(photo taken by A.T. at Jammin Java)
“Wake up this morning,” Tobin sang under kaleidoscopic, flower-strobe lights, playing his wood-panel BC Rich. He hopped on that stage with a grace of a veteran, and the soulfulness of a new emerging artist. He rocked a black tank-top, white pleated pants, with the white Jordans and black laces. He leapt off the stage along with Aidan, both of them landing in front of the audience, with smiles on their faces, platinum in their souls, eyes full of love. A three-man classic group with clout and genuine good feels, these guys played a fantastic show.
Tobin James is the frontman/singer/guitarist of the Tobin James band. Cody plays the drums with a hyper-blue drum set. Aidan puts the funk in the bass. Tobin sings like Prince, and he and his bandmates look to be the next best band in the NOVA music scene.
Tobin strummed the bejesus out of that guitar. You can tell Reggae and Funk are in his soul. At Jammin Java, the band played a full set, headlining the show after la Roche, and Toadhead.
As Tobin and his friends played, a fog machine cranked on. White smoke percolated from the stage. Tobin glided his fingers across the fretboard of his wood-panel BC Rich rocking a gold necklace, a purple-veined guitar strap, and Jordans.
Cody pounded and hit the drums with precision; great high-hat/kick drum work, creating a powerful, yet exciting, and awesome performance. He was electrifying.
Aidan slapped the bass guitar, like it was water smacking into a coral reef. He was a charming and overall-good dude, pointing to the beer in his microphone stand holder and smiling, as Tobin started into the first song.
Last night, Tobin was Michael Jackson reincarnated, as Aidan and Cody crooned into their mics as well; their cadence was on point and full of harmony—so fresh and so clean went their vocals. This night at Jammin Java became one to remember, and you’ve missed out if you weren’t there for this up and coming funk band.
Their music is funk meets progressive rock meets reggae. Tobin sings, “Feels good, do it again.” He’s a poet, scholar of mellow/high-energy Reggae. And he and his band does it again and again, making tenderly wrought, melodic funk grooves.
The Tobin James Band has a funky Reggae sound, a music that is something to take notice of and be appreciated. Tobin is a young man with an old soul, and his music displays a maturity, yet playfulness, an aura surrounds him as he strums his BC Rich.
Cody plays with a hyper-blue drum set. The Tobin James Band played last night at Jammin Java and they killed the stage, with a performance that showed aptitude, hard work, and talent.
Cody plays with a beautiful and engaging, restlessness on the drums, he’s pushing himself, to be one of the greats. When asked on the gram, Cody described his music as “funk, soul, R&B, reggae, and rock fusion.” He’s the foundation for this band’s groove. He crushes the drums like he was born to do this shit, like he was meant to be the next Buddy Rich, or Dave Grohl.
The Tobin James Band’s sound is creating the feels for their and the next generation—an electric soul-funk fusion type of music that will stand the test of the NOVA scene and onward into their fruitful and bright futures. Their strong, playful, infectious energy allowed the crowd at Jammin Java to rock their hips, claps their hands, and dance their feet to the soul. They’re next up and they’re just getting started.
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227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
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(photos below taken by A.T. at Jammin Java; modified in lightroom and photoshop)