In The Heights

In The Heights National Tour 

Its been way too long since my last update but I’ve been busy!

I’m currently on tour with In The Heights, a Tony Award Winning Musical that combines salsa, hiphop, and r&b sounds to portray an incredible story that takes place in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The musicians, singers, dancers, and tech crew are all incredibly talented folks. Check it out when it’s in your city!

The new JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound record Want More was also just released under Bloodshot Records last week.  I am honored to have recorded horns on it with Chris Neal, Gerald Bailey, and Nate Lepine. The following review gives a nice shout-out to the horn section…

“Frontman Brooks brings genuine heat to his role as sweat-soaked soul shouter, especially on the maximum R&B of “Sister Ray Charles” and the strutting title track, which sounds like the MC5 jamming with Otis Redding’s horn section.”-– New York Metromix

JCBUS is currently on tour out west for the first time so make sure you stop by. No one puts on a better show! And you will dance! Check out their new video at AP Press.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound’s Everything Will Be Fine

And If your in Chicago tonight check out Black Bear Combo opening for Omar Souleyman at the Empty Bottle! Chicago Reader Music Pick of the week!

And finally, Drastics show coming in December and a LowDown Brass Band Christmas Record…stay tuned for some holiday madness!


Black Bear Combo Record on the way! And some good music this weekend!

The Up-Beat Machine at Burrows Studio and Black Bear Headquarters!

The BBC is working on new tracks! Beware of the song in “24”.

Upcoming Shows This Weekend:

Friday September 16

Black Bear Combo-Subterranean-10PM

Monthly Balkan Dance Invasion

Saturday September 17

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound performs in Uptown!

Chase Park, 4701 N AshlandTomorrow Saturday September 17 at 8PM! And its Free!

Sunday September 18

Black Bear Combo-Lincoln Hall-8PM-World Music Fest

The BBC is opening for Yuri Yunakov!

Chicago Reader Write-up for the Show!