Curt St.Cyr and the Kalico Kats, “a five person music ensemble who are electrifying audiences with their inventive, unique sound of the raw blues”.
Curt St.Cyr -Harp,Vocals- Curt’s roots go back to Winnebago Nebraska where he was first inspired to play gospel music. Curt is Native American from the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe and lives on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. He began his musical passions with the drums but was drawn to the harmonica which he devoted himself exclusively along with a vibrant voice for vocals. His musical influences include gospel, soul, jazz and the Blues. Curt describes his music as “real soulful and funky”.
Curt has appeared in many venues and festivals throughout the Southwest and Mid-Plains region, most recently St. Petersburg and Tampa Florida. Curt holds the title of the only artist to be asked to perform at the Saturday in the Park Festival held in Sioux City Iowa eight consecutive times, thousands are drawn to this outdoor music festival each year. Among many artist with whom Curtis has shared the stage include: Smokey Robinson, Santana, Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Indigenous, Luther Allison, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Neville Brothers, Chubby Carrier, Dr. John, Chris Duarte, Chuck Berry, Black Crowes, Rita Coolidge, “Brandy,” Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Joanna O’connor, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jimmy Thackery, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Louisiana Red, AC. Reed and the Spark Plugs,Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings, Duke Rubillard, Joe Houston (Mr. Night Train), Lil Charlie and the Night Cats, Ian Moore, Rita Marley and the Maccabe Band, Curtis Saldgado, Melvin Taylor and the Slack Band, Jackson Brown, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Cha’s, Josh Kelly, Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Susan Tedeshei, Dion Payton and the 43rd St. Blues Band, Lil Bo Wilson, Little Scotty and the Big Tones, Government Mule, Jocque and the Zydeco High Rollers, James Armstrong Blues Band, Shirley Lewis, Earl King with the Butanes, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Road Masters, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, and many more…Curt believes his music reflects his real life experiences in the blues genre. “We Native Americans have the Blues”, he says, “We all have a story to tell, but I don’t see many of my people singing about it”.