Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies play music that the whole family can enjoy!!
Featuring creative, fun and downright danceable music for children and their parents, Brian and his Good Buddies have performed all around the Seattle area and the northwest for nearly a decade. Including shows at Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife, the Northwest Railway Museum, and as a part of the Kindiependent concert series, the group has also played numerous benefit concerts for Childhaven and Seattle Children's Hospital.
NEW ALBUM: BVGB! Brian Vogan's latest album is now available!
The Good Buddies began as an extension of Brian's work at the Childhaven schools in Seattle. As an early childhood music instructor at the schools, Brian has spent the last 7 years working with children who have been removed from situations of abuse or neglect. It was Brian's work with these lovely kids that first inspired him to compose his own music for children, and the songs he writes are inspired by the interests and ideas of his students.
In 2008 Brian teamed with arranger/pianist Jeremy Reinhold and longtime musical collaborator and multi instrumentalist Kory Ochsner to record Little Songs, which was hailed by critics as one of the best children's CDs of 2008, and received a best of the decade nod by Wired Magazine's blog, GeekDad, and the band's animated video for That's How a Pumpkin Grows (animated by Alberto Cerriteno) was voted best video of 2010 on Zooglobble. Since then the Good Buddies have gone on to release Sing a Little Song (2010), Born to Wiggle (2012), Let's Go! (2013), High Five! (2014) and their latest BVGB (2015) available here! High 5 and BVGB also featured fabulous cover artwork and merchandise designed by Scott Brothers.
In 2010 Seattle newspaper The Stranger proclaimed:
Seattle's Brian Vogan can and should take credit for inventing a new genre of kids' music called "kindie rock."
Carrie from Growing my Kids Reviews also wrote:
Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies are incredibly talented musicians, singing songs with great, amusing lyrics, and a fabulous sound as well. The songs on Born to Wiggle range from sweet to outright headbanging music. It's an album that both my kids and I are happy to listen to again and again.
Beyond this, Brian and his Good Buddies have also donated a copy of each album to every child enrolled at the Childhaven schools in Seattle for each of the last 6 years. The Good Buddies have also given discs to disadvantaged kiddos at several other schools around Seattle, and in Montana where Brian was born. In total more than 2500 CD's have been given to children in need of extra smiles! You can support the work Brian and his Good Buddies do for Childhaven by visiting the store or contacting them to set up a performance. By supporting the band, you will help them continue to bring creative and diverse music and enrichment to the community in and around Seattle, and you will ensure that this music reaches hundreds of disadvantaged children.
Who are the Good Buddies?
Brian and his Good Buddies are influenced by a vast array of musicians and genres, and by incorporating many styles into their music, the group is able to reach a broad audience of children and adults! Singer and early childhood music educator Danika Rose Morrow is a fabulous vocalist and performer, and her and Brian have also teamed to form Little Songs Early Childhood Music Education giving musical instruction to children of all ages. Danika and Brian also perform Good Buddy classics as a duo and are available for smaller concerts or parties.
In addition to Kory, Jeremy and Danika the full band includes bassist extraordinaire Michael Trew and his wife Lauren on horns. Violinist Julie Baldridge and drummer Bill Ray (email@example.com) on the skins.
Alumni and friends include: Kieran Pechter (vocals, keyboards), Libby Molamphy (vocals, percussion), Diana Shomstein (vocals, glockenspiel), Ben Baier (bass), Jason Thane (keyboard) and Kellianne Cadavona (vocals).
How do I get in touch?For more information please email band manager Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is currently booking shows for 2016 and beyond! Also feel free to like and follow the band on Facebook!
"Born to Wiggle", "Sing a Little Song", and "Little Songs" are now available! Pick up your copies today!