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!
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!
Kevin & Veldie are great supporters of supporting bands.
We finally got some awesome merch!
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
Cristi from GAFP sets up the shot like a bossssss
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.
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.
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.
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!
We filmed our second video with Girls Arent’ Funny, “When Baby Becomes Legal”:
Veldie, Lacey, Anna, Cristi. Being awesome. As per usual.
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.
Check out Court’s veiny wrist, but also that sexy art design by Ian Rans.
We finally made a *proper* vagina tip jar.
Court and her friend Marta crafted this vagina tip jar. “Just the tip.” 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.
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”
Rehearsal at Bedlam Design Center
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.
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?!?
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.
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.
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!!
Madoo, Court, and Lacey: bringin’ the balls to Ballerween.
ANNA GOT MARRIED!!!
That’s Tom & Anna up there on stage. It was gorgeous and fun and there was so much love.
Lacey N Court: POWDERED DONUTS
Kevin & Veldie’s conversations are amazing, you guys. They have a really awesome kismet. I miss ’em!
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:
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.
Yoga in front of the Westport Saloon, Kansas City!
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.
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.
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.