About Us

Calamity Jean is an original Americana band from Minneapolis, MN


About Calamity Jean

Starting as a husband and wife folk duo, Calamity Jean has since teamed up with former Hot Heads to form the 6 piece band you see today. Collectively we have played jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk, garage rock, punk, swing, classic country, power pop (etal.), all of which get stirred into our musical melting pot...the Americana way

We have been playing around the Twin Cities and surrounding area for the last 15 years. We love playing the Northeast Folk Festival at Grumpy's Bar every year, and have appeared at the Minnesota Folk Festival. We could drop some names about who we have shared stages with, but Mo says "nobody cares about that shit".



Jean Mason

Lead Vocals

The heart and soul of Calamity Jean, she has been singing around the Twin Cities since the early 2000's


John Mason

Guitar, Violin

After 40 years of writing songs, he thinks he might be getting the hang of it. He has played with 900 Pounds and Musty Velvet, and a few other bands you probably never heard of


Frankie John French

Guitar, Harmonica

A Rock God. He taught himself how to play harmonica at 12 using Tony Glover's book. Former bands include Splat, The Strappin' Daddy-Os, Dog 994 and the Hot Heads


Eric "Buc" Nelson

Mandolin, Trombone

That sparkle you hear is probably Buc on the mando! Formerly of Three Car Garage and the Hot Heads


Randy Venaas


Across genres, Randy has helped anchor several groups around the Twin Cities, including the Hot Heads and the Saddle Sores


Mo Engel

Drums, Percussion

Formerly of the Smarts and Hot Heads, he also plays with the Saddle Sores, Jaztronauts among many more