by a passion for social and environmental justice
as well as a simple love of music, Steven Andrew
Kacsmar aims to inspire change as much as entertain.
This Bay Area songwriter combines folk, acoustic
rock, and blues influences to share his message
of hope and inspiration that invites audiences
to think, laugh, cry, dance, and sing along.
raised in Ohio, he grew up listening to The Beatles,
Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Eric Clapton. Inspired,
he first picked up a guitar when he was 8 years old
and played his first gig by sneaking into the local
youth center. Steven migrated to San Francisco three
months out of High School and has called the Bay Area
home ever since.
a full-time career in banking that found him playing
music whenever he was able, Steven made a full-time
commitment to music in 2002. The result was Steven's
debut solo CD, "Dreams and Destiny," (SunLotus Music,
2003), produced by Grammy nominee Roberta Donnay.
and Destiny" received acclaim for its heartfelt, emotion-laden
lyrics and distinctive melodies and drew comparison
to the work of both James Taylor and Willie Nelson.
DJ Lord Litter chose two of Steven's songs, ("Don't
Really Know" and "Time-Through the Years") from the
CD for airplay on his "Outlaw for Peace" radio show
as well as Cyberstorm Radio
same year he released his debut CD, Steven formed
an acoustic-rock band, Phantom City. Performing solo
and with the band, he has appeared at the Freight
and Salvage, The Silverado Resort, The Artemis Gallery,
Old Vics, La Pena Cultural Center, The Stork Club,
Peri's in Fairfax, The Brainwash Cafe, The ICAN Gallery,
and The Masonic Auditorium. Phantom City released
their debut CD "City of Dreams" in January 2007, which
Steven recorded and produced at his Snoring Dog Studio
in San Francisco.
delivering an acoustic ballad, a soaring rock anthem
or getting people up out of their chairs, Steven's
hopeful vision for the world is always at the fore.
The artist frequently contributes his work to peace
and social justice events and organizations; his song
"There Must Be Something More" was performed in an
anti-violence musical at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium,
which featured 500 youth performers. "It's Our World"
was featured at a meeting of California Peace Action
and the 2003 Earth Charter Summit in San Francisco.
He wrote his environmental call to action "Small Steps"
for the 2004 Earth Charter Community Summit. Steven
and Phantom City have also performed at Steve Sodokoff's
'Gimme Shelter' Benefit for the Homeless, at the Civic
Center Plaza as part of the San Francisco Parade for
World Peace, and appear annually at The OMI Family
Festival in San Francisco.
artist and active member of the Bay Area songwriting
scene, Steven continues to pen material for both himself
and Phantom City. He hosts a monthly Songwriters Showcase
in San Francisco run by Songsalive!, a non-profit
organization that supports independent artists. In
addition to continually writing and recording his
own work, Steven has been recording and producing
demos for other songwriters at Snoring Dog Studio
and has begun work on his next CD with Phantom City.