write great songs. Barroom Philosophers was first. Many hadn’t arrived yet and the house was not packed at this point, yet every person in the room was 110% engaged in what they were doing and they new every word to every song, cover song and original alike. This is a testament to how good they are, considering their debut album is still months away from being released. Keep watching their Facebook page and website for an early 2017 release. In the meantime, catch them on January 7th when they headline Funk n’ Waffles downtown Syracuse.
Thunderbody are a 10 piece roots reggae jam band including horn section from Rochester. They were a perfect bridging point from Barroom Philosophers to John Brown’s Body. They are another band with a unique sound and style that keeps you engaged. They can be easiest found every Wednesday night, playing at Flour City Station’s Medicine Wednesdays in Rochester.
Headliners, John Brown’s Body have niched out some legendary reggae status since they started in Ithaca over 20 years ago. Their last 3 records hit #1 on Billboard’s reggae charts. They’ve commanded stages nationwide as big as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and smaller ones than that of the Westcott Theater. Their performance in Syracuse showcased their new album Fireflies and December 2nd they were on fire!
John Brown’s Body has a second singer with one AMAZING voice! I love me some good horns and the horn sections of the whole night were on point. Especially JBB’s 3 piece horns! They add a New Orleans edge to the reggae funk feel and can quickly get the energy up in a live environment.
Can’t get enough of John Brown’s Body? Join them New Year’s Eve in Rochester at Anthology and again on January 21 for a hometown throw down at the Haunt in Ithaca.
Authored with incite from Tom Fuzia thank you!
All photos: Tom Fuzia