Barroom Philosophers Release Debut EP, Announce Shows

The Barroom Philosophers formed in the summer of 2014, and since then the self-described “funky reggae with a side of rock” band has played countless gigs throughout Central New York. Most recently, the Syracuse-based group released their debut EP titled, Thoughts That Count, and are still in the running for a SAMMYs People’s Choice Award for favorite local band.


Mastered by Langston Masingale (StudioDOG Pro), the three-track EP features the producer’s signature analog style (using his self-invented Zulu device) and has found airplay on Syracuse-area radio stations, including Dave Frisina’s “Soundcheck” on Rebel 105.9. The release, including songs “Role Models,” “Zillion Pound Babies” and “Animal is Caged,” dishes up 15 minutes of original funk jams. Frontman David Koegel’s soulful chops set the groove on TTC, backed by surfy blues-rock riffs, cool horns, mellow bass lines and steady beats. Think Sublime meets the Black Crowes.

The four-piece former cover band, consisting of Brenden Boshart (drums), Ty Hancock (bass), Koegel (vocals) and Joshua Way (guitar), have nearly 20 shows scheduled at hometown spots like Funk ‘N Waffles and the Westcott Theater, plus they are booked to perform at RocCity Brewfest in Rochester and Wild Weed Acres Music Festival in Ovid this summer.

A complete list of dates for the Barroom Philosophers is available below. Thoughts That Count can be streamed digitally through the band’s website.

Barroom Philosophers 2016 Dates (New York):

1/29 – The Ferris Wheel – Oswego
1/30 – Mac’s Bad Art Bar – Mattydale
2/6 – Mohegan Manor – Baldwinsville
2/12 – Funk N Waffles (University) – Syracuse
2/20 – RocCity Brewfest – Rochester
2/26 – The Ferris Wheel – Oswego
2/28 – Westcott Theater – Syracuse
3/5 – Mohegan Manor – Baldwinsville
3/11 – The Ferris Wheel – Oswego
3/18 – Old City Hall – Oswego
3/26 – Kitty Hoynes – Syracuse
4/1 – Limp Lizard – Liverpool
4/8 – The Ferris Wheel – Oswego
4/16 – Old City Hall – Oswego
4/23 – Bridge Street Tavern – Solvay
5/13 – Kitty Hoynes – Syracuse
5/20 – Old City Hall – Oswego
5/28 – The Ferris Wheel – Oswego
6/30 – Wild Weed Acres Music Festival – Ovid

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