The Story 

Brooklyn-based Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution bring their foot-stomping gumbo of roots rock, old school soul, New Orleans funk and feel-good secular gospel to the Jersey shore in a return visit to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Led by acoustic guitarist-singer and animated frontman Brother Joscephus (aka David Mendelsohn) and his eccentric cohort, keyboardist-conductor The Right Reverend Dean Dawg (aka Dean Fransen), the Love Revolution delivers with revival meeting zeal and a love-infused concept in their one-of-a-kind high-energy show. Come join the BroJo Nation! 

The Sound 

This eclectic bunch might second-line to the stage with a brass band version of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” and once they hit the bandstand the party begins. From funky throwdowns like “Shine On” to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hoodoo classic “Born on the Bayou” to the N’awlins anthem “Bon Temps Roulez,” the sanctified “A Child Shall Lead” and a truly wonderful rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” this theatrical ensemble never fails to put the ‘fun’ in funk and keep bodies moving on the dance floor. 

Michael Kline