Tag Archives: Steve Deasy

Detroit, MI – 08/04/10

Springfed Arts in the Park
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
12:00pm - All Ages
Virgil H. Carr Arts Center (map)
311 E. Grand River
Detroit, MI 48226
Other Info
Poets and songwriters perform lunchtime at Beatrice Buck Park next to Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center 311 E. Grand River, Detroit, MI 48226. Easy parking in the Opera House parking structure.

August 4, Audra Kubat, Steve Deasy 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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Taylor, MI – 06/14/10

"Forgotten" show - Concert Version
Monday, June 14, 2010
7:30pm - All Ages
UAW Region 1A (map)
9650 South Telegraph Road

Taylor, MI, USA 48180
Other Info
"Forgotten" is a jazz/blues opera, written by award winning composer Steve Jones, about events during the depression when workers were trying to organize and the questionable death of union organizer/Methodist minister Lewis Bradford. This evening will be a concert version of the play.

The performance will be sometime during the week of June 14-17. Hold the dates - will post an update if this becomes firm.

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Song of the Week # 3 – Easter Song

This song is lyrics by Lester Dore’ and music by Steve Deasy.  If you like Woody Guthrie’s song Jesus Christ (“and they layed Jesus Christ in his grave”) you might like this one.  Just because Woody has said many things we want to say, and probably better than we can, it does not mean that the world cannot use our song.  We can’t all be Woody.

Click on the link below to get to the song page, and then the play button to play the song, or the smiley face to download it.

Easter Song



2010 U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, the J Word, & a New Song.

Today I want to talk about the upcoming U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, and the dreaded “J” word, which I have never taken on either in music or blog.  Yes, you guessed it, the name of “Jesus”.  The historical Jesus is one of the most interesting and talked about people in history, even years after his death.  The U.S. social forum is just the next in a long line of people’s alternatives to the forums where politicians and corporate heads get together to divvy up the economic pie, like the World Economic Forum, Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) summits, G-8, World Trade Organization, G-20 and so on.  Come to think of it, maybe I will post my pictures of the streets of my birth town, Pittsburgh, during the G20 and call it “Pittsburgh Under Authoritarian Rule”.  Anyway the corporate heads and politicians seldom consider people at these forums, just profits.  So the people’s forums continue a line from the Zapatista uprising in 1994 (as NAFTA came down) through the Battle of Seattle in 1998 to the first World Social Forum in Brazil, 2001 to the U.S. Social Forums.  This time, there will be an attempt to pull in religious organizations, unlike previous events:

Bill Wylie-Kellermen, a Detroit minister, writes:

Our regional version – The first US Social Forum was held three years ago in Atlanta. Many people from Detroit attended and were moved and changed by it. However, it could be said that the first forum missed the boat on connecting well with churches, communities of faith and spirit. I got involved with the local organizing partly to make certain things are different in Detroit. To be sure, dominant and mainstream religion has been historically complicit in empire, in the assaults on the planet and on the poor (and so we confess), but spirituality and gospel faith have been a grounding and sparking force as well in witness and the movement work of social transformation.

Indeed.  I was watching the movie “Religulous” by Bill Maher.  Many countries have used religion to justify imperialist goals, wrapping themselves in rhetoric of “God and Country” to justify land grabs, oppression, taking  resources, and even slavery.   Thomas Jefferson, a founding father, wrote a book called “The Faith and Moral Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth”, in which he took the Gospels, took out Jesus’ miracles, and removed any statements claiming divinity.  After a discussion of his doubts with some devout men in a Trucker’s Chapel in Raleigh, NC, Maher said to them, “Thank you for being Christ-like and not just christian.”  Like Maher, I don’t know if Jesus is or isn’t God, but, like the lyric in Jesus Christ Superstar, “one thing I’ll say for him, Jesus is cool!”

As regards the people’s U.S. Social Forum: WWJD – What would Jesus do?  Certainly he did preach against the rich (it is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than a rich man enter the kingdom).  Perhaps it is because those riches come at the expense of others. He might have us consider if our possessions are causes of war or oppression.  He might say there is no such thing as a “holy” or “just” war- people made that shit up.  He might say religion is a real bad idea.  Unlike John Lennon, he might not care about countries anymore, since the oppressors are multi-national and don’t belong, care about or align with countries anymore.  Everyone sing along,  “Imagine no G20, no banks or corporate greed, some might not get what they want, but all get what they need”.

Anyway it is in this spirit that I present you my latest rough mix demo song, called “Easter Song” with lyrics by my friend and sometimes writing partner, Lester Dore’, and music and the rest by me, Steve Deasy.

And to those people of faith who do attend the forum, regardless of affiliation, if you do the hard work of justice and peace you are doing God’s work.  Don’t be “just christian” – be Christ-like. Be Ghandi-like. Be Martin Luther King-like.  Click the link below to hear the song:

Easter Song, by Steve Deasy and Lester Dore’



Detroit, MI – 03/04/10

Detroit Tonight Live with M.L Liebler
Thursday, March 4, 2010
7:00pm - All Ages
350 Madison
Detroit, MI, USA 48226
Other Info
March 4 Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm M.L. Liebler Presents

Detroit Tonight Live at The Jazz Café at The Music Hall
featuring Singer Songwriter Extrordinaire STEVE DEASY ,
rare appearance by longtime Detroit poet & publisher JAN MORDENSKI
& Detroit Performance Poet RHONDA WELSH
plus Howling Dog Editor, Poet & Musician MARK DONOVAN.

The Jazz Cafe @ The Music Hall is located at 350 Madison Avenue, across from the Gem Theater, between Brush and Randolph, adjacent to ample lighted, secure parking and steps from some of the city's trendiest restaurants and nightspots. E-Z to reach via I-375 Exit towards Downtown at left-hand Madison Ave Exit (across from Ford Field & Comerica Park). www.musichall.org

No Cover!!!
Non Smoking
All Ages
Food and Drink Available
A Perfect Evening!

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Ferndale, MI – 02/20/10

Claudia Schmidt In Concert wsg Steve Deasy
Saturday, February 20, 2010
8:00pm - All Ages
2207 Pinecrest Drive

Ferndale, MI, USA 48220
Other Info
Claudia Schmidt has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: Schmidt's shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you'll never be the same again." More succinctly, Garrison Keiilor said "when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung"

This show is in a private home and is "by invitation only". You must RSVP to attend this concert which will be limited to 40 attendees. Suggested donation is $15 (or $10-$20 sliding scale) with all proceeds going to the artists. Claudia will have a brand new CD, so you might want to plan to bring some extra $ for that. There will be snacks, coffee, tea and water provided, and if you would like to bring something to share, by all means do so, we will set it on the table.

RSVP by emailing info@stevedeasy.com or call 248.990.5268

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Steve Deasy – show in Pontiac, Fri. 2/19/10 & Banjo Jokes

Just a reminder about the show in Pontiac this Friday.  For info see below.  I know in my original note the other artist was going to be Barb Barton from Lansing, but they must have changed it, and it will be someone called Banjo Jim and Ricky.  Which puts me in mind of two banjo jokes:

Question: How will we know that the stage is level on Friday?

Answer: Banjo Jim will be drooling out of both sides of his mouth.

Question: How will we be able to tell if Ricky has perfect pitch?

Answer: If he can toss the banjo into the dumpster from 20 yards out and hit Mark Iannace’s accordian. &

I’m looking forward to meeting Banjo Jim and Ricky and seeing you all there.



Pontiac, MI – 02/19/10

Steve Deasy In Concert
Friday, February 19, 2010
8:15pm – All Ages
Live! From the Living Room (map)
7 N. Saginaw St.
Pontiac, MI, USA 48342

In the atrium of the Oakland Arts Center (next to the Blue Note Cafe)

Other Info
also on the bill will be Banjo Jim and Ricky. $5 donation.

Song Post of the Week number 1 – I’m Working For Walmart

I’m Working For Walmart

People have been asking me to play blues.  Problem is, my life is pretty happy right now.  So I started to think about what would give me the blues.  Turns out the working at Wal*Mart is near the top of my list.  I debuted this song at a concert in Ann Arbor where I was performing with Berkeley, CA based singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman.  After the performance a friend of mine, Dave, came up to me and chatted about it.  Dave took an“early-out” from one of the big auto companies.  An “early-out” is where they give you a bunch of money to voluntarily quit and never come back again.  Dave said, “You know those WalMart greeter jobs are actually pretty hard to get!”  Sign of our times, I guess.

A lot of people that used to have higher paying unionized manufacturing jobs now have minimum wage service sector jobs that you can’t even live on.  Someone told me that when you apply to work at Wal*Mart, they also give you a form to fill out to collect food stamps.  I don’t know whether that is true or not.

I wrote this song from the point of view of a displaced higher wage manufacturing sector worker who has to work for almost nothing at Wal*Mart because there is a lot of that happening here in Michigan right now, and I wanted to put a local Detroit connection into it.

I heard about this book called “The WalMart Effect” by Charles Fishman (google it if you are interested in learning more).  It talks about the effect Wal*Mart has had on everything: what it does to a community when it comes in; focus on price above all else; effects on the supplier chain; to compete with them everyone has to produce the same stuff with the same features and price so selection is less; and on and on. It details how the company’s penny-pinching mindset and mania to reduce prices has driven suppliers into bankruptcy and sent factory jobs overseas. I didn’t actually read the book, just skimmed it and pulled of some of the salient points.  I really don’t read much anymore.  Like most of you, our instant-gratification, connected, cell phone, beeper, pager,  twitter, facebook, cable, CNN, blogosphere society has mostly destroyed my attention span.


Oh yeah, the Walmart song.  It is a condensation of the book into a 4 minute song, so you don’t have to read it, or feel guilty about not reading it.

Musically, it is a cross between a Bob Dylan folk blues rant and a crappy pop song by the rock band, Genesis.

Track Credits and Status
Words and music – Steve Deasy
Guitar – Steve
Electric Piano – Steve
Bass – TBD
Harmonica – Steve
Lead Vocal – Steve
Drums – Steve
Lead Guitar – TBD – waiting for Buddy Hall to send me something

TBD can either mean “To Be Done” or “To Be Determined”, take your pick.