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The Westcott Neighborhood of Syracuse, NY

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Wednesday April 20 2016
7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$15 – $20

John Brown’s Body w/ Baked Potatoes

Hosted by: John Brown’s Body

John Brown’s Body
Baked Potatoes (Album Release Show)
The Westcott Theater
Syracuse, NY

Ages: All
Tickets: $15 adv / $20 dos
Ticket Link: On sale Friday, 2/5 10am Local Time


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.


Baked Potatoes is a 6 piece Oneonta, NY based reggae/rock band who love to put smiles on peoples faces. Having completed various Northeast runs and a tour down to Florida with Samurai Pizza Cats, Baked Potatoes are gearing up for the release of their debut full length album entitled ‘Loaded’ which will be available on 4|20|16. Come out early to hear The Potatoes new songs and fun jams. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite band.