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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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Watch Past Performances

Video 12/20/2018: The 9 Holiday Spectacular

D.C. music initiative Listen Local First (LLF) presents the 9 Songwriter Series led by Justin Trawick, for a night of holiday songs and sing-alongs from nine of D.C.’s best performing artists. LLF is a local music initiative devoted to building awareness and creating opportunities for local musicians to raise the profile of D.C.’s local music scene. LLF supports Fair Trade Music principles and has been working with local government agencies and officials to establish a permanent D.C. local music taskforce to advocate for musician-specific interests within the broader creative economy.

Presented in collaboration with Listen Local First.

Performers include:
Justin Trawick
Kentucky Avenue Music
Tattiana Aqeel
Deacon Izzy
Jarreau Williams
Mary-eL Music
Brian Farrow
Denise Henderson
Eli Staples

 The 9 Songwriter Series