Deep Banana BlackoutDeep Banana Blackout has proven themselves to be one of the hardest working bands to come out of the Northeast. In the last year alone, they played over two hundred shows nationwide. From soul, funk and jazz to latin, metal and psychedelia, their diverse sound combines elements of the many influences that the band has acquired over the years.
Deep Banana Blackout formed in the summer of 1995. Their talents have been noticed by some of the heavy hitters of their musical genre, having shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Taj Mahal, and George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars. DBB has also played host to many of music¹s greats as special guests including Fred Wesley, Clyde Stubblefield, Michael Ray, Butch Trucks and the ReBirth Brass Band.
In July of 1997, DBB released their first studio effort entitled "Live in the Thousand Islands." In the first year after it's release, the CD had sold over 7,000 copies.The Long Island Voice voted it their number one CD of 1997 (with the likes of Medeski Martin & Wood and Miles Davis rounding out the top 10).
In February of 1999, Deep Banana Blackout released their second recording, a double live CD called Rowdy Duty. The album was recorded in one night at 7 Willow St. in Port Chester, NY. The disc showcases the band's energetic live performance and ability to improvise as well as their songwriting skills.
Each year since their inception, Deep Banana Blackout has been voted by the readers of the Hartford County Advocate, The Fairfield County Weekly and The Island Ear as the area's best funk band. They were also nominated for a Long Island Music Award in 1998.
On New Year's Eve, the band played a record-breaking performance at the Wetlands Preserve in NYC. They started at 11:30 PM and played their last note at 6:30 AM to a crowd of almost 1100 people.
All of these accomplishments could not happen without the DBB core audience, known as "the Funk Mob". They are a group of dedicated fans that will travel wherever the band is to help spread the energy that the band conveys. DBB currently has a nationwide mailing list of over 10,000 names. The band has become a "homegrown" success story, doing all of their business from their in-house production company. All business management, publicity, promotions, distribution and merchandising are handled by the full time staff and volunteers that work out of the band's Fairfield County, CT. office.
The band consists of Jennifer Durkin on vocals, Fuzzy on guitar & vocals, Rob Somerville on tenor and soprano saxophone & vocals, Rob Volo on trombone, guitar & vocals, Benj LeFevre on bass, Cyrus Madan on organ, Johnny Durkin on percussion and Eric Kalb on drums. Deep Banana Blackout offers a powerful sound that is the sum of it's parts as well as showcasing each member's individual talent.
Deep Banana Blackout is on a mission to create and perform music which makes the band and audience collapse in a sweaty, exhausted heap of ecstatic bliss.
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