Jen Durkin
Jen Durkin Jen Durkin aka Pipes is a 12 year veteran of the funk jamband scene. Started Deep Banana Blackout with Tongue n Groove All stars in 1996. DBB self produced two CDs and hit the national touring hard until 2000 when she joined Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors. While working with the Wizard of Woo, Jen and the Conscious Underground ,a Brooklyn based funk metal band toured on the off nights. In 2002 Jen decided to focus on funk rock band The Bomb Squad and won a performance on the American Music Awards in 2003. Jen has appeared on stage with George Clinton and the Pfunk AllStars, The Original P, John Scofield, Gov't Mule, Fred Wesley, Bernard Purdie, Melvin Sparks, Melvin Seals, George Porter Jr, Leo Nocentelli and Tina Weymouth to name a few. Performing with these legendary musicians has profoundly affected Jen in her writing, recording and performance goals. Now with the start of her new production company Lotus Soundworks she will be stretching her self further into Soul jazz, Reggae Ska and Metal. Her most recent guest appearance on the Agent 23 Bski Rocks CD was masterfully recorded at Busstop Studios in Brooklyn by Tao Kostman. Jen is currently writing with Mystic Bowie for his Funkyska Allstars. Jen joins Mickey Hart's Rhythm Devils for their October tour 2006! Spring of 2007 She co wrote a collection of tunes with Matt DeTroycalled Equinox a departure from the rock driven mayhem of Deep Banana into sambafunk. Voted best Soul Singer by the readers of the Fairfield Weekly Jen now teams up with brother Johnny Durkin on The Kit, BrassTongue Rob Somerville, Jesse Gibbon ..s and Rich Zurkowski on bass. Durkin's Deep Dish is a spicy pie with Funk hiphop and Soul tunes old and new.... . www.lotussoundworks.com Mickey Hart Band Tourdates: June 6-Santa Rosa , CA-Harmony Festival June 8-Lawrence, KS-Wakarusa Festival July 2- Newport, KY-Southgate House July 3-Rothbury, MI-Rothbury Festival July 4-Garretsville, OH-Nelson Ledges July 5-Chicago, IL-Lakeview Music Festival July 6-Milwaukee, WI-Summerfest July 8-Northampton, MA-Calvin Thr. July 9-Alexandria, VA-Birchmere July 10-Morristown, NJ-Morristown Community Thr. July 11-Jim Thorpe, PA-Penn's Peak July 12-Patchogue, NY-Great S Bay Music Festival July 15-NY, NY-Fillmore NYC July 17-Buffalo, NY-Thursday in the Square July 18-Binghamton, NY Magic City Music Hall July 19-Pittsburgh, PA-Palace Theatre July 20- Baltimore , MD -Ram's Head Live July 22-Indianapolis, IN- Vogue Theatre July 23-Omaha, NE-Slowdown July 24-Detroit Lakes, MN-10,000 Lakes Festival