Before reading this any further, I want you to forget any preconceived notions about the Jonas Brothers. The last time I saw all three brothers together was on the Camp Rock Tour performing songs from the hit movie as well as classic Jonas Brothers’ tunes. However, the vibe walking into Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center was much different than concerts in the past. After a three year long hiatus, the men have finally debuted some of their new material to an outpouring of support from fans. The show started off with EDM artist, Mike Tompkins, followed by Youtube sensations, Karmin.
The brothers are known for putting on a production while still playing their own instruments with the help of their “back up” band made up of: John Taylor, Greg Garbowsky, Paris Garbowsky, Jack Lawless, Ryan Liestman, Megan Mullins and Marcus Kincy. Taylor, Lawless, Garbowsky, and Liestman have been with the brothers for most of their musical career. After just seeing a glimpse of John, fans went wild with screams. The screams got even louder when the entire backup band came on stage along with Nick on drums. Meanwhile Kevin walked through the audience from the upper sections to the stage. Suddenly, Joe stepped on stage out of almost nowhere and the trio started off with their current single “First Time.”
You could tell just by looking at their faces that they were happy to be back and the fans were even happier (if that’s possible.) The screams were louder from years past even though their core fan base is now college-age. Although their fans have grown up, I still saw mothers in the crowd, including my own, singing along to the songs. It was truly amazing to see the fans grow up with the band and still have their parents there sharing the experience; Nick even made a comment about it during the show. The brothers balanced their set by playing their hits with more of their new music mixed among the classic Jonas Brothers songs that fans have fallen in love with. Jonas was able to show their own growth with lead singer Joe playing different instruments in addition to singing.
The new music is eclectic. Unlike previous albums it includes rock, pop, R&B, dance, and even some techno. With all of their writing, producing, and performing abilities I can easily see them growing popular among more college age music lovers and expanding to top 40 radio stations. Performing “What Do I Mean To You” caught fans pleasantly by surprise, the entire front row was unexpectantly head banging to the Jonas Brothers.
I hope people give the brothers an open-minded listen and to hear their talent and growth. I can guarantee you they are better than 90% of the people on the radio today and can perform just as well live, which is a skill that is often lost in mainstream music. The three aren’t just another pop act, they are true musicians and should be labeled that way rather than just another Disney band.