The Curvettes (formerly the S Curves) came together in the summer of 2013 as a result of a fun and funky traveling performance party called “The Swamp Bottom Jamboree.” Their debut performance included cocktail dresses under hip waders in the middle of a pond by candlelight, accompanied by the boisterous bass of a croaking bullfrog. The next summer, they revisited that pond in a rowboat dressed in nightgowns. Unexpectedly, the bullfrog made a repeat performance. Cleaned up and dressed up (but without the frog), the Curvettes trio is comprised of seasoned Vashon and Seattle performers whether at the O Space, Blue Heron, Red Bike, Drama Dock, Vashon Opera, Seattle Opera, and various gigs over town. The Curvettes – Arlette Moody, Elaine Ott-Rocheford, and Stephanie Murray – are a “retro chic” trio that puts their own curve into music nostalgia.
The Curvettes are backed by The Straightaways, an acoustic swing combo that puts a nostalgic spin on even the most modern tunes, but isn’t afraid to bust out a beat when they need to. Steve Meyer on upright bass and Marshall Murray on the cocktail drum kit are seasoned performers who provide the backbone. Andre Sapp adds mandolin, ukulele and guitar, depending on what and how many strings he can handle at any given time. Christopher Overstreet brings a stunning array of piano chops, classical technique, and avant-garde sensibilities. Gary Milligan on horn adds some sass and splash.