The Band

D*FUNK is a seven-piece dynamic & diverse cover band formed in 2003 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Stylistically, D*FUNK never strays too far from its veteran funk roots, yet always manages to infuse modern Top 40 pop, as well.  The band’s level of professionalism is always high while creating a party atmosphere at every opportunity they have. D*FUNK consists of experienced musicians who push themselves to stay tight and in the pocket, paving the foundation for a killer male and female vocalist.  The result, in almost every instance, is an alluring dance floor full of people sharing in the experience.  Their schedule stays filled with booking parties years in advance from corporate, weddings, Nebraska Husker Tailgates, annual city celebrations, neighborhood associations, various clubs, and opening up for national acts like The Temptations.

Geno Lessman

Geno Lessman

(Drums, Vocals)
Born in Loma Linda, California, Geno has played drums for over 40 years.  His styles include reggae, ska, funk, r&b, hip hop, jazz fusion, rock, and blues.  Geno’s musical influences are too great to list, but his biggest influence is Stewart Copeland of the Police.  His discography includes albums with The Push, The Switch, The Crap Detectors, Hoi Polloi, Floating Opera, and Animato.  Geno has been in many bands throughout his career, but none of them have soared to the heights of his baby, D*FUNK.

Tyi

Tyi Hakeem

(Lead Female Vocals)
D*FUNK is proud to have our new singer, Tyi Hakeem, on board. Tyi has long been known as one of the best vocalists in the midwest, and her addition to D*Funk has truly taken the band over the top! We’ll be getting Tyi’s official bio up here soon, but be assured, you will want to come and hear for yourself.

Kevin Witcher

(Lead Male Vocals)
Kevin Witcher is very excited to be a part of the DFunk family. Kevin Grew up in Omaha and attended UNL where he performed with the Scarlet & Cream Singers while earning a bachelors degree in Musical Theater and Dance. Kevin went on to perform in a wide variety of venues from theme parks to cruise ships and ultimately National Broadway tours out of New York City. He eventually settled down in the Washington DC area where he lived for almost 18 years performing with the top Entertainment company in the area as a singer for party bands. Kevin recently relocated back to Nebraska to be near family and is working as a Nurse Practitioner when not belting out tunes with the band.

Henry Jacobs

(Bass)
Henry was raised in Monterey, CA and first picked up a guitar at age 16. His father was a bass player, and once told him, “only become a musician if there is absolutely no other way you can make a living”. Because of his high strung and impulsive nature, he tends to be a bit overbearing for most people. As a result he has developed paranoia tendencies, and he is affected by a reduced capacity for meaningful emotional involvement with others. Outside of music, and in between his borderline psychotic episodes, Henry is an amateur bird enthusiast. Among his favorite species are the cedar waxwing, the ivory-billed woodpecker, and more recently the large breasted sapsucker.

Chris G

Chris G

(Sax, Percussion)
Chris has played with many different bands in and around the Lincoln area over a period spanning 3 decades.  The most noteable acts he has performed with have been Leroy and the Liars, Bossphilly and, currently, D*FUNK.  Chris plays congas, electronic and hand percussion, as well as tenor and alto saxophones.  Chris’ influences are diverse, and include tastes in jazz, blues, funk, r&b, and rock.

Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore

(Keys, Vocals)
Kevin Moore has been classically trained in piano since childhood.  Because of this, he worked tirelessly to learn how to play funk and r&b music.  As D*FUNK’s greatest multi-tasker, Kevin plays two keyboards simultaneously while also contributing greatly to vocals.  He has played in numerous bands over the years, but has found a great home with D*FUNK.

Kevin Gude

Kevin Gude

(Guitar)
Kevin grew up listening to a wide range of music, such as rock, disco, pop and even country.  He started playing uitar at age 11 when he received a hand-me-down acoustic guitar from his cousin.  At age 13, he received his first electric guitar for his birthday and took formal lessons, while also learning on his own.  Many birthdays later, Kevin has arrived in Lincoln via Wichita, KS, and has been displaying his guitar wizardry with D*FUNK since February of 2008.

 

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