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Announcing the Hot Water Sessions! Aireene Espiritu, Deborah Crooks and Yours Truly, Michele

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I'm getting excited about the "Hot Water Sessions" I'm doing with the wonderful Aireene Espiritu and Yours Truly, Michele in May! Join us in several of our favorite venues in Niles, San Francisco, Suisun City and/or Alameda:
Hot Water Sessions 2017 Kick-Off Party at
The Mudpuddle Shop
Donations welcomed. Limited seating, RSVP
Hot Water Sessions @
Hot Water Sessions @
$20  RSVP to
Barkissimo is located in the heart of downtown Suisun City, across the grand plaza from Main Street. Bring a home made dish to share with the community.
Hot Water Sessions @
Donations welcomed. In the beer garden.
Hot Water Sessions @
A Private House Concert 
$20. Limited seating,  RSVP to
More about the artists: 
Aireene Espiritu 
"Folk singer-songwriter Aireene Espiritu works in the elemental substance of vernacular American music with an uncanny ease. Whether blues, hillbilly, soul, folk or R&B...[she] demonstrates masterly command of each."- Jonny Whiteside, Los Angeles Times
Deborah Crooks
"California songwriter 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 
Yours Truly, Michele
"She’s a celebration. No matter your mood, you’ll walk away with a smile. It’s cheaper than therapy." Tony DuShane, San Francisco Chronicle
With a sound infused with 60s pop, shadowy torch songs, and touched by by Americana Roots-Rock, it is truly Michele Kappel’s own brand of music.

April Music Action


The heavy winter rains have yielded beautiful flowers and green hills in California, and I'm taking those visual cues to stay positive. April finds me mostly playing with Bay Station Band, before I pivot back to DC shows in May. Hope to see you out there! xo, Deborah

"Be Kind" on WOS Radio


Pleased to have a song I did with Bay Station Band "Be Kind" included on Women of Substance Radio & Podcast Episode 597 "Music with a Message" along with Sandi Gregory-Olbrich Takeyce - Ti Deborah DeDe Wedekind Elle Crossley Lisa Jane Lipkin Linda Kosut Debra Hadraba Heather Wilson Carmella Gitanjali Baynie Jane Ross Fallon Lily Kiara Erin Bentley and Sandy Rapp


Octopus Songwriter Showcase at The Octopus Literary Salon


2017 Series poster by Nemo-Unstoppable Creative

March (and march some more): Octopus Songwriter Series, Tributes and Wishes


I've had that thought a lot lately: When is the next march? Meanwhile...part of my staying active continues to be engaging with my creative comrades. Thus this month, I'm playing a tribute show, a songwriter showcase and several Bay Station band gigs. New songs are taking flight, and 2017 is promising yet more music, including a tour with two of my favorite musical pals and another Bay Station recording. More on that next month. In the meantime, I'd love to see you in March. xo Deborah

March 15, 2017 at 7pm.  March features three great artists: Bob Hillman, Peter Whitehead and Maggie Forti. Don't miss it! The entry ($5-10 suggested) is a steal, plus the Octopus is cozy, has delicious and nutritious food and drink.

Watch "Wishing Tree" video!

Announcing the release of the video for one of my newest songs,"Wishing Tree!" I wrote "Wishing Tree" after coming upon several such trees in the Bay Area (like this one in Port Costa, left). 
"A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish." 
"Wishing Tree" is part autobiography and part wish for everyone to breakthrough oppression, be happy and free.
 Shot by Pint of Soul at Amado's in San Francisco in January, the song features Art Khu on piano, Kwame Copeland on dobro, and Kim Xuan Nguyen on bass. Let me know what you think, and please share!

Birthday Show Thank You


Thanks friends and band mates for coming out to The Lost Church on Friday, along with fellow birth-month pal Michael McNevin, to celebrate our birthdays, play and ...wiggle! Always so great to play with this group of musicians. 


Nemo Design of Bday Poster


Watch NEMO create the show poster for Feb 17 The Lost Church w/@Michael McNevin. ADVANCE TICKETS HERE

Making Positive Effort for the Good, aka Celebrating Another Turn Around the Sun at The Lost Church


"Make positive effort for the good," guidance from a Zen teacher I picked up from a Natalie Goldberg book some years ago, is a phrase that keeps running through my mind. It seems more appropriate than ever at a time when it would be easy to pull a blanket over one's eyes. Yes, I'm dismayed at the current political climate, but I'm also happy to be alive and grateful for where I am. So. I'm doing what I can to keep informed, stay in motion, get out in nature, be a friend, write letters, march as necessary, and otherwise consider what maybe positive actions to take next. Thus, this coming February 17, 2017, I'm doing a show at The Lost Church, withmy friend, and truly great songwriter Michael McNevin. We both have birthdays this month, so the evening is a celebratory gathering on all fronts.  We'll perfom songs covering the spectrum of our songwriterly lives, and I'll be playing with a band of musicians I love — Art Khu on keys, Kim Xuan Nguyen on bass, Kwame Copeland on guitar, and Mike Stevens on drums. It all happens at The Lost Church, one of San Francisco's best, intimate listening venues. Join us!   Get yer tickes via tickefly HERE $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Radio Airplay; Video Making


I contributed a voice to this WPFW "Voices of a Nation: A Call to Action" collaboration via local affiliate producer/reporter Patrick Simms (KACR-LP).

Thanks KALX, KDRT and Twirl Radio for spinning songs from Beauty Everywhere and Bay Station's Go Out and Make Some!

Earlier this month, I spent an afternoon at Amado's in San Francisco shooting video of two songs with Pint of Soul. Great crew! Keep an eye out for more news on the finished product!


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Upcoming Gigs

  • September 22, 2017
    Charlie's Cafe ,  San Francisco, CA
  • September 23, 2017
    San Gregorio General Store ,  San Gregorio, CA
  • September 29, 2017
    Make-Out Room ,  San Francisco, CA

Recording News

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

The latest from Bay Station Go Out And Make Some is available everywhere online and at the shows! 

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