Europe: part V

30 06 2014

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

After a quiet winter and spring, and a few warm up shows to get things rolling again, the Uptown Machine is ready to roll and we’re going big for Summer.  DoDivision and the Double Door were tons of fun, and now it’s time to get on a plane and show Europe what’s up.  JCBUS will be playing the Cognac Blues Passions Festival on July 4th, then making a quick run into Holland for our Dutch premiere at Conincx Pop Fest in Elsloo, NL.

For those keeping tabs at home, here’s our international touring check-off list; 8 down, only 187 more countries to go!

  1. USA – 08/07/07
  2. Canada – 07/16/10
  3. Spain – 09/16/10
  4. Italy – 10/04/11
  5. France – 05/02/13
  6. England – 10/17/13
  7. Belgium – 10/19/13
  8. Netherlands – 07/05/14

Here Comes the JCBUS/Escourt Tour

7 11 2013

Made it home safe & sound from Europe (love how our Spanish jaunts always end in the beautiful Basque region, but wasn’t thrilled about missing the memo on Euro daylight savings and getting to the Bilbao airport an hour earlier than we thought).  Now’s time to bring the funk to 8 lucky Midwest & East Coast towns with the mighty Escort crew, NY’s finest live disco extravaganza.  First show is next Friday in Ferndale, MI, a great room we haven’t played since 2012’s JJ Grey & Mofro tour.  In fact, we’re making it back to a couple of towns we don’t hit as often as we’d like, like Minneapolis and Boston.

Nov 15-18 Escort opens, JCBUS closes, Nov 20-23 JCBUS opens, Escort closes

Europe 2013

19 09 2013

Can’t believe that we’ll be touring Europe in less than one month.  After touring Spain and Italy in 2010 and 2011, we stayed Stateside in 2012 (in our defense, we did tour the States 3 times that year, that’s a lot of driving), but now we’re making up for it, since we had three incredible shows in France in May of this year.

Making our UK and Belgium debuts (London, Oxford, Leuven, Antwerp), returning to France (making our Paris debut), and finally making it back to Spain, an incredible country that has been so good to this band.

Check the dates, and please tell your European friends and family:

Not making it to Amsterdam yet, or returning to Barcelona, Valencia, or Vitoria-Gasteiz (Helldorado!) but absolutely thrilled to play Paris (we just had a day off there last time).  And then we have to hustle back to prep for November’s JCBUS/Escort co-headline tour!


JCBUS/Escort Tour

11 09 2013

JC- Escort Ad Matt

Thrilled to announce our co-headlining tour with the mighty ESCORT, NYC’s finest disco orchestra extravaganza, this November.  We got to hang with Adeline and the fellas at City Winery after they turned Taste of Randolph out back in June, and we’ve got a good feeling about this one.  We’ll close the Midwest shows, they’ll do the honors on the East Coast, and we’ll have some old friends popping up to DJ along the way.  Tickets go on sale this Friday September 13, you don’t want to miss these shows.

On Your Marks…

13 05 2013
BT in action, photo by Kev

BT in action, photo by Kev

THIS JUST IN: Paste Magazine is streaming HOWL in it’s entirety!

At long last, it’s time to start touring again.  SXSW, Colorado, New England, those were all wonderful little warm-ups for the HOWL tour, which starts Tuesday night in Rochester, NY.  We wind our way back to Chicago just in time for the release of the new record (out May 21 on Bloodshot Records, for those who haven’t been paying attention), and then things really get crazy.  California, East Coast, Firefly, Midwest, celebrations of Independence, festivals, ribs, summertime, fireworks, and an inevitable return to Europe.

cover shot by Clayton Hauck

cover shot by Clayton Hauck

Spring Tour 2013

8 03 2013


After being home for a solid 2 1/2 months, without more than one night away from our own beds (the longest stretch since September 2011, when the Want More tour started), it’s time to hit the road again.  We’ll warm it up with a crazy week in Austin for SXSW, but for the rest of y’all, here’s the dates, including our first shows in France.  C’mon out and say hello, we’ve got a bunch of new tunes from our forthcoming album “Howl” (out May 21 on Bloodshot Records)

Destination: Austin #SXSW

6 03 2013
bvChicago party @ Hotel California, SXSW 2012, photo courtesy of

bvChicago party @ Hotel California, SXSW 2012, photo courtesy of

Very excited to head south for our 2nd appearance at SXSW in Austin.  Last year was a blast, we played 10 shows in 6 days, and this year we’ve got 10 shows in 4 days.  Breakfast of champions (egg tacos + Shiner Bock) will be necessary to power through.

  1. Wed March 13 @ 3pm: Getty Images party
    Bourbon Girl, 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
  2. Wed March 13 @ 5:15pm:  Epitonic/bvChicago party
    Barbarella patio, 615 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
  3. Wed March 13 @ midnight: Bloodshot Records Official SXSW Showcase
    Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
  4. Thu March 14 @ 2:30pm: Pandora/Americana Music Assoc party
    Antone’s Porch Stage, Antone’s Porch Stage, 213 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
  5. Thu March 14 @ 5:30pm: Mighty Deadly/Chicago Mixtape/Wine From the Moon /AudioTree/Do312 party
    Papi Tino’s, 1306 E 6th St, Austin TX 78702
  6. Fri March 15 @ 11:30am: Rolling Stone Rock Room party
    La Zona Rosa, 612 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701
  7. Fri March 15 @ 4:40pm: Bloodshot Records/Lagunitas Brewing party
    Yard Dog Gallery, 1510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
  8. Fri March 15 @ 1am: JamBase SXSW showcase
    Tap Room @ Six, 311 Colorado St, Austin, Texas 78701
  9. Sat March 16 @ 2pm: KDHX party
    Broken Spoke, 3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
  10. Sat March 16 @ 5pm: MillerCoors Third Shift Amber Lager party
    Holy Mountain, 617 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
JCBUS @ Google/YouTube's Live from the Lot, SXSW 2012

JCBUS @ Google/YouTube’s Live from the Lot, SXSW 2012