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Little Bird NW Tour

 
After a wonderful couple weeks of holiday rest and celebrations, I'm getting ready for a run of dates in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco. Here's my route:
Saturday, January 11th, 2014  Redwood Curtain Brewing Co - 8pm
505 S G Arcata Ca USA
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014  Good Bean 11am-1pm
165 S Oregon S Jacksonville OR 97530 USA
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014  Oberon's Tavern - 7pm
45 N Main St Ashland OR USA
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 Cloud & Kelly's Public House - 9pm
126 SW 1st St Corvalis OR 97333 USA
Acorn Rebellion opens
Friday, January 17th, 2014 Soulfood Coffeehouse - 8pm
Redmond WA 98052 US
Sharing the evening with the lovely Jean Mann
Saturday, January 18th, 2014  Metronome Coffee - 8pm
3518 6th Ave #101 Tacoma WA 98406 USA
Sunday, January 19th, 2014  Twilight Gallery - 7pm Price: $7-10
4306 SW Alaska Street Seattle WA USA (206) 933-2444
A special show with Seattle friends Willow & The Embers and Sue Quigley!
Monday, January 27th, 2014  Osteria
KC Turner Presents Acoustic Bistro - 7pm No Cover
3277 Sacramento St San Francisco CA 94115 USA
Monday nights are happening when KC presents three acoustic acts at this swell Italian restaurant. We’re on Jan 27 along with You Knew Me When and Dawn Angelosante. Make your reservation now by calling (415) 771-503.
- See more at: http://www.deborahcrooks.com/shows
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Happy Holidays!: Ho Ho (Tired Santa) song/video

 

MEOW-Con The Movie, Mini-doc covering Women in Music Conference in Austin

 
Last month, we traveled to Austin to showcase at MEOWCon, an action-packed conference for women in music. Amid the showcases and panels and networking, Kwame and I were interviewed for this mini-documentary of the MEOW experience. Check it out! You'll also catch Suzi Quatro, Patti Quatro, Kathy Valentine, Jennifer Batten, Mia D'Bruzzi, Paula Boggs, Sara Skinner, Rain Perry, Kim Bingham, Leanne Summers, Hether Wagner Reed, The Better Halves, Theresa Jenkins, Allie Shaw, Chelsea Schwartz, Diana Finlay Hendricks, Julie Christensen, Susan Arbuckle, Amber Saxon, Nancy Quatro Glass, Sue Young, Neeta Ragoowansi,  Tony Scalzo, Rick Carney, Carla DeSantis Black, Margaret Moser, Jody Denberg, Derek Woodgate, Jane Boxall, Rachael Sage and more. MEOW Con is seeking sponsors for the 2014 edition. Visit www.meowcon.com or www.meowonline.org for more info.

Little Bird CD takes flight release shows

 

I'm very pleased to report that my new CD "Little Bird" — 11 new tunes produced by Art Khu — is complete. While it is being released everywhere Nov 5, 2013, I'll have copies on hand at all of these shows which will be showcasing the material on the recording. Come help me celebrate and pick up a copy!

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Driskill Hotel

Live @ The Driskill - 6pm-8pm

604 Brazos St Austin TX 78701 US (800) 252-9367
 http://www.driskillhotel.com/live-entertainment.php

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Renaissance Hotel

MEOW Con - 7pm

Austin TX USA
Showcasing at MEOW Con
http://sched.co/18tYKYe

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Cedar Street

Original Showcase - 10pm

208 W. 4th St. Austin TX 78701 US 512-495-9669
Price: $5
More info tba.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Boom Boom Room

First Tuesday with JRo Project - 9:30pm

1601 Fillmore San Francisco CA 94115 US 415-673-8000

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Lost Church

Aireene Espiritu & The Hobos, Deborah Crooks - 8pm

65 Capp St San Francisco CA 94141 USA
Price: $12
Wonderful venue! Aireene & The Hobos! This is will be another great night of music!
- See more at: http://www.deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.aH6wXVk9.dpuf

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Driskill Hotel

Live @ The Driskill - 6pm-8pm

604 Brazos St Austin TX 78701 US (800) 252-9367
 http://www.driskillhotel.com/live-entertainment.php

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Renaissance Hotel

MEOW Con - 7pm

Austin TX USA
Showcasing at MEOW Con
http://sched.co/18tYKYe

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Cedar Street

Original Showcase - 10pm

208 W. 4th St. Austin TX 78701 US 512-495-9669
Price: $5
More info tba.
- See more at: http://www.deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.aH6wXVk9.dpuf

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Driskill Hotel

Live @ The Driskill - 6pm-8pm

604 Brazos St Austin TX 78701 US (800) 252-9367
 http://www.driskillhotel.com/live-entertainment.php

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Renaissance Hotel

MEOW Con - 7pm

Austin TX USA
Showcasing at MEOW Con
http://sched.co/18tYKYe

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Cedar Street

Original Showcase - 10pm

208 W. 4th St. Austin TX 78701 US 512-495-9669
Price: $5
More info tba.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Boom Boom Room

First Tuesday with JRo Project - 9:30pm

1601 Fillmore San Francisco CA 94115 US 415-673-8000

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Lost Church

Aireene Espiritu & The Hobos, Deborah Crooks - 8pm

65 Capp St San Francisco CA 94141 USA
Price: $12
Wonderful venue! Aireene & The Hobos! This is will be another great night of music!
- See more at: http://www.deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.aH6wXVk9.dpuf


Friday, October 25th, 2013
The Driskill Hotel
Live @ The Driskill - 6pm-8pm
604 Brazos St Austin TX 78701 US (800) 252-9367
 http://www.driskillhotel.com/live-entertainment.php

Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Renaissance Hotel
MEOW Con - 7pm
Austin TX USA

Showcasing at MEOW Con"
Conference of Women in music
Renaissance Hotel
Austin, CO
http://sched.co/18tYKYe

Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Cedar Street
Celebration of Women in Music Showcase - 10pm
208 W. 4th St. Austin TX 78701 US 512-495-9669
Price: $5
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/416819101753092/?source=1

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Boom Boom Room
First Tuesday with JRo Project - 9:30pm
1601 Fillmore San Francisco CA 94115

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
The Lost Church
Aireene Espiritu & The Hobos, Deborah Crooks - 8pm
65 Capp St San Francisco CA 94141 USA
Price: $12
All-acoustic set!

Friday, November 15th, 2013
Armando's
Happy Hour & A Half - 4:30pm
Martinez CA 94553 US  

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Driskill Hotel

Live @ The Driskill - 6pm-8pm

604 Brazos St Austin TX 78701 US (800) 252-9367
 http://www.driskillhotel.com/live-entertainment.php

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Renaissance Hotel

MEOW Con - 7pm

Austin TX USA
Showcasing at MEOW Con
http://sched.co/18tYKYe

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Cedar Street

Original Showcase - 10pm

208 W. 4th St. Austin TX 78701 US 512-495-9669
Price: $5
More info tba.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Boom Boom Room

First Tuesday with JRo Project - 9:30pm

1601 Fillmore San Francisco CA 94115 US 415-673-8000

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Lost Church

Aireene Espiritu & The Hobos, Deborah Crooks - 8pm

65 Capp St San Francisco CA 94141 USA
Price: $12
Wonderful venue! Aireene & The Hobos! This is will be another great night of music!
- See more at: http://www.deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.aH6wXVk9.dpuf

FAR-West, MEOW & Little Bird

 

Aside from governmental wranglings, I hope you're enjoying this time of year as much as I am: Indian Summer is in full effect here in the SF Bay Area, birds are migrating and I'm just about ready to release Little Bird, the new 11-song CD I worked on much of the past year with producer, arranger and maestro extraordinare Art Khu. The CD is getting replicated as I write this (!) and the official release date is November 5. Woo-hoo! I'm really happy with how it sounds and how it looks (Harper Design Group did the graphics -see the cover above) and I'm that much more pleased and excited to get it into your hands. You can pre-order it HERE or find it at one of the shows later in the month.  
In the meantime, I've been enjoying the approaching season by playing lots of music around the Bay Area, at private functions and at home while gearing up for some travel this month to two talent-packed conferences.
First up, is the Far-West Folk Alliance Conference in Irvine. I'll be at the conference Oct. 11-12, playing a bunch of PGS rooms and soaking up all the other voices  who will be singing, playing and otherwise sharing their musical selves. Give a shout if you'll be there.
Two weeks later, I'm heading to one of my favorite cities, Austin, Texas, to perform at MEOW Con Oct. 24-26. The brainchild of music pioneer Carla DeSantis Black, who also founded the late-great RockerGirl Magazine, MEOW stands for Musicians For Equal Opportunities For Women, and is dedicated to addressing "the needs and challenges of women in the music industry today and to esnure women have a voice at every level of their music career." Thanks Carla!
And thank YOU for your interest in and appreciation for original music. There's a lot of shows coming up and I hope to see you at one or more of them.  www.deborahcrooks.com

September Music: In the Garden, On the Radio...

 

So much good stuff happening these days! We had a great time playing in August, including the show at Viracocha (left) and on KALX Saturday. Lots coming up...

Including this coming Saturday, you can find me live and in person at a very cool house concert in Alameda:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
Monica Pasqual House Concert with Deborah Crooks & Sara Lovell - 7pm
27 Powers Court
Alameda CA 94501

I've been dipping into Laurie Wagner's 27 Powers creative writing community since I moved to Alameda several years ago, so I'm delighted to play there. Icing on an already good cake is performing in support of 6-time IMA & 6-time Emmy winner  Monica Pasqual, from the band, Blame Sally, whose music has been featured on soundtracks for PBS, The History Channel and National Geographic Television. Berkeley-based songwriter (and fellow Wild Writer) Sara Lovell will also be sharing her songs. It's going to be an incredible concert under the stars at a gem of a setting! Advanced tickets recommended. Please join us! $20, kids are free - wine and snacks on the house.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2013
Hopmonk Tavern
5pm-8pm
224 Vintage Way  Novato  CA  94945
Price: No Cover

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2013
50 Mason Social Club 8pm
50 Mason  San Francisco  CA  94501
With Aireene Espiritu, and special guests

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After more than a year of work, the new CD "Little Bird" featuring 11 of my songs, arranged and produced by the amazing Art Khu, is complete. I picked up the master earlier this week and the CD will be released officially November 5. Nonetheless, (other) little birds tell me there's a good chance you'll be able to pick up advance copies at some shows before that date. :D. Here's a preview of some of the tracks (if you've missed them )on Soundcloud:

Back in the Bay: Live music in SF, Walnut Creek & Pacifica

 
 I'm just back from a couple weeks of travel and gigs in Southern CA, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. What fun it was to play in new — and incredibly beautiful — places. We had a great time and...it's great to be home! I spent the day cleaning up the garden and am jazzed to see I haven't missed all my sunflowers blooming.  Now, I'm looking forward to playing several local shows over the next couple weeks, starting tonight in San Francisco at Brainwash Cafe. I've played here a lot over the years and it's a casual hangout in SOMA where you can get some food, listen to live music...and do your laundry! Katie Garibaldi is hosting so it's sure to be a positive, happy event. More details on upcoming events follows.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Brainwash

Kareneycopia Music Showcase 7-9:30pm

1122 Folsom
San Francisco California 94103
US 415-255-4866


A weekly free showcase of various acoustic music artists. With Katie Garibaldi.

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Pyramid Alehouse

Unfiltered Music Series 1pm

1410 Locust Ave.
Walnut Creek California 94596
US (925) 946-1520

Back in Pyramid's beer garden for an afternoon show!

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Surf Spot

Deborah Crooks @ Surf Spot 2-5pm

4627 Pacific Coast Highway,
Pacifica California 945044
US

Full band show in Pacifica! 

Sitting with Agnes-Committed Lines

 

One of the songs on the upcomong CD 'Little Bird', 'Committed Lines,' was partly inspired by the life and work of artist Agnes Martin. Martin was an internationally renowned Abstract Expressionist who lived much of her life in New Mexico, painting highly minimalist works, often based on lines and grids. She was intent upon conveying inner truth and beauty and was relentless in her pursuit. An article about her work, first read many years ago, was, personally, revelatory. Over the years, I've seen some of her paintings in museums in San Francisco and New York. I was very excited about the opportunity to see the Agnes Martin Gallery in the Harwood Museum of Art, while in Taos earlier this week. Before leaving town on Wednesday, we stopped by the museum (the Harwood had a great collection of contemporary New Mexico artists and a fine representation of Hispanic art and religious iconography as well). The 7 pieces at the Harwood were painted to be exhibited together, and a friend of Martin's constructed the wooden viewing seats, providing a serene setting and an ideal vantage from which to enjoy the paintings. Truth, beauty, yes.
"My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind." - Agnes Martin, 1912-2004
 

Deborah Crooks & 35 other Musicians @ National Music Day Pop-up Parklet's for a Cause in SF

 
Friday, June 21, 2013 is National Music Day. In addition to a special performance at The Monkey House in Berkeley that evening, I'm participating in Pop-Up Parklet's for a Cause, 12p - 12:30pm, playing at the parklet in front of Brainwash Cafe,1122 Folsom Street, in San Francisco. More than 35 artists will be performing in Parklets all over the city, a musical happening to raise funds for local charities including Bread & Roses, City Youth Now, Woman, Inc, LYRIC and 5 Gyres.  I hope to raise $100 (suggested donation is only $5) for these organizations that help so many of those in need. Please come on down to Brainwash, grab lunch or a coffee and spare $5 for a good cause. 
If you can't make it down to SOMA at noon, you can donate online at Hear it Local.

 Friday, June 21, 2013
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Hosted By: Matt Lombardi
Parklet @ Brainwash - SOMA
1122 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Also, the person who posts the most "liked" photo or video clip from the festival to www.facebook.com/Popups4causes will win a free concert in his or her San Francisco-based home or office this summer.

Dinner & a Show, May 13 @ KC Turner's Acoustic Bistro

 

What is Acoustic Bistro, you ask? Well...Acoustic Bistro is a cool weekly songwriter showcase curated by presenter KC Turner at the lovely Osteria Restaurant in San Francisco. I'm excited to be among three artists performing Monday, May 13, 2013, when I'll alternate the Osteria floor with two other troubadours, San Francisco's Andrew St. James and Pismo Beach artist Spanky.

I'd really love to see you at this gig and raise a glass between sets.

KC Turner Presents Acoustic Bistro @ Osteria

3277 Sacramento St San Francisco, CA
Reservations, call: (415) 771-5030 No Cover. All Ages.

Andrew St James * Deborah Crooks   * Spanky 

Please join us! To guarantee seating please make a reservation today by calling (415) 771-5030. 

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Beauty Everywhere, new 7-song EP out now, find at the shows, or online on CDBaby and BandCamp....

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