Saturday, December 4, 2010

FW:|Tonight--hoboe & apocryphonic @ slainte wine bar, 25 preble st, 10 pm, 21+, free.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

FW:|Hoboe 2nite @ genos w project vii & bukura. 10 pm. $6.
FW:|Hoboe 2nite @ genos w project vii & bukura. 10 pm. $6.

Monday, November 8, 2010

World Kindness Day


Performing at Genos Rock Club with Project VII and Bukura

Hoboe will perform atGenos Rock Club, 625 Congress St. with alt-rockers Project VII and heavy blues-rockers Bukura, on Saturday, November 13 which has been designated "World Kindness Day," to promote more kindness around the world. The show starts at 10 pm, doors open at 9 pm. Admission is $6, 21+.

World Kindness Day was established by the World Kindness Movement along with a Declaration of Kindness with a mission to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world.. "In acknowledgment of the fundamental importance of simple human kindness, ...we pledge to join together to build a kinder and more compassionate world."

This will be Hoboe's third time sharing a show with Project VII and second billing with Bukura. "The Project VII guys are real kind guys," says Hoboe's Zen Ben, "and Timmy Gangbang from Bukura can be kind of kind sometimes, too."

Attendees are urged to bring a heightened sense of compassion and understanding and to be expressive with their acts of kindness. Gestures such as hugging, holding hands, giving compliments and buying friends (and the bands) courtesy beers are all highly encouraged!
Hoboe will ring in the next day at midnight with some mean riffs, bad ass beats and maddening jams, but kindness will still be encouraged and/or tolerated.






"They don't just dare to be different, they rock it out." --Todd M. Richard, Portland Magazine

Hoboe is a new rock paradigm featuring amplified oboe and various odd and end bizarre eccentricities in a genre-bending steam train to your strangest desires.

Oboe is centerpiece to a cross-rock sound with hints of metal, punk, classic, psychedelic, jazz, alternative, folk, grunge, prog and pop. A 21st century post-rock Jethro Tull.

zen Ben--oboe, guitar, vocals
Thom Metz--guitar, vocals
Jon Bangs--drums, vocals
Ben Holt--bass

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Yes, it's October in Maine. Here we are, a cooling Hoboe, gathering our nuts together for winter's hibernation. Claiming the title of "world's premier rock oboe band" doesn't come easy, we have a lot of work to do... and we can't let this cold chill slow us down.

Firstly, thanks to everybody who caught our show at the Empire this week.

Set List:
I'm Your Man - Steve - Radioactive Radiation Blues - Two Minutes to Twelve - Ghost in My Heart - Phil

Radioactive Radiation Blues, a song by our friend Buddy Swenson, hasn't been played by us in probably over a year--it felt good to dust that one off... we may keep that in regular rotation.

Breaking news! The Hoboe debut single "I'm Your Man/Charlie" is now available on hard copy of MP3 at

Don't forget that you can get Hoboe also at our favorite local CD store Bull Moose at

We have Hoboe T-shirts available online

We really don't mind you buying our stuff, and many copies of it... we're trying to get the funds together to get our full-length CD mastered, manufactured and distributed... we know we're sitting on quite a gem here, the quintessential rock oboe masterpiece to date (if we could be so humble), and believe us, it doesn't make us feel any better that it's still not out than it does our fans who have also been waiting over a year for this art.

We're convinced that as we near the final stages of releasing this, lots of opportunities will open up for us. In the meantime, stay tuned for more developments.. such as a possible campaign.

We're playing Genos Rock Club Saturday, Nov. 13th. We're headlining again, with support from Project Seven and Bukura.

We'll also be at Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge on Saturday, Dec. 4th with a band tba.

New songs in the work also.

As always, we love our fans and thank you for the support...
-zen Ben

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FW:|Hoboe plays 2nite 7-9 @ empire. Halloween party in support of ben chipman, independent candidate 4 state rep in parkside district!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


What a great time we had last night at Sean's full-moon costume party! I was an elf that Santa fired, Thom was a werewolf and Jon was a sailor. The crowd was great, and the bands were awesome -- The Watermen, Heart Shaped Rock, Sun God in Exile, Clubberlang... The room probably sounded better than any bar we've ever played in. It is after all, a recording studio. Having Bob Bergeron come up and play/sing a song with us for the first time in over a year was also a real treat. We haven't played "Charlie" since he left the band, and it's a great song. Here's the setlist:
Orange - Phil - St. Starin' - Charlie - Ghost in My Heart

Next stop on the Hoboe train is a Halloween party on Tuesday, in support of Independent candidate Ben Chipman for State Representative. Ben has been a friend of mine for a long time, over a decade and he's got an excellent chance of winning this race... so we're going to have fun at any rate... we're playing downstairs at The Empire.

On other fronts, Adam Ayan from Gateway Mastering Studios has agreed to take on the mastering of our debut CD, so we will be launching a fundraising campaign to cover the costs very soon. Also, our debut CD is now available online at CDBaby, and will soon be available on iTunes, and more.

Stay tuned for more exciting Hoboe news....

=Zen Ben

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FW:|Its still summer! Dont let the cool air kill it early. Hoboe 2nite @ genos w th milk bros & th grumps!

Friday, August 27, 2010

FW:|Tonight u can acquire special ancient powers @ genos w hoboe, thee icepicks & the watermen. $6. 10 pm.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

FW:|All ages show 2moro (sun) @ 7 @ the station. Hoboe, Armstrong, The Skummymen, & Bukura! Hoboe on @ 10.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Textblog. Setlist for 7/30 @ Slainte: . All Aboard - Forfeit - Ghost in My Heart - Steve - Breakdown Lane - St. Starin'

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FW:|Youve been forewarned! Hoboe plays 2moro (fri) 9:30-10:45 @ slainte.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hoboe is gearing up for some late summer & autumn shows & getting our cd mastered & released & also writing new tunes, so stay tuned for more info soon. Loveya!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to the Hoboe Blog Log!

The year is 2010 and we are kicking off the Hoboe blog. We can't wait to release our CD to y'all and to play a bunch more shows for you.

We are, after all, a premier rock oboe band, and who to better spread the gospel of loud amplified electric rock oboe than yours truly. We hope you find as much joy in our music as we do creating it for you.

We're just trying to keep the magic alive in this world and we believe we are helping to forge a new 21st century rock sound.

Thank you for finding us!