Original music driven by emotional material drawn from love lost and found, coming from sometimes too personal experiences of the good and bad sides of love and described as “The kind of tunes that stick in your head, the kind of tunes that were ready made for a road trip, or just a hell of a good time.” The band also maintains a varied catalog of blues, rock, and folk covers. Playing music that is both catchy and introspective, the Mavins’ sound has been compared to Train, Counting Crows, and David Grey. Instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, violin/fiddle, upright and rock bass, gentle percussion, harmonica, and the occasional appearance of a drumbeat app. Formed in DC in 2009, the Mavins’ EP, “The Mavins” was engineered by Sean Russell at Cue Studios in Fairfax, Virginia and was released in 2015. The Mavins are currently working on their followup album (working title: The Epic Journey of Picolas Cage).
|Michael Yugo – vocals, guitar
The son of a steel worker, Michael is a singer/songwriter from Gary, Indiana. He got his start in San Diego’s music scene under the mentorship of “Hot Rod” Harris before moving to Washington D.C. in 2006. His influences include Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Dan Layus, Jason Isbell, Neil Finn and Kellis David McDonald. He main guitars are his Martin HD28 and Tele. He reads, runs, dives, camps is married to his best friend and, together, raise their awesome son.
|Jim Donohue – bass, vocals
When it comes to more equipment than sense, we think of Jim. On electric and upright bass and singing backing vocals, Jim has played everything from Americana to metal, folk to blues and everything in between. He’s performed and recorded with several DC based regional groups including the Michael Jantz & the Davenports, Alec Gross & the Districts and 3Play. Jim also records in his home studio and including the chance to engineer and play drums and bass in an odd Dukes of Hazzard themed chicken commercial. Now that’s experience!
Lynn Rovelli – violin/fiddle
What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle, you ask? Lynn doesn’t know, so please stop asking. The most recent addition to the lineup, Lynn started playing with the Mavins in the spring of 2016, having previously been a member of numerous DC-area bands, including The Kate Moran Band, Rainbow Rock, and the Dr. Tim Parks band. Classically trained from the age of 8, Lynn joined up with the jazz ensemble in college, and soon expanded her repertoire to include folk/rock jams with the infamous Ostrofsky (claim to fame: opening for They Might Be Giants). Lynn is currently a practicing attorney, wife of a computer genius, and mom of two inexplicably blonde children.
|Steve Gerety – guitar, vocals
Steve’s fascination with woodland creatures began early and he knew right away where his future lie. As fate would have it though, as he began his studies in forestry he was attacked and ridiculed by an extraordinarily large badger. He was never the same. His dream would die. However, as part of his intensive post-badger-ridicule therapy, Steve picked up the guitar and started to croak a few meager sounds through his bandages. While the thoughts of the wilderness will always bring with it a certain melancholy, we’re happy he’s here with us continuing his therapy.