Curtiss A

Born at the exact moment the age of Aquarius dawned, the enigma known as Curtiss A began his not-yet ended trip to nowhere. Named after a 20th century Minneapolis downtown landmark , the Curtis Hotel, Curt’s just glad his Dad wasn’t facing south or he’d be Lemington A. His Mama was a Lewis so he always felt an affinity to “Uncle” Jerry. Curt hints at the possible assignation with Carl Perkins when she waitressed at the Flame. He’s also fond of that old chestnut about Dave Dudley drying out in the basement in the Moorhead before he could tour behind “Six Days”. “I was fascinated by Little Richard and Bo Diddley and all the other giants of my wonder years.”

Curt’s first band was the FIENDISH THINGIES (after a George Harrison “Help” quote) in Oklahoma City 1966. “First Gig, first joint, first UFO all in one night”. The first band that meant anything to anyone was WIRE. Formed in 1969, they lasted through numerous personnel changes until 1973. The boys took a year off and reformed as THUMBS UP (Gary Rue’s idea) and once again lasted about three years, with numerous permutations, one of which was christened SPOOKS. The band collided with the new wave and became the springboard for the entertainment machine known as CURTISS A. Slim Dunlap and Frank Berry provided the sturdy skeletons. Slim became the replacement Replacement and Frank recorded “She Got Sex” with the PISTONS.

Mark Goldstein had been in SKOGIE and the FLAMING PACHUCOS with Rick Moore (the provider of Demi’s surname), but returned to the Midwest after a bad experience on the coast. He enlisted the SUICIDE COMMANDOES and Curt (As Buzz Barker) to record the “underground hit” “Land of the Free”. “I Don’t Wanna Be President” continued in the political rant vein. Three LPs were recorded for Twin Tone during the 80s, the highlight of which was the last, A Scarlet Letter, produced by “Big” Al Anderson (while he was in NRBQ).

The next LP was to have been produced by Peter Holsapple and the dBs, but life got in the way. “We did two small East coast jaunts together. Really a good memory”. Peter became quite busy as R.E.M.’s utility player. Family tragedy caused Curt to retire for a year until Bongo coaxed him out of his self-imposed exile. Since then, he’s done the Lennon Tribute annually and several iconic Elvis shows represented by live CDs. Two hard to find, out-of-print CDs also exist, legendary Over at Slims and Make it Big (recorded at the late Gary Snow’s Cathouse Studio R.I.P.). Currently performing in town.

Upcoming Shows


May
24
th
First Avenue
May
24
th
First Avenue

Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Bash Tribute

Live from First Avenue + Livestream

ft. TURN TURN TURN, TERRY WALSH (St. Dominic’s Trio), DEMITRI RALLIS & JOE DUNN (Frogleg), LYNVAL JACKSON (International Reggae All Stars), CURTISS A, ERIK KOSKINEN, DAN ISRAEL, COURTNEY YASMINEH, MARY BUE, GINI DODDS, BECKY KAPELL, JILLIAN RAE, JOSH GRAVELIN, PAUL BERGEN, and "ST. LOUIS PARK WRECKING CREW"

Past Shows


Mar
21
st
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
21
st
2020
7th St Entry
Cancelled

The Entry's 40th Anniversary Party

with Eleganza!, The Mighty Mofos, Greg Grease and more!
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with The Bad Man, D8MCHILD, FURY THINGS and more!
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Eleganza!, Early Eyes, The Bad Man and more!
Nov
12
th
2017
7th St Entry
Apr
22
nd
2017
First Avenue
Apr
13
th
2016
Turf Club
Apr
13
th
2016
Turf Club
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Al Church, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Sep
18
th
2014
Turf Club
Nov
29
th
2013
Mainroom
Nov
29
th
2013
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Ol' Yeller, The Blackberry Brandy Boys and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Fattenin’ Frogs, Red Daughters, Blue Ruin and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Pink Mink, John Swardson and more!
Mar
12
th
2011
Mainroom
Mar
12
th
2011
Mainroom

A BENEFIT FOR GRANT HART

with The Alarmists, DAVE PIRNER (Soul Asylum), The Magnolias and more!

More Shows

Nov
28
th
Turf Club

Monophonics

with Rudy De Anda
Sep
26
th
Turf Club

Courtney Marie Andrews

Aug
14
th
Turf Club

Nicole Atkins

Mar
9
th
Turf Club

Lost Dog Street Band

with The Hill Country Devil