Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bazaar Stock #8 December 5 at Bazaar Cafe

 KC Turner Presents: Bazaar Stock #8
December 5, 2015 10am-10pm
Bazaar Cafe
5927 California St
San Francisco, CA 94114
I'm pleased to be a part of Bazaar Stock #8, when KC Turner Present 36 (!) local musicians at SF's venerable and loved songwriter haven, Bazaar Cafe. Free and all ages, a tip jar will be passed with 100% of the proceeds to be donated Music in Schools Today. I play at 3pm and encourage you to come for as much of the event as you can! It's going to be be a great display of original music.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Desert Postcard: A week in the Mojave

Moonlight Mesa under the sun.
A visit to Radio Free Joshua Tree
Another sunrise

Joshua Tree is beginning to feel like a home away from home. Sunrise, sunset, ravens, rabbits, writing, singing, playing and strolling the desert mesas and trails is good for the soul. I'm so grateful for this piece of land and sky. 
As most areas of beauty in these times, there's careful balance to be struck between conservation and recreation. You can find out more about the hard-won, and always in need of protection, California Desert Conservation Area via The Center for Biological Diversity.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hawk Hill Gypsy

One of my favorite 'reset' buttons is getting up to Hawk Hill in Marin County every couple weeks as a volunteer for Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. A 360-degree view of the Bay Area will put nearly everything back in perspective (plus helping track the Golden Gate Raptor migration not only restores my wonder but allows me to utilize some of my college-accredited field & ornithological skills). After a very full, long, fun weekend of music at FAR-West, I was back on the Hawk Hill Monday. Yesterday, our hours of counting were capped off by the release of a Red-Tail Hawk dubbed 'Gypsy' who will be tracked via Telemetry for clues on just how hawk spend their time. Hawk migration season runs into early December. Get up on the hill if you can! And find out more about GGRO at

Then today I heard a great broadcast on NPR, with Terry Gross talking to wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul about some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Vyn and Weidensaul contributed to a new book about North American birds. Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature, by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Gerrit Vyn, Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Weidensaul and Lyanda Lynn Haupt


Monday, October 19, 2015

Indie Rock, Twang & Twilight: October 24 at The Starry Plough Berkeley, w/ Laura Benitez & the Heartache

Two female-fronted acts take the stage on this autumn evening, sharing original songs of love, life, and the pursuit of damn good whiskey.

Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Beware their catchy hooks and sweet melodies - these stray puppy tunes will follow you home and become your most steadfast companions.

California songwriter Deborah Crooks' lyric driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes, a sound which has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice with Chloe Goodchild and Mysore V. Amba Prasad (India), and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released three CDs and several EPs of critically noted original music, including 2015’s Something Special, which reflects both her California Roots and global peregrinations. “Quite simply smart and engaging music." — RockWired Magazine

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FAR-West Venues' Choice Concert October 15, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center

On Thursday evening, October 15, FAR-West will kick off its 12th annual conference with the Venues’ Choice concert. Five venues from around the region, dedicated to presenting acoustic music year-round, will each present an artist(s) of their choice. The diversity of styles represented are indicative of the broad range of expression that makes the West such a rich cultural melting pot. FAR-West's opening night concert is always one of the highlights of the conferences and 2015 is shaping up to be another great night.
Public tickets ($15) can be purchased at the FAR-West Brown Paper Tickets site.
VENUES' CHOICE CONCERT Thurs, Oct 15, 2015 at 7pm Oakland Marriott City Center 7:00 PM  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Natural Necessity: Radical Conservation

 “The loss of a keystone species is like a drill accidentally striking a power line. It causes lights to go out all over.” — E.O. Wilson 

The natural world has always been my go-to, for solace, for perspective, for a sheer hit of beauty. And I'm fortunate to live in an area surrounded by slices of natural land and open space. I got out for a brief hour of beach and open space time yesterday and was delighted to see a host of avian wildlife (snowy plover, migrating hawks, harbor seals) and felt, for a moment, that there's plenty of hope for this beleaguered planet after all, even as I know how precarious as it is. So I more than heartily applaud evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson's proposal to permanently set aside half the earth for the 10 million plus species of wildlife with whom we share the planet. It's a bold challenge (and some say arrogant) but really, given the high rate of extinctions happening as I write this, mainly due to human caused climate change, deforestation, pollution and generally rampant environmental abuse, why not try?
Here are some conservation success stories and other conservation networks taking inspiring actions to make a difference:

Friday, September 25, 2015

KCDC Band Live in Alameda September 26

This Saturday, KCDC breaks out the electric guitars to perform our cowritten tunes at High Street Station Cafe in Alameda. Come on down and hear songs from the Your Own Reaction CD plus new KCDC originals. Kwame and I had a great time 'boat-shedding' many of these songs live on Espresso this past weekend, and we're looking forward to plugging in and playing with our band on terra firma! We’ll be joined by Steve Waters (guitars), Andrew Gibson (bass) & Mike Stevens (drums). Plus our fellow Alamedan Paul Manousos will kick things off with a set of his dynamic music.
 High Street Station is located at 1303 High St (@Encinal) in Alameda, CA. Call High Street to reserve a table 510-995-8049. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.