Pinky and the Floyd calls Montana home, but has recently been called the Northwest’s Hottest Pink Floyd Tribute Band! Pinky was founded in 2007, and has seen very few personnel changes over the years. Instead, this grass-roots effort has exploded in popularity, selling out shows across the state. They put on an amazing live show that’s both note-for-note and improvisational, but it’s their superb musicianship that sets them apart from other Tribute Bands. The energy and stage presence is unprecedented!
All Pinky members are professional working musicians, assembled from genres across the board, culling their expertise to produce what has clearly proven to be a successful musical venture. All told, there are over 20 bands that the members of Pinky and the Floyd are part of, spanning genres from Americana & Vintage Swing to Hip Hop, Jazz, Country, Salsa, Funk, Rock, Blues and on and on… They see their varied backgrounds as strength in diversity, knowing that each member “…unconsciously affects the overall sound. As players, musicians & artists, whatever you’ve got comes with you…” And between the 10 of them, they have a lot!
Pinky and the Floyd has a big sound and is an experience not soon forgotten. You can expect albums in their entirety, and a little something from every Floyd genre- from Syd Barrett to Division Bell, and everything in between! Tell your friends, and time your buzz! It’s a party!
Luke Flansburg – Lead Guitar / Vocals:
Luke was one of the founding members of Pinky in 2007. He says he’s tickled pink getting to emulate one of his guitar heroes [David Gilmour], while recreating his most beloved album of all time, Darkside of the Moon. As co-owner of Jereco Studios and Peach Street Studios, Luke’s life revolves around the Bozeman music scene, as either a performer or a sound engineer. You can catch him performing with M.O.T.H., Buffalo Gypsy, Bigsby Jones, Eli Madden/Luke Flansburg Duo, or as a solo act. When not on stage or behind a sound board, he enjoys bar-tending at a favorite local Bozeman bar, The Haufbrau.
Favorite Pinky song: “Time”
Dustin Tucker – Rhythm Guitar / Vocals:
Also a founding member, Dustin is the son of the late Bozeman icon Tex Tucker, and has committed to the same love of music that made his father so inspirational. His vocals are soaked in passion and it’s apparent that he’s carrying the torch. He was once told he had his eyes closed for 45 minutes straight on stage. You can find Dustin performing with his original band, Golden Grenade, or hanging around Music Villa where he does Graphics & Marketing, which he conveniently does for Pinky too.
Favorite Pinky song: “Welcome to the Machine”
Sean Lehmann – Upright & Electric Bass:
Dark Side of the Moon was one of the first albums Sean ever owned (on cassette!) and has since remained at the forefront of his musical inspiration. Along with helping pioneer Pinky, he is involved in a broad spectrum of musical endeavors of the bass & guitar variety, copping the styles of his predecessors in jazz, hip-hop, funk, blues, rock, and electro-goodness. Sean can otherwise be found cooking for the masses at your local eatery or rolling out pasta dough in his own kitchen. Turn-ons include chick bass players, chocolate, and completing the NY Times crossword puzzle.
Favorite Pinky song: “See Emily Play”
Joe Kirchner – Keyboards:
The youngest member of Pinky, Joe is in charge of the synthesizer and piano realm. Way back in 1988 he saw a keytar being rocked in a music video and decided it was the instrument for him. Joe began studying classical piano at 7 thanks to some stern guidance from his mother, who is also responsible for gifting him the legendary pink beehive wig. A die hard Pink Floyd fan since he was 13, the enthusiasm you see in Joe’s performances is always genuine, stating: “I always try to put myself in the shoes of the listener.” Other musical endeavours include The Knowshows, M.O.T.H., Nordberg, and Fluorescent Brown. Joe also manages an all-terrain rental company and is a PASSIONATE certified mechanic… he also enjoys long walks on the beach and playing love songs on his keytar.
Favorite Pinky song: “Pigs”
Chris Cundy – Hammond B3 Organ:
Chris learned to play piano from his Grandfather in his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. After relocating to MT Chris’ formal training continued and he acquired a lot of stage experience with such bands as Jeni Fleming, Eightrack Mind, Poco Loco, the Doors Legacy Band, and The Dave Walker Band. Chris has performed at many major music festivals across the US and into Canada. Because of his broad musical interests along with his experience as a composer and recording engineer, Chris proves himself an incredibly versatile and sensitive player, able to move between jazz, hip hop, salsa, gospel & rock effortlessly.
Favorite Pinky song: “What Do You Want From Me?”
Jake Fleming – Sax / Guitar / Vocals:
Jake is a songwriter, performer & teacher, a graduate of MSU, and Co-founder (with wife Jeni) of Hand Me Down Some Silver, Inc. (501c3). He is committed to the education of young musicians, and believes that preserving the legacy of art in any community starts and ends with the younger generation. As a saxophonist and guitarist Jake performs with several bands including JENI FLEMING where he has performed at some of the country’s top music festivals. With friend and colleague Chris Cundy, Jake created The Shed, where in addition to teaching and rehearsing bands, he has engineered a handful of critically acclaimed recording projects.
Favorite Pinky song: “On The Turning Away”
Adam Greenberg – Drums:
Adam has been listening to the music of Pink Floyd since he was 12 years old. Growing up in Ohio, he was exposed at an early age to all styles of music. When he’s not teaching, you can catch him on any given night playing around Montana with Jeni Fleming, Six Strings Down, String Jumpers, Craig Hall, Andrew Gromiller, Milton Menasco, and a variety of other bands. In his own words, ”I always strive to give the audience and the musicians exactly what they want to hear.” Adam is the newest member of the band- first gig Jan 2011.
Favorite Pinky song: “What Do You Want From Me?”
Drew Fleming – Percussion / Samples:
It all started in the basement on his Dad’s old Ludwig kit and the Beatles on vinyl… Drew has been playing the drums for over 25 years, 15 of those have been spent gigging and recording with acts both locally and nationally. Drew’s approch to drumming is to “lay out the red carpet” to allow the other musicians to be totally comfortable, “it’s all about the groove”. Normally found behind the drum-set, Drew was excited to take on percussion and over 40 samples in Pinky. Drew also plays with Eightrack Mind, The Doors Legacy Band, 231 East Quartet, Milton Menasco, and Jason Lytle. (of Grandaddy), and more.
Favorite Pinky song: “Wish You Were Here”
Jeni Fleming – Vocals:
Jeni is fast becoming one of the west’s most sought-after musicians. 7 albums in her discography, Jeni and her 5-piece jazz combo currently tour the US and Canada in support of their most recent album, Come To Life. Performing in concert series, clubs and music festivals, she recently played JazzFest Int’l (Victoria, BC) opening for famed pianist Dave Brubeck. Jeni appears as a guest vocalist with various Big Bands and house rhythm sections, and in promotion of her 2006 album, as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras across the country. When she’s not performing with Pinky or her own band, Jeni also plays in The Tiny Funk Band, The Glen Johnston Swing Band, Dave Walker Band, and The Gillan Project. www.JeniFleming.com
Favorite Pinky song: “Have a Cigar”
Krista Barnett – Vocals:
In May of 1994, a lasting impression was made on Krista and her husband Joe Barnett when they saw the Division Bell tour. She was driven to pursue a voice degree at Indiana University and has since stretched her vocal chords with the funk/rock group Guest House, The String Jumpers, a vintage acoustic swing band, and now, Pinky. Krista is the Upper Elementary teacher at Middle Creek Montessori School and she can also be found sitting in with various groups including The Dave Walker Band and The Tiny Funk Band.
Favorite Pinky song: “Echoes”