Deborah Crooks





Blue sky. Clear sky. Not a bird or a plane. Which is what I remember about how the sky looked most of September 11, 2001 as long orderly lines formed at a single pay phone on Lafayette St. I remember that image as much as the rest of snapshots my minds eye took that day, pre-smart phone, post state-of-shock, two days into a week-long trip to New York. That and the early morning yoga practice at Chelsea Piers before, I was told, emergency workers turned it into a triage center. Leaving a cafe in confusion to join hundreds of others who were exiting buildings and subways, trying to get home and locate loved ones and otherwise try to comprehend what was happening. Standing wordlessly in a park with a view of Lower Manhattan, watching the towers fall in real time, a collective gasp hanging in the air. Walking through the city with a friend downloading our life stories. Cooking dinner at another friend's lower east side apartment where a small group gathered, equal parts horrified, terrified and thrilled to be alive. And then the acrid smoke smell as I looked out the window, talking with my brother in California, once cell service was restored and the phone lines opened up. Our dad, a WWll vet, had passed away six weeks earlier after a long year of illness. The corn dad planted earlier in the summer, my brother reported, was high and just about ready to harvest. ...


♫  Dream Me -  Deborah Crooks. Listen @cdbaby





I released this tune 10 years ago and it all still applies, if not more so, today: "Tailbone"



TONIGHT at The Monkey House


No rest for the sea-worthy, I've a month full of gigs ahead of, including TONIGHT at The Monkey House, Ira Marlowe's theater of song in Berkeley. Come on out! Kwame and I will be doing a set of Bay Station and KC and DC solo efforts on a bill with our friends The Secret Identities and Josh McIntosh.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Monkey House

1638 University, Berkeley, CA
7pm doors/7:30pm show $10-20 suggested
Bay Station duo plus The Secret Identities and Josh Mcintosh.


Love the Bay II: Recap


Wow, what a weekend. Bay Station's second "Love the Bay" music and sailing tour around the San Francisco (and San Pablo!) Bay exceeded our expectations. Kwame and I spent three nights and four days on the Bay, welcoming 14 guest musicians on board to present four different livestream performances. THANK YOU Alex Walsh, Amie Penwell, Cecilia Long, Dave Bell, Drew Pearce, Francesca Lee, Ira Marlowe, Josh McIntosh, Kate Burkart, Matt Jaffe, Matt Langlois, Paul Griffiths, Sara Glaser and Tania Johnson for bringing your music to Espresso’s deck! And another round of thanks to guests/video helpers/crew Christine, Christina, Erica, Lisa, Mauricio and Victor!
Is Love the Bay a tour or festival? We're not 100% sure, but it IS good fun, and exceedingly reaffirmed our belief in the power of music to inspire, connect and further build community. While we're dreaming up the third Love the Bay experience, we're busy reviewing and editing video (If you missed the livestream, you can find the videos archived on our Facebook page)!


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Love the Bay II, Monkey House, Octopus and more


In August, I thoroughly enjoyed playing to a wide variety of audiences in yoga and art studios, traditional music venues and taprooms, as well as at National Night Out gatherings and open-air festivals. Why not up the ante on the variety meter in September? Toward that end, I'll embark on Bay Station's second "Love the Bay" music and sailing voyage, playing with musical friends at various marinas around the San Francisco Bay and kicking off another diversified month of music. Here's what's coming up — I'd love for you to tune in or come to one or more of the following events. xo, Deborah

Monday, Aug 31-Sept. 3

Livestreaming from docks in Berkeley, Richmond and San Rafael - Facebook Live!
Livestream our performances from the aft stage of the International Folk Boat Espresso, featuring special guests Matt Jaffe, Amie Penwell, Josh Mcintosh, Drew Pierce, Alex Walsh, Matt Langlois and more tba.

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Saturday, September 8

The Monkey House Theater
1638 University, Berkeley, CA
with The Secret Identities, Josh Mcintosh and Kwame Copeland

Doors 7pm; MUSIC 7:30pm

Tuesday, September 18

In the Poster Room at The Fillmore
Lake Street Drive on the Main Stage!
1805 Geary (at Fillmore), San Francisco, CA

MUSIC in the Poster Room 7:00-8:00pm

Wednesday September 19

Octopus Songwriters 
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St (at 22nd), Oakland, CA 94612

$10 | all ages

Brian Lemco
Kate Burkart
Mick Shaffer

host Deborah Crooks


8/24 at Symmetry: Friday Night Flow



Last Call at The Bazaar


Put the Year Away” from one of our many appearances Bazaar Cafe over the years. We’ll be playing one last time at the Bazaar Cafe before it closes, Monday, Aug 6 at 7pm. Please join us and special guests including Alex Walsh and Vanessa Lowe


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11th Bazaar Stock: A Farewell


The amazing, the fabled, the venerable Bazaar Cafe is closing in August. It’s one of the first places I played a song in public. Attending the open mic in its early days was formative. I’m glad to add my voice to the 11th Bazaar Stock, presented by KC Turner, which is looking to be another amazing day of original music. This Saturday, July 28, 10am-11pm. I play at 1pm. Be there!


SpryLit Issue 10


I've a short short piece , "Animal Time", in the latest issue of Spry Literary Journal  


Bay Station Postcard: Love the Bay Day 1