JC Brooks sweats Soul, lives and breathes Soul, possesses more Soul in his little finger than the entire Republican party could manufacture for a Detroit photo op in front of the Motown house.
Just as importantly, Brooks and the Uptown Sound fold in healthy chunks of Garage Rock energy, smooth R&B style and frenetic Punk swagger, tapping into the best aspects of their Chicago roots, Detroit’s Rock and Soul heritage and Philly’s towering R&B/Soul tradition.
After just two albums, 2008’s indie Beat of Our Own Drum and their just-released debut for Bloodshot, Want More, JCBUS has become one of the most in-demand party bands in their native Chicago, opening for everyone from Robert Plant and local legend Buddy Guy to indie sensations like Fitz & the Tantrums, Peter Bjorn & John and Dismemberment Plan. They even cored a slot on Rahm Emanuel’s inaugural party in May after his successful mayoral run.
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound plays MOTR Friday with Buckra. Read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice here.