with ​Milo in the Doldrums and Maryjo Mattea

Songbyrd Presents
Upstairs, All Ages


Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge 

Sunday March 29, 2020


American Trappist is the name of the second musical catalogue from songwriter Joe Michelini (River City Extension).


Milo in the Doldrums is an indie rock band hailing from the sandy beaches of northern VA. Their end goal is to provide a new generation with sick avant grunge pop songs that both inspire youngsters to dream big and old ass boomers to light up and remember the good times of listening to Joe Walsh while avoiding eye contact with their parents. In other words, Milo in the Doldrums is a daily reminder to never give up, always have a goal to reach for, and never let the guy at McDonalds make you feel sad.

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, 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, Maryjo Mattea started writing songs when she was 13. They may not have been very good songs, but even as a young child she had a strong desire to express herself through music. Mattea learned to play the piano in grade school and picked up the guitar as a high school sophomore. She had classical vocal training and sang competitively throughout high school, both in a chorus and individually, but didn't start playing her original compositions to audiences until her mid-twenties. Since that time, she’s performed everywhere from the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania all the way to the stage at the world-famous 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. She performs solo and in numerous bands whose styles range from punk rock to synth pop.

Bringing the songs to life on the records and the stage are Scott Manley, Joshua Hunter, and Eamonn Donnelly. Scott Manley (drums) moved to Washington, DC within months of Mattea in 2011. Prior to arriving in DC, Manley received a degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in orchestral percussion, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and held down the beat for LA-based band, Moving Picture Show. Joshua Hunter (guitar), plays with Mattea in not one, not two, but three bands: Maryjo Mattea, Color Palette, and Endless Winter. He previously played guitar with dance-rock ensemble, Dance for the Dying (DC) and hard rock band, The Elegy Machine (Phoenix). Before re-locating to DC in 2015, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) was bassist for Chicago-based indie rock group, The Kickback. Donnelly's creative talents extend beyond the musical realm; he is also a gifted graphic designer and photographer.