Brother Jocephus offers a love revival in Greensburg

Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:00 AM Written by 
Here's a message from big-time music fan Tim Roolf about a show set for Greensburg tomorrow night. He sounds so excited about it that I just had to pass it along. If it's half as good as described, it should be great.
This Friday is what I’m already calling our sleeper act of the summer. Brother Jocephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra will be saving our musical souls at St. Clair Park in Greensburg. Brother J, a bonafide New Orleans institution, seems to have it all –  a hot band with horns and backup singers, along with a wild show that we expect to be both visually and aurally stimulating.  It could only be better if the concession stands sold crayfish and oysters.

The Robert Shaw Amphitheater in St. Clair Park is hands down the finest natural concert venue in Western Pennsylvania. Gene never pushes the PA, and there’re decent seats up front if you get there early. We’ll be in full concert mode for this one – lawn furniture, lots of food and libation, and an early arrival that’ll make sure were sufficiently sated and libated to receive the brother’s message. Let me know if you're planning to come and we'll try to make some space.  Hope to see you all there.

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra is a 12-piece explosion of righteousness that blends New Orleans party music, Soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping of jam-bandy Roots Rock and a righteous splash of good, upbeat Gospel without the religious overtones. (We like to call it secular gospel.)

In the group’s short history they have already made a big splash in the NYC music scene, sharing the stage with New Orleans stalwarts such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and Eric Lindell. They’ve sold out legendary venues such as the Highline Ballroom and BB King’s.

The Revolution began expanding into other regions in April 2009, playing 13 shows in 12 days during Jazz Fest in New Or- leans. Since then the group has performed in 10 states and developed a strong presence in several markets up and down the eastern seaboard. Many followers have attended recent Revivals in Vermont (Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Red Fox Inn), Boston (Harper’s Ferry), Long Island (Stephen Talkhouse, Great South Bay Festival), Philadelphia, Dewey Beach, Winston-Salem, Asheville (Bele Chere Festival), Atlanta (Smith’s Olde Bar), Birmingham and New Orleans (Blue Nile & Tipitina’s during VooDoo Fest).

Each BroJo tune has been meticulously arranged for the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra: The three-piece horn section (the Shepherds of the Wind), the gospel choir (the Voices of Reason), and the most righteous rhythm section (the Guardians of the Groove) lay it down for Brother Joscephus to sing about the pain, joy and wisdom that is in his heart.

The core group is twelve pieces, but the Revolution has been known to expand to over sixteen (adding members to the gos- pel choir, fiddle, mandolin and percussion) and plans are in the works to incorporate an entire orchestra to back up the 12- piece core.

A Love Revival with Brother Joscephus is more than just excellent original live music. BroJo is also all about the spectacle and pageantry -it’s a life changing EXPERIENCE! The orchestra is decked out in their finest whites (accented with the appro- priate gold, purple and green of Mardi Gras). They break out parasols, start each set with a parade through the audience and throw out hundreds of Mardi Gras beads over the course of a show. When the parade starts grooving the crowd can’t help but have a good time. It’s undeniable!!

Brother Joscephus’ message is one of righteousness: spread as much love as possible around, regardless of your individual beliefs, race, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation or whatever it is you’re into. Long as you’re not hurting anyone, BroJo has much love for you and encourages you to fill the space with whatever love you got. That’s what the Love Revival Revolution is all about.

Here's a video sampler. And thanks, Tim.

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