John Brown’s Body at the Tralf
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • April 06, 2011 @ 10:38am
It’s tough to find good reggae music—Ziggy Marley bounced to Buffalo last summer, but even the reggae icon’s son has fallen under scrutiny for deserting reggae roots. Pseudo-reggae Ozomatli visits Thursday at the Square on a regular basis—and they’re good—but nevertheless, the opportunities are few. So, where do you go to latch on to quality reggae?
John Brown’s Body, a progressive Boston reggae band that describes itself as “Future Roots Music,” is scheduled for Tralf Music Hall on April 23rd (8 p.m. show; $14 presale, $16 day of). Although JBB incorporates elements of dub, dubstep, electronic, funk, ska and hip-hop into its music, traditional reggae roots haven’t been totally abandoned.
“If it is possible to be both reverent and revolutionary, JBB has found a way with their new album,” The New York Daily News wrote about “Pressure Points,” one of the group’s older albums (2005).
Plus, you can give your friends a steely smirk when you tell them, “Oh, I’m going to check out John Brown’s Body.”