[ ART DECO WEEKEND 2014 ]
For the third consecutive year, bassist DOUG WIMBISH
(Living Colour, Jeff Beck, Annie Lennox, Depeche Mode, James Brown, Rolling Stones ...)
will bring his eclectic, virtuosic, bass-playing style to Paradise
and once again serve as ART DECO WEEKEND's MUSICAL DIRECTOR.
Portrait for Doug's second solo album CinemaSonics (2008)
— by Marcos Hermes (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
DOUG WIMBISH first made his reputation as the bassist in the Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section (called the world's best by the New York Times in 1980), writing, playing, and producing many of Hip-Hop's longest standing anthems, including "The Message," "White Lines," and "That's the Joint."
After that, Doug and his Sugar Hill Rhythm Section mates (guitarist Skip McDonald and drummer Keith LeBlanc) moved to London and with On-U Sound Records founder/producer Adrian Sherwood formed an Industrial Funk band called TACK>>HEAD.
By 1990, Tack>>Head had become one of the most popular live bands in the underground European club scene, a favorite of many of the day's best-known bands and musicians, including Living Colour, Moby, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Seal, Annie Lennox, and the Rolling Stones ... many who later recruited Doug to lend his virtuosity to both their records and their stage acts.
— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)
"SWIRL" was the last tune Doug recorded for his second solo record, 2008's CINEMASONICS. Despite "Swirl" being instrumental, the biggest difference between CinemaSonics and his first solo album, 2000's TRIPPY NOTES FOR BASS, is that most songs on CinemaSonics are vocal, including a number sung by Doug himself.
ART DECO WEEKEND 2013
"FUNKY OBAMA" — THE PREMIERE
First recorded by TACK>>HEAD in January 2009 (literally while Barack Obama delivered his first Inaugural Address), "Funky Obama" went mostly unheard (played only once live) until its release, nearly four years later (11/11/11), two weeks after president Obama's re-election.
With Tack>>Head drummer ("Funky Obama" producer) Keith LeBlanc, and guests Adam Falcon (vocals/guitar), and Michele Ferrer (keyboards), Doug re-introduced "Funky Obama at last year's Art Deco Weekend, just two days before President Obama's Second Inaugural Address.
— Vernon Reid (guitar), Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums), Doug Wimbish (bass)
Living Colour (Chair in the Doorway)
— Summer 2009
— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)
"BI" — LIVING COLOUR at the Highline Ballroom in New York City (10/28/09), the last show of an American Tour in support of THE CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY. "Bi" features Doug, whose daughters Olivia and Nova can be seen while he stands in the crowd taking his solo.
DOUG WIMBISH is probably best known as the innovative lead bassist in the Grammy Award-winning hard rock band LIVING COLOUR, but looking beyond the obvious, one
quickly sees that Doug's influence and impact on the world's musical culture is much more vast and significant than often written or realized.
For 35 years, Doug has been one of the most sought-after electric bassists, and has collaborated with many of the world's best known, and most talented musical artists.
Having participated in the making of so many popular recordings, in every musical style, and in every corner of the globe, it's hard to find a
culture or community that hasn't been exposed to Doug's music.
To get an idea of the respect Doug has earned within the music industry, consider that one week in 1992, he received personal phone calls from MICK JAGGER, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and SEAL, all asking him to join their bands. Now consider that he turned them all down, choosing to stay with his LIVING COLOUR bandmates, VERNON REID (guitar), COREY GLOVER (vocals), and WILL CALHOUN (drums).
Despite his decision in 1992, not to join any band (staying with LIVING COLOUR), as a permanent member, DOUG did go on to record, produce, and tour with dozens of well-known artists, including THE ROLLING STONES, JEFF BECK, JOE SATRIANI, HERB ALPERT, ANNIE LENNOX, MADONNA, CARLY SIMON, AL GREEN, BILLY IDOL, GEORGE CLINTON, and JAMES BROWN.
More recently (since 2000), DOUG also joined Hip-Hop, Hollywood Movie and Broadway Theater Star MOS DEF's BLACK JACK JOHNSON, and in 2007, played on Finland's Rock Opera Diva TARJA TURUNEN's first solo record, MY WINTER STORM, and has toured with Tarja ever since.
— photograph by Kari Helenius (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Doug onstage with Tarja Turunen (Finland, 2007)
"PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" — TARJA TURUNEN (vocals), TONY TURUNEN (guitar/vocals), DOUG WIMBISH (bass), MIKE TERRANA (drums), ALEX SCHOLPP (guitar), MAX LILJA (cello), MARKUS HOHTI (cello), MARIA Maria ILMONIEMI (keyboards).
After playing on TARJA TURUNEN's MY WINTER STORM, the singer's first solo album after leaving her longtime band NIGHTWISH, Doug was
asked to play on the new band's first European Tour in the winter of 2007, and has played on all of Tarja's four subsequent World Tours in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Between touring with TARJA, Doug
spent most of 2009 on the road with LIVING COLOUR in support of The Chair in the Doorway, and toured with all his old English ON-U SOUND mates (MARK STEWART + MAFFIA, LITTLE
AXE, and TACK>>HEAD.)
2010 — LIVING COLOUR anchored the EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR, playing both sets of their own, and backing the tour's lead guitarists, JOE SATRIANI and STEVE VAI.
2011 — In addition to the continuation of "EXPERIENCE HENDRIX," and finishing TACK>>HEAD's new SHARE>>HEAD album, Doug joined LAURYN HILL on JIMMY FALLON's Late Night television program. Soon after, Doug was asked to join Lauryn on the road, starting with a show at the Los Angeles Coliseum with MUSE and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE on the "RISE AGAINST THE MACHINE" tour, and ending in New York City, headlining the ROCK THE BELLS TOUR.
THE ODYSSEY CONTINUES — After logging hundreds of thousands of miles, and entering his 35th professional year, Doug's musical exploration continues to grow at an accelerating pace.
IN THE BEGINNING
It could be said that Doug's musical journey began when he was a kid in the late 1960s, motivated by his older brother Victor's interest in the Rock and Soul music of the day, listening to
everything from THE KINKS, LED ZEPPELIN, SLY STONE, CURTIS MAYFIELD, FUNKADELIC, and JIMI HENDRIX. After picking up a guitar, one hot, summer day in his aunt and uncle's appliance/music store in the
Bahamas, Doug sought early guidance from his brother Victor's bass-playing friend Gary Williams, who marvels at how quickly Doug's virtuosity showed itself.
By the early '70s, as a HARTFORD CONSERVATORY student of jazz saxophonist JACKIE McLEAN (who was also a teenager when he started his professional career, playing on MILES DAVIS' DIG Album in 1951) Doug's career in music was firmly established.
A Journey Through Time and Space
1976 — Doug's first "real" job was with guitarist SKIP "LITTLE AXE" McDONALD and drummers HAROLD SARGENT and KEITH LEBLANC, playing in a
dance/funk/horn band called WOOD, BRASS & STEEL. It was then that Doug, Skip, and Keith (THE ORIGINAL THREE) were hired by JOE and SYLVIA
ROBINSON as the house band for their recently formed SUGAR HILL RECORDS. As Hip-Hop's ORIGINAL RHYTHM SECTION, the three wrote, played, and recorded many of
the genre's original anthems, including "THE MESSAGE," "WHITE LINES," and "THAT'S THE JOINT," before picking up rather suddenly, and moving to
London ("fleeing the Robinsons for their lives").
It was in England, that all three started a musical collaboration with producer ADRIAN SHERWOOD's ON-U SOUND RECORDS label, that resulted most significantly in the creation of the Industrial Funk band called TACK>>HEAD, and a musical partnerships that remain strong today.
1978 — With a talent that was immediately apparent, Doug was recruited to play bass on MUSIQUE's KEEP ON JUMPIN' (12") with the dance hits "KEEP ON JUMPIN'" and "IN THE BUSH," which were (along with Wood, Brass, & Steel's "FUNKANOVA") both mainstays of the Late-'70s New York City club scene at STUDIO 54, THE PARADISE GARAGE, and DAVID MANCUSO's LOFT.
Not since their time in WOOD, BRASS & STEEL had Doug, Skip, and Keith's instrumental abilities been completely appreciated. Despite a New York Times writer calling them "THE WORLD'S FINEST RHYTHM SECTION," the band went mostly unnoticed, as nearly all the early hip-hop attention went to MCs, DJs, and Graffiti Writers, rather than the musicians who were actually playing the music.
1983 — SUGAR HILL mate KEITH LEBLANC (with the blessing of Malcolm X's widow (BETTY "QUEEN" SHABAZZ) recorded the landmark "NO SELL OUT,"
considered the first effective use of "sampling" committed to vinyl. "No Sell Out" is a 12" single on which Keith cuts pieces of MALCOLM X speeches and mixed them with his own
experimental, electronic drum beats. SUGAR HILL owners JOE and SYLVIA ROBINSON, without Keith's knowledge or approval, steal the master tapes, and
press 500,000 vinyl copies of "NO SELL OUT." On the record's label, writing credit is given to "SUGAR HILL RECORDS," with no mention of Keith. Keith then makes a legal claim for his artistic, and
financial rights to the record, and wins the case in Federal Court. The Robinson's legal defeat proves to be a significant blow to their already suffering SUGAR HILL Label. By 1985, The Robinson's
Hip-Hop Empire had fallen, having been rolled over by RUN DMC, THE BEASTIE BOYS, and most importantly DEF JAM RECORDS.
1984 — DOUG, SKIP, and KEITH, with MELLE MEL ("THE MESSAGE" vocalist), write and record "VICE," a song on the original MIAMI VICE SOUNDTRACK Album produced by JAN HAMMER. From the moment of the song's release, Joe Robinson insisted Sugar Hill was owed a substantial percentage of the proceeds. Fear of Joe Robinson was a serious consideration in the ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION's move to London.
1985 — DOUG, KEITH, and SKIP contribute significantly to "SUN CITY," the Anti-Apartheid Anthem attributed to MILES DAVIS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, U2, HERBIE HANCOCK, and nearly every other pop star of the day. Despite playing, and doing production work on the iconic recording, Doug, Keith, and Skip are not listed in the credits.
w/ Jeff Beck
— video (Japanese Bootleg)
ATLANTIC CROSSING — DOUG played bass with JEFF BECK on his 1986 SUMMER TOUR OF JAPAN. The band included JAN HAMMER (keyboards), SIMON PHILLIPS (drums), and STEVE LUKATHER (guitar). The tour also included THE CARLOS SANTANA BAND. Later, Doug played on Beck's 1990 album, FLASH.
— from "Jeff Beck performing Live at Ronnie Scott's"
In the interview section of JEFF BECK LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT'S (DVD), Beck mentions Doug in a recollection of how his current drummer VINNIE COLAIUTA came to join his band.
UPON REACHING LONDON, Doug and his SUGAR HILL mates (SKIP McDONALD and KEITH LEBLANC) went straight to work with ADRIAN SHERWOOD (ON-U SOUND), and attracted the immediate attention of England's musical elite, including THE ROLLING STONES, and JEFF BECK.
Beck invited Doug to join his band, and took him on his 1986 SUMMER TOUR OF JAPAN, which also featured STEVE LUKATHER, SIMON PHILIPS,
JAN HAMMER, and CARLOS SANTANA and his band which included ALPHONSO JOHNSON.
1986 — "MAJOR MALFUNCTION," a result of KEITH's FURTHER ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTATION, makes use of the Mission Control [NASA] dialog during the tragic EXPLOSION OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER. With Skip, Doug, and Adrian Sherwood all part of the recording, it is considered by many to be the FIRST TACK>>HEAD RECORDING.
1987 — ADRIAN SHERWOOD wisely recruits his new favorite FUNKY AMERICAN BAND (Doug, Skip, and Keith) to back a number of ON-U SOUND's politically aggressive vocalists, including GARY CLAIL and MARK STEWART. An album of tunes with Clail called "TACK>>HEAD TAPE TIME" is the first time the name "TACK>>HEAD" had ever been used as a recording credit.
1988 — FRIENDLY AS A HAND GRENADE, Tack>>Head's first full-length album features American singer BERNARD FOWLER, a member of LARRY LEVAN's NYCiti Peech Boys of PARADISE GARAGE fame, and who had just joined the ROLLING STONES for their STEEL WHEELS WORLD TOUR.
BERNARD's SOULFUL INFLUENCE moves Doug, Skip, and Keith (THE ORIGINAL THREE) back toward their Funky, Rhythm & Blues (American)
Roots ... a change that became much more apparent on Tack>>Head's second (and last) album, STRANGE THINGS.
1990 — TACK>>HEAD's over-the-top, virtuoso live performances quickly earned the band a cult-like status in the [post-punk/pre-trip-hop] LONDON UNDERGROUND. One fan, MICK JAGGER, asked to make a guest appearance on TACK>>HEAD's second album, STRANGE THINGS. The band obliged, and Mick sings (background) on the tune "Take a Stroll."
— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)
"STEALING" (In the Name of the Lord) — TACK>>HEAD at the Highline Ballroom in New York City (2/22/09). A one-off show (the first in five years) after the band reunited briefly in 2004.
1992 — After the dissolution of TACK>>HEAD in 1991, Doug was recruited to participate in a number of high-profile ROLLING STONES projects, including the band's BRIDGES TO BABYLON album, and on a number of solo records produced by the individual members: MICK JAGGER, KEITH RICHARDS, CHARLIE WATTS, and RONNIE WOOD.
— Also in this period, Doug played on records produced by DEPECHE MODE, BILLY IDOL, GEORGE CLINTON, CLARENCE CLEMMONS, MICHAEL HUTCHENS, and J. GEILS.
w/ Carly Simon
— video (CarlySimon.com)
In support of her 1995 release, LETTERS NEVER SENT, Carly Simon and her band (w/Doug playing bass) did a surprise (free) show in the middle of New York City's Grand Central Station. A video was released at the time, but the performance has yet to be made available on DVD.
"HAVEN'T GOT TIME FOR THE PAIN"
— In addition to his 1995 gig with CARLY SIMON (writing, playing and producing on her album LETTERS NEVER SENT), Doug's reputation earned him praise from other vocalists who he collaborated with, including ANNIE LENNOX (primary bassist on MEDUSA and DIVA), SEAL (SEAL),AL GREEN (YOUR HEART'S IN GOOD HANDS), CANDI STATON, MELBA MOORE, FREDDIE JACKSON, WILL DOWNING, MICHAEL BOLTON, and MADONNA.
BACK IN THE USA
It was in a week soon after his return to America (after the first demise of TACK>>HEAD) that DOUG received calls from MICK JAGGER, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and SEAL (who appreciated Doug's playing on his "Crazy" popular debut), all asking him to join their bands. Having already been recruited to fill in for original LIVING COLOUR bassist MUZZ SKILLINGS on the band's South Americn leg of its 1991 World Tour, helped in Doug's decision to turn all three celebrity offers down.
LIVING COLOUR welcomed DOUG as an equal member, and subsequently he contributed (as a writer, player, and producer) to 1993's STAIN, the band's third full-length studio album.
STAIN earned immediate and widespread critical acclaim, but with the onslaught of Seattle Grunge, the record went largely unnoticed publicly. Despite a well-received world tour, LIVING COLOUR (moved mostly by guitarist VERNON REID) decided to call it quits before the end of the year.
w/ Style Scott (On-U Sound)
— video (YouTube/Wobbleon1)
During his short, abruptly ending stint with LIVING COLOUR, Doug had mantained his musical relationship with both his ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION partners and ADRIAN SHERWOOD's ON-U SOUND crew in London. This (DUB/REGGAE) performance from Carnival '94, in Brighton's Stanmer Park, (May 30, 1994) sees DOUG and SKIP McDONALD joining STYLE SCOTT's DUB SYNDICATE (ON-U SOUND) which includes producer Adrian Sherwood on the mixing desk, playing the same "live" roll as he always did with TACK>>HEAD.
— Also in this period, Doug recorded and toured with additional On-U Sound associates, including LITTLE ANNIE, BIM SHERMAN, STRANGE PARCELS, and BOMB THE BASS.
THE BLUESMAN COMETH
1994 — AFTER LIVING COLOUR's DISSOLUTION, Doug left New York City, and returned home to his loft/studio in Hartford, Connecticut. It was then, the first time in nearly 15 years, that Doug was without any obligation to a specific band or project.
For the first time Doug dedicated his time to developing a musical style of his own ... THE DARK, MOSTLY INSTRUMENTAL, AMBIENT SOUND HE'S KNOWN FOR TODAY.
— DOUG also re-connected with his WOOD, BRASS, & STEEL, SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION, TACK>>HEAD bandmates, joining KEITH LEBLANC, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, and SKIP McDONALD to record SKIP's first LITTLE AXE album, THE WOLF THAT HOUSE BUILT.
Rising proudly from the ashes of Tack>>Head, Doug, Keith, and Adrian all worked on the records written by Skip McDonald as Little Axe. As Skip describes it, Little Axe is a "Blues/Gospel/Dub Crash" ... The Future of the Blues.
— Real World Records
STONE COLD OHIO — A 2006 interview, with SKIP "LITTLE AXE" McDONALD, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, DOUG WIMBISH, and KEITH LEBLANC on PETER GABRIEL's Estate (Real World Studio) just outside of London.on his estate outside of London. Having just finished Little Axe's fourth album, STONE COLD OHIO, the band was on location to headline that night's concert celebrating the REAL WORLD RECORDS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY.
The video also includes clips from Little Axe's live performance that ended with the band being joined by Gabriel and friend ROBERT PLANT and playing a number of classic GENESIS and LED ZEPPELIN tunes.
Impressed with the band, Plant invited Little Axe to open for him on the West Coast (US) tour he played the following year. The band obliged.
1996 — This was also the period when Doug strengthened what remains today as one of his tightest musical bonds ... that he has with LIVING COLOUR drummer and bandmate WILL CALHOUN. It was Will who Doug went to most when working on his own music. When the time came to commit material to disc, and to play out live, Doug and Will call their new DRUM/BASS, AMBIENT WALL-OF-SOUND THE HEAD>>FAKE SOUND SYSTEM.
After producing two full-length demos, HEAD>>FAKE partners with jazz vocalist/percussionist VINX (DE'JON PARRETTE), call themselves JUNGLE>>FUNK and embark on an Eastern European Tour.
So well received was JUNGLE>>FUNK, Zebra Records released a self-titled disc made up of live recordings from the tour, and eventually, the record was voted 1999's "Best 'Jazz' Album" in the Czech Republic.
Taking note of the new HEAD>>FAKE sound in America was none other than HERB ALPERT, who invited DOUG and WILL to write, produce, and play on the Tijiuana Brass/A&M Records' new album, COLORS. Pleased with the results, ALPERT received praise from both critics and fans, calling what was fundamentally a HEAD>>FAKE + ONE record an "INCREDIBLY MODERN RECORDING," "A SORT OF URBAN-JAZZ-BRASS-FUSION," and "ALPERT'S BEST EFFORT SINCE (The Multi-Platinum) RISE."
A "TRIPPY" NEW MILLENNIUM
2000 — At the end of what had been THE MOST EXPERIMENTAL 1990s, DOUG FELT READY TO RELEASE HIS FIRST "SOLO" RECORD. Influenced by WILL CALHOUN's WORLD-WIDE NATIVE RHYTHMS AND BEATS and ADRIAN SHERWOOD's SONIC EXPLORATIONS, Doug uses his mastery of FREQUENCY MANIPULATION and ELECTRONIC EFFECTS and produced his own MYSTERIOUSLY MELODIC, DARK, AMBIENT, and EVOCATIVE SOUND.
When asked about the title of his first solo recording, Doug answers without pause, "After hearing the master, it struck me as a continuous string of TRIPPY NOTES FOR BASS."
w/ Mos Def (Black Jack Johnson)
— video (HBO/Reverb)
WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?.... When MOS DEF reached out to friend WILL CALHOUN, asking him to assemble a band that could best help him deliver a HIP-HOP MESSAGE with ROCK 'N' ROLL AGGRESSION, Doug was first on Will's list to sign up for the mission. Then adding BERNIE WORRELL (keyboards) and BAD BRAINS guitarist DR. KNOW, Mos' new BLACK JACK JOHNSON band came to be.
After a live NYC show recorded at the Bowery Ballroom for HBO's Reverb, the band recorded two albums, BLACK ON BOTH SIDES (2002) and THE NEW DANGER (2005).
w/ Living Colour
— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)
LIVING COLOUR REUNION — The band closed its show (December 28, 2001) at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida with a Jimi Hendrix standard, "Crosstown Traffic," a tune Doug also covered often when playing with TACK>>HEAD.
THE POST-APOCALYPTIC ERA
December 21, 2000 — DOUG and WILL were playing a HEAD>>FAKE gig at the Legendary CBGB's with "guest" LIVING COLOUR vocalist COREY GLOVER. Coincidentally, LIVING COLOUR guitarist VERNON REID was in the audience, and when asked, joined the others onstage to play an old LIVING COLOUR standard, a cover of the TALKING HEADS'classic, "MEMORIES CAN'T WAIT."
It was the first time in seven years that all four LIVING COLOUR bandmembers had played together ... and they enjoyed it enough to go out on a 2001 REUNION TOUR.
Having the tour INTERRUPTED BY THE 911 ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS, Living Colour considered calling it quits again, but instead decided to makeup the cancelled dates later that year.
The tour's last show was in NYC's Central Park on New Year's Eve (2002), in front of large, enthusiastic "hometown" crowd. Positive enough were the feelings for each individual member, that they decided to stay together and record a new album.
Released in 2003 wereCOLLIDEOSCOPE (LIVING COLOUR's FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM) and a DVD, HEAD>>FAKE: LIVE IN THE AREA OF PRAGUE, recorded the previous winter by PETR TOMAIDES (TOMATO22) at a popular Czech Republic nightclub called LUCERNA.
CollideOscope included much of the early, guitar rock LIVING COLOUR was known for, but also exhibited a healthy dose of the Bass/Drum Electronics Doug and Will had developed during the band's 5-year hiatus.
It was almost as if the band had brought two halfs (one LIVING COLOUR and one HEAD>>FAKE) together to make the CollideOscope album whole. Reminiscentof VIVID, VERNON REID's "FLYING" is a more traditional, well-written, evocotive, melancholy description of the 911 attack on the World Trace Center, where as, "A ? OF WHEN," with it's sampled dialogue and Industrial Beat might have been more comfortable on an early HEAD>>FAKE demo.
In the first couple of years after the LIVING COLOUR REUNION, the band effectively combined both qualities in its live sets, but it was six years before the members were enough in sync to write and record their next studio release, 2009's CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY.
2004 — Despite having been on the wildest of professional rides, circling the globe and passing through every culture and genre of music, Doug has always stayed in touch with his well founded roots. With SKIP McDONALD, and KEITH LEBLANC, his ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION mates, Doug has continued to tour extensively, and has played on Skip's next for LITTLE AXE albums (HARD GRIND , CHAMPAGNE & GRITS  STONE COLD OHIO , and BOUGHT FOR A DOLLAR, SOLD FOR A DIME ). Doug, Keith and Skip also tour with original TACK>>HEAD (ON-U SOUND) vocalist MARK STEWART, calling themselves MARK STEWART + MAFFIA, and the three also contributed significantly to Stewart's 2008 album, EDIT, his first in nearly 20 years.
With current TACK>>HEAD vocalist BERNARD FOWLER, Skip, Keith, and Doug also tour as BAD DOG, playing sets dominated by tunes from the ROLLING STONES vocalist's first solo album, FRIENDS WITH PRIVILEGES, released in 2007.
Doug's daughter Nova 7, at the time, armed with her Daisy guitar, prepared for her first WimBash performance, stands out front of Doug's Asylum St. loft/studio in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The gold-domed state capital building stands out of Bushnell Park.
The Inaugural WimBash
2005 — Starting with a TACK>>HEAD REUNION in 2004 (the band's first performance in 14 years), Doug began hosting a show at Sully's Pub & Tiki Bar, a tiny beer bar/pizza joint near his home in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The annual "WIMBASH," as it was named in 2005, features Doug playing with a number of his world-class musician friends, as well as select local bands, providing the opportunity to see artists, who more often play large venues in large cities all around the world, in a much more intimate setting.
2012 — Now in its ninth year, Doug's WIMBASH is growing in popularity and attracting more and more talented musicians to his NOVA SOUND FAMILY. In addition to the hometown shows at SULLY's, Doug has partnered with ROCKHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT to present three WIMBASH WEST shows in Anaheim, California, with THE DREAM PROJECT in Dominican Republic for two Island Shows, and with ORIGINAL>>NOISE for an Inaugural ART DECO WEEKEND/WIMBASH>>MIAMI BEACH in January 2012.
"TONGUES ON FIRE" — A Tribute to The Black Panthers (Paris, France / February 6, 2010)
Doug's solo in Living Colour's performance of David Murray's musical interpretation of Emory Douglas' revolutionary art. Since his participation in the 1960s, Douglas has been known as The Black Panther Party's "Minister of Culture."
Celebrating the Blues
"The Way You Move" ... Doug with Will Calhoun (drums) and Bernie Worrell (keyboards) at a post-Katrina performance benefitting a New Orleans educational program for underprivileged local students.
BOUGHT FOR A DOLLAR, SOLD FOR A DIME
— Little Axe's 2011 Real World Records release.
— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)
— One of Doug's vocal performances on his second solo album, CinemaSonics.
Still a member of Living Colour, Doug has played with a long list of the world's finest musicians, including the Rolling Stones (together and individually), Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol, James Brown, Afrika Bambaataa, Al Green, Tarja Turunen, Mos Def, and today Lauryn Hill.