January 20, 2013 by Jay Minkin
There’s been a lot of stuff that crosses my desk as of late. Some things get placed on the back burner and some are more immediate in nature. When I was approached to do a story on Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, who is scheduled to play The Beachland Ballroom on Friday January 25th, I was intrigued not only by their name, but also the style of music.
Oh my lord, this large twelve piece ensemble is one big pot of gumbo. There is some old school soul funk blended with New Orleans Dixieland rhythms, Gospel, R&B, and a dash of rock ‘n roll jam party band. The two main visionaries of this musical stage explosion are Brooklyn, New York’s Brother Joscephus on lead vocals and acoustic guitar and his eccentric cohort The Right Reverend Dean Dawg on piano, organ, glockenspiel, and trumpet. Brother Joscephus combines all this with a message of righteousness, urging us towards acceptance and loving one another. When you combine the music and the message with a one-of-a-kind, high-energy stage spectacle, you got yourself one hell of a revolution on your hands.
The Cleveland show will feature songs from a brand new studio album Revolution of Love which is slated for a spring 2013 release. Each 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 touring group is twelve pieces, but the Revolution been known to expand to over sixteen (adding additional members to the gospel choir, mandolin, percussion, etc.) and can also play a stripped-down version with as little as four brothers and sisters of the Revolution. The band’s first self-titled record came out in 2009 with a follow-up Live at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 in which the band topped out at 23 players during the recording.
But a Brother Joscephus show is more than just the music as there is also an emphasis on spectacle and pageantry. The band is decked out in their finest whites accented with the appropriate colors of gold, purple and green. No doubt that they will break out into a second line parade through the audience. Winners of the 2011 Independent Music Awards “Best Live Performance”, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution are totally on a mission.
So if you’re in the mood for an early Mardi Gras celebration, put on your best threads with some comfortable dancing shoes and head on over to The Beachland for a very fun performance. You can thank me afterwards … 😉