Maryjo Mattea performs at DC9 on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)
Willowy and chirpy, Maryjo Mattea did not at first seem like a performer who might draw comparisons to post-grunge women of the ‘90s. But once Maryjo started singing, she sang with gutsy fervor, eliciting smiles and dances as tunes tumbled out of her guitar and into our ear at DC9 recently.
Maryjo Mattea performs at DC Rocks Music Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
DC indie songstress Maryjo Mattea opens DC rockers One Way Out at DC9 on Friday, Jan. 11. Show up early to catch Maryjo!
Pebble to Pearl performs at 9:30 Club during the DC Music Rocks Festival on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
DC Music Rocks, a syndicated FM radio show and podcast dedicated to local music, hosted its second annual music festival at 9:30 Club recently, and a diverse lineup of bands performed, including Kid Brother, Pebble to Pearl, Fellowcraft, Maryjo Matteo, Justin Shapiro, and Allthebestkids. Paivi photographed the bands in action for Parklife DC.
Black Dog Prowl (Photo courtesy DC Music Rocks)
DC Music Rocks exists to promote music in the DMV, and the syndicated FM radio show/podcast produces the DC Music Rocks Festival, a showcase of local music, at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 18.
This year’s festival features five bands and two singer-songwriters on one big bill! Experience hip hop and funk with Allthebestkids, blues and grunge with Fellowcraft, hard rock with Black Dog Prowl, R&B and funk with Pebble to Pearl, and indie folk with Kid Brother.
And of course enjoy the work of singer-songwriters MaryJo Mattea and Justin Shapiro, both talented guitar players.