The Brian Just Band performs in The Current studios

by David Campbell, Jon Schober

  1. Listen Brian Just Band live on The Local Show

    Jul 26, 2013

The Brian Just Band is back in The Current studios in support of their new album "Enlightenment." And in true BJB fashion, the whole crew has come along for one of the most orchestrated Local Show sessions since last year's John Mark Nelson in-studio.

There's a lot of moving parts: guitars, piano, accordion, drums, auxiliary percussion, trumpet, flute, bass and a lot of stunning harmonies characteristic of the Brian Just Band.

Led by Brian Just himself, the new album is a major step forward for the group — Enlightenment is truly a family affair, with light pop melodies that channel Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura.

David Campbell talks with the full band about getting "hardcore," why people think their song "Electric" is a cover, the best and worst parts about leading a major ensemble and more.

Songs performed: "Enlightenment," "To Be Young" and "Nokomis Park Bench (15 Minute Lunch Break)"

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    Brian Just leads the Brian Just Band (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Brian Just (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Jillian Martin performs with the Brian Just Band (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Bethany Gonella performs with the Brian Just Band (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Josie Just performs with the Brian Just Band (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    The Brian Just Band performs in The Current studios (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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