DC's Music News

Talking "Flight Lessons" on KRCB 

We had a nice time talking about the next "Flight Lessons" show and playing a few tunes on Doug Jayne's Midday Music show on KRCB yesterday. If you didn't catch us live, take a listen HERE

February Comes Alive 

I spent much of the past month either writing or listening to other music and I'm looking forward to getting back to performing in the coming months. In February, I'll be taking a turn with Bay Station at a new-to-us venue in Livermore, and I'll be getting ready for my next "Flight Lessons" show with a wonderful group of musicians who are helping me share this musical story. Mark your calendars — February 17 in Livermore and March 3 in Santa Rosa — and join me! xo, Deborah

'Shapeshifter' lyric video 

Here’s to opening our hearts wider, restoring justice and generally shining light into the dark in 2024 and beyond!  

Flight Lessons write-up in The Alameda Post 

Thanks to the Alameda Post for writing up this week's performance of ‘Flight Lessons’ at the Lost Church in San Francisco:

Deborah Crooks’ ‘Flight Lessons’ at The Lost Church this Friday

Alameda singer-songwriter’s folk opera features Fruitvale Bridge falcons

Alameda singer-songwriter Deborah Crooks will present her folk opera, “Flight Lessons,” on Friday, November 10, at The Lost Church, 988 Columbus Ave., in San Francisco. The story is based on a pair of peregrine falcons—and some humans—living on the…

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A fall flight in the heart of North Beach  

Hello and happy November,
I'm gearing up for the next performance of my "Flight Lessons" folk opera, a project that's both near and dear to me and expanding my creative horizons. I'm writing today to invite you to its next staging, Friday, November 10 at The Lost Church in San Francisco. This latest version of my bird-themed musical-in-progress features the considerable talents of actor/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Mick Shaffer, Melissa Phillips-DePrato, Kwame Copeland and Craig Miller. The Welcome…

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More "Flight Lessons" Nov 10 in SF 

Friday, November 10, 2023, 7:30pm
"Flight Lessons" folk opera
with a special set by The Welcome Matt w/CALI&CO DANCE
at The Lost Church
988 Columbus St., San Francisco

The latest iteration of my bird-themed musical-in-progress features Deborah along with Mick Shaffer, Melissa Phillips DePrato and Kwame Copeland. Theater, dance and music — be there! Buy tickets: HERE.

How to support "Flight Lessons"   Since my first performance of this bird-themed folk opera last March, I’ve been working to further develop its…

New Music from Bay Station: Shapeshifter  

Pivoting between the ‘Flight Lessons’ house concert of last weekend to Bay Station music this week as we release a new EP Shapeshifter. Four new songs, written/co-written by myself, Kwame Copeland and Steve Waters with able co-production by Ben Bernstein. The four new songs on the new EP double-down on hope and taking action.  Shapeshifterfeatures a Pretender’s-like groove as we imagine a world without bullets or disease, everyone sings and justice is restored. ‘The Past is Over’ is another uptempo track…

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September's Musical Monkeys, Flights and Shapeshifting 

I've a variety pack of shows coming up next month showcasing three different projects: my solo songwriter material; musical in progress 'Flight Lessons', and Bay Station Band. Join me for one, two or all three!  

September Shows

September 10, 2023 7:30pm 
 Judea Eden, Amy Meyers & Deborah Crooks
at The Monkey House
1638 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Sliding scale $10-$40.

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 3pm
'Flight Lessons’ House Concert
Oakland, CA
The latest edition of my bird-themed musical in progress will

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More Flight Lessons: September 17 House Concert 

Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 3pm 

at the home of Rich Dahlgren and Ramona Houston

Outdoor show, all ages welcome

$20 suggested donation

RSVP ramonahouston@gmail.com  to reserve your seat

‘Flight Lessons’ is based on a true story about Peregrine Falcons and humans living at the intersection of wild and urban habitats in Oakland, CA. 

Performing along with Deborah will be Kwame Copeland, Tania Johnson, and Mick Shaffer.