August 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm EST | by Will Owen
Olivia opens
Olivia Mancini, music, gay news, Washington Blade

Olivia and her band open for Matthew Sweet next week at the Birchmere. (Photo courtesy Olivia Mancini)

Olivia & the Mates, fronted by lesbian singer-songwriter Olivia Mancini, perform on Aug. 23 with Matthew Sweet at the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) at 7:30 p.m.

The performer has been touring the U.S. and Europe for 10 years as a solo artist and with her two bands, The Mates and Astra Via. Her music has been featured on television series like “Gossip Girl,” “ER” and “Entourage.”

Next week’s show at the Birchmere will feature tracks from a new, unreleased EP by Olivia and The Mates. Matthew Sweet, who is headlining the show, is an alternative rock musician from Athens, Ga. His music has been featured in many films and T.V. shows, including “Austin Powers,” “Crossroads” and “Scrubs.”

Admission is $29.50. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or

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