Debora Iyall Group (of Romeo Void) plus special guest Barbara Manning at Ivy Room
Debora Iyall Group (of Romeo Void) DEBORA IYALL: Debora Iyall is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of Romeo Void, a San Francisco band that mined the sexy veins of new wave music. Many know Iyall from her Romeo Void hits - 1981's dance club and alternative radio staple "Never Say Never" which was used in Martin Scorcese's 2014 film "Wolf of Wall St." and 1984's "A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)" which brought them to Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1982 and was a Top 40 hit for the band. Iyall is a fearless performer, a good time party girl one moment, a woman bravely baring the most intimate details of her soul the next. Although Iyall has been keeping a low musical profile for the past few years, she's hasn't been forgotten by her fans or her peers. Keeping her performances centered around the SF Bay Area she was enthusiastically received when she sang at the 2015 SF City Hall's Centennial Celebration with Chuck Prophet and Mission Express. DIG also performed a special event show at the San Francisco Art Institute and rocked out in the sunshine at El Cerrito's World One Concert. Frank Black, John Doe, Dave Wakeling, Martha Davis, Terri Nunn, Translator and Wire Train have all invited her to participate in shows in the past few years. Debora's recent recording output includes DIG's Singing Until Sunrise, her collaboration "Stay Strong" with composer-guitarist Peter Dunne and the inclusion of DIG's version of "Watching The Detectives" on the tribute to Elvis Costello "Beyond Belief", on Spyder Pop Records. The release benefits The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation's Music in the Schools. BACKGROUND Debora Iyall was born in 1954 in Soap Lake, Washington and grew up in Fresno, California. She's a member of the Cowlitz tribe of Washington State. She grew up loving music and poetry. "I had an older sister who always dated rock'n'roll boys. We were into the 60s San Francisco psychedelic bands and loved AM radio, which played a real mix of music - Motown, soul, girl groups and the British invasion. I knew the words to all the hits and used to sing while I was riding my bike or my horse." Debora Iyall Group features ... Adam Beach/Sax (Uptones, Zulu Spear) Stev Ohanis/Guitar(Wire Grafitti) Robert John Tucker/Drums( Jason Newstead) Paula Boyd Sutor/Keys (Shot in the Dark) David Wenger/Bass & Musical Director Barbara Manning: Indie Rock Champion, Barbara Manning is findable again! Barbara Manning (Heyday Records, Matador Records)...featuring Melanie Clarin DeGiovanni of Harm Farm, SF Seals, Cat Heads (Enigma Records) on Drums, David Wenger (Debora Iyall/Romeo Void) on Bass. Barbara Manning is considered one of the early pioneers of the independent rock scene. During her multi-album career, beginning in Northern California with the highly acclaimed neo-psychedelic group 28th Day; San Francisco's semi-legendary edgy pop band, World of Pooh; Matador recording artist, SF Seals; her numerous solo albums, and with the power trio, The Go-Luckys!, Manning has consistently collected praise from respected and cutting edge magazines as well as her own peers. In 1992, Rolling Stone picked Barbara as one of the year's most important new artists; Spin magazine declared her 1995 album with the SF Seals, Truth Walks In Sleepy Shadows, the 8th best album of the year; in 1996, Germany's Spex magazine's Reader's Poll voted her among the 10 best female musicians; the French music industry magazine, Les Inrockupibles, gave an entire page review of her 1998 album solo album 1212; and the European Musik Express has applauded her last several albums with the highest marks. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore proclaimed her one of San Francisco's finest poets. She is referenced in several current music guides, such as Spin's Guide to Alternative Rock, Virgins' Guide to Indie Rock and New Wave, Rolling Stone's Women in Rock, and Music USA, among others. Barbara also won a coveted Bay Area Music Award (BAMMY) in 1995 for the best independent rock album. Barbara has played worldwide with such rock notables as Yo La Tengo, Giant Sand, Pavement, Calexico, the Replacements, Richie Havens, Donovan, Television Personalities, Stuart Moxham (Young Marble Giants), Jon Langford (Mekons), Faust, Urge Overkill, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), and Sonic Youth.