Run Westy Run

Founded in the mid-1980s by Kraig Johnson and his brothers Kirk and Kyle from St. Louis Park, Run Westy Run never made the big splash outside Minnesota like the ’Mats, but it did ripple through cool circles and enjoyed a strong following here in town. The hard-blasting, psychedelic art-rock band recorded two albums for famed punk label SST and another for Twin/Tone with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart as producers. [...] The Westies were better known for their famously unpredictable, adrenaline-filled live shows, the last of which was probably sometime in 1998 at the 400 Bar, though the band members themselves can’t even remember.

[...] Kraig joined the Jayhawks in the late-’90s, then Golden Smog, then started his own band, the Program, before relocating to New York, where he plays solo gigs and backs Joseph Arthur and former Wild Colonials singer Angela McKluskey. The group’s primary singer, Kirk started the ahead-of-its-time electro-pop band Iffy, also well remembered by many local fans, and is now working as a visual artist and writer in Santa Barbara, Calif. The rest of the lineup for these [2013 reunion] shows will include: third Johnson brother, Kyle, and drummer Bob Joslyn, both of whom stayed in Minneapolis; Kirk’s primary Iffy collaborator Tommy Merkl, who now lives in Amsterdam; plus lead guitarist Terry Fisher, who organized the reunions from Duluth. [Chris Riemenschneider]

Upcoming Shows


Jul
30
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Turf Club
Jul
30
th
Turf Club

Past Shows


Dec
25
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2019
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with Loki's Folly
Dec
26
th
2018
Turf Club
Dec
26
th
2018
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with CHOMONOS
Dec
25
th
2018
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2018
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with SAPPHIRE and CHOMONOS
Dec
25
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2017
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with The Shiny Lights
Mar
8
th
2017
Turf Club
Mar
8
th
2017
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with YE YE POW
Jul
2
nd
2016
Turf Club
Jul
2
nd
2016
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with StoLyette
Dec
25
th
2015
7th St Entry
Dec
25
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jul
15
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jul
15
th
2015
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with BLACKBIRD BRIDGE and Baby Grant Johnson
Dec
26
th
2014
Mainroom
Dec
26
th
2014
Mainroom

Run Westy Run

with BNLX and LIKEHELL
Aug
25
th
2014
Triple Rock Social Club
Aug
25
th
2014
Triple Rock Social Club

Run Westy Run

with Junkboat
Jun
27
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jun
27
th
2014
7th St Entry

Run Westy Run

with BNLX
Dec
28
th
2013
Turf Club
Dec
28
th
2013
Turf Club

Run Westy Run

with SAN DIMAS and The Tisdales
Dec
27
th
2013
Mainroom
Dec
27
th
2013
Mainroom

Run Westy Run

with SAN DIMAS and the Goondas

More Shows

Oct
10
th
Fine Line

Wild Rivers

with Jillian Jacqueline
Mar
1
st
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Briston Maroney

with Genevieve Stokes
Nov
27
th
Fine Line

Revolución de Amor ⏤ Tributo a Maná

Sep
24
th
7th St Entry

Hellogoodbye

with Early Eyes