Maurice Tani and 77 El Deora

Born and raised in San Francisco, Tani was just a bit too young for the Summer of Love, but was still profoundly influenced by the California culture that gave the world country rock from the Bakersfield variety to psychedelic to the singer songwriter types.

Barely into his twenties and hungry for experience, he moved to central Texas to work the hardcore country, blues and rock circuit between Austin and Dallas, playing five sets a night, seven nights a week for months at a time, eventually making connections that led to his moving to New York City just as the punk rock scene of CBGBs and Max's Kansas City was exploding in Lower Manhattan. By 1977 he was back in San Francisco as punk, power pop and new wave was taking hold in the Bay Area and began a stretch of five years and four critically acclaimed albums with ex-Flamin' Groovies front man Roy Loney's band, The Phantom Movers.

Through the rest of the '80s and '90s, Maurice was the lead guitarist and a featured vocalist for Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat, two large, 12-18 piece dance bands that gained worldwide exposure from a 2 hour PBS New Years Eve tri-mulcast (2 television stations with different views and FM stereo radio audio all broadcasting simultaneously) that was broadcast annually for many years on public TV around the US and Europe. ZPMO won the Bammy Award for Best Independent Album of 1985. After 15+ years of touring, Tani was ready for a change and made the decision to return to his roots in original music.

Since making the shift back to songwriting in 1999, Maurice has spent the past 13 years as an active part of the California alt-country/Americana scene. Fronting his own bands, Calamity & Main, 77 El Deora, he has produced a series of albums for himself and others. In recent years, with singer Jenn Courtney as his muse, central character and sparring partner, Tani has constructed a repertoire of rye humor and romantic ruminations.

Tani & 77 El Deora represent the best in Americana: smart without making a fuss about it. The lyrics are worldly but universal. The musical ideas hit home. The playing is as good as you’re going to hear this side of Austin. Above all, the band covers a lot of ground, from wistful ballads to hard driving honky-tonk rock, from personal meditations to satirical cultural observations, from electrified twang to down-home acoustic. Once in a while, they even find new shades of meaning in some cover you thought had been long since played out. This band is different. This band is special.

“All in all, possibly the best indie ‘Americana’ band to come from the Bay Area . . . ever . . . period.” - Paul Olguin

Kate Burkart

Kate Burkart is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter/bassist. Her 2010 album "Faith to Fall" showcases her talent writing for evocative and honest songs, exploring themes of love, faith, and loss.

Kate's work is woven with intimacy and sincerity. In a world where music more often shouts than whispers, Kate's songs are distinguished by their subtleties...and her confessional style takes a less tangible route to your consciousness.

Her EP, "The Simple Things" will be released in Spring 2013.

Deborah Crooks

"Deborah Crooks is a vibrant artist carrying on the San Francisco tradition of powerful female singer/songwriters with literate lyrics and progressive musical attitudes; well respected within the music scene and increasingly so outside of it."

I was born in Watsonville, CA, and grew up amid the diverse San Francisco Bay Area listening to showtunes, Tom Petty, disco, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, The Eurythmics, reggae, ska, punk, Bonnie Raitt and the Police. After earning a degree in Environmental Studies from UCSC, I moved to Colorado where I covered sports, studied writing in the Jack Keroauc School of Disembodied Poetics and got turned on to the power and possibility of songwriting via seeing many great female songwriters including Michelle Shocked, Shawn Colvin and Ani diFranco. I'm admittedly somewhat of a mutt regarding influences, but I continually gravitate towards literate, roots-based songwriters who can rock ala Lucinda Williams, Patti Griffin, Alejandro Escovedo and Buddy & Julie Miller.
Since 2003, I've recorded two EPs (a track from The Roberta Donnay-produced EP '5 Acres' was included on the RockerGirl Discoveries compilation CD) and two full-length CDs, Adding Water To Ashes (2008). 2010 saw the release of two EPs, which were repackaged into one CD '2010,' (made possible by a Bay Bridged Grant). I've also traveled to India four times to study yoga and returned to California to make the San Francisco Bay Area my home. I'm currently working on a third full-length CD of original music "Little Bird" which will be done... any minute!
I love to play, and regularly collaborate in the studio and onstage. Additional projects include a 5-song CD with Alex Walsh, ‘The Crooks/Walsh Blues, (2009)’, touring the Northwest as part "Indie Abundance™ Music, Money & Mindfulness" with two other artists, touring the Southwest with fellow songwriter and yogini Jean Mazzei on The Great Idea Tour, co-hosting the local chapter of Songsalive! as well as the High Street Station Open Mic, and participating in an ongoing Bay Area Song Collective. I've also written with Pop Tuna’s B.Z. Lewis, resulting in the tracks "You Are Home" (chosen for both the Java with Jahvalin Indie Artist CD 2005 and the Indie Music for Life), "The More I Know" (2005) and "All This Love," (2006); with Stefan Gustafsson (Luminous Family Trust) and regularly contribute content to Deborah Slater Dance Theater in San Francisco.
I've also spoken about community and creativity at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and MacWorld in San Francisco, led writing groups in India, and continue to write for websites, blogs and print publications on a variety of topics.
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Maurice Tani and 77 El Deora, Kate Burkart and Deborah Crooks

Friday, December 6 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Starry Plough