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Looking Forward February 13, 17

Well, we sure had a hell of a go at it. After several incarnations and countless shows, we are left with the appreciation of all the people who came together around this band. Huge thank you to our friends, fans, and supporters over nine years of Dear Indugu’s existence. It was an honor to make music for you.

Although DI ended in late 2014, a few of our members remain musically active and you’re invited to follow our projects:

Willow Steps

Dear Indugu’s lead singer Jesse Strickman and frequent guest vocalist Leiya Mahoney launched Willow Steps in 2015. They are a harmony heavy guy/girl Indie Folk duo, singing about love and social change. They’ve released two EP’s, several music videos, and toured the West Coast. Watch their videos and more at


Dear Indugu’s lead guitarist (and former bassist), Van Jackson-Weaver joined a local songwriter Hamilton Ulmer in the experimental pop band Makeunder. They wrestle diverse tastes – from Renaissance motet, to art rock, to 90′s R&B, synth pop, soul, & modern orchestral music – into powerful songs about death, survival, migration, & loss. Check them out at

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By the way, we still have Dear Indugu shirts, CD’s, pins, and stickers for free or by donation so don’t hesitate to drop us a line at if you’d like anything. You can stream us on SoundCloud or BandCamp, watch music videos on our YouTube channel, and watch even more on the videos page of this site.

Keep supporting local music. Thanks for listening!

Jesse’s new album! March 22, 16

Jesse Strickman, former singer of Dear Indugu, is currently raising money for his new high-end studio EP recorded in San Francisco, to be released by his new band Willow Steps. Join the cause and pre-order the new album here:

Our Singer’s New Music Video! April 10, 15

Hey there folks,
Our singer Jesse Strickman and our longtime on-and-off guest vocalist Leiya Mahoney started a new music project called Willow Steps. Check out their first music video and “Like” them on Facebook. Thanks for listening!

Solo Performance in Alameda! December 02, 14

Our singer gives a solo performance at this fundraiser for the Alameda fire victims. Join the Facebook event here!

Solo performance in Berkeley! November 13, 14

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Free Acoustic Performance in Berkeley! October 15, 14

Mixed Media Mixer is a free monthly live music & art event in Berkeley, which aims to bring together artists across many platforms with the intention of collaboration. More info!

Jesse Strickman performs solo at Stephen Petersen Benefit October 10, 14

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New Music Coming Soon May 05, 14

We’re getting ready to release a free digital Single called “Simple Song About a Girl” in anticipation of our upcoming EP.  Although the song will be available only as a Single and will not appear on the album itself, it will serve as an acoustic prelude to the all-acoustic EP. We hope you like it! Stay tuned. Join our mailing list here to be the first to receive the free Single!

Jesse Strickman VS the Super Typhoon April 22, 14

Dear community,

Our singer Jesse is going to the Philippines to help with the disaster relief of the biggest hurricane that’s every hit land. Please have a look at his campaign here -

Thank you!!

-Dear Indugu

Acoustic EP in the works! March 26, 14

Recording’s going well! We’re about three fourths done! It’s been a ton of fun meeting together a couple times a week and laying down tracks. Since we’re doing it all ourselves, in our own cozy home-made studio, we have the freedom to take it at our own pace, have fun, experiment with ideas, and take the time to really get everything sounding just the way we want it. It’s all love and good vibes going into this album. See for yourself in these photos in this month’s Dear Indugu newsletter.

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