An intoxicating spirit of roots-rock and soul best describes the sound of Jubeus, an innovative quintet at the forefront of a new musical movement and their mark will certainly be left.
Basing most of their compositions around Jason Masi’s singer/songwriter approach, Mike Jarvis (bass), Seth Thomas (guitar), Eric Jack (drums) and Brian Reed (keyboards, tin whistle, percussion, didgeridoo) display a unique ability to blend various styles including Latin, Celtic, folk, funk and reggae into contemporary pop rock tunes. While parallels have been drawn between acts such as Rusted Root, Maroon 5 and Carbon Leaf, Jubeus provides audiences with a life and pulse unmistakably their own.
Originally forming as a college band in Farmville at Longwood University in 2001, Jubeus has continued to build a dedicated fan base by performing over 150 shows a year along the east coast from their current home base in Richmond VA.
Their first album Two Tone Circles (April 2004) was recorded and produced primarily by Stewart Meyers (of Agents of Good Roots) introducing heartfelt lyrics, intriguing melodies and head-bobbing grooves that marked an important point in the evolution of a young band finding its sound.
Their current release "Natural Mood" (August 2007) was produced and engineered by Scott Spelbring at Dragonfly Studios (Jason Mraz, SR-71) and will be toured extensively throughout the east coast during the next year. Natural Mood is an invigorating and satisfying recording marking the ongoing musical maturity between Masi’s contemplative lyrics and the band’s sonic support. Songs from the album have already received considerable airplay on over 200 college and triple A stations across the US and Canada.
The upbeat funk-pop tunes “Until I Get There” and “Lotus” are sure to capture a wide audience while the self-titled track “Natural Mood” explores a fresh aural interplay that will intrigue both mainstream listeners and fans of the indie culture. Natural Mood marks the bands most accurate representation of well thought out compositions delivered with live energy. This record will reward long time fans and new listeners alike.
Jubeus has had the pleasure of sharing performances with:
The Sugar Hill Gang, Everclear, Cyro Baptista, Modern Groove Syndicate, Oteil (of Allman Brothers Band) and the Peacemakers, DJ Williams, Soldiers of Jah Army, 2 Skinnee J's, Donna The Buffalo, The Ryan Montbleau Band, Pinmonkey, Mosquitos, The Country Gentlemen and more…
Jubeus has performed venues such as:
The 9:30 Club-Washington, DC
8x10 - Baltimore, MD
The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
Alley Katz - Richmond, VA
Snowshoe Mountain - Snowshoe, WV
Outerbanks Brewing Station - Kill Devil Hills, NC
Whitetail Mountain Resort - Mercersburg, PA
Emory & Henry College - Emory, VA
Port O' Call - Outer Banks, NC
Hampton Sydney College - Farmville, VA
William & Mary College - Williamsburg, VA
The Pub - Harrisonburg, VA
James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA
Gravity Lounge - Charlottesville, VA
The Tobacco Co. - Richmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA
The Jewish Mother - Virginia Beach, VA
Wild Wing Café-Virginia Beach VA
The Funk Box - Baltimore, MD
Friday Cheers - Richmond, VA
Main St. Bar & Grille - Harrisonburg, VA
Outback Lodge - Charlottesville, VA
The New Belmont - Norfolk, VA
Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
Longwood University - Farmville, VA
Roanoke College - Salem, VA
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA
Jason Masi-Lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Mike Jarvis-Vocals, bass
Brian Reed-Vocals, Keyboard, flute and auxillary percussion
Seth Thomas-Lead guitar
"Two Tone Circles" debut album-2004-Has received continuous airlplay among radio stations across Eastern region and scattered states in US.
"Natural Mood" sophomore album-August 2007. Is currently receiving spins on over 200 stations throughout the US and Canada on college and Triple A formats.
Hot Indie News Review
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By Sharon Tharp, HOT INDIE NEWS .com Date Published: November 29, 2007 Jubeus is probably one ...By Sharon Tharp, HOT INDIE NEWS .com
Date Published: November 29, 2007
Jubeus is probably one of the most eclectic-sounding bands I've heard in a while. They have the ability to mix funk, soul, Latin, rock and numerous other types into one album-not an easily successful feat.
The tracks are easy listening and really exhibit a breath of fresh air with the use of more than the typical trio of guitar, bass, and drums. The high-quality vocals are strong and reminiscent of performers like Edwin McCain. The instrumentals however, are in a genre all their own and in this case, that's not a bad thing. Jubeus pulls off their attempt at something new and something they call their own. This album does not have a stale, boring sound in the least and you will be compelled to listen to the entire thing, wondering what they will come up with next. It's strange, it's daring, and it works
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Light the candles, pour the wine or your other favorite libation for seduction - and then off with t...Light the candles, pour the wine or your other favorite libation for seduction - and then off with the lights and everything else. Favorite “Love Is In The Air,” is just one of the romantic offerings on this nice compilation of easy-to-listen-to, poignant, tug at your heart strings songs from this Richmond, VA band. Soft and jazzy, Natural Mood would be an excellent addition for your library for those “special” occasions or a rainy day. Jason Masi (vocals, guitar) has written some exceptional songs and delivers them with a tender forcefulness...Other members are Mike Jarvis (bass, vocals), Seth Thomas (guitar - not the clock), Eric Jack (drums), and Brian Reed (keyboards). Other standouts are, “Lotus,” “Silence” and “Up Your Sleeve.” Buy a ticket and get on board, Natural Mood is worth the fare.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Jubeus - Let's Pick Up Ourselves Margarita Tuesday! Put on my dancing sh...Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Jubeus - Let's Pick Up Ourselves
Margarita Tuesday! Put on my dancing shoes and pick myself up to the extra delicious calypso beat, complete with rock guitars to turn this party into an all-night blast. Cuban piano leads us to “dance in circles – flowers everywhere.” And love is making this tasty treat even better with “the light of heaven on your pretty face.” The band is hot, the dancers beautiful, the bowls of fruit floating from hand to hand as we join in the excitement of the singer and the lead guitars pouring emotions around each other’s lines. Shoutouts for the 70s retro funk of Until I Get There and the reggae flavors of Love Is In The Air (“take your worries – throw them out the door”). Lots of fun!
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In their bio, Jubeus declares that their influences range far and wide and that their creative proce...In their bio, Jubeus declares that their influences range far and wide and that their creative process dips into every part of life. They aren't kidding when they say that their influences are far-ranging. In the first four songs, they bounce from a funky psychedelic vibe ("Until I Get There") to a blend of jazz and roots ("Lotus") to Latin ("Let's Pick Up Ourselves") to classic rock ("Look Out"). They definitely got me wondering what was coming next.
I found that what comes next is an album full of goodness. The melodies are easy on the ears and the songs are well-written and generally mellow in mood. The songs have a familiarity about them, but it's not easy to compare Jubeus to another band.
Really, I don't know what else to say about this album. It's a very enjoyable collection of eleven songs. The band works a good groove and they sing songs that are easily relatable. If you're in the mood for a roots-based band that isn't afraid to explore musical ground, this is a good album to check out.
Phantom Tollbooth Review
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Natural Mood Artist: Jubeus Label: Indy Length: 12 tracks This band combines the sound of fo...Natural Mood
Length: 12 tracks
This band combines the sound of folk/jazz/and a little bit of jamaican flair to give a rather funky sound. "Let's Pick Up Ourselves" is a very enjoyable song that exemplifies this mixture well. However, other songs like "Look Out" and "Up Your Sleeve" sound a lot more rootsy in nature. So needless to say, you will find a lot of different music here. If you are in the mood for a buffet of music, you won't go wrong with Jubeus. (James Morovich)
Indie Music Stop Review
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CD Review: Artist: Jubeus Title: Natural Mood Website: http://www.jubeus.com/ Style: Rock/Roo...CD Review:
Title: Natural Mood
By Staff Writer L. Anne Carrington
An intoxicating spirit of roots, rock and soul are the best descriptions of Jubeus, Richmond, VA-based quintet at the forefront of a new musical movement; a song-driven group that has soulful expression, heartfelt lyrics and head bobbing grooves.
Jubeus has become a prominent act in their region, gaining support across their native Virginia, in addition to Maryland, Washington, DC, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The band's latest album, Natural Mood, displays the band's own unique sound to its fullest, using three-part harmonies that creates a set of original music with a decided edge. It is an excellent balance between vocals and instrumental that can't be placed in one category of music.
This CD is both eclectic and odd, yet well developed; each of the 11 tracks is very different from the last. The very best songs on the album are the opening track, "Until I Get there," "Look Out," "Silence," and of course, the title track, "Natural Mood."
Natural Mood is right up the alley of Indie music fans that are also into the unplugged sound, minus the hollow tones and sparse arrangements.
In any event, the nature of Jubeus' music appeals to such a broad audience, and if this album is any indication, this a group that will be winning over crowds in years to come
L. Anne Carirngton-Indie Music Stop
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" They (Jubeus) always come to play, and they have a killer list of original songs to bring to the ..." They (Jubeus) always come to play, and they have a killer list of original songs to bring
to the table, as well as several most excellent covers… These guys are a perfect
example of a small-time group preparing itself for widespread coverage...."
Roanoke Times-Live Preview
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Jubeus Acoustic rock never seems to get the props it deserves. Louder bands pack stadiums, while...Jubeus
Acoustic rock never seems to get the props it deserves.
Louder bands pack stadiums, while most great unplugged sets are playing across the country to a max capacity of 30 people per coffeehouse. But you needn't have a guitarist wailing through walls of distortion to make a good song, as the guys in this Richmond- based band are eager to prove. Ironically enough, the richness of Jubeus' natural sound comes from their attempts to fill up the spaces in their songs, much like their electric counterparts. A close listen will let you peel back the layers: There's a percussion and bass pocket that mixes classic, jazz and tribal patterns; guitars that complement each other across chords; vocals that become deep and lush with accompanying backup and instrumental harmony; and a tasteful blend of various world music sounds.
If you're a fan of the unplugged sound, Jubeus' textures will take you somewhere new and unexpected. And if you've avoided acoustic sets out of a dislike for sparse arrangements or hollow tones, this show will be an eye-opener.
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"I recently saw Jubeus play here at Lynchburg College and I must say that I am now a fan. I love the..."I recently saw Jubeus play here at Lynchburg College and I must say that I am now a fan. I love the live show and the CD is awesome. My roommate and I are looking forward to seeing you guys play again and hope that you come back to perform at LC here again."
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I saw Jubeus for the first time. I do have to say I was impressed. I have been to a lot of parties ...I saw Jubeus for the first time. I do have to say I was impressed. I have been to a lot of parties that had live bands, but by far you guys are the best. I enjoyed the performance so much I decided to buy the CD, which was also a first since I do not usually buy CD's at parties. I mainly stay there to enjoy the music and leave. You guys got another loyal fan here at Tech.
Sets are interspersed with originals and covers. Jubeus is primarily an original band, but has a strong set of cover songs that they frequently perform. New original and cover songs are learned frequently to keep the shows interesting.
Current Cover List
Will It Go Around In Circles-Billy Preston
One Love-Bob Marley
Is This Love-Bob Marley
Soul Shakedown Party-Bob Marley
Island In the Sun-Weezer
Willie and the Hand Jive-Johnny Otis
Land Down Under-Men At Work
Bungle In The Jungle-Jethro Tull
The Letter-Joe Cocker version
Let's Get It On-Marvin Gaye
You Can Call Me Al-Paul Simon
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover-Paul Simon
Soul To Squeeze-Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dance Dance Dance-Steve Miller Band
The Joker-Steve Miller Band
Crazy Love-Van Morrison
Tupalo Honey-Van Morrison
Into The Mystic-Van Morrison
Inspecter Gadget Theme
Ain't Too Proud to Beg-The Tempations
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding
Easy Like Sunday Morning-The Commadores
Country Roads-John Denver
Frankenstein-Edgar Winter Group
Lukenbach Texas-Waylon Jennings
Wagon Wheel-Old Crow Medicine Show/Dylan
Sneakin' Sally through the Alley-Robert Palmer
A Place Called Home
Above the Pavement
Back To Life
Balance & Pull
Blue Sky Morning
Bread and Water
Coconuts & Bikinis
Come Back Love
Cover and Seal
Dancing In The Shadows
Ease Your Worried Mind
End of the Line
Everyone Has A Ghost
Fill It Up
Fire From Marushka
For The Night
Green Island Paradise
Half A World Away
Image of Faith
In the Afternoon
Keep Movin' On
Let's Pick Up Ourselves
Life Is Wonderful
Living Like Kings
Love Is in the Air
Out of Our Minds
Rainy Day Song
Sending A Dream
The Love We Give
The Right Kind of Things
Third Street Beggar
Until I Get There
Up Your Sleeve
What We Came For
When Fantasy Becomes Reality
Without A Trace
There are no upcoming dates at this time.