Washington DC’s Oh He Dead brings their funky, poppy rock vibes wherever they go. Led by CJ Bowlin’ Johnson and her golden pipes, the five-piece group includes lead guitarist Alex Salser, John Daise-on-the-bass (say it outloud), Adam Ashforth on drums, and ViRG on keys. The close-knit crew is known for their contagious joy, and for putting on a hell of a live show as Johnson “maneuvers her powerful voice — a combination of Stevie Nicks and Tracy Chapman” (Kojo Nnamdi) in rhythm with the band’s “sublime instrumentation” (NPR) and “infectious and soulful sound” (Washington Post). Their third album, Ugly is out this spring.

Press Quotes about 2023 Album

“...excellent voice, excellent sound, powerful lyrics, and beautiful harmonies.” - KEXP

“It’s as real as it gets. Now we’re cookin’.”- NPR

"...the new tracks by the band are catchy, danceable slices of funky soul-pop" - WXPN

"If you’re ready to fall head over heels in love with your next favorite band, Oh He Dead is here for you" - Chorus.fm

"If you’re looking for a live show to help you feel happy, Oh He Dead is definitely for you." - Parklife DC

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Events featuring OH HE DEAD

Mar 14, 2024
1:00am — 1:40am
Mar 14, 2024
3:00pm — 3:40pm
Presented by
88.5 FM KCSN The SoCal Sound
Mar 15, 2024
1:00am — 1:40am
Presented by
NIVA’s Live List
Mar 16, 2024
10:00pm — 10:40pm
Presented by
Songs From A Room' by Sofar Sounds
Washington, DC, United States
Professional Connections
OH HE DEAD is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Brand Partnership
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Distribution - US
  • Distribution - UK/Europe
  • Distribution - Worldwide
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - UK/Europe
  • PR/Publicity Agency
  • Producer/Studio Engineer
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors