Show Announcement! 2-IN-1 VALENTINE’S SHOWS!

Hey Curlfriends! We’re going to be traversing across the Mississippi a couple of times on Friday, Feb. 13th AND Saturday, Feb. 14th for FOUR SHOWS in 2 days! The good news is, it’s the same thing both nights, so your FOMO will be somewhat tempered.

First the full band will be at Amsterdam Bar & Hall for Le Cirque Rouge Burlesque’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Valentine’s Day Show. Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm. Our set is slated to be around 9:30pm, in case you can’t make it on time. There are TWO links for tickets, one for each night:  Get Friday‘s tickets here. Get Saturday‘s tickets here.

THEN most of us will be heading over to Kieran’s Irish Pub for an 11pm set with Poetry Slam MN’s Erotica Tournament.  Tickets for all nights here.

Both these events have a VERY high sell-out rate, so if you wanna go, GET YER TICKETS! We’d love to see you there.

LCR Valentine 2015 Show

Happy 2015! (a photo-based 2014 Recap) (Longest Post Evar)

Curlfriends – can you believe we’re already A WHOLE MONTH into the new year? Ugh. It was just over a month ago that Bill died and it was Gus’ memorial.  I’M SORRY TO START ON SUCH A SAD NOTE, but that’s been my frame of reference lately.  Death.  But FUCK THAT!  2014 was about more than that, and we have a TON to be grateful for. Here’s our 2014 highlights in photos. Because words are boring.

JANUARY! We went to Duluth and played the Red Star Lounge:

Veldie and I are skinny enough to fit into this XXXL shirt. Totally not photoshopped either, bitches!

Veldie and I are skinny enough to fit into this XXXL shirt. Totally not photoshopped either, bitches!

With our buddy & bill-mate Martin Devaney. We're having brunch at the rotating restaurant. I forget what it's called.  It's been a year!

With our buddy & bill-mate Martin Devaney. We’re having brunch at the rotating restaurant. I forget what it’s called. It’s been a year!

Beneath The Crow opened up for us!

Beneath The Crow opened up for us!

Kevin & Veldie are great supporters of supporting bands.

Kevin & Veldie are great supporters of supporting bands.

We finally got some awesome merch!

Dang, that's a deep V, girl.

Dang, that’s a deep V, girl.

We filmed our video “Hey, Joe Biden!” (NSFW) with Girls Aren’t Funny Productions!

Horse play with Lacey & Anna

Horse play with Lacey & Anna

Cristi from GAFP sets up the shot like a bossssss

Cristi from GAFP sets up the shot like a bossssss

#BLESSED

#BLESSED

Then the actual living, breathing Vice President Joseph Biden came and ate at The Bachelor Farmer, a foodie restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. So, of course I went down there to attempt to sing “Hey, Joe Biden!” straight to his sexy face.

Veldie joined me later. We just ended up serenading the cops, really.

Veldie joined me later. We just ended up serenading the cops, really.

Court went to New York City to play some shows and visit some friends and Sun Country temporarily lost her luggage, including Ernie, her banjo. Everything was found and returned on time for performances. And everyone at Sun Country was SUPER helpful.

Reunited and it feels pretty awesome.

Reunited and it feels pretty awesome.

Court had the honor of being on the panel with improv skillionaire Jill Bernard from Huge Theater, stand up comic Brandi Brown, and The Current’s Barb Abney for Carmichael Lynch’s The Gong Show Staff Party. Local celebrities, ahoy!

Court, Jill Bernard, Brandi Brown, Barb Abney... classy ladies.

Court, Jill Bernard, Brandi Brown, Barb Abney… classy ladies.

Anna performed in her first Brave New Workshop mainstage show! With her then soon-to-be-husband Tom (he is now husband Tom).

AND THEN THEY GOT MARRIED!

AND THEN THEY GOT MARRIED!

We filmed our second video with Girls Arent’ Funny, “When Baby Becomes Legal”:

Veldie, Lacey, Anna, Cristi. Being awesome. As per usual.

Veldie, Lacey, Anna, Cristi. Being awesome. As per usual.

Anna coaches Cristi and Court through spider swinging.

Anna coaches Cristi and Court through spider swinging.

And then we finally made our first full-length CD, “This One’s For Dad” (yes, listen on Spotify or on iTunes or you can buy the physical CD on Bandcamp!)

Sexy cover art! Banjo as vagina! We invented a music genre and a metaphor, people. Where's my Nobel Peace Prize.

Sexy cover art! Banjo as vagina! We invented a music genre and a metaphor, people. Where’s my Nobel Peace Prize.

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Check out Court’s veiny wrist, but also that sexy art design by Ian Rans.

We finally made a *proper* vagina tip jar.

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Court and her friend Marta crafted this vagina tip jar. “Just the tip.” GET IT?!?!

NO SERIOUSLY DO YOU GET IT

NO SERIOUSLY DO YOU GET IT

We sang Murica’s National Anthem at a St. Paul Saints Game! OH HELL YES.

We had to sneak Veldie in, so we shrunk her down to pocket-size. She preferred to ride in Court's mane.

We had to sneak Veldie in, so we shrunk her down to pocket-size. She preferred to ride in Court’s mane.

And, of course, we did the Fringe. “The Sex (Ed) Show!” sold out every night, including our encore sixth performance. It was nothing short of a goddamn blast.

"Mom I'd Like to (make me) Fudge"

“Mom I’d Like to (make me) Fudge”

Postcards!!!!!

POSTCARDS, y’all!

Rehearsal at Bedlam Design Center

Rehearsal at Bedlam Design Center

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What. We’re just sleeping. (photo shoot for postcard)

Court’s birthday show was on August 9th with those crazies The Drug Budget and her new favorite Californian, Kirsten Opstad. If you weren’t there, you don’t have the mental image of Courtney “break-dancing” on Lee’s checkered dance floor.

Court's Birthday Show!

It’s a cool font.

Minnesota Fringe Encore night, August 10:

We were pretty honored to be in this group of Audience Choice Shows.  I KNOW, RIGHT?!?

We were pretty honored to be in this group of Audience Choice Shows. I KNOW, RIGHT?!?

Then I went to the Arts Midwest Conference again to wonder “why am I here?” while everyone else is like, “clean up your act!”

Too obvious NOT to do.

Too obvious NOT to do.

Marketing. Merrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Marketing. Merrrrrrrrrrrrrr

And then we played the 10,000 Laughs Festival after a Pundamonium show. Veldie’s last show! Boo hoo.

Anna & Veldie in the green room at Comedy Corner Underground during the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival.

Anna & Veldie in the green room at Comedy Corner Underground during the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival.

Photo by our dearly departed Bill Young.

Photo by our dearly departed Bill Young.

Six nights later, I’m with the other half of the band at Memory Lanes… and it’s Chris’ first show with us!!

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Madoo, Court, and Lacey: bringin’ the balls to Ballerween.

ANNA GOT MARRIED!!!

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That’s Tom & Anna up there on stage. It was gorgeous and fun and there was so much love.

POWDERED DONUTS

Lacey N Court: POWDERED DONUTS

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Kevin & Veldie’s conversations are amazing, you guys. They have a really awesome kismet. I miss ’em!

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SO MANY CURLS! Clockwise from upper left: Cherry Mae, Lacey, Anna, Kevin, Veldie, Anna Pop, and Court’s in the middle.

Then I did the tour thing:

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My first college friend, Liz, made this awesome poster for my Dallas Show at Adair’s Saloon!

Landed in New Orleans, LA, for The Hell Yes Fest.

Brittny, Adam Quesnell (Brittny's boyfriend), me, and Gus Lynch. This was the last comedy festival I would ever do with Gus.

Brittny, Adam Quesnell (Brittny’s boyfriend), me, and Gus Lynch. This was the last comedy festival I would ever do with Gus.

Yoga in front of the Westport Saloon, Kansas City!

Yoga in front of the Westport Saloon, Kansas City!

Best selfie I ever took.

Best selfie I ever took. At Gabe’s Iowa City.

Then Gus died.

Then Bill died. That same day, we performed in the inaugural and much-anticipated I AM ST. PAUL. It wasn’t easy.

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WHAT DOES “FIST-TO-CHIN” MEAN TO YOU?

And finally, we got honored with “Artist of The Year” in The City Pages alongside some other very talented musicians, artists, and comedians.

I made this framed thing.

I made this framed thing.

It’s been hard to fully enjoy everything next to the tragedy that’s been hitting close to home lately (and there’s more that isn’t here… there’s always more). But I know I speak for all of us when I say thank you so much for a phenomenal year. Here’s to 2015 being a winner and Happy New Year to ya.

“The Sex (Ed) Show!” in Duluth: Recap

Probably the cutest picture of Anna, Lacey, and Court EVER!

Probably the cutest picture of Anna, Lacey, and Court EVER!

Word up, Curlfriends! Happy Wednesday morning to you.  This past weekend, Anna and Lacey and I escaped up Nort’ to the Santa Barbara to our Los Angeles: Duluth!  We were invited to perform “The Sex (Ed) Show!” at Teatro Zuccone, as a part of a Minnesota Fringe “Sampler Pack” of shows that stretched out over the Saturdays in January.  Our night was this past Saturday, shared with the always-enchanting Sandbox Theatre in the first hour of the evening.

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“New” merch suitcase, banjo, and vagina tip jar. You know.

Lacey & I met at Anna’s house for rehearsal and chatty times and because Anna kindly drove us. If you ever go on a road trip with Anna, you do not have to worry about a thing because girl knows how to trip. She came prepared with a huge bag of delicious donuts from The Baker’s Wife and an equally ginormous bag of pretzels. Lacey had the forethought to the hotel after-party (our Curls’ sleepover) to bring a 12-pack of tasty IPA (Summit True Brit. Yay for Summit employee discount!). I brought my slippers, but forgot them in the trunk on the way up. Oh well.

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Actual picture of the 35 North to Duluth! Probably will be an album cover of a live show in Duluth or something.

We arrived at Zuccone just before our tech rehearsal time at 5pm, but of course, things were running a tad behind (as they are wont to do), so Lacey & Anna checked in at the hotel while I decompressed in the dressing room.  Once we got on stage for tech, our board op, the fabulous …. (oh CRAP I can’t remember his name) got us up and running with a quick cue-to-cue (yeah, he rocked it. John? Jason? Tim? Matt? No, not Matt.). This time we had wing space and a backstage crossover, but a much smaller playing space.

Back in the dressing room, we hung with the Sandbox crew: Derek, Amber, Heather, Megan, and Theo (about whom Anna said, “they’re all very nice!”). Colleen, our ambassador from Zeitgeist, took good care of us, delivering our dinners to the dressing room (fancy!), which we had picked out 20 minutes earlier and were on the house. I had a Coconut Curry Rice thing with seared ahi, motherfuckers. It was delicious!!! I would recommend Zeitgeist Arts Cafe next time you’re in Duluth, okay? Dinner and a show. Perfect.

After watching Sandbox perform “Marie-Jeanne Valet, who defeated La Bete of Gevaudan” (Anna & Lacey for the first time!) and a short intermission, we hopefully charmed the pants off a small Duluth crowd. It wasn’t the energy ball that the Fringe run was, but we had fun. I don’t know how, but I totally forgot to take any pictures backstage or of the space or even the scrolling marquee on the outside that displayed “The Sex (Ed) Show!” Wah wah. However, I got tons of pictures of our hotel room and our fun.

gymnastics + sass = GYMSASSTICS

gymnastics + sass = GYMSASSTICS

After the show, a fan I met my first night of tour at The Red Herring (and you’ll probably meet her in the tour movie!) took me on a drive to enjoy a joint and a lovely night view of Duluth from a church parking lot. Then she gave me two bottles of wine to enjoy with the girls! We were stocked and set.

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The sexy pool we did not go in.

It took me a while to get back to the hotel room, but by the time I did, the deluxe rollaway bed arrived and Anna and Lacey had cracked open a couple of brewskies. We attempted a game of “Never Have I Ever” and FaceTimed Lacey’s kid Lila and husband John. We ordered a pizza with cheese bread and cinnamon sticks from Pizza Hut and watched what we later realized was JackAss The Movie (I remember falling asleep to Anna vocalizing this realization). And I learned that Anna LOVES JackAss! Which made me open my heart to it and realize it’s just dudes bein’ dudes and that’s cool.

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Anna knits a love letter to Johnny What’s-His-Butt from JackAss

We awoke the next morning to be disappointed by The Sheraton’s lack of continental breakfast. Can you even call yourself a hotel without some kind of free breakfast? The staff did give us a free corkscrew, at least.

The view from our hotel room! Yes, it was a gray day, but who cares. Lake Superior is like an ocean!

The view from our hotel room! Yes, it was a gray day, but who cares. Lake Superior is like an ocean!

Until next time, Duluth. We love you!

xoco

Thank you, The Dan Band!

So Anna, Cherry Mae, and I played Mill City Nights a week ago as the opener for The Dan Band. It was a shit-ton of fun. Everyone at Mill City Nights (which is the name of the venue, not a series of concerts, which is what I thought. Heh) was super nice and professional. Our set ran 5 minutes short of our allotted time, but Nick told me that was okay in the music world. I lost my phone, but then I found it again two days later (it was still at Mill City).

The crew at Mill City Nights let us sit UNDER THE STAGE! Okay, but once Dan started we had to leave. hahaha. They probably just wanted us out of the way. We were into it.

The crew at Mill City Nights let us sit UNDER THE STAGE! Okay, but once Dan started we had to leave. hahaha. They probably just wanted us out of the way. We were into it.

Photo by Ryan Hype!

Photo by Ryan Hype!

Photo by Todd Pernsteiner!

Photo by Todd Pernsteiner!

Photo also by Todd Pernsteiner!

Photo also by Todd Pernsteiner!

Dan Finnerty and Court, making a really awkward face.

Dan Finnerty and Court, making a really awkward face.

After the show, I got led by a couple of really cool fans to O’Donovans, across the street from First Ave, and Dan and most of his band were there, along with some other new friends from the show. I chatted for a while with Gene, one of the suited back-up singer/dancers. And I ordered a fantastic brie and fruit and cracker something or other. It was heavenly. I want one now.

Remember when Courtney went on Tour?

Oh Curlfriends!  First off, according to the fancy stats shit here on WordPress, we have a few more of you in the mix, and WELCOME TO YOU is what I say!  I think I have promised to write more blog entries more than any other resolution I have ever made (it’s like the public personality’s version of losing weight or saying “I’m sorry” less or spending more time with the kids). And I am making it again for 2015. More blog entries in 2015.  It’s already Jan. 6 and I’m already writing WAY too much for the hefty task of writing TWO BIG-ASS entries catching you all up to date with Curls happenings and stuff (a tour update, which is this one, and a 2014 recap). We’re redoing our website real soon and The WebMaster said that we shouldn’t worry about a blog, that it’s hard to keep up, and it’s time-consuming. But honestly, I’d just be surfing Facebook and not writing new songs anyway, so I may as well just tell you a story or some shit.

SO I WENT ON TOUR.  I attempted to write some stuff about it.  Here’s the beginning of what I started writing after my Nov. 7 show in Duluth:

Curlfriends!  How’s your world?  So I (Courtney, doy) was in Duluth a mere 26 hours ago, leaving the sleepy seaside town having forgotten about 20+ CDs at The Red Herring Lounge, where I played the night before.  Played, and obviously, did much more. Enough to forget our CDs (which I didn’t realize till I was pulling up into my driveway in St. Paul). But no worries! I got another box for going down south (like, literally, to The South, United States, that’s not a cunnilingus reference) and I’m sure they’ll all sell like hotcakes.

Post-show with Rannah Hey... I MEAN Hannah Rey... *hic*

Post-show with Rannah Hey… I MEAN Hannah Rey… *hic*

Duluth superstar Hannah Rey and I rotated sets till almost bar-close, then I

The show in Duluth was a freakin’ BLAST.  Local songstress with the voice of an angel from sexy hell, Hannah Rey, played in rep with me.  We did three sets each (the last one being some serious drunk self-indulgence)

That’s it. That’s what I wrote about Duluth.  I did post an update on my IndieGoGo page about Kansas City:

WELLLLLLL. It’s been a few days since I’ve written and I’m over halfway through my tour (only 3 more shows)! Lo siento para no escribando.  That was a horrible Spanish translation of “I am sorry for not writing.” 

I see I gave you a good lowdown on Duluth, which is awesome because I hardly remember it now that it’s been over a week.  And I’ll have to do this city by city because I only get 2500 characters per post!

KANSAS CITY!

I arrived in Kansas City around 7pmish at my friends’ Jess & Val’s place. They actually live in Overland Park, Kansas, which is a skip and a jump away, but when I got to the place, Val had picked me up a fifth of Jameson and Jess poured me a beer.  

I met Jess & Val through my NYC friend/old co-worker, Carly Comando.  Carly herself is an amazing musician and tours all over with her husband & bandmate, Tom, as Slingshot Dakota.  Carly met Jess when they started working together after Carly moved to Pennsylvania (this is a couple years after I left NYC for MN).  Then Jess & Val moved to Minneapolis, and Carly hooked me up with them, THEN a year or so later, I walked into Pizzeria Lola to get a job WHERE JESS WORKED, and then we started working together.  It’s a triangle of employment, y’all.  (I can say that now, I’ve lived in the South for the past 4 days).   We’ve all worked together, but not all THREE of us together.  Whhhaaaaaat? Anyhoo.  

Jess & Val kindly offered to drive me to the venue so that I could party it up proper.  One thing that makes comedy music easier than stand-up comedy (and there’s a few things, to be sure) is that I can do it pretty well when I’m tipsed.  Well, as long as I know the song.  

(In Duluth, I almost bailed on “Pity Phuck” because I couldn’t remember the chords, but the audience convinced me to just *sing* it while they, surprisingly consistent in rhythm, clapped along. It was pretty fucking awesome)

We walked into the bar and promptly discovered the open mic I was following was not to finish until midnight, which meant I was up *after* that. J & V were fine with it, and I even did a few songs in the open mic and got a couple of people to STAY as a result.  There were probably 20 people there at the fullest, but I had a few that stayed till the bitter end, including this adorable guy named Mark who played the mandolin on “Joe Biden” and “Safe Words” with me.  I could tell he wanted to make out with me, but I just didn’t have the beauty sleep to spare! Next time, Mark, NEXT TIME!  

Kansas City, ladies and gentlemen.  Then I went to Dallas, then to Austin, then to New Orleans, then to Nashville, then to Iowa City, then played a homecoming show in St. Paul.

Hm.

I feel like giving you a tour update almost two months after the fact is self-indulgent. And honestly, I just want to let myself off the hook.

… and also because I want to see what the tour MOVIE says.  I mean, I HAVE to do that for the IGG backers, so let’s just do that.  My first executive decision of 2015.  No official written tour story, just the movie. So, more time for the important things!

Like writing more blog entries.

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! Remount of “The Sex (Ed) Show!” in Duluth on Jan. 24!

Curlfriends of Duluth (and others willing to travel)! We are so honored to have been asked to remount our 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival smizash “The Sex (Ed) Show!” at Teatro Zuccone through Zeitgeist Arts in Duluth! We’ll be there on Jan. 24th, as part of a double bill with Sandbox Theatre’s “Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete Du Gevudan.”

BONUS: Although these two shows are very different, I saw Sandbox Theatre’s “La Bete” during the Fringe, and as you would expect from Sandbox, it was captivating, scary, and enchanting. We are extremely honored to be on such a dynamic and entertaining bill!

Click right here for all the info and to buy tickets!  OKAY? OKAY!

I don't think any of these shows actually have to do with gay, generic beer.

I don’t think any of these shows actually have to do with gay, generic beer.