Sunday, October 16, 2016

Songwriters in the Round at The Oakland Octopus October 19 7pm

Songwriters in the Round at Oakland Octopus

This month includes: Valerie Jay, Wendy Beckerman, Austin Willacy and your host Deborah Crooks.
Austin Willacy  “…an edgy adult contemporary sound that goes down easily and speaks to the heart.” — San Franciso Examiner 
Wendy Beckerman 
 A great singer/songwriter with a wonderful, unaffected voice. Amazing arrangements of acoustic guitar, vocals and strings. Gorgeous melodic songs with perfect harmonies. Her songs seem to aim not to impress, but to express. Very creative.”— Derek Sivers 
Valerie Jay 
“Valerie Jay has one of the best country voices I have ever had the pleasure to record, the way she phrases the lyrics makes you believe that every word is coming straight from her heart” – Tom Tyson, Producer, Music Farm “Valerie is singing great, it’s always a pleasure to hear her lovely voice” – Albert Lee England’s Calling 
Deborah Crooks
"Deborah Crooks’ is simply too original to be a singer who will be known as someone who sings like…like no one. She changes gears seamlessly and in regards to Lucinda [Williams], Deborah may have a wider pallet of styles than even Lucinda." — John Apice, No Depression

Friday, September 30, 2016

Beauty Everywhere Record Release Show at The Back Room in Berkeley

I'm very excited to write that the release show for Beauty Everywhere is only two weeks away! Please don't miss this show! I'm playing with a superb band — Art Khu on piano, Mike Stevens on drums, Ben Bernstein on bass and Kwame Copeland on acoustic guitar/backing vocals. I'm sharing the bill with a fabulous songwriter and guitarist, Melissa Phillips and James DePrato;  and we're playing new music near and dear to my heart. Plus The Back Room is a cool, cozy all-ages venue (it has a grand piano and couches). Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. If you haven't done so already, please mark your calendars for October 14, and reserve your seat in advance by clicking HERE. I'll look forward to seeing you there. It's going to be a great night.
Love and gratitude, Deborah

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Songwriter Shows in San Carlos and San Francisco

Two fun songwriter series' to check out in September, at Clock Tower Music and the Bazaar Cafe:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 
Jamie Purnell's 2016 Clock Tower Music Series
Clock Tower Music
676 Laurel St
San Carlos, CA 94070
8PM  $10
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 
Paul Griffiths Songwriter Residency
Bazaar Cafe
5927 California St
San Francisco, CA 94114
7PM  with Paul, Deborah, and Micheal McNevin

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beauty Everywhere New Record and Instagram Challenge

Two of the main things my dad gave me were an avid interest in the news, and a love of the natural world. A veteran of WWII who felt immense pride in his vet status, he passed away 15 years ago, and I can only imagine him shaking his head with dismay, as I've been doing, at the events that have been filling the media. So as much as I've been staying current, I've made a practice of looking for beauty to stay hopeful, that is, taking lots of walks on the beach and in open space, noting the tides and drawing up bird lists, gleaning inspiration from other creatives, and charting how much sheer beauty surrounds me, surrounds us all. It's what led to writing "Beauty Everywhere," the title track to my newest recording. Recorded earlier this year at Tiny Telephone with Art Khu (piano, organ, electric guitar), Mike Stevens (drums), Ben Bernstein (bass) and Kwame Copeland (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), I'm really pleased with how it sounds and am excited to share it with you!! I'll be releasing Beauty Everywhere in October, celebrating the record with a live show with all the players on the recording, at The Back Room in Berkeley on October 14, 2016. Please mark your calendars now and tell your friends! 
In the meantime, let me know how you find beauty by joining me on Instagram in an #instagramchallenge. Tag your photos #instagramchallenge and #BEhereDC and I'll post the best ones and send you a download of the #song "Beauty Everywhere."

You can listen to the title track and pre-order Beauty Everywhere by clicking the Bandcamp player (below).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Sailstice is This Weekend June 18-19

Ahoy! Bay Station is playing 2pm -3:30pm 'poolside' at the Encinal Yacht Club as part of this weekend's Sailstice in San Francisco (Sailstice is a national happening!). 

It's a free event with all sorts of boat stuff happening. Be there, there being Alameda, CA, this Saturday, June 18 11am-6pm

Encinal Yacht Club
1251 Pacific Marina
Alameda, CA 94501

Boat Building Contest I New EYC Lifejacket Pool Plunge l Visit Historic Schooner 'Alma' I Historic Classic Sailing Vessels I Plein Aire Paint Out l  Small Boat Racing l Exhbitors l Entertainment All Day l Sailboat Rides l Seminars l

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thursday June 9: A Night of Americana at The Ivy Room

This week's fun: Thursday, June 9 at the Ivy Room in Albany, Bay Station shares a with Kate Burkart and Nate Jones & The Sloe Sippers, it's going to be a fine night. Three bands, $7, good vibes; hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Bay Station (full band) at The Ivy Room

with Nate Jones & The Slow Sippers, Kate Burkart Band

858 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706
 Show starts at 8pm;  Price: $7. Bay Station plays at 10:30

Friday, June 3, 2016

San Francisco International Arts Festival: Peter Whitehead's Mini Music Marathon

One of my favorite SF artists, musician/composer/songwriter Peter Whitehead is doing something really cool as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival which wraps up this weekend, a mini music marathon! For eight hours, Peter will hold down Gallery 308, now filled with his instruments, and improvise with invited collaborators all afternoon and early evening. 

Musical Mini Marathon with Peter Whitehead


FORT MASON BUILDING A GALLERY 308             TICKETS $20 in advance, $25 at door. One ticket good all day,  re-admission allowed.
 Whitehead will remain on the stage throughout the performance with guests joining him every hour for half hour collaborations.

12.30 -1.00  David Samas - Instrument builder,collector - various unusual items & voice
 1.30 - 2.00  Bart Hopkin -  Renowned instrument builder and author - unique invented instruments
 2.30 - 3.00  Daryl Henline - Composer, choir master - Voice, various instruments 
 3.00 - 3.30  David Molina - Multi instrumentalist, composer, builder
 3.30 - 4.00  Patti Trimble -  Bay Area Poet and writer.
 4.30 - 5.00  Sudhu Tewari - Redesigned electronics, springs, looping, effects, noise.
 5.30 - 6.00  Norman Rutherford - Viola da Gamba, bass clarinet, sonar and other instruments
 6.30 - 7.00  Sarah Shelton Mann - Legendary SF Choreographer, teacher, performer, writer -     readings, dowsing
 7.30 - 8.00  Stephen Kent - Didgeridoo virtuoso, multi instrumentalist and radio host.