The 9 Holiday Show

The 9 Songwriter Series

Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring songwriter collective and live show 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 together in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and often sitting in each each other and making up music on the spot. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists in one evening? To date, over 500 different artists have participated in "The 9", at shows in DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Justin Trawick

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, 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.

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Abby Sevcik of Mystery Friends

Abby Sevcik is an Iowa-raised, DC-living singer/songwriter. Abby found her love of music at a very young age, writing her first song at the age of seven. Since then, she's found accomplishments in her live performances and compositions, including opening for Grammy award winner Daya, being the featured vocalist for viral EDM hit "Surreal" by Mielo, and releasing her latest single "Escape Plan." Accompanied by her jazz and pop-influenced piano playing, her lyrics and vocals embody a soulful and unique sound that can be linked with a variety of musical tastes. When Abby's not performing solo, you can catch her as the frontwoman for DC-based band "Mystery Friends," a synth-based dance-rock band, set to release their first full-length album in May 2019.

Sweet, silly, with "pipes and emotion reminiscent of Loretta Lynn," Louisa's brand of charming and delightfully relateable music has already taken her from the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage to The Hamilton Live, and the 9:30 Club to a junk boat on Halong Bay, Vietnam. She is a frequent contributor to The Circus Life podcast, The Capital City Showcase, a regular guest of the Nine Songwriter Series, and a music educator specializing in teaching novice ukulele players and kazooists, teaching and performing at ukulele festivals including the annual Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit and Baltimore’s Charm City Ukulele Festival.

Kevin de Souza of Uptown Boys Choir


Rooted in the indie-folk traditions of Appalachia and the driving anthems of Scottish/Irish rock, GROVER's music gives voice to the often felt but rarely spoken experiences of a generation searching for authenticity in an all too filter-friendly world.

Davis Gestiehr of Davison


Greg Vickers

DC native Greg Vickers has been playing guitar, banjo and harmonica with local rock and folk groups and as a solo singer-songwriter since the late ‘70s. A few of Greg’s humorous songs won recognition in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the Mountain Stage New Song Festival back in the early 2000s, but he’s equally proud of his “straight” songs about life and love and how confusing everyday life is. Greg has long been a member of the Reston Herndon Folk Club and has participated in numerous funny song nights and festivals in the DMV.

The Duskwhales are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Manassas, Virginia in 2010. Their sound is reminiscent of 60's groups such as The Beatles and The Doors through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies. While incorporating the best elements of their psychedelic roots, the young trio creates a sophisticated style of their own in both studio and live settings. They have shared the stage with national acts Car Seat Headrest, Diane Coffee, Little Green Cars, and Frankie Cosmos, as well as performed to packed audiences across the East Coast. When The Duskwhales are not touring in support of their own music, they can be seen performing a variety of oldies and classic rock covers at local venues and events. The band also provides live entertainment for private engagements such as parties, dances, and weddings.

Jasmine Gillison

Singer Songwriter out of the VA/Washington, DC area.

Advance GA $12 | Day of GA $15


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