2018 was awesome!!! 

As the new year begins, I had a chance to look back at 2018, and me oh my, we had a crazy fun year. I added plate spinning to the show, and now the dancing dinosaur is a standard feature at every show (thanks to my awesome daughters, Maddiesaurus and Sharliesaurus). We played a bunch of libraries around Portland, had a very smoky show in Airway Heights, WA, did a special school luau (I've been working on my Samoan fire knife dancing), and made lots of new friends along the way!

Many thanks to all who booked…

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AFV! 

So a crazy thing happened in the latter half of 2017. I submitted a video to America's Funniest Home Videos of Gemma's Christmas tantrum, and they told me we were finalists in their holiday special! Here's what we submitted:

We flew to L.A. in October and taped the show with Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from "Fresh Prince") on Friday, October 13.

Incredibly...WE WON!!! It was absolutely bananas. The kids were super excited, and I got to live out my dream of singing on national T.V. Unfortunately I can't post…

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Halloween - Buddy the Elf! 

This Halloween my dream FINALLY came true! I have wanted to be Buddy the Elf for years, and this was the year it all happened! My wife spent hours working on our Buddy and Jovie costumes.  It was her first time working with fur and making spats! She did all the embroidery on my jacket too. 

It was a total blast to wear the costume to work, and the weather was perfect for trick-or-treating. I've never been hugged so much in my life! So much fun. Happy Halloween, friends!

Adventures Ahoy! 

Ahoy mateys! The new album is here, and I'm so excited for you to hear it. "Adventures Ahoy!" was inspired by my gig last fall, where I was a shanty-singing pirate for author Heidi Schulz's release party (check her books out here). I thought, "I bet writing pirate songs is rad," but then I thought, "I can't do an entire album of just pirate shanties!"

Adventures Ahoy features songs about all sorts of adventures. Car trips, snake charmers, ghost peppers, and sunburns. I even tell all my embarrassing…

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Merry Christmas! 

Merry Christmas, Jenks fans! I hope this December finds you well. 2015 was a fun year for me. I can't wait for 2016. I'm hard at work on a new album, and I'm loving writing and recording new songs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

To ring out the old year, here's a cover of one of my favorite Christmas songs, Little Saint Nick! 

Aargh! Behold, pirate captain Jenks 

Recently I had a very unique request for a gig. Salem, Oregon author Heidi Schulz hired me to be the singing pirate at her book release parties in Portland and Salem. The book is called "Hooks Revenge: The Pirate Code," and it's published by Disney. You can see the book here!

Check out some photos from the events, as well as a video clip.

 

 


Blimey! Gutted by me own offspring!


You really gotta belt out them high notes!


Crossing blades with me hearty 10-year-old.

Who says pirates can't be good dads?

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Summer shows galore! 

July was a crazy busy month, with lots of events. I played 17 shows, which is the most I have ever done in a month. I played the Fourth of July in Endicott, Washington, all of the libraries in the Spokane County Library District, the Salem Art Fair in Oregon, and more. I made lots of new friends, and it was a total blast! Here are a few of the highlights (for more, click on photos):

 

Teaching the kids how to do a sweet dinosaur impression!

Played Spokane Valley, which used to be our home library!

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Teaching juggling and Go Ergo! 

Happy June, Jenks fans!

I wanted to share a fun music video I recently created at my day job. I was working on a safety video series about office ergonomics, and I was asked to come up with a creative way to promote the series. Relying on my Jenks experience, I decided to write a sweet rap song! They let me shoot a sweet music video, starring myself and about 50 of my coworkers, and we put it on YouTube. It's fully my style, and I had a blast creating it. Check it out: 

I also was recently hired by Salem's…

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Ready for action! 

So last year marked a big change for Jenks. I relocated my family from Spokane, Washington to Salem, Oregon. I got a sweet new job making videos for a large company. In 2014 I played some new gigs around the Salem area, and of course I made it out to Spokane and the surrounding region for some of my favorite shows. 

In October I had the gig of a lifetime! My wife and I were flown to Anchorage, Alaska so I could perform on a sweet reindeer farm. We spent a few days driving around and seeing the gorgeous…

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Free song! 

So I recently wrote a rockin' song all about summer. I gathered inspiration from what lots of friends online told me were their favorite things to do in the summertime. You can listen to and download the song for free, right HERE!

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