Useful Jenkins


Useful Jenkins is a high-spirited bluegrass band from Mankato, MN. They released their second full-length album in September titled, Festival Express. The album is an authentic display of Useful Jenkins distinctive style of music that can only be described as acoustic jamgrass with a funk twist. The release of Festival Express signifies the culmination of Useful Jenkins’ creative evolution, and solidifies the integration of new members that inspired a fresh direction for the band. The band’s enduring presence in the local music scene, and their intimate connection with their fans, has inspired them to seek new avenues and media venues that can offer wider access to new listeners.

Pat Forsyth [guitar &vocals] Travis Blunt [guitar, vocals, and didgeridoo] and Ryan Donahoe’s [bass &vocals] creative vision materialized into the band, Useful Jenkins in 2006. They have successfully recorded two full-length albums; Fast Eddie in 2008 at Pachyderm Studios and Festival Express in 2012 at Verge Industries. Over the past 7 years, Useful Jenkins has earned their recognition for tirelessly touring across the Midwest and have established a widespread loyal fan base that continues to fill up venues in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They continue to expand their geographic fan base with two successful tours thru Colorado in 2012.

In early 2012, the band evolved to incorporate mandolin player, Chuck Boeke. The creative stimulation and the musical backgrounds of each member are evident in each distinctive track on Festival Express. The new artistic collaboration’s creative explosion inspired a cohesive band that has developed a distinctive rich sound that challenges the limits of bluegrass.

Useful Jenkins’ socially relevant lyrics and funky instrumental arrangements introduce a modern edgy interpretation of bluegrass that defines their unique sound. Their signature homegrown vibe incorporates the styles of, Yonder Mountain, Led Zeppelin, and Trampled By Turtles. Festival Express, illustrates the band’s individual original expression of music inspired jamming around the campfire that is keeping audiences dancing.

Take a ride on the Festival Express and experience Useful Jenkins for yourself at any of their upcoming stops.

“The world is flat and we’re alone,

tape up the windows and the doors,

and we’ll be just fine, most of the time”

Useful Jenkins








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don’t park in the grass, don’t feed the bears, don’t piss in the wind, and don’t eat yellow snow

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“How do you get down?”

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Back on Track

Greetings from Useful Jenkins!! It feels good to be back on track. We took a break for about 6 weeks, and i must admit, I went a little bit stir crazy. But the last 3 weekends have been fantastic, especially the weekend at the Cabooze, and this past mini-tour with Whitewater Ramble. It means a […]

Useful Jenkins CO Tour

Hello digital World! Feels good to be back in the sweet frozen tundra of Minnesota. We just got off a two week tour to Colorado, and the worst weather we had (by far) was leaving and coming back to the midwest. Blizzard conditions on the way out, and whiteout conditions on the way back. There’s […]

Just Checking In…

Greetings UJ family!! I write to you from downtown St. Paul on a beautiful Sunday evening. I hope all is well, and you are happy & healthy. We took this last weekend off to spend time celebrating away from the stage, and spend some good time with our immediate families. I hope everyone that celebrated […]

Tour Update

This past tour was one to remember! We went from Wisconsin to Illinois to Missouri and finally to Arkansas for Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival! A great time was had by all to be sure, and it went by faster than we could have imagined. We got to play with our good friends Clusterpluck in St. […]

To the end of the festival season…

Oaktoberfest! Yet another fantastic experience at Harmony Park Music Garden provided by Jay Sullivan, MJG Productions and every musician who contributed. Thank you all for such a welcoming event; we cant wait for round 2! Im going to start this week’s edition by stating the obvious: Due to personal reasons Useful Jenkins was not able to perform at […]

Riding the Wake

Over this past weekend the Useful Crew was undoubtably still riding-the-wake created by loving friends and family at Shangri-La. While “The Bus” can be quite the distracting vessel, somewhere between the sporadic bursts of laughter I was able to find brief moments of clarity which allowed me to close my eyes and feel the lingering buzz of the park. In […]

Kickstarter: Festival Express, a new music video for Useful Jenkins

Kickstarter: Festival Express, a new music video for Useful Jenkins Funding Goal: $2,200 Time Period Active: 11 AM July 16th – 11 AM August 16th CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PROJECT    Project Description: This Fall, Useful Jenkins of Mankato, Minnesota will be filming a follow-up to their ‘Waitin to Die’ music video which was released […]

New Website!

Welcome to our new website, and thank you for visiting! We have been working on this for several months now getting it ready to launch, and coupled with our new kickstarter project, we are releasing it on the world. Please leave a comment below to say hi!

“there’s a beautiful world just waiting for you”

Useful Jenkins


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