Smack Dab Open Mic – now at new location, Dog Eared Books Castro, San Francisco, CA
With Feature Mya ByrneCo-hosted by Dana Hopkins and Larry-bob Roberts
All Ages, All Genders, All Free!At Dog Eared Books, Castro, 489 Castro St. Wednesday May 17
Open mic signup 7:30pm (5 minutes each)
Show starts at 8pm
About feature Mya Byrne:
Recently relocated to San Francisco by way of NYC, Mya Byrne is a poet, award-winning performing songwriter, and activist. She is a founding member of the Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, and was most recently published in The James Franco Review. Her poetry was also chosen for an upcoming anthology, Trans Women Across Genres, curated by Lambda Literary award-winning poet and Yale professor Trace Peterson.
She established her solo folk-Americana career in 2012 after years of performing with roots-rock band, the Ramblers. She has been honored to open for some of her heroes, including Levon Helm, Steve Forbert, and Rae Spoon, and featured on John Platt’s On Your Radar (WFUV-FM, NYC).
Mya’s played many great festival and club stages across the country. Her first solo record hit #31 on the roots charts, and her follow-up, As I Am, is out now. She was a 2015 Emerging Artist at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Fest in 2016, and was a 2013-2015 Folk Alliance showcase artist. She’s also a first-place award winner in the 2015 Great American Songwriting Contest (Americana category).
Her music, poetry, and opinions have also been featured in such media as SingOut!, The Advocate, Village Voice, New York Magazine, MSNBC, ABC, NPR/PRI, People, Huffington Post, Time Out, and CBS/Radio.com, with public speaking engagements at institutions including SUNY, UC Berkeley, and the UU.
Mya was recently featured on a Grateful Dead tribute album to benefit the Rex Foundation, the Dead’s charitable organization.