with Rob Stokes Band and Laura Wolf

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$12 / $14



Songbyrd Presents

Wednesday June 27, 2018


Seán Barna and The Monogamists

Seán Barna is a singer, songwriter, and drummer based in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Employing a highly-visual lyrical panache and an atypically full-throated singing style, Barna is preparing to release Cissy, a gasping, 5-song exploration of isolation, anxiety, queerness, and mortality. Written and recorded in a marathon four-day session in upstate New York and featuring a collaboration with Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, Cissy is a measured, brutally observant deconstruction of masculinity, where the main players in the story – drag queens, mothers, queers, office workers, and wanderers – come together in the name of excess to achieve a well-worn life. Whether redefining gender norms or savoring the burn of a morning cigarette, these characters find peace on their own terms, with drugs, sex, fashion, and beautiful music.
Barna plays both drums and guitar on Cissy, but it is his rare poetic bravado and stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery – theatrical and pained but grounded and honest – that guides us, shines a light on our traumas, and invites us in for a drink. 

Rob Stokes Band
"Somewhere in Pittsburgh, Rob Stokes has his head in his hands. His lush sound doesn’t rely on contemporary mandates for cleanliness and order, but squiggles for its’ futurism. The melodies and riffs open themselves up to reveal their unassuming vulnerability.

‘Live At The Heartbreak Hotel’ [LP] is a not-so-familiar tragic romance where each yearning, aching pulse is as dilated and complex as the phenomenon of love itself."

Laura Wolf
Cellist and singer Laura Wolf Schatz uses live looping, effect pedals and various instruments to weave a penetrating world of sound. Having performed with various contemporary and classical ensembles, her debut solo EP Stitch One (2017) was met with critical praise, deemed "beautifully immersive" and "distinctly enchanting" by Gold Flake Paint. She is currently workshopping her newest work bridging spacious experimentalism with pop driven songs.