The 9: Songwriter Series
Justin Trawick, Lexie Hayden, Handsome Hound, Wall of Trophies, Caroline Weinroth (of Cinema Hearts), Nina Marie Fernando, Uptown Boys Choir, Ryan Johnson, Cecily
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
The 9: Songwriter Series
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. To date, over 60 different artists have participated in "The 9," at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. Follow and like "The 9" at www.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9
Rock Creek Kings
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC Area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single with his band "Justin Trawick and the Common Good." Written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you, "Goodbye" is available for download on iTunes along with a music video documenting the recording session available on YouTube. The band has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. Founder of the nationally touring show "The 9 Songwriter Series" and co-founder of "The Circus Life Podcast" with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends beyond just being a musician local to DC. In February of 2014, Trawick won "Song of the Year" at the Washington Area Music Awards for his song "All the Places That I've Been," which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs.
Handsome Hound is a folk rock band formed in 2015 by Cuchulain Kelly and Claire Daviss in Washington, DC. The band is rounded out by Allison Rosenberg on trumpet, Andrew Northcutt on drums and percussion, and Ben Schifman on bass guitar. Their lyric-driven music has its roots in folk, rock, pop, americana, country, and bluegrass - think Johnny & June Carter Cash meet Shovels & Rope. In March 2016, the band released its debut EP, I Guess We're Doing Alright, which was described as "the musical version of 60 mg of Prozac" by WAMU's Bandwidth. Handsome Hound brings the same level of energy to shows, leading to a rapidly growing following in the DC area.
Since releasing their debut EP, the group has toured up and down the East Coast and performed at a number of DC's historic music venues, including Rock & Roll Hotel, Black Cat, the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. You can watch their music video of "Hannah," their submission for the 2017 NPR tiny desk concert contest, "Carina," and the full recording of Handsome Hound's hourlong performance at the Kennedy Center on YouTube.
Uptown Boys Choir
When they aren't playing for a wide variety of other bands, DC-based bassist and songwriter Kevin de Souza, keyboardist Joel Hicks, guitarists Tony Porreco and Kate Potrykus, and drummer Ben Tufts perform their own blend of punk, pop, and Americana under the name Uptown Boys Choir.
Get the new EP, Tied Tight, at a show or online.