Damon Wood

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.

Rolling Stones, San Jose, 5/8/2013

May 10th, 2013

Jacki and I managed to score a couple of decent tickets to the Rolling Stones show at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Below is my review — I’ll try not to sound like a rock critic.


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.

Curtis Bumpy, Jupiter, 7/20/2012

July 19th, 2012

Hitting with the Bumpies and a few special guests.

Friday July 20 2012
Jupiter, Downtown Berkeley

ZZ Topless & Curtis Bumpy, 5/30, 6/7, 6/9/2012

May 25th, 2012

It’s feast or famine around here.

ZZ Topless
Stork Club – 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Weds 5/30/2012
with Radio Nowhere and MILF

Curtis Bumpy
Disco Volante – 347 14th Street, Oakland
Thurs 6/7/2012

ZZ Topless
Rockit Room – 406 Clement Street, San Francisco
Sat 6/9/2012
with Bond Girl and Rue 66

90’s Shout Out for Engine 88

May 25th, 2012

Always nice to see that Engine isn’t completely forgotten. Nice mention in SFGate this week in Best Bay Area Bands from the 90s. We’re on page 22, rubbing shoulders with some good company. A nice honor to be included, and as always with lists like this there are criminally-absent bands I can think of like the Mo’fessionals, Overwhelming Colorfast, Van Gogh’s Daughter, the Sneetches, and on and on. Still, it’s fun to page through. http://blog.sfgate.com/loaded/2012/05/21/1990s/

Fun at the Pro Jam

April 25th, 2012

I have not been to more than a couple of open mic/blues jam type affairs, but have wanted to find a good scenario with a high level of musicianship without a lot of attitude. The Pro Jam run by Timm Walker at Vinnie’s Bar & Grill in Concord, CA seems to fit that bill pretty well, and the other night they had a super cool special guest: Tommy Castro. I was fortunate enough to land a slot late in the evening just when Tommy returned to the stage to close out the night, and as if I wasn’t already lucky enough, they picked Sex Machine. Doesn’t get a whole lot more fun than this for me. Tommy Castro on guitar and vocals, Timm Walker on bass, Byron Cage (of Tommy’s band) on drums, Simon Russel on keys and vocals, and yours truly on chicken scratch and shouts.

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