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Olivia Mancini


Washington, D.C. favorites Olivia Mancini & The Mates play upbeat, harmony-sweet jangle-pop tunes with lyrics that will make you think. Olivia is a songwriting powerhouse, stretching musical boundaries across several genres. She has been touring the U.S. and Europe for more than 10 years, performing her original songs as a singer-songwriter, and with her band. Olivia has performed with top acts like Bob Mould, Matthew Sweet, and Melissa Ferrick. Her music has appeared in Gossip Girl, Entourage, ER, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, and she composes for film and television. The group has released several albums, including their latest EP, Walkabout, now out on Aerobic International Records. Find out more about Olivia at

Together, The Mates are a tour-de-force. Individually, each member brings to the table her or his own artistry. Kristin Forbes records and tours with her band, the Scotch Bonnets; Sara Curtin has her own Sara Curtin 5 and represents one half of local favorites, the Sweater Set; Randy Scope produces beautiful soundscapes with the Sleeping Secrets; and Julia Mancini Whalen creates imaginative costumes for several East Coast theater companies.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/16/2017: Hometown Sounds: Olivia Mancini & the Housemates

Olivia Mancini & the Housemates hail from Washington, D.C., offering upbeat, harmony-sweet, jangle-pop tunes with lyrics that will make you think.

Presented in collaboration with Hometown Sounds.

Video 10/12/2014: Magnificent Intentions Festival presents Margot MacDonald, Sam McCormally, and Olivia Mancini

MacDonald, the looping, multi-instrumentalist, is the D.C.-area’s musical sweetheart. Mancini’s sugary tunes will make you want to tap your toes and sing along, while Sam McCormally’s thoughtful and immensely catchy songs round out the lineup. Part of the Magnificent Intentions Music Festival, which showcases original music being created by some of D.C.'s finest artists.

Olivia Mancini