John Brown's Body
John Brown’s Body

BOULDER, Colo. –

It’s Thursday and the start of the weekend.

That’s reason enough to catch shows by John Brown’s Body and Martin Sexton

John Brown’s Body

John Brown’s Body makes regular visits to the Fox Theatre. That’s because locals love the band’s blend of traditional reggae rhythms and modern sounds.

“We’ve been together for 12 years, but we’ve gone through some pretty notable band changes in the past few years,” founding drummer Tony Benedetti said. “We had some great players, so felt we had to continue on. The core of the band was in place.

“Now our music’s more focused. We build on reggae music of the’70s and’80s, but we’ve developed a more cutting-edge angle on it. We’ve added a lot of textures and sounds.”

In fact, Benedetti says the band’s music is now “on the cusp of cutting-edge reggae.”

“We’re primarily a roots and reggae band these days,” Benedetti said. “We’re breaking down all the musical walls. We call what we play ‘future roots music.'”

Benedetti attributes the new John Brown’s Body sound to the band’s affinity for modern musical acts such as Radiohead and Medeski, Martin and Wood.

John Brown’s Body currently is touring behind its latest CD, Re-Amplify.

Aussie roots-reggae band Blue King Brown opens Thursday night’s show.

Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton is flying solo these days.

The singer-songwriter is making the last round of dates in support of his CD/DVD Solo, and he’ll be hitting the Boulder Theater on Thursday.

“I put out a solo record, because my fans said they wanted to see me solo,” Sexton said. “I thought this live record would make a nice bridge between my last studio record, Seeds, and the new one.

“I put some fun covers like ‘Purple Rain’ on Solo. There’s also bonus DVD tracks that were recorded at last summer’s Mile High Music Festival.”

Sexton says he’s highly motivated by deadlines, so he’s already planning songs for his next CD.

“I’m already starting to write a new batch of songs for the new record,” Sexton said. “I feel like I’ve really woken up over the past few years and my music’s been influenced by enlightened books and movies.

“I do believe there’s hope and light at the end of it all. I want my music to inspire someone from Wall Street to become a forest ranger. I like to inspire the spirit of disobedience.”

Sexton’s fans can also check out the musician’s songs on TV. The singer-songwriter’s tunes can be heard on the Showtime series “Brotherhood.”

Chris Trapper opens Thursday night’s show.

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