BirdsEye album cover

Downbeat Switch are an aptly named Richmond, Virginia based rock band that was formed in 2002. After some lineup changes over the past few years, DbS have found their core group and honed their abilities and sound into a tightly knit, original phenomenon to call their own. The band’s funk, rock, soul, pop, and reggae infusion helped them stand out within the local music scene. Using extensive instrumental vamping, dynamic male and female vocal harmonies and powerful piano and guitar driven riffs, Downbeat Switch were able to develop a large and diverse following. The band’s front-woman, Jenna Be provides sultry, soulful vocals to compliment the band’s unique sound.

DbS have four independently produced CDs, “Funk Shui”-2004, “Seconds”-2005, “Run from the Sun”-2009 and an EP titled “The Red Door Sessions” in 2010, which featured Jenna Be on several previously recorded songs. The band released their most recent album, “BirdsEye” in 2013. “BirdsEye” is available for free at live shows and as a paid download on iTunes and other online music stores.

Meredith Brooks
Guitar, Vocals
Jenna Be
Lead Vocals
Sean Reese
Date City Venue
04/25/14 Downbeat Switch in Richmond, Virginia The Canal Club
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1545 E. Cary Street. The first of hopefully many shows to come. Women Who Rock RVA is a series designed to support the woman in the RVA musical community and their bands. The first event will include The Killing Daylights, Downbeat Switch, Vexine, and the Voodoo Dolls. Doors open at 7PM show starts at 8PM. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door. Come out and support RVAs rich musical female talent. Lets ROCK!!!!! Buy tickets
05/03/14 Downbeat Switch in Richmond, VA Keagan’s (Short Pump)
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Back at Keagan’s in Short Pump for an all night show!
05/17/14 Downbeat Switch in Richmond, VA Tobacco Company
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: FREE. Age restrictions: No Minors. We’re back at Tobacco Company for a night of just DbS. So come out at 9:30pm when we kick it off and stay til closing!

September 25th, 2013

Welcome to the new and improved Downbeat Switch website! We recently just released our brand new 17-track album, BirdsEye on all digital music stores. The CD is available for free at live shows, or by order through for $9.99.

With this new album, we really strived to create a different and expanded sound and style for DbS. Many of our fans from way back will notice that with the addition of our new drummer, Rob Reardon and new keyboard player, Sean Reese, our sound has matured and diversified more than most would expect. We feel we really were able to strike more of an emotional chord with this album, and hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as we do.

We worked for over two years, writing, recording, and mixing this album all ourselves. We had it mastered at a great mastering s…