2 Nights in Minneapolis

Wednesday night we played the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis. It’s quite a venue with a good size stage.  After all the emails, it was great to finally meet the guys in Scubadiver in person.  They’re super cool dudes and we wish them the best of luck.  The members of Omission Republic were genuinely great human beings as well.  We couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to share the stage with.  And their bands are pretty solid too.


It was our first time at the Pourhouse and downtown construction didn’t make finding the spot to unload an easy task. As we were loading in our gear someone was tased by a Sheriff on the corner of Hennepin and 5th.  I didn’t see it happen, didn’t know what provoked it.  I saw five officers escorting a man away from the light rail tracks.  The group of people that had gathered were filming with their phones out as we lugged our amps inside.

 We were supposed to go on at 7, but the sound guy was late. It was closer to 7:30 when we finally sound checked and started our set.  We spread out on the stage and used the room to move around.  We played a set that is probably one of our stronger sets and we were on point.  The show was a smashing success and went off without a hitch.  Save for the string that Dave broke, prompting him to quickly switch guitars for the rest of the set.  The crowd was receptive and we fed off of their enthusiasm to be alive and out in public.  When they finally turned on the stage lights, two-thirds of the way through our set, it was a welcome surprise.  The Pourhouse has it all: a stage, a sound system, stage lights and don’t forget the balcony.  Sharing our songs with people who have never heard them before was, and is, always a thrill for us.  We are very grateful for this opportunity.


After our set, Scubadiver came on, and if you ever get the opportunity to check out this band, do it. Their show is well worth the ticket price.  Besides being a great alternative rock band, they bring an entertaining show wherever they go.  On Wednesday, they had two masked characters on stage having a picnic and some very dramatic tug of war with a piñata.  There were smiles all around the room while they were performing.  Truly a sight to see and an experience to behold, I give them major kudos for pulling it off the way they do.  Scubadiver is true entertainment.


When Scubadiver had finished their set and swept all the debris off the stage, Omission Republic took over. I hadn’t heard of this local Twin Cities band until we were on this bill with them.  The band has soul.  With a three piece soul blues band laying down the grooves, they are led by an energetic front woman and two backup singers (synchronized dance moves included).  This band can put on a show.  They have the classic moves and a new twist on the old soul blues.


It was really great to play with these bands, meet everyone and take Wednesday night to the limit. Scubadiver was heading to Milwaukee and told us Houston was waiting with open arms for King Fish Crow to visit.  Omission Republic had just gotten back from The House of Blues in New Orleans and were prepping for their next adventure.  There is a good chance we will play with these bands again. We expect big things from both.


Friday night, the smoldering first day of autumn, we played the Nomad World Pub with Peddler and Loons in the Attic. It was a great show and the Nomad cranked the AC all night long.


Peddler kicked off the night with their melodic indie rock grooves. The singer/bassist belted out grunge rock melodies and the lead guitarist rung out reverberated riffs from boutique pedals with excellent tones.  The band brought an energetic set to the stage.  The Nomad has a deep stage and it was hard to see the drummer (as is always the case there).  Still, the guys delivered a solid set of songs and played their flannels off.


After Peddler wrapped up, Loons in the Attic took the stage. They were two songs in when their bassist broke a string.  In all honesty, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a bassist break a string at a show.  They were in a predicament.  So I went outside and asked Shane if they could borrow his bass.  Of course, he said yes.  So I ran down to the green room and brought the bass up to the bassist.  He put his three string away and they continued their set.  Loons in the Attic bring an indie rock pop that is uniquely highlighted by Bobby’s falsetto.  They are technicians and are always having fun on stage.  It’s great to see Bobby smiling when he is delivering a line.  We’ve played with them a number of times and always enjoy the opportunity to get to know these guys better and share some stage time.  If you get the chance, catch them around the city.

 This week was sort of a whirlwind, but it was great. We had both of our shows this month in a three day span.  We don’t typically try to line up shows so close together in the Twin Cities.  But when your friends call, you say yes.  We did miss Corey this week.  His grandfather passed away early Sunday morning and he was in Ohio all week.  We send our best to his family.

 Our next show is going to be a great event. Loon Fest is coming up on October 7th at Modist Brewing and we’re on the bill with many of the same bands who played Wild Springs in Osceola, WI this summer.  So, if you didn’t get a chance to come out to the festival in July, but loved the lineup, this is your opportunity to catch all the great bands in the Twin Cities.  This whole event supports the Boundary Waters and every donation up to $5,000 will be matched by a generous benefactor.  Come on out, support local music, protect the BWCA, make great friends, and drink local brew.  We’re thrilled for the opportunity and we’re looking forward to sharing our Saturday with all of you.


Keep Reaching


“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.”     – Jerry Seinfeld

2 Shows This Week!

Call your friends. It’s the week we’ve been waiting for.  This Wednesday, September 20th, we’ll be at the Pourhouse with Scubadiver and Omission Republic.  The guys in Scubadiver are on the road and playing cities on their way to Minneapolis.  So come on out to the Pourhouse and see what they have up their sleeves.  Remember this is an early show that starts at 7 pm.

On Friday, September 22nd, we’re playing the Nomad World Pub with Loons in the Attic and Peddler.  We always get amped up to play with our friends Loons in the Attic and Peddler is going to bring some noise.  So come out for the late show on Friday.  Music starts at 10 pm.  We will be on at Midnight.  Hope to see you there.


This past week I wrote 25 “Interview” questions and emailed them to the band. I’m not sure if there is any true journalism involved here, but I hope that it lets you in on the crew who make up King Fish Crow.  Each week (or so) I’ll introduce you to a new member of the band and give you a little peak into what makes them tick.  This week, and to lead off, (because it’s his Birthday week) is David Brown.  Happy Birthday, Dave! 

David Brown

Electric “Face-melting” Guitar

Aka: Buddah the Illfigure

When did you start playing an instrument?

In the summer before 5th grade, I started my first instrument, the trombone.  I picked up the bass around 16-17 years old because my friends wanted to start a band (Waving White).  Shortly thereafter, I volunteered to learn guitar because we couldn’t find a guitarist.

Who are your favorite bands/musicians/artists?

Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Radiohead, Wilco, Rage Against the Machine, NIN, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Common, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, M.C. Escher, Van Gogh

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Mr. Starry/Mr. French (HS Music Teachers), my dad (he got me on my feet playing guitar), David Gilmore, Prince

Who are your favorite local bands?

Prince (RIP), Hippocampus, Flatwater Mississippi, Red Daughters

What is your favorite piece of gear? Why?

My custom Gibson 356. It was a gift to myself after surviving the 35W bridge collapse.

What genre is King Fish Crow?

Alternative/Indie Rock

How cool is the Bunker?

It’s the best…though I’m not sure it could live up to its namesake if need be…unless of course, you’re trying to shelter yourself from cool, refreshing air.

What has been the most memorable King Fish Crow show for you?

One of the Lily Springs shows…lots of memories, and the most recent was special because Drew was able to rejoin us on stage. I’ve always cherished performing with my bro.  Or the show where we opened for Twilight Hours…getting to play a show with some of the musicians I looked up to as a kid was pretty cool.

What is your favorite King Fish Crow song to play live?

Hmm, that’s kind of a moving target…but, at the moment, I’d say either Ragtag or Is Free.

What is your favorite color?

Dark blue with a greyish tone (not sure what you call that color)

Hot Sauce?

Yes, please! Extra

What city do you live in?


What is your hometown?

Cannon Falls

What do you do during the day?

Associate Investment Advisor, by day

What is your favorite movie?

Tough…um, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shawshank Redemption, Dumb & Dumber

What is your favorite Holiday?


What would you bring for your “Desert Island Playlist”? (5 Albums)

OK Computer, Dark Side of the Moon, Illmatic, 1999, can’t decide which Led Zeppelin album to include…I think I’d go crazy if I could only pick 5 albums…never could truly answer this question.

What is your favorite hobby/pastime?

Playing guitar, golfing, fishing, video games, going to sporting events and watching sports… and of course spending time with my beautiful girls

Do you have pets?

Yes. Esther (English Bulldog) and Willis (3/4 Siamese ¼ Tabby)

What is your favorite beer?

Grain Belt Premium or Spotted Cow

What is your preferred method of travel?

Car…road trips are sweet.

What is the most important think to know about you?

I live by “The Golden Rule” and believe nothing is more important than doing what brings you happiness. If you can do that, you will be the best version of you.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People being passive aggressive…or poor communication

Playing live or recording in a studio? Which do you prefer?

Both are great, but I prefer a live show…can’t recreate the adrenaline.

If King Fish Crow booked a show on the moon that was to be broadcast to earth and the entire galaxy, would you make the proper preparations and ultimate voyage?



“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”     – Plato

The Pourhouse & The Nomad

Next week we have a couple things happening. On Wednesday we’ll be at The Pourhouse and on Friday we’ll be at the Nomad.


It’s coming up quick!


On Wednesday September 20th we’ll be playing the Pourhouse in Minneapolis with some cool humans (who may be looking for an alien).  They are Scubadiver and they’re coming up from Houston, Texas.  They asked us to join them on the Minneapolis stop of their tour!  To say the least, we are thrilled to be on the bill with them.  It’s an early show that starts at 7pm.  King Fish Crow lights the candles, so to speak, and we’re followed by the fine gents in Scubadiver.  Elk River’s very own Omission Republic will close out the night in grand fashion.  Yes.  A Wednesday night.  Three bands before 10pm.  Can’t beat it.  A night of local and national expression.  You won’t want to miss it.


Friday, September 22nd we’ll be playing The Nomad World Pub with our friends Loons in the Attic and local rockers Peddler.  This one is going to be a lot of fun.  Music starts with Peddler at 9pm followed by Loons in the Attic and your favorite band, King Fish Crow, will play till they turn the lights out. So come on out and stay up late with us.


We hope to see you there. We’ll have our brand new llama t-shirts and both of our albums available for purchase.  Get yourself some threads and represent.


Mark your calendar for big events in October


In other news, The Wailing Loons are using the Bunker in preparation for their upcoming gig at the Prairie Burn Festival. It’s cool to help out friends when they need a spot to rehearse.  It’s nice to have a spot to share.


“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”     – Cesar Chaves

Almost a Garage

In honor of Labor Day, I’m going to write this blog.


Growing up, this was always the weekend my dad would get motivated to clean the garage. It was a family affair with the Jerry Lewis Telethon on in the corner.  Once a year everything came out of the garage.  We would sweep up the mouse droppings and decide what was going back in and what was going in the trash.


So here it is, the annual Bunker Fuzz garage cleaning. If only we had a garage door on the bunker, we could let the late summer air roll in. This past week I sold the first amp I ever bought.  It was a little Marshall practice amp that I haven’t touched in years.  I also sold a couple guitar pedals.  Hey, It’s that time of year.  Theo stopped by the Bunker this week and brought some of the final shelves for the complete ReBunkering.  Together we cleared everything out from under the riser.  We decided what would stay and what would go.  It was the same process I grew up with.  As we clean out the Bunker, let me know if you have any suggestions to tidy up this blog.  I always appreciate hearing that you’re reading.  As always, much love to all the people who make the Bunker happen and to everyone who supports King Fish Crow.  It means the world to us.


We just confirmed two shows in October. Loon Fest is on October 7th and it starts in the afternoon and goes all night.  So come out and support the BWCA with us and some really cool people that we like a lot.  We will also be playing October 19th at the Viking Bar with The Mumbling Owls.  We’ve been trying to book a show with them for a while now.  We had a house party lined up back in December but a snowstorm had other plans.  Finally we will share the stage with these cats (birds?).


In September and Coming up quick, we have a show on the 20th at the Pourhouse with Scubadiver.  It’s going to be a total thing with all of the main stuff and the sides.  Scubadiver is getting ready to kick off a Midwest tour and they are traveling up from Houston.  By the looks of their facebook page, they are unfazed by Harvey and in good spirits spreading cheer like only they can.  All systems go for their Where Am I!? Tour.

Two days later, September 22nd, we are playing with our amigos Loons in the Attic at the Nomad World Pub.  Music starts at 10pm.  We’re on at midnight.  See you when the clock strikes.

“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to find happiness living within that environment.”     – Marie Kondo