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Next week: Songwriter Showcases in San Francisco and Oakland

 

Recent travels have inspired new material! The Love the Bay sailing and music party was followed by a residency run up to Oregon and a trip to Southern California featuring a fun appearance at JC Hyke's Songwriter Serenade. Next week, I'm pleased to be playing a selection of the new songs as well as some vintage tunes at two talent-packed showcases in Oakland and San Francisco. Come on out! 

June 20, 2018
Octopus Literary Salon (solo), Oakland, CA
June 21, 2018
Neck of the Woods (backed by Art Khu), San Francisco Bay
June 23, 2018
Summer Sailstice (with Bay Station), Alameda, CA

 

June Music by Land and by Sea

 

I've had a remarkable week that finds me starting this month rejuvenated and very grateful. Bay Station's Memorial Day Weekend 'Love the Bay' music and sailing fiesta around the San Francisco Bay was a true joy, after which I spent a couple days in residency as part of Oregon State's Trillium Project. Now I'm getting set to head to So Cal for the first of several songwriters showcases I'll do in June. This months also holds an appearance at the SF Free Folk Fest, another Octopus Songwriters Showcase and more. Will I see you? I hope so!

Upcoming events

June 5, 2018
J.C. Hyke's Songwriter's Serenade, Matt Denny's Ale House, Arcadia, CA
June 9, 2018
SF Free Folk Fest (w/Bay Station), San Francisco, CA
June 20, 2018
Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, CA
June 21, 2018
WomenCrushSF Showcase, Neck of the Woods, San Francisco, CA
 
 

Love the Bay: Music & Sailing 2018

 

Wow, what a ride the past weekend has been. Bay Station completed our mission on Memorial Day, sailing from Richmond to Alameda after a music-filled few days with some of our favorite friends in music. Below is just a sampling of some of the tiny boat concerts staged on Espresso. Check out the Bay Station Facebook page for full videos! Thanks to all those who participated!

 

 

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Love the Bay v.2

 
Bay Station is setting sail from Alameda on our second Love the Bay multi-day sailing trip/tour of the San Francisco Bay.  Follow along on Facebook and/ Instagram this  Memorial Day Weekend for live broadcasts from our various ports of call.

Memorial Day Weekend  May 25-28

Bay Station Loves the Bay  

Aboard Espresso, San Francisco Bay
SF x Sausalito x Richmond x Alameda

 
  
 

Be Your on Bird on World Migratory Bird Day and help Birds!

 
It's World Migratory Bird Day! Be Your Own Bird AND Help Birds - Buy "Be Your Own Bird" this weekend & I'll donate half the proceeds to bird conservation efforts #WMBD2018

World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, UN-backed global awareness-raising and environmental education campaign focused on migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. " World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each year to highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. More than 300 events in more than 60 countries to mark World Migratory Bird Day 2018 (registered on the website) will include bird festivals, education programmes, media events, bird watching trips, presentations, film screenings and a benefit concert to raise funds for international nature conservation. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) — two intergovernmental wildlife treaties administered by UN Environment — organize the campaign in cooperation with Environment for the Americas (EFTA). EFTA works with diverse partners to provide English and Spanish educational materials and information about birds and bird conservation throughout the Americas. Their programmes inspire children and adults to go outdoors, learn about birds, and participate in their conservation. www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/partners"

 

Talking with Big Blend Radio about Other Desert Cities

 

I had a fun conversation with Lisa at Big Blend Radio about Bay Station’s third studio recording "Other Desert Cities," which was inspired by the stark, natural beauty of the Mojave Desert. Take a listen:

 

May is for more music

 

Thanks to those who helped Bay Station launch our latest batch of songs! We had such a good time at the record release show and are happy to see the music get out into the world and on the air.  I'll be continuing the musical celebrations this month on mountaintops, on and by the water. Mother's Day finds me singing with Kwame at The West Point Inn atop Mt. Tam, while Memorial Day Weekend we'll be doing another "Love the Bay" sailing excursion. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram (if you aren't already), as we'll be doing more in the way of livestreams this month. Thanks, as always, for listening, and coming to the shows. xoxox, Deborah 

Other Desert Cities and Love the Bay

Other Desert Cities is now available on Spotify, BandCamp, iTunes, Amazon and the rest! Take a listen and/or pick up a physical copy at the shows.   
"Between the amazing vocals of Deborah Crooks and the equally awesome musicianship of her bandmates, Kwame Copeland, Steve Waters and Chris Veenstra, Bay Station delivers its own unique style, incorporating the best parts of Americana, Alt-Country, and just plain good storytelling." — Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic Blog

Love the Bay

A couple of year ago, Kwame and I did a multi-day sailing trip/tour of the San Francisco Bay, playing music at our ports of call. After all the recent desert exploration, we're ready for a reprise sailing & music excursion, this time with special guests. Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram for more information in the coming weeks, and over Memorial Day Weekend, for live broadcasts.

More words...

At the end of the month I'm heading northwest for a short residency with Oregon University's Trillium Project to write some new place-based material. I'm looking forward to experiencing – and being inspired by — a new landscape!

 

Have You Heard? Bay Station's Other Desert Cities is Ready for Your Ears

 

We sure had a lot of fun on Sunday releasing the new tunes live. If you didn't grab a copy at the show, you can find the tunes everywhere online, including Amazon, Spotify, CDBaby and Bandcamp (below). Take a listen and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

Bay Station Band's Other Desert Cities Releases This Week!

 

For the past several years, Kwame and I have spent a lot of time in Joshua Tree, playing and writing together for Bay Station Band. Two years ago, we ended our cross-country tour there...and started writing new songs! When it was time to record the keepers, we decided to record the songs near their source, and took the band to Gatos Trail Studio to do the basics (and play a gig and take an The Integratron sound bath while we were at it). We’re pleased with how all those good vibrations added up, and, almost exactly a year later, we're excited to release the record, Other Deserts Cities, this coming Sunday, April 29 at The Starry Plough in Berkeley. It’s a double record-release show with our Bay Station bandmate Steve Waters. Please join us!
http://bit.ly/April29SP

 

 

Find new sounds this Friday at The Lost Church

 

On a trip to Europe many years ago, I'd keep my eyes out for the old stone churches in each town I visited. These buildings were frequently empty on weekdays, making them an ideal place for a visiting secular singer to make sound! For similar reasons I find myself singing at The Lost Church in San Francisco at least a couple times a year. While its architecture is decidedly more modern, and it's not really a traditional church, The Lost Church is another soulful venue that just invites music-making. This Friday, I'll be there kicking off a show with two other original voices, touring artist Amber Ikeman, and Emily Zisman (who some of you may know from Americano Social Club). Please join us! Buy tickets in advance HERE