Songwriters in the Round @ Octopus w/Beth Marlin, Francesca Lee & Deborah Crooks

May 18, 2016 Oakland, CA

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Time : 7pm
Venue : The Octopus Literary Salon
Address : 2101 WEBSTER STREET
State : CA
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The Octopus is a literary salon, re-interpreted in the 21st Century to engage and entertain readers, writers, musicians, artists of all ages in Uptown Oakland, California. The Octopus Literary Salon includes a most excellent café with delicious food, beer & wine, a small-scale specialty used and new bookstore (we sell used records too!), and a space for public readings and discussions as well as other literary spontaneity and, of course music performance.

A bimonthly series of Bay Area and touring artists presenting their latest and greatest in-the-round. This month’s series features:

Beth Marlin
In the 80’s her L.A. band, Speed Bumps was very punky. In the 90’s she was Bethie, BMG’s kids’ recording artist. Today she’s living in San Francisco, writing, gigging and recording. Lately she’s been tapping into the wisdom of early American folk singers such as Woody Guthrie, and writing in a style she calls Modern Americana….

Called “kind, sassy, and understanding” by the San Diego Troubadour, Brindl’s music is soulful folk-nouveau: a unique blend of singer-songwriter folk, soul, and blues.

Francesca Lee
Confiding narratives and striking melodies illustrate the songs of Francesca Lee. Layered and lustrous, the music… radiates from an organic center colored by electronic shadings and beats

host: Deborah Crooks
California songwriter Deborah Crooks’ lyric driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes.