Ahhh, August in the Lehigh Valley. It means different things to different people but for local musicians it means Musikfest. As one of the largest music festivals in the country, it offers plenty of performance opportunities for artists. I will be playing at and around the festival this year on a few separate occasions. Here’s the skinny:
Friday, Aug. 7 — HmfO (A Hall & Oates Tribute) at the Funhouse. 10pm.
Sunday, Aug. 9 — Thunk at Festplatz. Noon-3:30pm.
Sunday, Aug. 16 — The Doug Hawk Proposition plays 4-5pm at Town Square near the Artsquest Bldg. Then, later that night at The Funhouse. Personnel: Doug – vox.keys, Tyrone Fredericks, Jr. – sax, Greg Kettinger – bass, Kevin Soffera – drums.
Greetings. There’s a lot going on so let me get down to it. I have a bunch of local stuff coming up so please check out the schedule to the right. I would like to highlight my upcoming Doug Hawk Proposition gigs:
Fri., July 24 at Heritage, Northern Liberties neighborhood, Philadelphia. This is a new venture by the owners of Time Whiskey Bar in Center City. Great place to listen!! 10pm-1:30am.
Thurs., Aug. 15 at Allentown’s Summer in the City. PPL Plaza. Free 11:45am-1:15pm. Outdoors.
Sun., Aug 16 at Musikfest, Town Square, 4-5pm. Followed later that night by a performance at the Funhouse!!
Good to be back working with this band after a bunch of touring with Start Making Sense and HmfO. These performances will prominently feature my own compositions as well as some twists on a few more familiar tunes.This segue-ways beautifully into my next important topic which is………
I am currently recording a full-length album of original music which is scheduled for release in early Fall. Hoping to have some previews available soon. I am excited to finally be able to give these songs the treatment they deserve.
On a side note, my latest installment of the Dreaming of Being series of ambient/yoga music is available. I’m really happy with how it came out. It’s a perfect accompaniment to any sort of relaxing/meditative endeavors. Purchase/preview here:
My original song, Illuminated (you can find it on the music player to the right), will be featured on the Richie Allen Show in the UK this coming Wednesday, March 4. You can listen here: http://www.fabradiointernational.com/
The time is 8-10pm in the UK and 3-5pm in the US (East Coast). Richie’s show is tied in with one of my favorite public figures – David Icke. His son Gareth, a great singer/songwriter, will be hosting the music portion of the show. I’m very excited about this as the show features a lot of activists/journalists/academics from around the world who are ignored by mainstream media. Check it out!!
My newest yoga/ambient album, Dreaming of Being: Volume III, is now available. It’s a perfect complement to your existing yoga/mediation/healing arts practice.
Additionally, I am currently working on a full-length album of my original music which will hopefully be completed this Fall. As some of you may know, this music is not like my Yoga music. It is highly-charged political/humanist commentary supplemented by grooving funk/r&b rhythms — all with a positive spin (mostly).
Anyway, hope to see or hear from you soon. I will be doing some upcoming long-distance travel including trips to Florida and Canada, but also will have a few local shows to catch. Stay tuned to the calendar or, better yet, sign up for the mailing list for more efficient communication. Thanks for listening.
This third volume creates a beautiful arc of energy from the slow, minimal beginning to the slightly more uptempo middle and then slower and spacier again for winding down at the end. It ended up being exactly one hour long — which I doubt I could have done intentionally — which may help with timing for classes or professional sessions. Choral vocals, some percussion and drum kit, swirling synth pads and leads, a dense bottom end and soaring melodies create a rich soundscape for any meditative/relaxing practice. I have actually received a lot of feedback from people who use the previous two Volumes to assist in getting their children to sleep at night. Purchase using the link below. The album can also be easily gifted to a friend or loved one by simply clicking a button near the purchase icon. All that is needed is their e-mail address. Physical copies will be available soon.
Locally-sourced, organic, free range, original music. From my heart to yours. Enjoy. Again, here is the link:
Greetings. My newest installment of Yoga/Meditative/Healing Arts music, Dreaming of Being: Volume III, is ready for consumption. The official release will be this coming Thursday, December 18 (just in time for the Holidays!!). In the meantime, I am providing a free download preview of one of the tracks. Keep in mind this music is created specifically for practitioners of the aforementioned disciplines. So, songs are longer and the flow is slow and steady. These are not like my usual original creations. This is ideal for Yoga teachers who are looking for something new for their class playlists (or for people who just want to put their kids to sleep at night). Download the song “Destination” here:
Haven’t posted in a while so wanted to keep everyone up to date on what’s been happening lately. The two tribute bands I play with — HmfO (Hall & Oates) and Start Making Sense (Talking Heads) are very busy. We regularly tour the East Coast and mid-Atlantic states from Maine to Virginia — including a week-long trip to Georgia and Florida in early November. The schedule stays pretty dense through the holiday season before we take a short hiatus in the early part of 2015.
I have a brand-new project called Thunk which I am very excited about. I actually feel pretty lucky to have been asked to be a part of this as it consists of some really stellar musicians. While it is still a cover band at this point, we are taking lots of liberties with the material — which is pretty diverse (Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, etc.). The band is comprised of myself – vocals, keys, pedals; B.D. Lenz – guitar; Ken Pendergast – bass and Kevin Soffera – drums.
I am close to completion on my third yoga album – Dreaming of Being: Volume III. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the first two, please do. I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years and have longed to merge it with my music. I finally have done that (although I am still refining it). Look for this newest installment sometime around Thanksgiving.
I am also working on the logistics for a new, full-length album of my original funk/soul/r&b/political/conscious music. Hoping to start this before the end of the year. I am considering crowd-sourcing this project so I may need your help.
As always, thanks for listening and all of your support. Trust that it means the world to me. Stay tuned and stay positive. Peace.
The power trio known as NODE, one of my side projects, has scheduled a weekend run in the Lehigh Valley for May 9 through 11. The band consists of myself on keys and vocals, virtuoso guitarist B.D. Lenz and drum wizard Kevin Soffera. We perform a mix of my originals as well as a few unique cover songs. Here is a link to the promotional single we recorded last summer: http://doughawkproposition.bandcamp.com/track/illuminated-by-node
The gigs are: Friday, May 9 at Riegelsville Inn, 8-11pm in the pub; Saturday, May 10 at Black & Blue, Easton. 9-midnight; Sunday, May 11 at The Funhouse, Southside Bethlehem. 10pm start.
NODE is BACK!! I booked the entire weekend of May 9-11 for the boys and I. It kicks off Friday, May 9 at Riegelsville Inn. Saturday is at Black and Blue in Easton. We close out the weekend with a Sunday night show at the Funhouse in Bethlehem. It will be great to get back into the groove with Kevin and B.D. Be ready for some new material, as always.
Ok…So I’m not really sure if two albums qualifies as an anthology but I’m trying to sell some music here. 😉 Just a friendly reminder that I have two ambient/yoga/meditation albums for sale right now. Both are about an hour long and were produced with the relaxing arts in mind. Completely original and created with the purest intentions. Preview/purchase here: http://doughawkproposition.bandcamp.com/album/dreaming-of-being-volume-2
HmfO: A Hall & Oates Tribute, one of my newest projects, is really hitting its stride. We just had a great show at Brooklyn Bowl last week opening for Questlove‘s DJ set. We are heading to New England for the weekend but have some local shows coming up March 29 at World Cafe, Philly – and April 4 at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. You can keep up with this group using the following link: http://www.reverbnation.com/hmfo?profile_view_source=profile_box