Minnesota jam band Useful Jenkins will make a stop in Ames on December 28 for a show at DG's Tap House (127 Main Street). Syracuse, New York funk/hip hop group Sophistafunk will open the show. The concert is scheduled to start at 9 p.m., and it will be a 21-and-over music event. Tickets for the show are $8, and they may be purchased at the door or online through MidwesTix.
Useful Jenkins got their start in Mankato, Minnesota in 2002. The band describes their sound as "acoustic jamgrass", a blend of acoustic campfire music, rootsy folk rock, bluegrass, and jam styles. Useful Jenkins released their first album, Fast Eddie, in 2009. The band followed that up with their sophomore effort, Festival Express, in September of this year. In between, the group was featured on the compilation CD for the Harmony Park, Minnesota music festival The Family Reunion 2011. Besides Family Reunion, Useful Jenkins has also played festivals like the Hemp Hoe Down and the Prairie Grass Music Festival. Check out music from the band in the nearby video box.