with Maryjo Mattea and Sean Barna

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

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

$10 / $12



Songbyrd Presents

Thursday August 22, 2019


Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. Mattea’s music, which has garnered comparisons to Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair, and Jenny Lewis, is the perfect hybrid of polished pop and raw rock. In addition to performing original music and more as a solo artist and with a band (comprised of Scott Manley on drums, Joshua Hunter on guitar, and Eamonn Donnelly on bass), she is also a member of the grunge-garage rock duo, Two Dragons and a Cheetah; electro-rock group, Color Palette; synth-pop band, Loi Loi; and post-rock ensemble, Endless Winter.


Featured in Billboard Pride, NewNowNext, and Aquarian Weekly, Seán Barna is defining the art of queer storytelling through songwriting. NPR's Bob Boilen, host of the Tiny Desk Concerts and podcast All Songs Considered, said Barna is, "a thrill to see... wearing Ziggy Stardust on his glittery sleeve," while Barna's seminal EP, CISSY, was called "a brilliant, giant statement about modern life and sexuality" by Counting Crows frontman, Adam Duritz. The former drummer of Deaf West Theatre's LA production of Spring Awakening and the national Broadway tour of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Barna is set to release his LP, Margaret Thatcher of the Lower East Side, in 2019.


Food Will Win the War is a collective led by Rob Ward and Kyra Sims. The group features french horn, viola, and glockenspiel.

“Painting enigmatic conversations as surreal portraits with trademark baritone [vocals]… Food Will Win the War explores a space largely unexplored even in Brooklyn’s dense music scene.”
-The Deli Magazine

“…tastefully layered alt folk with a chamber rock slant… from uplifting danceable odes to dreamy melodic and drifting soundscapes.”
-Creative Loafing