Back in NYC, Rockwood 8/15 + new single!

Hi friends! I’m back in my hometown for a great gig with my buddy Chris Kelly and pal Andy Mac. It’s Tuesday, August 15, at 11 pm, following the incredible Michael Daves. I hope to see you! Rockwood is at 196 Allen Street, NY, NY, 10002. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. No cover, all the rock!

I also just released a new single (with me on every instrument!) to benefit Trans Lifeline, and inspired by David Crosby’s recent call for a new “Ohio” for our times. It’s available exclusively on my Bandcamp. Check it out here!

One bonus show tomorrow, Aug 10 — I’ll be with my friends at the Leave a Lasting Mark concert series to benefit Oxfam, playing a couple of NYC summer songs! That’s 7-9 pm at the Bitter End.

And when I get back to SF, I’ve got a few great shows – with the Homobiles at Chico Pride on August 19, and solo at the Condor Club in North Beach August 20! Woot!

Can’t wait,
Mya
www.youtube.com/myabyrnemusic

Back in NY! Westbury 5/7, Rockwood 5/10

Hi friends! I’m really excited to be coming back to NYC for a quick spring visit to catch up with some dear friends, and play a couple of very cool shows!

First is an incredible Sunday afternoon house concert + dinner in Westbury, LI! Though it is acoustic, I’m amped up (heh heh) for this event and hope to see a bunch of my Long Island pals. It’s at 4:30 pm, Sunday May 7, at a private home — email FunkhouseConcerts (at) gmail.com for reservations. $20 suggested donation, includes dinner, no one turned away for lack of funds! Special opening guest: Pepper Brooks.And capping off the trip is (thanks to all the folks who came out for the last show!) an encore full-band Rockwood Music Hall set! It’s free, at Stage 1, with my NYC band: Chris Kelly, Andy Mac, and Scott Stein. Expect the rock. 10 pm, Wednesday May 10. 196 Allen Street, NYC (just south of Houston). (www.rockwoodmusichall.com)

And when I get back to the Bay, I’ve got two great shows: the first is bass for The Homobiles at The Nightlight in Oakland on May 14, and then I’ll be performing with my SF band at Concord Pride on the Plaza on May 20. Keep posted for that!

Love y’all lots!

-Mya

Back in NYC! Rockwood 3/15, Homobiles 3/19! Plus Bitter End Benefit Show!

OMG! It has been a fabulous month of music and a badass month of activism. Last week, I spoke at the SF Gender Strike, in solidarity with International Women’s Day. It was an unbelievable and humbling experience. I am certain we as people are on the verge of some real social change despite external forces. Keep it going!!

So I’m back in NYC for a wonderful, groundbreaking arts festival, and figured since I haven’t been home in 6 months I might as well play a kickass show with my pals! So my full band plays this Weds, March 15, at 11 pm – no cover charge. Right before me are Maddy Wyatt and Michael Wagner, two of my dear friends from the NYC scene – it’s basically a family reunion. 196 Allen Street, New york, NY 10002. www.rockwoodmusichall.com

The very next night, Thursday, March 16, I am honored to be part of the Leave a Lasting Mark tribute to NYC songs, in memory of Kenny Gorka,which is a benefit concert for the foundation set up in his memory for musicians in need. That’s at the Bitter End, and I’ll be singing lead on one song and jamming guitar on a few others. 147 Bleecker St, $10 suggested donation.

Last but most certainly not least, on Sunday, March 19, at I’m playing bass with my SF pals, The Homobiles, at the Mx’d Messages Festival, a queer arts fest curated by the incredible Justin Vivian Bond and Elizabeth Koke. Check out this Huffington Post article on the festival! At New York Live Arts (the Bill T. Jones theatre!) 219 West 19th Street, doors at 6. Get tickets here: http://newyorklivearts.org/event/live-ideas-ostara-ball/

Also: When I get back to SF, I’ll be performing a power trio show on 3/31 at Oakland.Secret, the best lil’ DIY venue in town, on a great bill featuring The Truants! Mark your calendars.

Woohoo!

Love
Mya

SF Eagle, The Backroom, and a return to Bazaar

Hey everyone! There’s a lot could be said, a lot to be said. I’m gonna talk about my music and what I’m up to, but in addition to all that I’m of course terribly concerned about the state of queer people in America, and doing my best to help others in this time that is so very dark for so many of us. If you’re reading this, know that I will have your back. For real.

So here are the things I’m up to!

Thursday, Feb 9: I play with my power trio (the return of Andy Halo & introducing the wonderful Kevin Coleman), opening up for the fabulous Homobiles (with whom I will be playing bass!), and our pal Juba Kalamka, with special guest Alicia BT from France! At SF Eagle, 8 doors, 9 music. 398 12th St at Harrison, SF.

 

 

Saturday, Feb 11: I am joining my dear friend Bev Grant on her tour with Charlie King for a set of revolution songs at The Backroom, 8 pm. 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley. Bev is a pioneering feminist rock and roll folksinger. If you don’t know her, check her out!

Sunday, February 12: I am beyond honored to be performing as part of the church service at First Church Berkeley, a progressive UCC ministry, currently being held at Congregation Beth El in BK due to a devastating fire. It is a remarkable community, and to share my music is humbling. 10 am. 1301 Oxford St, Berkeley.

Friday, February 17: I rescheduled my acoustic show at Bazaar Cafe last month due to illness — a first for me! The gracious owner, Les, has invited me to return, and I am so very pleased to be able to oblige. This is such a great spot, and props to KC Turner for introducing it to me! I’d love it if you all could spend your Friday hanging out in this special, totally acoustic listening room. 7 pm. 5927 California Street (btwn 21st and 22nd), San Francisco.

So that’s about it for right now!  I’ll be back in NYC in March with the Homobiles for the Live Arts Festival, curated by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, with a quick full-band set with the usual cast of NY characters at Rockwood Music Hall on March 15. Keep watching this page for some other exciting news!

hearts
mya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rickshaw Stop tonight, solo acoustic on Friday the 13th

Hey everyone! Fun fun shows this week.

Tonight at 8 pm, I will be playing bass for the Homobiles, at the Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell @ Van Ness). We’re in an opening set of some brand-new awesome SF metal bands! Click this link for tickets!

And on Friday at 7 pm, I’m doing a solo acoustic set at Bazaar Cafe, (5927 California St), a fantastic all-ages no cover charge acoustic venue. Thanks to KC Turner for introducing me to this incredible place!

That’s about it for now. Some more big news coming up soon!

Love
Mya

Oakland band show Nov 7; Chicago theatre next week!

Hello all!

I’m performing tonight (Mon, Nov 7) at Oakland.Secret, a fab venue, to support the Bushwick Book Club’s West Coast Tour. I’m joined by my dynamic duo of Andy Halo and Jeanine Adkisson on bass and drums, and it’s gonna be a blast. 577 5th St, Oakland, CA, 7-11 pm.

Nov 7 at Oakland Secret

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big news: Two of my songs were selected for inclusion in [Trans]formation, a new stage production which “explores the naked truth of gender identity as a new devised theatre work. Designed and directed in the style of The Living Canvas, this world premiere co-production is devised from the works of and performed by transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary artists.

[Trans]formation opens in The Vault at Collaboraction Studios (1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on November 17 and runs through December 17th. Tickets start at $15 and are on sale at http://nothingwithoutacompany-thelivingcanvas-transformation.brownpapertickets.com/.”

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Exciting stuff!  Hope you can make it out to support both of these great art events. Thanks as always for your support of my art!

<3 Mya

Autumn Surprises…

Hey everyone!

I’m really happy to announce that a short story of mine was published by The James Franco Review today! This is the first time I’ve ever had a full-length story published anywhere — most of my published writing has been poetry and opinion pieces for various media, in addition to my music. I really hope you enjoy it! I’m especially proud to have been chosen by guest editor Ryka Aoki, one of the best writers of fiction out there right now. Read it for free at https://thejamesfrancoreview.com/2016/09/29/fiction-by-mya-byrne/.

Here’s what Ryka said about my story on the JFR site today. Totally humbled.

— Read Mya Byrne’s “Chain of Rocks,” and find neither a strident nor a self-deprecating account of injustice and economic poverty. Instead, witness Byrne evoking a rich, almost musical narrative that finds an improbable abundance within itself—in its own fiber, its own need and emerging fertility. — Ryka Aoki
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Upcoming Shows:
Oct 7, bass for The Homobiles at El Rio, SF
Oct 8, Mya & friends — full band show! Benefit for Transgender, Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project, at Oscar Wilde House, University of California, Berkeley, with He∆rtillery

Mya Byrne at Oscar Wilde House Oct 8 for http://www.tgijp.org/

Mya Byrne at Oscar Wilde House Oct 8 for http://www.tgijp.org/

The James Franco Review - Masthead (literally)

The James Franco Review – Masthead (literally)

Falcon Ridge, Philly Folk, and Rockwood Aug 16!

Hi everyone! I’m glad to be back in my hometown for the summer, visiting friends and more importantly, playing two great music festivals and my favorite NYC venue!

As you might remember, both I and Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes were both Emerging Artists at last year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. The big news is that SWOH was selected as one of the three “Most Wanted” groups at this years’ fest, which means we get to play on the mainstage! Falcon Ridge runs August 4-7 up in Hillsdale, NY — come on up and root for us! We’ve also both got extensive schedules for jammin’ out at the late night campground scene. Can’t wait to see old friends.

On Tuesday, August 16, 10 pm, my band of friends and I hit Rockwood Music Hall’s ultimate listening room, Stage 3. It’s my only NYC appearance before I return in the winter and I hope you can make it. Rockwood 3 is located at 185 Orchard Street, and you can get tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1249407-mya-byrne-new-york/

Then, that weekend (Aug 18-21), both the Wolfsons and I were selected as OFFICIAL ARTISTS at the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival! I’m incredibly excited for both of us. The Wolfsons are playing Saturday morning, and I’m playing Sunday morning.

So that’s about it for now. In the interim, I should hopefully be doing some recording and enjoying the heck out of seeing my pals here in NYC. Stay tuned…

May gigs and June tour!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying a lovely spring. I have a few cool shows to tell you about!

First, I’ve joined a killer queercore punk band out here, The Homobiles, The Homobiles at SF Eagleled by ex-Tribe 8 frontperson Lynnee Breedlove. On Thurs, May 26, We’ve got our debut gig with me on bass at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA. Show starts at 8.

The following day, Friday, May 27, I play with my own full band atQueer Country West Coast -- Eli COnley, Mya Byrne, Annah Anti-Palindrome El Rio, a fantastic venue in the Mission, for Queer Country West, an offshoot of NYC’s Gay Ole Opry, along with pal Eli Conley and the incredible Annah Anti-Palindrome. 3158 Mission St, SF, CA. Doors 730. Free with the passcode: “MISS MAJOR”.

And then the next weekend, The Homobiles go on tour up the the Pacific Northwest! Yay! Homobiles Northwest Tour

Then, in July, I’ll be doing a very special acoustic show in SF that I can’t tell you about yet. (Shhhh!)

Then I’m back east for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival with Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes!! We were voted “Most Wanted” along with some other friends and can’t wait to hit the mainstage!

Talk to ya soon…

Thanks for a great winter! Spring cometh…

Hi y’all! This has been probably the coolest (but not coldest) run of winter music on the east coast everrrr. From Rockwood to houseconcerts and making new videos with my producer (scroll down), it’s been incredibly great. I have some shows coming up in San Francisco you’ll love to join in on.

April 18, 8-10pm @ Strut: An evening of Trans Voices, with Julian Shendelman
470 Castro Street, SF
http://www.strutsf.org/
https://www.facebook.com/events/982524211796396/

April 20, venue TBD: Queer-Twenty! A night of great music from Mya Byrne, Don Paris Schlotman, Eli Conley, and Remember when we trashed the golf course.

May 26, The Eagle SF: Playing bass with the Homobiles!
May 27, El Rio, SF: Queer Country Opry, with Eli Conley

The Other Side of Security – Mya Byrne

(Better in HD) We wrote this song last night, edited it over breakfast and spent the day arranging and recording it. Hope you enjoy it and please share it if you do!

Posted by Neale Eckstein on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Stone Hard Mind – Mya Byrne

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on Neale's lyric of "You better think twice if you fuck with me". The kid stays in the picture. (Better in HD, and we always appreciate comments and sharing!)

Posted by Neale Eckstein on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Blackbird

Mya Byrne and Annika Bennett. Video shot at Fox Run by Neale Eckstein

Posted by Neale Eckstein on Monday, March 14, 2016