Live Review: Marilyn Hucek @ Songbyrd Music House — 5/3/22

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Marilyn Hucek encourages her fans to sing along during her DC debut at Songbyrd Music House, May 3, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

As long as she can recall, Marilyn Hucek has had one dream: to be a pop star. The pursuit of that dream advanced to a new chapter on a recent evening when Marilyn made her DC debut as the headliner at Songbyrd Music House in DC’s hip Union Market neighborhood.

Born in DC, Marilyn moved to New York City to pursue her dream. She auditioned for NBC’s The Voice with hopes of parlaying the experience into a career as a professional musician. When she wasn’t picked for the TV show, Marilyn all but lost hope of achieving her pop star dream.

During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, Marilyn’s father, who resides in an assisted living facility due to early-onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, contracted COVID-19. Struggling to cope with the inability to visit her father, Marilyn returned to songwriting as an outlet to express her emotions. From that effort came, “Memories,” a special song she later dedicated to her father and soon became her debut single.

Listen to “Memories”  by Marilyn Hucek on Spotify:

Since then, Marilyn has released various singles, an EP, and music videos which collectively received tens of thousands of streams on Spotify and YouTube.

Many of those singles, including “Memories,” “I’m Not Sorry,” and “So Long New York,” made their way into the set list as Marilyn took the stage at Songbyrd Music House on May 3. Toward the end of the set, Kitty, a burlesque dancer” came on stage where a stripper pole was already set up for Kitty to dance while Marilyn sang, “Touch Me.”

Watch the official video for “Touch Me” by Marilyn Hucek on YouTube:

Marilyn’s mother is Chilean, which provides Marilyn with dual citizenship. To celebrate this, she sang one of her newest Spanish language songs, “No Pasa Nada,” which also happens to be the text of her newest tattoo. She closed the show with the female-heavy crowd favorite, “Girl’s Girl.”

Set List:

1. I’m Not Sorry
2. What?
3. Dreams
4. Boy Drama
5. Vulnerable
6. Memories
7. So Long New York
8. Touch Me
9. No Pasa Nada
10: Girl’s Girl

Enjoy some more photos from Marilyn Hucek at Songbyrd Music House on May 3, 2022. All photos courtesy of and copyright by Ari Strauss.

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