The Buddhahood

The Buddhahood

 Rochester, New York, USA
BandWorldJam

Roots, Rock , Reggae, Ska / World-ternative!
FUN! Dance-inducing World-ternative groove. A smorgasbord of world influences wrapped in a giant percussive rock-n-roll burrito. Steel drum, horns, percussion, vocal harmonies, & smokin' guitar, served up with Roots, Rock, Samba, Ska, Funk, Jam, Reggae, Calypso, Afro-Pop, and a slice of Americana.

Biography

Blurring the line between stage and dance floor, The Buddhahood abides with the vibes and after losing their beloved band leader, Tony Cavagnaro, to a car crash in 2007, they continue on with the sound he created while mixing their own new, fresh Buddha batter onto the scene, whipping crowds of enthusiastic fans into a frenzy and transcending audiences with their explosive and soulful shows. This is an incarnation whose musical energy comes from power and spirit, and with songs about perspective, picking oneself up and having crazy amounts of fun.

Making up this highly creative and entertaining ensemble are eight members, with a wide spectrum of character and musical background. Know for their multi-instrumental, powerhouse sets, The Buddhahood represents with a variety of vocal styles, percussion, guitar, horns, bass and keys in shades of Roots, Rock, Reggae, Funk and Afrobeat in a flavor they call "Worldternative" as each song forces you to stay on the dance floor.

The new Buddhahood release, "The Space" is a project of nine killer tunes, all composed by it members, as much a dedication to the University Avenue rehearsal space (a second home), and "B" post for friends, talented collaborators  and guest performers from the upstate area as well as across the country.

Each song on the album tastefully connects like a freight train rolling. Five songs written by peace and groove master, Nate Coffey, feature soulful singing and funky guitar riffs, along with "Marta", a song written by and dedicated to his father Bill Coffey. Poet and sage, Rick Whitney, word-smithed his artistry on his original "Orchid Girl" as well as two Aftrobeat-influenced songs ("Scared Dance" and "Froba"), on which he collaborated with composer and horn orchestrator, Gabriel Costanzo. Costanzo also wrote the fiery Afto-Brazillian-inspired piece "Temptress Eyes", and instrumental with a punch-you-in-the-face horn line that gives way to a ripping guitar solo.

Of course, The Buddhahood has always been known for its drumming. Led by Peet Mugnolo on drum kit, featuring Captain David Weinberg and Paul Mastriani on congas, timbales, jembe and too many other percussion toys and instruments to name. The drums and percussion drive this album forward from beginning to end. Goddess among Saxophone, Courtney Balles, along with two surprise special guests horn players blast melodies that layer and entice you to learn and sing them for days, while the keys and sound engineering of Jim Schwarz brings the Buddhahood Sound to perfect light.

Go get the CD and see the show, because a wise man once said, "Listen and you'll hear everything."

The Buddhahood is currently supporting their latest nine-song CD release, "The Space." Other recordings span almost two decades and are available directly from the band or on cdbaby.com

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheBuddhahood

peace ~ The Buddhahood

discography:
The Buddhahood "The SPACE" (2017)
BUDDHAHOOD "Root" (2013)
Toasty: Live at Park Ave Fest 2007 [2-disc Live CD] (2007)
Muddy Roots (2006)
Live at the German House (2005)
Live at Park Ave (2004)
Live at Park Ave (2002)
Perpetual Verge (select rel.)(1999)
Welcome (1999)
Rub the Buddha (1997)

BH:
Jim Schwarz - Keyboards, Tuba
Gabe Costanzo - Trumpet
Courtney Balles - Alto sax, Flute, Vocals
Rick Whitney - Bass,  Pointy Shaker Thing, Vocals
Nate Coffey - Guitar, Vocals
Pete Mugnolo - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Kris Kimmel - Stick/Hand Percussion

alt.members:
Chris DiStasio - Guitar
Matthew Sieber-Ford - Tenor Sax
Michael Edwards -Tenor, Barry Sax
Paul Mastriani - Stick/Hand Percussion
John Payton - percussion
Capt. David Weinberg - Stick/Hand Percussion, Frottoir

Lyrics

Perfect Light

Written By: Tony Cavagnaro

ROOT (Ep) 2013
(Tony Cavagnaro)

I am here to talk about a perfect light
Crippled by fear you don’t know why this can’t go on
Mad men preaching hatred all around our world
I am here to talk about a perfect light

You hear their lies they blind your eyes,
This can’t go on
They can not hear they do not see
Their hearts are black
A forked tongue can’t preach peace
By sacrificing lives
I am here to talk about a perfect light

We belong to the earth,
It does not belong to us
I wonder what kind of weed will grow,
When we are gone

Seek the truth to speak the truth show your light
Stand up strong look them in the eye
Ask them why
Mad men preaching hatred all around our world
I am here to talk about a perfect light
I am here to talk about a perfect light
I am here to talk about

(Going to See) DR. B.

Written By: Gabe Costanzo

ROOT (Ep) 2013
(Gabe Costanzo)

INSTRUMENTAL

Zydeco

Written By: Gabe Costanzo,Pete Mugnolo

ROOT (Ep) 2013
(Gabe Costanzo – Pete Mugnolo)

If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor
Check your hat, your coat, and your worries at the door
We don't care if you're young or old
Fellas get yourselves a pretty lady to hold
Ladies find a guy who will do what he's told
If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor.

If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor
Ya know we had a feelin' you'd be comin' back for more
We don't care if you stay all night
Double step to the left double step to the right
Hold your baby close to you with all of your might
If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor

If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor
Louisiana rhythm gonna thrill you to the core
Play that music for ya all night long
Singing and dancin' while we're playing our song
Dance to zydeco nuthin' ever go wrong.
If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor

If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor
So many bodies movin' that they're flowin' out the door
Keep on movin' till the break of dawn
People comin' and comin' to the rhythm they're drawn
Folks are shakin' they're money makers out on the lawn
If you zydeco, get your baby on the floor

BIGGIE

Written By: Tony Cavagnaro

ROOT (Ep) 2013
(Tony Cavagnaro)

Biggie was a friend of mine
Biggie crossed the line
Biggie said he’s gonna do it
Read about it in the morning

Biggie knew it was time
Biggie said goodbye
He took off down the road
Determined to make it right

The image burns in my mind
A picture I know is not right
Biggie caused me to think
That words breathe fire

Biggie knew it was time
Biggie crossed the line
Biggie said he’s gonna do it
Read about it in the morning
Read about it in the morning
Read about it in the morning

Biggy
Biggy was a friend of mine
Biggy crossed the line
Biggy said he’s gonna do it
Read about it in the morning

Biggy knew it was time
Biggy said goodbye
He took off down the road
Determined to make it right

The image burns in my mind
A picture I know is not right
Biggy caused me to think
That words breathe fire

Biggy knew it was time
Biggy crossed the line
Biggy said he’s gonna do it
Read about it in the morning
Read about it in the morning
Read about it in the morning

Freight Train

Written By: Rick Whitney

ROOT (Ep) 2013
(Rick Whitney)

(Chorus)Just like a freight train rollin
You gota get on, get on
Just like a freight train rollin
You gotta get on, get on
Get on to the next horizon
You gotta go on, go on
Go on see the bright star rising
You gotta grow on, grow on

In the tunnel once again my friend
It’s a very dark place
Feels like it’s the end
But if you reach out you will see the bend
Don’t fail to make the turn now
There’s a lot to learn now

Lies and your cries and the silent good byes
There’s a lot of blame to go around
And people to despise but
The road you choose. You make your mind
Nobody else can heal you
We want to see the real you

(repeat chorus)

In the middle with no ear to lend
I say my prayers and lay back
Gotta take the day back
But we have a job to do now
No more drama no more ego
Gotta follow through now

It goes with the blows. Once a friend now a foe
Let it go. It’ll grow. Gotta reap what you sow
If you follow what you love now
You will rise above now
But you gotta let it out

(chorus)

The bend in the road is not the end of the road
Unless you fail to make the turn

Dirt Sleep

Written By: Tony Cavagnaro

Muddy Roots 2006
(Tony Cavagnaro)

I’m looking forward to my dirt sleep
But I’m not ready yet
I still haven’t built my castle
Or even put up a shed
And I’ve got more to say
And I’ll repeat it again,
I’m looking forward to my dirt sleep
But for now, I’ll just go to bed
And when I wake up tomorrow
All happy and refreshed
It’ll probably be noontime, till I
Think about getting dressed
And I’ll head out into the world with a
Smile on my lips,
A little sneer in my eyes,
I’ll get to work soon
And I’ll try to be on time
When it’s my time to go
I won’t fight out that door
‘Cause once I’m in my dirt sleep
I’ll have trouble no more

No Mind

Written By: Tony Cavagnaro

Muddy Roots 2006
(Tony Cavagnaro)

Just you no mind
And forget what you heard
Act like nothin’ even ever happened
Think twice about talkin’ or even guessing no mind
And forget what you heard
Just you no mind
Just you no mind
And forget what you might have seen
Such an illusion
A projection on a mean, green screen
That was not a scream
You had a daydream
So just you no mind
And forget what you seen

Discography

The Buddhahood "The SPACE" (2017)
BUDDHAHOOD "Root" (2013)
Toasty: Live at Park Ave Fest 2007 [2-disc Live CD] (2007)
Muddy Roots (2006)
Live at the German House (2005)
Live at Park Ave (2004)
Live at Park Ave (2002)
Perpetual Verge (select rel.)(1999)
Welcome (1999)
Rub the Buddha (1997)

Set List

The Buddhahood plays all-original music.
Sets can run anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours non-stop.
Set lists often include the following songs:
All Our Own
Beach Tune
Big Boy Dream
Big Fish
Care
Dirt Sleep
Ecosystem
Free Man
Gave Up All My Sorrows
Goodbye Again
Hey What's Goin' On?
Higher State
Home On the Ol' Enzyme
In the End
Ital is Vital
January Thaw
Kaya
Listen
Museum of Life
No Mind
Oh Woman
On My Way Home
Orchid Girl
Parachute Ride
Perfect Light
Purify My Mind
Relax
Rub the Buddha
Rule of Law
Sandy and Carl
Shady Side of the Hill
Spiller
Spy Surfer
Steely Pan
Swamp Ghost
Techno
Temptress Eyes
Through the Veil
Uncle Patty
Underwear
What's My Crime?
When're We Gonna Go?
Worry Tune

Besides the full blown electric show, The Buddhahood also performs Drum and Horn Marches, and facilitates Drum workshops.