Bright Dog Red to play first ever O+ Festival Poughkeepsie

Organizers of the inaugural  O+ Festival Poughkeepsie announced that Bright Dog Red will be among some 20 acts to play the first incarnation of the innovative gathering.

The band will appear on August 4, 2017, as part of the Festival kick off and the City of Poughkeepsie’s “First Friday” events, 5:50 – 8:30 PM.

The non-profit O+ Festival (pronounced O-Positive) re-envisions community wellness by connecting musicians, artists and health & wellness providers to build a more sustainable solution to community well-being. The Festival exchanges the art of medicine for the medicine of art. O+ Festivals grow neighborhood by neighborhood, forming stronger communities and improving health. Festival sites include Chicago, Il; The Bronx, NY; Petaluma, CA; Kingston, NY; and Haverhill, MA.

Bright Dog Red returns to Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab

Bright Dog Red (BDR) returns to Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, July 16, 2017, 7:00 PM in a double bill with pianist Zack Clarke’s new band, “Communer.”

Since debuting in 2015, BDR has generated comparisons to “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman) and to “Electric Ahmad Jamal” (Don Lucoff). ShapeShifter Lab, “a vital part of the city’s jazz ecosystem,” according to the New York Times, played no small role in BDR’s development, presenting the band in early 2016.

BDR’s return is produced by ShapeShifter + (Plus), a non profit organization that exists “to support, inspire and foster the development of improvised/composed forms of music, dance, theatre and visual arts by way of presenting the most cutting edge and forward thinking artists of our time.”

ShapeShifter Lab is located at:

18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
 (Between 1st and Carroll, off 4th Ave- Park Slope)
R-train (Union Street Station), Atlantic/Pacific Barclay Center Stop).Parking is available on the same street. Nearest parking garage is on 2nd Street (cross street: 4th Ave); Street parking available on the streets.
Admission $15.00

Bright Dog Red to Launch New Series At Spectrum NYC

Spectrum NYC has announced that Bright Dog Red will kick off the venue’s newest programming series, “Club Disorder (Spectrum Underground).” The series, created to incubate an avant rock, underground music scene at the venue’s new Brooklyn location, launches on June 10, 2017. BDR will play between 8:00 and 10:00 PM. Admission, $15.

Spectrum is a technology-intensive music/performance venue and art gallery.  Its mission is (1) to support innovation and virtuosity in the arts and (2) to foster conversation around ideas, culture and current social / political issues. Spectrum is located at 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, in Brooklyn, NY, across from the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

Emerging Indie Bands reviews “Bullet Proof Shoes”

Emerging Indie Bands, a UK based music blog, has reviewed Bright Dog Red’s second release, the extended play titled “Bullet Proof Shoes.” Emerging Indie Bands described the 31-minute extended improvisation as:

“Just over half an hour of extemporised psychedelic jazz-hop trickles through…Bullet Proof Shoes in a track that has a dark air about it reflective of the parlous state of social cohesion which exists throughout the globe.”

Read the full review here:


Trumpeter Jarritt Sheel joins Bright Dog Red

Bright Dog Red welcomed their newest core member today, trumpeter Jarritt Sheel. Jarritt, who first sat in with BDR at New York’s Spectrum in early May, adds new color to the multifaceted ensemble. Sheel, a skilled improviser, also makes use of effects, extended technique, and other modifications to his distinctly warm tone.

Jarritt Sheel teaches music in the Bronx, NY. In addition to teaching, playing with BDR, and gigging around NY, Mr. Sheel is a doctoral student in the Music Education Ed.D. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research focuses on popular music, hip-hop, critical theory, and music teacher preparation.

Masked Faces reviews “Bullet Proof Shoes”

Masked Faces, an independent music blog, has reviewed Bright Dog Red’s second release, the extended play titled “Bullet Proof Shoes.” Masked faces writes:

“New York’s experimental outfit Bright Dog Red breathe life into their music, evolving with each subsequent sonic experiment they engage… Get lost in Bright Dog Red’s latest offering, “Bullet Proof Shoes,” and revel in musical metamorphosis.”

Check out the full review at

Bright Dog Red Releases “Bullet Proof Shoes”

ALBANY, NY, May 9. 2017: Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, NY, has released new music, an extended play release titled “Bullet Proof Shoes.”

Bullet Proof Shoes.” the band’s second release following 2015’s “Teasers,” features a single track, a 31-minute long extended improvisation, reminiscent of and inspired by BDR’s live sets.

The band’s live improvisations, often featuring guest soloists, have garnered a considerable following among fans of creative, improvised music in New York City and throughout New York’s Hudson Valley.

Bullet Proof Shoes” captures the essence of BDR’s live performances, spanning a wide array of genres, tempi, and soundscapes. The track is almost entirely improvised, with minimal editing, overdubbing, or processing. A singles version of the release is due out later in 2017.