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Alameda Songwriter's Roundup w/Alex Walsh, Amy Obenski, Dan Seidel, Deborah Crooks, Johnny Nash ...

 

Coming up next in Alameda!

A night of original songwriters playing in the round, featuring Alex Walsh, Amy Obenski, Dan Seidel, Deborah Crooks, Johnny Nash and Paige Clem
$5-10
Call for a dinner reservation! 415 355-7888

http://www.alexwalsh.com/
http://www.amyobenski.com/
http://www.reverbnation.com/danielseidel
http://deborahcrooks.com/
http://www.johnnashmusic.com/
https://paigeclemmusic.bandpage.com/
 

Picking up Good Vibrations in the High Desert

 

We've been doing quite a bit of songwriting on this semi-unplugged jaunt to the Joshua Tree. Still, with plenty of time to both play and create - Wow! Vacation! - we took the area up on it offers and spent much of Sunday soaking up the sounds of others. 
The desert of course, has long attracted artist and seekers of  all manner: homesteaders after free lands, outdoors-folk in search of a tricky rock problem, naturalists and scientists assembling clues, Mystics and madmen and one combination of many of the above, George Van Tassel (1920-1978), creator of the Integratron. Located in Landers, on an energetic vortex, the Integratron is a "one-of-a-kind 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel." 
It's composition is also "based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials."
Uh, sign us up! 
The Integratron is open to the public a couple "no reservations weekends" a month, and fortunately for us, our timing worked. We drove up the road 20 minutes to the site, lucking into a just-added, earlier-than-scheduled sound bath at 10:30am, when the gates opened Sunday morning. Within minutes, we were laying on the floor with 40 other people in the top story of the domed building. After everyone got settled with their blankets and mats, a gentleman played large crystal bowls for 25 minutes, sending variously oscillating sound waves, in frequencies perceptible and beyond perception, pulsing through our bodies. I didn't see any aliens, but I can't say it wasn't great. After the last bowls sounds, Hearts of Space type music was played for the remainder of the hour in what became a sort of sound-induced savasana.  I felt better after than when I'd arrived, still cramped from the travel and sleeping in a new place, and emerged from the dome feeling as bemused as healed, an altogether good thing. 
The grounds of the site were an equally relaxing playground of general good vibes, complete with a hammock garden, cantina, a place to cast your dreams and water stations. Reminded me of Fairfax and Goa and Sedona rolled into one.

Still. we were up for more sound vibrations later in the day, albeit of a more traditional kind, and drove another 30 minutes to Pioneertown where Pappy & Harriets was hosting its Sunday evening Music Service. A weekly, well-curated jam led by a band composed of the venue's favorite musicians and guest artists, the service was a unabashed celebration of LA Country Rock. More than ably covering songs by the likes of Gram Parsons, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Rondstandt and Tom Petty, the musicians were hot and the crowd hungry. Noneother than Bay Area native Bart Davenport, in fine form, happened to be the week's musical guest, and more than rose to the challenge, rocking his telecaster and otherwise destroying every song he led. Good stuff. People dancing, people eating, another dose of high quality good vibrations. 

 

Then we saw aliens. Well, not really. As drove drove down the hill from Pioneertown, more of those impossible bright stars overhead, we did a double take, then pulled over to the side of a road to watch  as an (illicit?) group of folks were lighting large paper (?) lanterns and letting them go into the sky. As they ascended, the lanterns - luminarias? -  appeared much like those moon jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, languorously floating brightly through space, only in reverse and in the sky rather than water. It looked dangerous, but it was more beautiful, the lights rising, tumbling over one another before melting into the starry sky. Nice. 




 

"Adding Water to the Ashes" - Live Video

 

Some footage from the show last week at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. My tune "Adding Water to the Ashes" from the 2008 Cd of the same name.

 

Happy New Year! Ringing it in muscially at Bottom of the Hill, January 7, 2105

 
Happy 2015! May it be a year that's filled with peace, prosperity, health, joy and wonder for all. Tall order, I know, but I'm putting it out there... along with an invitation to a show on January 7 about which I'm excited, an opening set at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.
BoTH is venerable among SF clubs and I'm pretty pleased to bring a full band to its stage. We kick things off at 9pm sharp, in support of two other interesting projects, The Silver Threads and Anju's Pale Blues Eyes. Expect a night of rootsy rock, indie folk and Americana music. Please join us in musically bringing in 2015. Love & gratitude, Deborah
 

Shiny Red Nose - Happy Holidays from KCDC!

 

 

Post-holiday shows

 

Amidst wrapping presents and putting up lights, I'm prepping for a couple of shows this post-Christmas weekend. I'll be performing as a duo Friday night in SF and a trio (possibly more) Saturday afternoon in Pacifica. We'd love to see you at one or both!

Friday, December 26th, 2014
Giordano Bros.
 Spirit Vibrations & Bay Roots Booking Present Deborah Crooks - 9pm
303 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133

Saturday, December 27th, 2014
Surf Spot
Deborah Crooks live in Pacifica - 1pm
4627 Pacific Coast Highway,
Pacifica, CA 945044
 

 

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Giordano Bros.
DEC 26 Spirit Vibrations & Bay Roots Booking Present Deborah Crooks - 9pm
303 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-397-BROS

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Surf Spot
Deborah Crooks live in Pacifica - 1pm
4627 Pacific Coast Highway,
Pacifica, CA 945044
- See more at: http://deborahcrooks.com/shows#sthash.o3gfJ2At.dpuf

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Giordano Bros.
DEC 26 Spirit Vibrations & Bay Roots Booking Present Deborah Crooks - 9pm
303 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-397-BROS

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Surf Spot
Deborah Crooks live in Pacifica - 1pm
4627 Pacific Coast Highway,
Pacifica, CA 945044
- See more at: http://deborahcrooks.com/shows#sthash.o3gfJ2At.dpuf

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Giordano Bros.
DEC 26 Spirit Vibrations & Bay Roots Booking Present Deborah Crooks - 9pm
303 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-397-BROS

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Surf Spot
Deborah Crooks live in Pacifica - 1pm
4627 Pacific Coast Highway,
Pacifica, CA 945044
- See more at: http://deborahcrooks.com/shows#sthash.o3gfJ2At.dpuf
 

Ho-Ho

 

 A little Christmas time video we made last year (transmogrifying "OH OH" from the KCDC CD "Your Own Reaction")

 

Year-end thanks + dance theater

 

As I write this, I'm feeling so grateful that I've been able to pursue my muse in a variety of ways this past year, and especially to everyone — friends, family, radio hosts, music venues, music lovers and listeners — who've given me a stage or platform to keep going.  There have been many shows and projects I've been privileged to work on this year: from live shows and recording projects to dance theater productions (See more about that below) Hopefully I'll see you at a show or event soon! ;) In the meantime, warm wishes for a happy holiday and great new year. Love, Deborah

My words are providing most of the text for the latest Deborah Slater Dance Theater piece,'Private Life,' which premieres at ODC Theater,  December 11-14, 2014.
'Private Life' explores the unique bonds, loyalties and rifts born of the contradictions of the military experience set on a human scale. Private life — military and civilian — implies an intimacy based on the sharing of exclusive knowledge, experience and shared codes of conduct.  How do our private beliefs about morality, honor, etc. lead us to conduct ourselves, and how does this conduct steer us toward or away from one another?

DSDT's 'Private Life' at ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street SF CA 94110
December 11-14, 2014
8 pm shows Thursday - Saturday, 2 pm show on Sunday

 

 

Thank you!

 

KCDC had a great time playing Saturday in Alameda. We're heading back into the studio in December. Stay tuned for more news!

 

KCDC Rides Again: Full-band show in Alameda 11/22

 
KCDC plays High Street Station Cafe in Alameda this November.

KCDC in Alameda! FULL band Saturday, NOVEMBER 22, 2014, - 7:00pm-10pm

 1303 High St Alameda, CA 94501 USA
  Michael Valentine opens. Call to make a dinner reservation: 415 355-7888 Price: $10
http://kcdcmusic.tumblr.com/

“That the two musicians can create excellent songs is [not only] proved in abundance through songs like the ballads “Jesus And The Jed,” “Gone Missing,” “Oh Oh” and “Love Some More,” but also by the uptempo charged and handsome guitar riffs on songs such as “Put Away the Year,” “Sweep Out the Dust,” “What To Say (Come Here)” and the album title track “Your Own Reaction.” …we’d love to hear more quality music from this duo on record.” — Rootstime

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

High Street Station
KCDC in Alameda! - 7:30pm
1303 High St
Alameda, CA 94501
USA
415 3557888
Price: $10
- See more at: http://deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.7UeogBvD.dpuf

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

High Street Station
KCDC in Alameda! - 7:30pm
1303 High St
Alameda, CA 94501
USA
415 3557888
Price: $10
KCDC, the band, makes it debut performance in Alameda!
- See more at: http://deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.7UeogBvD.dpuf

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

High Street Station
KCDC in Alameda! - 7:30pm
1303 High St
Alameda, CA 94501
USA
415 3557888
Price: $10
- See more at: http://deborahcrooks.com/shows/#sthash.7UeogBvD.dpuf