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Matt Sucich & Sean Barna

September 9, 2021 9:30 pm PDT

Second Stage

Doors Open: 9:00 pm


Matt Sucich writes songs mostly with a pen and sings them, always, with his mouth. His last name is pronounced Sue.Sitch and he is currently on tour supporting Counting Crows. Don’t Be so Hard on Yourself is the new LP, tracked over the summer of 2020 at The Creamery Studio in Brooklyn, NY, with co-producer and engineer, Jeff Fettig, and with overdubs from long-time collaborators, friends, and bandmates (including a special appearance from Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.) “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” finds Sucich’s lyrics front-and-center in a mostly hushed production from the storytelling of the opening track “Make Peace” to the vignettes of album closer “New Normal.” Personal stories told in a universal light.

Matt has appeared at Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet in Luck, TX, Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN and Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI. It’s possible you’ve heard Matt on the radio, including NYC’s WFUV, WXPN in Philadelphia, and Nashville’s Lightning 100. Or maybe Matt’s 2016 single “Montauk,” a favorite of the ever mysterious Spotify algorithm, came up on your weekly playlist, or maybe not. Either way you’re here now, so thanks.

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Featured in American Songwriter, Billboard Pride, NewNowNext, and Aquarian Weekly, Seán Barna is helping define the art of queer storytelling through songwriting. NPR’s Bob Boilen, host of the Tiny Desk Concerts and podcast All Songs Considered, said Barna is, “a thrill to see… wearing Ziggy Stardust on his glittery sleeve,” while Barna’s seminal EP, CISSY, was called “a brilliant, giant statement about modern life and sexuality” by Counting Crows frontman, Adam Duritz.

Barna uses empathy, intensity, and his experiences living in NYC and Los Angeles to shine a light on the darker corners of the queer experience. Across his vast catalog, with increasing intensity in recent releases, Barna has sought to describe a time and a place—a scene—through its characters, as they thrive or fall, live or die, stay or leave. In this, he embraces a songwriting tradition that has bloomed at key times throughout history, like Laurel Canyon in the 60s or 70s, or NYC in the 70s, where the art and song grow from the bars and streets, or from the living rooms of intimate friends.

The former drummer of Deaf West Theatre’s LA production of Spring Awakening and the national Broadway tour of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Barna plays drums and rhythm guitar on all of his records, and is the sole songwriter. Sean is currently preparing the release of his second full-length record, An Evening at Macri Park, and is touring across the country with Counting Crows in August and September 2021.

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Ages: 21 and up


September 9, 2021
9:30 pm PDT


Hotel Cafe
1623 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, 90028 United States


Door Time
9:00 pm