Jonny Grave Quartet
Pleasure Train, Maryjo Mattea
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Jonny Grave Quartet
Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, and photojournalist from Washington, D.C. Growing up in a musical family, Jonny Grave was introduced to the sounds of American traditional folk music early on. At age fifteen, he found himself learning slide guitar techniques from old Blues records, and by seventeen he was performing them live. Grave has performed at hundreds of venues all over the world from the red dirt floor of Gip's Juke Joint, to the red carpet of the Kennedy Center. He and his quartet are releasing a new EP of entirely instrumental material, called "Impala," featuring performances from Scott Schoem ( The release was recorded live, with no overdubs, at Hill Country Barbecue, and was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Anthony Fowler
Pleasure Train has made a name for itself as a behemoth of a live band, combining the indomitable vocal presence of Valerie Vega with swirling psychedelic soundscapes that surge into urgent passages of frenetic funk and synth-driven dance pop. The band has contributed memorable sets to music festivals including Yonderville Music & Arts Festival, Not Fade Away Festival, Clarendon Day, and Celebrate Fairfax Festival, and has shared stages with nationally renowned artists including Aqueous, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Midnight North, and Zach Deputy. The band’s 2017 EP “Volume II” is currently available wherever music is streamed.
Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. Mattea’s music, which has garnered comparisons to Neko Case, Alanis Morissette, and Liz Phair, is the perfect hybrid of polished pop and raw rock. Bringing the songs to life on the records and the stage are drummer Scott Manley, guitarist Joshua Hunter, and bassist Eamonn Donnelly. In addition to performing original music and more as a solo artist and with a band, she is also a member of the grunge-garage rock duo, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, electro-rock group, Color Palette, post-rock ensemble, Endless Winter, and bassist for synth-pop band, Loi Loi.