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!










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!


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/.”


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

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

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


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

Posted by Neale Eckstein on Monday, March 14, 2016

February in NYC!

Hi folks! I’m excited to be home for a brief spell, and have a few awesome shows you should go see while I’m here! Lots more exciting stuff coming down the line, both here and in San Francisco. Stay tuned…. -m

Thursday, Feb 11, 7 pm
Leave a Lasting Mark Presents: All You Need is Love
A Benefit for the Children of Bellevue
@ The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, NYC

Sunday, Feb 14, 7 pm
Rockwood Music Hall Stage Two — full band show
196 Allen Street, NYC

Mya Byrne Rockwood February 14

Friday, February 19, 7 pm
The Starlight Concert Series with Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes
270 Main Street, Northport, NY

Fall shows! NYC, Chicago, San Francisco

Whew!  I can’t believe I haven’t updated the site in a while. It’s been a wild summer, with amazing shows on both coasts.

I’ve really been enjoying California. I’m feeling strong about my new community, and this fall, I am so excited to be playing a great run of fall shows from the Northeast to Midwest to my new home in the Bay.

I’m wishing you all a very good season, and I hope it is full of lovely changes and pleasant days.

-xo Mya


Monday, November 9, 7pm
Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
196 Allen Street at Stantonwww.rockwoodmusichall.com


Wednesday, November 11, 6pm
“Daughters of Mercury” opening reception
Babycastles Gallery
137 West 14th St, 2nd Fl

November 12-15
NERFA Conference
Kerhonkson, NY
solo and with Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes

Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm
Homolatte, with Shelley Miller
Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan, Chicago

Thursday, November 19, 7 pm
Bucket O’ Blood, with Shelley Miller, Brother Moose (http://brothermoose.bandcamp.com), & Andrew Sa
www.bucketoblood.com, 3182 N Elston Ave, Chicago

Wednesday, November 25
Sideboard Jam, with Tony Glaser
Danville, CA

Friday, November 27, 9 pm
El Rio, with Kirsten Opstad
3158 Mission St, San Francisco

Dec 7, 7pm
Hemlock Tavern, with Evan Lanam
1132 Polk St, San Francisco

CBS/Radio.com, Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Mainstage, and Rockwood Stage 2!

Hey everyone! Whew! it’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last two months. Let’s start with the big stuff!! First of all, I moved to San Francisco in June (what?!) but some pretty big stuff brought me back to NYC for a few weeks.

This Friday, July 31, I will be showcased as an Emerging Artist on the mainstage of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York.  This is a HUGE honor, and one I’ve been crossing my fingers about for a long time. it’s a juried showcase, so if you’re at the fest, make sure you see me play (I’m on second!) and vote for me as “Most Wanted” so I get formally booked next year!!

Second, I am performing in NYC on Tuesday, August 11 at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage Two. This is one of the best stages anywhere in the world, and I am so happy that my visit-home gig is on this stage with some of my best pals playing in the band — Chris Kelly, Scott Stein, and Scott Tofte. It’s a free show and it will ROCK. 196 Allen St (just south of Houston), FREE.

Last but certainly not least, I was recently featured on CBS/Radio.com by my dear friend Annie Reuter. She’s an incredible journalist and really represented my story in such a positive light. Thanks, again Annie…you folks can check out the article here: http://radio.com/2015/06/10/mya-byrne-trans-roots-singer-solo-debut-album-as-i-am/

So that’s about it for now. There will definitely be more stuff coming up, with 3 upcoming shows in the Bay Area Aug 19, 20, and 23, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes at Philadelphia Folk Festival, and other fall festivities. Keep in touch and if you know anyone on the West Coast you think I should meet (or who might want to book me!), let me know! 🙂

Much love,