The Circus Life Podcast 5th Anniversary Concert
featuring JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience, Alex Barnett, Justin Trawick and The Common Good, Louisa Hall, Geoff Browning from 'Of Tomorrow', Bumper Jacksons Duo, Eli Lev, Benjamin Carter, Nardo Lilly
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM
featuring JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience
"When you come to see us, its not just guys playing songs... you're getting a show. A full experience." Led by charismatic showman and vocalist Jarreau Williams, JWX: The Jarreau Williams Xperience showcases 80s-top 40 R&B, funk, hip-hop, and pop covers and originals. JWX has played various venues around the greater DC area including The Wharf, National Harbor, and the British Embassy. Williams is also a professional actor and entertainer; featured in local and regional projects. Jarreau's musical talents have led to him perform with 4-time Grammy award winner Michael Buble and sing for President Barack Obama and the First Family during an MLK church celebration. His original music can be found on all major music platforms. Many have compared his style to the likes of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and the iconic Michael Jackson. IG: @iamjarreauwilliams #jarreaumahgawd #JWXperience
Alexander Barnett is a Baltimore based Classical Guitarist that performs a huge repertoire consisting of music from the Romantic, Classical, and Renaissance eras. Along with Brazilian Choro music, Jazz, and Improvisation. He performs regularly at Restaurants and Clubs like Maryland Club, L'Auberge Chez Francois, and The Inn at Perry Cabin. Some notable performances include Artscape 2014 and 2017 The Womens Club of Roland Park, and the Society of the Cincinnati. He has participated in masterclasses with Frank Vignola, Matt Palmer, Troy King, and Colin Davin."
Justin Trawick and The Common Good
Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old. Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman) guest performs on guitar during “All the Places That I’ve Been”, a song inspired by Trawick’s ninety-seven year old grandmother and her stories of the World War II generation. Finally, the album closes with the band’s unique take on “Wonderwall” by Oasis, a track sure to trick the audience into thinking they’re listening to another Trawick original.
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, Greensky Bluegrass, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name "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. Trawick has performed for TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum, and has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. 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. 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 far beyond his home base in DC. For more information, please visit http://justintrawick.com.
Louisa Hall has been enamored of music and silliness for as long as she can remember. Described as aggressively joyful or Ella Fitzgerald with a comic edge, she encourages audiences to take life a little less seriously. Louisa has brought her brand of lighthearted (and occasionally creepy) music to stages including the Kennedy Center Millenium stage, The Hamilton Live, the 9:30 Club, and even a Junk boat on Halong Bay, Vietnam. She is a frequent contributor to The Circus Life podcast, The Capital City Showcase, and a regular guest of the Nine Songwriter Series. In addition to playing ukulele, she is also a music educator specialized in teaching novice "ukers" (which is a term for ukulele players she just made up, unless "uker" is really a thing - she does not need credit). She is a regular teacher/performer at ukulele festivals and has taken part in the Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit, as well as the Charm City Ukulele Festival. She is currently recording an album with Mark Williams of Sucker Punch Recording Co for release in 2018.
Geoff Browning from 'Of Tomorrow'
As history has proven, anything can change in a day. The future happens as you live it. We’re existing in a time when the basics of tomorrow are up in the air; the politics of tomorrow are anything but predictable; the communication of tomorrow is not cut and dry; the music of tomorrow is not stagnant players reciting the same melodies, and therefore the band Of Tomorrow should embrace these unknowns as well.
Geoff Browning leads the band Of Tomorrow on vocals and guitar, curating a rotating cast of musicians and an ever-evolving encyclopedia of music: funk, rock, reggae, samba, hip-hop, soul - the list goes on. Bringing audiences to new highs across the eastern seaboard, including at the Firefly Music Festival and DC’s venerated 9:30 Club, the band creates a unique experience for the audience every time, tying strong melodies, harmonies, and lyrics together with improvisational antics.
July 14 at the 9:30 Club will be Geoff's only solo acoustic D.C. show of Summer 2018!
Bumper Jacksons Duo
Roots jazz, country swing. Stories and songs of Appalachia. Come in, take a seat, and be woven into a musical story that never stops being told. Honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" & "Best Traditional Band", national touring artists the Bumper Jacksons, return to their duo roots with founders Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley for this unique performance.
Global citizen and neo-folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time. Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery.
His latest album, All Roads East, has been featured on CBS Radio, Buzz Feed, and Paste Magazine for its blend of country, folk, Americana, soul, and pop, while being free from any specific tradition. In performance, his infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and playful charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and opens hearts.
“The most meaningful thing for me is being able to express what I always felt about humanity through my music. I want to bring people in, make them feel special, and break down the walls that keep us apart.”
Benjamin Carter, an artist and musician based out of Washington D.C., began pursuing music 7 years ago when he released his first EP Heart and Soul on Noisetrade with the soon to follow Colours EP a year later. Founded on a mix of folk and neo-soul music, Benjamin took some time to finish college in Lakeland, where he began to work with bands and artists such as Lex Leo, Bela Pierce, and SEU Worship. After graduating college and moving back to Washington D.C. Benjamin released a cover of "River" by Leon Bridges on Soundcloud in February 2018. Since then Benjamin Carter has released an acoustic take-away show of his Original Song "Rest Easy" on IGTV and Youtube and is preparing to release his first single "Hills" in August 2018.
Nardo Lilly is a local singer-songwriter whose music has been best described as "quirky confessionalism". Her music's vulnerable revelations pull at the heartstrings. Topics ranging from Star Trek to the National Park Service appear to sandpaper the emotional edge off with laughs. She has performed at the 9:30 Club, in local living rooms, and everywhere in between.