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
I’m heading out for a short tour through Georgia and Florida this weekend with Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute. I’m honored to be playing with this great band as a substitute keyboardist. Check ‘em out. It’s an amazing live show that does total justice to the Talking Heads’ repertoire.
Volume Two of my Dreaming of Being Series is now available. Here is how I summarized it in my promotional materials:
This installment is livelier than Volume One and a bit less expansive – while still maintaining a peaceful pace that blends wonderfully with a multitude of progressive, holistic and spiritual practices. Volume Two is directed more towards the yoga practitioner whereas the first Volume was composed principally with body workers and meditation practitioners in mind. I have been practicing yoga almost as long as I have been a musician and I relish the opportunity to combine these two profound disciplines. Enjoy. Peace.
Sorry for the delayed postings. BUSYBUSYBUSY!!! Please check the schedule to the right of this post for the latest events. A few things that won’t be showing up are my most recent musical adventures. The first is a new group I will be co-fronting called HmfO – A Hall & Oates Tribute. Yes, we will be playing all of the hits plus a bunch of deep cuts. Our next performance is Friday, October 18 at River Street Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre. We are sharing the stage with Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute). I will also be subbing on keys and backing vocals with this group. These two groups are made up of the same core members and will be touring together throughout the year, including trips to Cleveland, Philly, NYC, Rochester and Harrisburg.
Those of you who know about last year’s ambient/meditation album Dreaming of Being: Volume One will be pleased to know that Volume Two is currently being written and produced and will be available for the holiday season. As this album writes itself it seems as if it will be more beat-oriented and active than Volume One. Stay tuned.
Check out Node this year at MusikfestSunday, August 11 at the TD Bank Community Stage from 4-5pm. Joining the usual power trio lineup of myself (keys & vox), Kevin Soffera (drums) and B.D. Lenz (guitar) will be NYC saxophonist Geoff Mattoon. Also, later that night after the fireworks, we will reconvene at Molly’s in Southside Bethlehem and play from 9pm-1am. I am really excited to see what this quartet is capable of. Hope you can make it.
I just released a new house music single called “You and I.” This is a bit of a different avenue for me but I’ve been trying to spread my creativity across different genres in order to keep it flowing. Hope you enjoy it. Be on the lookout for an EP of house/electronic/dance music to be released in the near future. Preview/purchase the new single here: