Welcome to my home on the internet

I live in New York City and I play, write, arrange, and produce music for myself and lots of other people. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin, Texas, and travel around the country with various groups. I've contributed performances, compositions, and arrangements to recordings by bands like Snarky Puppy, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Nelo, and many more. My band is Progger.
Drop me a line at briandonohoemusic@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New hood, updated tour dates, all that

Typing in "Earth, Wind, and Fire" and hitting "shuffle" is a really good idea, particularly on a day when it's raining and thundering like crazy and I'm stuck inside bombarding people with emails on my quest to get as much publicity about the Progger, Funky Knuckles, Indie Revenge tour as possible! Since my last post there have been some pretty monumental changes in the life of Brian, including a new apartment in a new neighborhood, a crazy busy schedule, and juggling a million different playing/booking/publicizing jobs in order to float my crazy, illogical habit of making music full time. 

Brooklyn was so very good to me for my first almost-year in New York City. Northeast Flatbush might not be the safest or most glamorous neighborhood, but it was exactly what I needed when I needed it. Thanks to my celebrity roommate I was able to make incredibly cool new friends from around the globe, and that awesome apartment was my gateway to finally moving up north. 

But Harlem is a fantastic neighborhood. The neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, there's great coffee, the trains are amazing, and I can walk to everything I need. I'm really enjoying getting to know it.

Of course, most of my energy is going into preparing for this whirlwind tour from Texas to New York via the Southeast. I'm really grateful at how well everything has come together, and it will be very gratifying and inspiring to share the stage and the travels with Dallas' Funky Knuckles and Atlanta's  Indie Revenge, two really fantastic bands that represent the best things about the music of their respective cities. We'll also be doing our first show in Albany, NY in just two days with a really cool duo from upstate, Welcher/Urvalek. The venue, Red Square, has a really great vibe and Abita beer on tap, which is always a plus! Here are all the dates:

Progger and Welcher/Urvalek
July 17: Albany, NY (Red Square)
Progger and the Funky Knuckles
July 28: Dallas, TX (the Free Man)
July 29: Austin, TX (One2One)
July 30: New Orleans, LA (Blue Nile)
July 31: Hattiesburg, MS (the Thirsty Hippo)
Progger, the Funky Knuckles, and the Indie Revenge
August 1: Atlanta, GA (529)
August 2: Asheville, NC (the One Stop)
August 3: Athens, GA (Hendershot’s)
August 5: Raleigh, NC (Pour House Music Hall)
August 6: New York, NY (Rockwood Music Hall)
August 7: Philadelphia, PA (the Grape Room)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brian's positive note of the day. And summer tour dates!

I'm in the middle of the laborious but rewarding process of booking shows for Progger's summer string of album release shows and it's gotten me thinking about the extremities of the music business. As musicians-- and this applies to all artists, regardless of medium-- we encounter a lot of obstacles blocking our goals, and overcoming them requires tremendous energy and creativity. Finances are usually the most obvious and intimidating problems, and they don't go away easily, particularly if you're trying to get an exciting new project off the ground. As scarce as money is in the arts, what makes matters even more challenging is the profusion of negativity among artists and musicians themselves. Our communities can get horribly caught up in competition, trash-talking, infighting, and other sorts of destructive nonsense that make goals that are already challenging even tougher to realize, needlessly.

But as I'm sitting down to go over dates and plan a string of summer shows with two great bands-- The Funky Knuckles and The Indie Revenge-- I'm reminded that there are musicians and audiences out there who bring enough brilliance, positivity, and love to our world that it makes up for the nonsense. As heavy as the obstacles can feel at times, there does exist a force of creative humanity that has more passion than the obstacles can block. We owe our favorite music to this energy, from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles, Miles Davis, Parliament/Funkadelic, and D'Angelo, and there are audiences out there who are thirsting just as passionately for new beauty. As apathetic as so much of our world can seem sometimes, the beautiful people who hunger for and aim to help this new art and music find its footing are not to be taken for granted. My friends who are helping to make these shows happen, from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia to Washington DC, Philly, and New York, I appreciate you very much, and you're a huge part of what makes life good. Life is good, indeed.

So here are the shows in the works so far!

Summer 2014
May 10: Progger at Rockwood Music Hall stage 2, New York, NY
May 28: Progger at the Grape Room, Philadelphia, PA
July 28: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at the Free Man, Dallas, TX
July 29: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at One2One, Austin, TX
July 30: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
July 31: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at the Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS
August 1: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles at 529, Atlanta, GA
August 2: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Athens, GA (tbd)
August 3: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Nashville, TN (tbd)
August 4: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Asheville, NC (tbd)
August 5: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles at the Pour House, Roanoke, VA
August 6: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in New York (tbd)
August 7: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Washington DC (tbd)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring news: Progger, MKGO, life

The life of an independent creative musician who is addicted to writing, playing, recording, producing, and releasing original music consists of taking the entirety of a tax refund and spending it on finishing and printing a new studio album. And then being really, really, really happy about it.

The news on the Progger front is definitely what's been occupying most of my brain-space for the last few months, and everything for the new record came together very well. I feel like the writing, playing, and production for "Populace" are all a step up from the first album, "Beatmaker," although I'm still really happy with how that one came out. But I'm super proud of all the dudes for bringing skills and energy to spare for all the shows, rehearsals, recording days, and everything else involved in making this new record, and it's a good representation of the current musical stage of the band.

It was really fun to comb through some old photos and videos from the last couple years and smash them together into a kind of indie promo collage for the new album. It's over a track from the new album, one I've been wanting to record for several years, and it looks like this. I'm in the process of booking shows to support the record in New York, Texas, and throughout the Northeast and Southeast. I'll post those dates here and on Progger's website when they're confirmed.

In other news, for anyone curious, I got to sit in with my good buddies the Funky Knuckles last weekend at Rockwood Music Hall in New York. That was fun. The Knuckles are awesome guys, awesome writers and musicians, and they deserve all the best things in the world. Their new album, Meta-Musica, is really good. For more about that, read my last blog post...

I've also been playing with a really cool space-funk big band called the MK Groove Orchestra, which has been fun. The bandleader, Mike Kammers, a fellow saxophone/keyboard/composition nerd, writes and arranges really well and the group plays a cool eclectic variety of material, from original tunes to Cream and Jimi Hendrix songs. I'm playing with them at the Manderley Bar at the McKitrick Hotel during the Sleep No More after-party on April 22. The after-party is free and it's a great time at an awesome bar.

Life is beautiful and precious. Thanks for letting me exist, universe!