Chogyi Lama, 20 year old guitarist/singer/writer/producer from Woodstock, New York, is a shapeshifter—moving intuitively across genres and styles, embodying whatever he is playing. His original songs and Neo-Soul vocals are reminiscent of a young Maxwell or D’Angelo, his guitar playing is fierce yet fluid. Headlining as Chogyi Lama, he also regularly performs as part of 420 Funk Mob and in Simi Stone’s core band. His work with Darryl Jenifer & Gary Miller (Doctor Know) has brought him to both RIOT and Growlers Fest stages— performing with Bad Brains and into the studio with artists Lenny White, John Medeski, and Denzel Curry among others (be on the lookout, for more from the Bad Brains fam).

Sitting in with some of the industry’s most inspiring artists, he has come to  be known as a remarkable guitar player with elegance, power and humility far beyond his years. His recent shows have called out his diverse, multigenerational audience who expected to hear guitar focused sets, and met a singer, songwriter and performer who continues to surprise and inspire them.

Chogyi’s been producing upcoming talent, nurturing collaborations and working on original music.  Most recently, he kicked off the Golden Anniversary season at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts—the site of the Original Woodstock Festival (stay tuned for some summer announcements!) 

While lending his talent to others, he found the time to  independently release “Karma”— written, played, recorded and produced in his home studio (powered by a crashing dinosaur of an Imac). The choice to single-handedly create this work was one that afforded him full freedom of expression. It’s out on all platforms

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Notably professional when sharing the stage, the list includes, but does not end with, Jon Anderson, Scott Petito, Jerry Marotta, Dan LittletonJohn Sebastian,  Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween), Brendan SmallMarcus Machado, Michael Clip Payne & 420 Funk Mob, Mike KeneallyBlack Rock Coalition Orchestra, Corey Glover, Ike Willis, Sara Lee, Graham Nash, Scott Ian, and Gibby Haynes.


Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Hazel, Wes Montgomery, Eric Gales, Mateus Asato, Joey Eppard and 3, Curtis Mayfield, Isaiah Sharkey, Miles Davis, D’Angelo, Andy Timmons, Dr Know, Plini, Mario Camarena/Erick Hansel – Chon, John Scoffield, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring and Alan Holdsworth


Some things you may not have known….

  • At seventeen months old, Chogyi began working with Jazz musician Jayna Nelson’. Originally reluctant to take on someone so young, she was pleasantly surprised to find him to be her most attentive and focused student––of any age. Her work focused not on instrumentation or theory, but rather, connecting neurological pathways with relationship to sound and vibration. They worked together, weekly, until sometime around age six.
  • It was Woodstock area musician, Joey Eppard’s percussive style that inspired Chogyi to pick up the guitar at three years old… Beginning with a video of five or so of Joey’s songs followed by one guitar lesson, the two developed a close bond which continues to this day. 
  • With a bit of teenage reluctance, Chogyi joined Paul Green’s Rock Academy as a drummer in 2014. Within a week, Paul convinced him to pick the guitar back up, which he hadn’t touched in about seven years. Taking on more than twice the workload of the most students––switching off between the guitar and drums––he rose quickly to become one of the Academy’s MVP players.
  • As the grandson of Richie Havens, Chogyi is honored to celebrate the momentous fifty year landmark of the Original Woodstock Festival. It is not easy for any artist to come up in the footsteps of a legend. While it is an honor to come from such a lineage, he chooses not to lead with his heritage. An agile and versatilely adept musician, it is Chogyi’s wish that his music speaks for itself, while honoring his grandfather’s legendary contributions to the history of music across the globe.



JUST DROPPED: Guitars on Fire Vol. 2 ––An all new Sample Loops, Stems & Midi Kit which was produced by Kali Dossantos (LuciDreamz) & Chogyi Lama. Guitars on fireUsing real guitar recordings, in additional other instrumentation, this pack will give you those Lil Baby, Gunna, Wheezy, Turbo vibes you’ve been looking for. Chop the samples up, or use the pre-arranged samples and just add drums. Multiple ways to flip these samples, with the included stems and midi files!

What you get with this kit:

10 Original Guitar Samples

Additional Instrumentation to compliment the live guitars.

Tracked out stems of all instruments used

Midi files of the additional instruments used

Peep a preview on Soundcloud

Karma––Written, Produced and Released 9/8/18

It’s out on all platforms.

Support Independent artists––Get it on Bandcamp






Sitting in with some friends: 

Marlon Dubois—Toyota (feat. Chogyi Lama)

Tumble (feat. Chogyi Lama)


In Honor of our Songbird Crane, Anna Dooley. Rest In Power:


A Rough Reel… 

With Daniel Littleton at Colony Cafe in Woodstock, January 2019

With Bad Brains @ RiotFest 2017

With Mind Power & Bad Brains @ Okay Space in Brooklyn, NY May 2017:


Click for some photos from Okay Space

With Aaron Freeman–Gene Ween Does Billy Joel August 2017:


Voodoo Child cover

American Sun Guitars Demo





city winery

Thursday, April 18, 2019  

City Winery 10th Anniversary: Remembering Richie Havens Feat. Teddy Thompson, David Bromberg, Milton, Josh Kaufman, Amy Helm, Chogyi Lama, John Hammond & more to be announced! Get Tickets HERE



With Simi Stone––

Saturday April 27th, 2019

at Levon Helm’s Barn

Gates: 6:30pm
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm

Reserved Seating: $40
Standing Room: $25

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Read our Ticket Policy.

420 pot parade


420 Funk Mob will be kicking off the 2019 Cannabis Parade & Rally in Union Square… (MORE INFO HERE)




“1969: When Woodstock Changed the World” A conference at Marist College June 12-14

Chogyi performs on Friday June at a Woodstock Festival panel discussion moderated by Wade Lawrence, director of the Museum at Bethel Woods. (learn more HERE)


The Great Hudson River Clearwater Revival
The oldest and most noted Music & Environmental Festival is turning 50!
Chogyi performs on Saturday afternoon 
June 15th
(Stage  and Time TBA). 
Learn more (HERE)

WE 2019

August 9-11 (Schedule/date TBA)

Learn more (HERE)





Thursday April 4th at The Colony Cafe

CHOGYI LAMA with special Guests Daniel Littleton  and Olivia Gabriel 

(Check out a killer review of this show HERE)





F79AF6B1-1C29-472A-B425-18E311924DEEFriday March 29th––Chogyi performed a short set at a sneak preview of  the Woodstock Festival 50th anniversary exhibit “We Are Golden” as a precursor to  Bethel Woods Season Opening of The Museum It is an honor to have been asked to kickoff the season celebrating 50 years since Chogyi’s Grandfather, Richie Havens’ iconic Festival opening performance in 1969

**The exhibit will run for the entire season***

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With Simi Stone @ Colony Cafe

Valentine’s Day, 7:00 pm Doors–8:00 pm Show




With Clip Payne’ 420 FUNK MOB

8:00 pm Doors

9:00 pm Show






@ The Falcon Underground–Marlboro, Saturday October 20th





@ The Lodge– Woodstock, Friday, November 2nd 9:00 pm Show





Rockwood Music Hall––In The Historic Back Room Theater [enter via Wall St]

Friday, November 23rd

$15 adv / $20 door | 16+ | 7PM Doors / 8PM Show

The White Album 50 Years @ Bearsville Theater,

Saturday, December 1st

Catch a snippet HERE 


chogyi marlon kaliBearsville Theater, Saturday September 8th

CD Release Party

(One of the last shows at Bearsville Theater in its latest incarnation)




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Chogyi Lama, Calvin Alfaro, Olivia Gabriel & Donahue

Bearsville Theater, Tuesday July 3rd 2018

(Packed House)


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WithMind Power & Bad Brains at Okay Space





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