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Jen Chapin folk-rocks the Tip

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“Soulfully poetic” (NPR). “Worth savoring” (People). “Addictive” (Boston Globe).

That’s what the media has said about Jen Chapin. But aside from the “addict” part, they’re not words you’d normally associate with Duncan/Channon’s rollicking penthouse lounge, the Tip.

Nonetheless, there it was.

D/C’s second-ever Toast of the Tip event on July 8 featured the exquisitely nuanced, impeccably crafted “urban folk” (her words) of singer-songwriter-activist Jen Chapin and her extraordinary backing band, Rosetta Trio, featuring Liberty Ellman, Stephan Crump, and Jamie Fox (one X). A combination of both Jen originals and unusual covers (e.g., Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)”), the private concert truly lived up to its advance billing and triggered instant demands from the wildly enthusiastic crowd for a repeat performance in the future.

Right before the musical portion of the event, Jen, who is a past chairwoman and longtime board member of the innovative anti-poverty group WhyHunger (formerly World Hunger Year), was interviewed onstage by D/C’s Bob Duncan about the world food crisis and hunger in America and how WHY approaches these issues. (Duncan/Channon is proud to have WhyHunger as its primary pro bono client.) She proved just as smart, articulate and passionate in her conversation as she was in her music. Encore, indeed.

Here’s Jen Chapin playin’:

Here’s Jen Chapin talkin’:

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