Damon Wood

Engine 88, The Ivy Room, Albany CA, 10-21-17

September 22nd, 2017

Engine 88 will play at Albany’s Ivy Room, Saturday Oct. 21 2017. Also on the bill is sooperpunk band California, which includes Adam Pfahler (Jawbreaker), Jason White (Pinhead Gunpowder, Green Day) and Dustin Clark (Soophie Nun Squad).

Get tickets for this insanity now.

Engine 88 at Riot Fest 2017

April 19th, 2017

We’ll be opening the Sunday show, September 17, 2017. We hit at noon, Chicago time. Blink and you’ll miss it. Also, a live webcast is planned, details forthcoming. Our first show in almost exactly 11 years.

PS. No webcast. But the festival was kind enough to livecast Drowning. Thanks Riot Fest!


Engine 88, Haight St. Fair, 1995

May 14th, 2014

Evidence has been revealed that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Engine 88 actually existed and made noise. I don’t know the poster of these videos, but I am thankful to them because, aside from the very crunchy-sounding video of the 2006 reunion show, I had been completely unaware of any motion-picture leftovers of good ol’ Engine. Here’s a link to the playlist. 6 songs, embedded below.


The songs include Pelican, Funny Car, Istanbul, Mangoes, Ballerina and GTO. Istanbul and Ballerina’s presence is interesting because this is right before the release of Clean Your Room… we’d apparently already moved on to our next set of songs before we’d even given the first round a proper tour.

Good stuff.

Shows, Autumn 2013

December 6th, 2013

For my own records, a retroactive list of shows from this Fall. Makes this slow Winter seem less idle.

  • October 4: ZZ Topless, Starry Plough, Berkeley, with Cat People and Physical Graffiti
  • October 5: ZZ Topless at Oaktoberfest in Oakland’s Dimond District
  • October 11: Curtis Bumpy at Jupiter, Berkeley
  • October 20: Curtis Bumpy at Bernal Heights Fiesta on the Hill, San Francisco
  • October 26: Curtis Bumpy at Sonoma Raceway, private function
  • November 17: A Secret Rose, Craneway Pavilion in Richmond

Also, on 11/8 I had the honor of sitting in with Will Bernard and his Motherbug reunion at Jupiter. Which was great fun and also pretty funny, because the Motherbug rhythm section was Keith McArthur and Jan Jackson, along with Josh Jones and a keyboardist whose name currently escapes me (sorry, he was great). Also present were Scott Jensen and David Agretelis. And Jerry Kennedy. And Omega Rae. Basically, Curtis Bumpy. For a few songs it was a bit like Will was sitting in at his own gig. Of course, Will melted faces in due fashion. Special thanks to Len Patterson for letting me use his rig.

Will Bernard and MotherBumpy

Will Bernard and MotherBumpy

Summer shows, June-August

July 15th, 2013

Usually summer is a slow time for a part-timer such as myself. Strangely, I seem to be semi-busy with gigs this summer so far. Catching up:

  • ZZ Topless hit Pine St. Bar & Grill on June 22, benefiting the Tri-Valley Roller Derby Girl Association. That was a hoot.
  • Curtis Bumpy played in Corte Madera at Minke Park’s Piccolo Pavilion on July 14 as part of the summer concert series there.
  • Thursday night, July 18, ZZ Topless will play with the Blackout Cowboys at Peri’s in Fairfax.
  • Friday night, July 19, Curtis Bumpy hits the Jupiter stage once again for good vibes and greasy grooves.
  • Saturday August 24, ZZ Topless brings the noise to 50 Mason in San Francisco.
  • Saturday August 31, ZZ Topless will break much sweat for the Vacaville Art, Wine & Brew Festival at 12:30.

Curtis Bumpy, 5/24/13, Jupiter

May 29th, 2013

Oh, that’s right, it already happened. Always a great time there now that the hand-wringing has abated.


Next Bumpy show is July 14 at the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera from 5-6PM.

We’ll be returning to Jupiter on July 19, 2013.

March 2013 ZZ Topless/Curtis Bumpy shows

March 28th, 2013

This blog is more of a record for myself than much of a promotional outlet… which is fine, I guess, so here’s what I forgot to mention.

  • ZZ Topless strutted down to Gilroy for an intimate performance at the 9 Lives, appropriately with Cat People. 9 Lives was a great venue, by the way. March 8.
  • Curtis Bumpy closed out Michael Parayno’s bon voyage party at his excellent speakeasy/party pad, Birdland Jazzista Social Club on the night of March 15. We were in the 1AM-3AM slot, and had a total blast. Ag had a race the next day so he was represented by Henry Hung on trumpet, who we hope to work with again. Some video of the event can be found on a playlist of mine on YouTube. Here’s a piece of it.

Fun with ZZ Topless, 1/31/13 @ 50 Mason

January 29th, 2013

Never really officially rolled this out, but I’ve been playing with this fun ZZ Top tribute thing called ZZ Topless. Had a really fun time playing at the East Bay Rats’ clubhouse/birthday party for a Rat friend (11/3/2012). It was like being a 19-yr old rocker kid again. Electric Sister played after we did, and were everything you could hope for in a hard rock/metal band. Have to check them out again soon.

Anyway, we’re playing at 50 Mason in SF Thurs, Jan. 31. Was supposed to be with Cat People, a Bowie tribute thing, but a death in the family has forced them to cancel; not sure if there will be a replacement band. Trouble with Monkeys opens.

ZZ Topless
Trouble with Monkeys
Thursday January 31, 2013
50 Mason Social House
50 Mason St., SF CA 94102

Engine 88: Clean Your Room & Snowman on iTunes

September 18th, 2012

Engine 88’s first two full-length albums are now available on iTunes.

Clean Your Room

Flies and Death & Stuff has been available there and elsewhere for a while now.

Big thanks to Nick Clift and everyone at Caroline for making it happen!

ZZ Topless, Fri Sept 28 2012, Red Devil, SF

September 11th, 2012

ZZ Topless opens for Pop Rocks at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. This will be a great show.

Pop Rocks / ZZ Topless
Fri, September 28, 2012
8:00 pm (we hit shortly after doors open)
Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk Street, SF
$10.00 – $12.00

Wouldn’t hurt to get tickets in advance for this.

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