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Songs from the Desert & The Sea @ New Acoustic Music Series

 
 Kwame Copeland and Deborah Crooks will be playing a selection of BRAND NEW material - Songs from the Desert & the Sea - at this BRAND NEW Music Series.
New Acoustic Music at Island Yoga
A "chamber concert" series for acoustic music performance from popular idioms to classical. The NAM series seeks a focused atmosphere, similar to a classical concert. Totally unplugged original music in a serene setting. The 2015 schedule runs May - Nov with performances on the 1st Sunday of each concert-month. Island Yoga supports this goal as a sensitive, resonant, space where performers can showcase their most personal work.

All shows are 45 minutes total length: starting at 4:15pm, ending at 5:00pm
Ticket price is $10 at door / $11 advance via PayPal

Concert performance is at the 2nd floor studio of Island Yoga, 911 Central Ave, Alameda. There is no wheelchair access.  http://www.jom-songs.com/NAM_series
 

Fool-Proof Songwriterly Abundance

 

Thanks to those who came to the shows in March! It was a thoroughly satisfying month of songwriterly community and sharing. This April, I'm getting back to arranging and recording new material so expect a little less stage time (although that is always subject to change. Please check the sites for updates).
In the meantime, spring is in the air and a bumper crop of works-in-progress are busting all over, including a new EP, a new KCDC collection and a remix of several songs from my 2008 Adding Water to the Ashes CD. Kwame and I are also preparing to perform at a New Acoustic Music series at Island Yoga on May 3 in Alameda where we'll be debuting all new "Songs from the Desert & the Sea." I'll be in touch with more details on that show in a few weeks. For now, wishing you an inspired, joyful and fool-proof April. xoxo, Deborah
 

Alameda Songwriter's Roundup Recap

 

Last Saturday, I hosted another Alameda Songwriters Roundup at our neighborhood listening room, High Street Station. I've been organizing these 6-artist shows on a loose, every few months basis, and this one was notable for having three out-of-town guests. UK artists Della Lupa and phenom guitarist Kev Minney were in SF from Brighton (!) and Ted Nunes joined in from the Central Valley. What a joy it is to share a stage with such a diverse group of talented and original voices. Mark your calendar for another Songwriters Roundup with a completely different group, on May 29, 2015.

Photo right to left: Ted Nunes, Sara Rodenburg, Della Lupa, Kev Minney, Deborah Crooks, Adrian West
 
 
 

Songs from the Fog CD Releasebration Recap

 
Photo right to left ... Carol Denny, Bruce Kaplan, Claudia Russell, Keller Sisters, Paul Griffiths, Mick Shaffer, Mike Anderson, Deborah Crooks, Kwame Copeland, Maurice Tani, Jim Bruno

As you can guess from this photo, the Songs from the Fog CD Showcase at Doc's Lab was super fun for we performers. Eight of the 9 featured songwriters performed and I can't say enough about how stellar the folks on this compilation are. Thanks again to the leaders of this latest songwriting expedition, Maurice Tani and Jim Bruno. If you didn't get a Songs From the Fog CD at the show, you can pick one up at any one of our gigs, or write me [deborahrcrooks@gmail.com] for more info.

 

Songs from the Fog CD Release Party @ Doc's Lab

 

 
I'm very pleased to be included on this compilation of Bay Area songwriters, a project spearheaded by two masters of the songwriting form, Maurice Tani and Jim Bruno. On Wednesday, March 25, most of the participating artists are gathering together for "an old San Francisco-style, underground evening of song" at Doc's Lab in North Beach.

 "What makes San Francisco a mecca for musicians and songwriters? It’s hard to say. Maybe it’s the desire to follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. But since the beginning of the modern musical era, songwriters as diverse as Jerry Garcia, Sly Stone, The Jefferson Airplane, Green Day, John Fogerty have called the Bay Area “home.”

The Golden Gate still inspires songs from the hearts and minds of its talented inhabitants. And we’ve combed the bars, backrooms, coffeehouses and open mics to find an outstanding group of nine new and established Bay Area tunesmiths and bring them directly to you."

SONGS FROM THE FOG: A compilation of 9 Bay Area Singer Songwriters.
Featuring: 
Jim Bruno
Deborah Crooks
Carol Denney
Paul Griffiths
The Keller Sisters
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan
Mick Shaffer
Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora
KC Turner
 

Today! Center Stage Unplugged Concert Series

 
KCDC LIVE & Acoustic @ Center Stage Conservatory 948 11th St., Modesto Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM, $10 admission
Since 2012, MUMfest has been featuring Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, world, and all the other shades of acoustic music that you can think of. Held in a series of listening-friendly venues in the heart of downtown Modesto, California, the festival highlights award-winning songwriters and bands from across the country and beyond.
 

Happy Women Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Lucinda Williams

 
Lucinda Williams has released 12 albums over her storied, Grammy-award winning music career. When I saw her play live most recently at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest in October, I was once again struck by how deep and wide and GREAT a song catalog she has.  Plus she absolutely rocks. A tribute show to her work seemed in order. Our pals at The Starry Plough agreed, and I'm pleased to announce the date for Happy Women Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Lucinda Williams approaches! Please join us,  March 6 in Berkeley as six local Bay Area acts perform songs spanning Lucinda's 35+ year songwriting career.

Happy Women Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Lucinda Williams 

 The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  Friday March 6, 2015 at the Starry Plough. Doors at 8pm / Show 9pm. Featuring:  Briget BoyleDeborah Crooks • essence •  Kate Burkart •  Keller SistersSecret Town

 

THIS FRIDAY! KCDC Live in Alameda w/Wilson Wong

 

Full band, a new tune or two plus our friend Wilson Wong opens. Come on down to High Street Station in Alameda this Friday! High Street Station Cafe has a full food and drink menu. Reserve a table 510-995-8049!
7pm show start.
 
KCDC’s "Your Own Reaction"is available worldwide, online via CDBaby, Amazon, and at the shows.
 

Feb Music News: High Deserts, High Streets & Heartbreak Hell 2

 
I spent a chunk of January outside of Joshua Tree, soaking up inspiration from the High Desert.
In addition to hiking, staring at the sky and taking a 'sound bath' at 'The Integratron', KCDC managed to complete an EP's worth of new tunes. Time and space always add up to accessing the well a little better. It's a good feeling.
In addition to a whole lot of studio work ahead, KCDC has some lives shows coming up, the first coming up Friday February 20 in Alameda at our local High Street Station Cafe. Look to the handy sidebar of this newletter for logistical info. Perhaps a new tune will get added to the mix! You can hear a demo of one the very brand new songs "Another Test" (previous post), for your listening. Hope to see you soon. xo, Deborah

The Monkey House's Second Annual Valentine’s Benefit Performance. "Music, Magic, Soothsaying and more!" to benefit Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance. The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley, 7:30pm. Reserve a seat: reservations@monkeyhousetheater.com

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
The Monkey House
Heartbreak Hell - 7pm
1638 University Ave
Berkeley
Price: $10-50 sliding scale
With Ari Fellows-Mannion, Ira Marlowe & more!


Friday, February 20th, 2015
High Street Station
KCDC Live in Alameda - 7pm
1303 High St
Alameda
$5-10 sliding scale
Wilson Wong opens

Scenes from last month's shows. Songwriters In Alameda and singing with the band at Bottom of the Hill, SF:

 

 

New song: Another Test

 

We did a whole bunch of songwriting on our trip to Joshua Tree. This will get the band treatment later, but I wanted to share some of what we're up to.

Another Test ©DeborahCrooks & Kwame Copeland (ASCAP) 2015 kcdcmusic.tumblr.com/

You think you're there but you're not/Think you understand buy you don't/Just when you think it will be easier now/You see there's a long way to go/Marched all away across the south/ Now they're marching east and west /Too much injustice to swallow /Freedom put to another test /Freedom always put to the test/ Can't see far beyond the mountain/ Just where you need to go next /Don't get too far ahead of yourself /Don't be placing any bets /Best keep one foot in front of the other /Know you're never alone /Light another candle for your brother/ Another soul on his way home /Just another soul on his way home