The Nine Songwriter Series

The Nine Songwriter Series

Saturday Mar 15

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


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Justin Trawick
Justin Trawick
Justin Trawick is a Virginia native born in Leesburg, VA and now residing in Arlington, VA close to Washington DC. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin's lineup varies for each show and with instrumentation that includes: upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums, and hand percussion.

Justin has opened for Brett Dennen, Bob Schneider, Pat Green, Ingram Hill, Edwin McCain, Pat McGee, Cowboy Mouth, Sara Bareilles, Jimmies Chicken Shack, The Gourds, K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Robinella, and Jenny Owen Youngs, and Basia Bulat.
Victoria Vox
Vox earned a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music. Since introducing the ukulele to her songwriting in 2003, Vox never thought twice about the 4-stringed underdog. She has become known among the ukulele community for her refreshingly modern and playful ukulele technique and songwriting. Since 2006, Vox has been a highlight at ukulele festivals around the world, where she both performs and gives workshops to ukulele enthusiasts. Her music has been featured on NPT, TV and in independent films. She has also appeared on the Jay Leno show.
Phillip Noss
Phillip Noss
Following the tragic death of his father, Phillip secluded himself in his small one-room apartment in Boston to wait out the long New England winter. In the months of solitude, he began writing a collection of songs that would eventually become Lover on the Run - channeling all the accumulated grief and confusion into a self described "all or nothing" album."Songwriting has always been a stabilizing force in my life and creating this album was simply a method of coping with losing someone so dear to me."
Lover on the Run features a trilogy of music videos that dramatize the albums three singles linking them together into an arching storyline. The series portrays the development and ultimate demise of a couple's love, ending tragically on the wintery streets of New York in the third installment. The first single "Keep this in" boasts a fierce driving pulse, rumbling guitars and a massive infectious hook. The visuals paint a portrait of the twenty-somthing's burgeoning romance shot at various locations around Brooklyn including Luna Park and Rockaway beach.
Lover on the Run demonstrates Phillip's proficiency and versatility as an emerging songwriter and will surely solidify him as a force to be reckoned with.
Margot MacDonald
Margot MacDonald
Included in NPR Music's Favorite Discoveries from the 2013 CMJ Music Festival; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A long time guitarist and pianist, Margot's instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created live thru the use of a loop pedal. Haunting, powerful and indie-pop driven Margot's performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.

Margot is the current Washington Area Music Association "Artist of the Year", a recipient of DC's Power 30 Under 30 award, an Artist-in-Residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore, and has been featured on NPR, Voice of America, and TEDx.

Margot began her music career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 12 was releasing her first album of original material. Since then, she has put out a second, third and fourth album, opened for national acts, and played both the SXSW and CMJ Music Festivals, and such venues as the Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, Ram's Head Live, The Bitter End, Sidewalk Café and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. She hosted the BMI showcase series in DC, served on the board of directors for the Songwriters' Association of Washington, and has led GRAMMY U and other songwriting workshops.

Now 22, Margot has just released her fourth studio album, which she funded through the support of her fans, raising $15,000 via IndieGogo.

In her spare time, Margot supports nonprofits such as Musicians On Call and More Than Me, regularly performs at charity events, and advocates for the arts in DC. She has also been known to roast individual marshmallows, anytime, anywhere.
Natalie York
Natalie York
"Vienna's Natalie York is on the rise." Washingtonian

"This Vienna native has got the voice, songwriting ability and know-how to make it big. With the release of her first album at the age of only 21, she is quickly crooning her way toward a bright future in the music industry." Northern Virginia Magazine

Natalie York is a DC-based singer/songwriter who combines the sass of the Stax soul sound and the sensitivity of contemporary folk to produce viscerally romantic songs to tug at your heartstrings and haunt your dreams. Her debut album, "Threads," was named one of the best local releases of 2010 by The Washington Post, which highlights Natalie's "soulful and warm vocals" and "sophisticated palette." Drawing comparisons to Grace Potter, Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt and even Janis Joplin, Natalie's music proves to be something very special all her own. This 22-year-old sensation is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied jazz and was the first graduate from the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. She has performed and worked with Grammy winners Jonny Lang, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, Lamont Dozier, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Secada and Phil Ramone.
Don Kim
I'm a musician, videographer and social media enthusiast living in Washington, DC.

I play ukulele with a song on guitar here and there. I sing along with those instruments with words that are sometimes funny and almost always weird. I love loop pedals and other gizmos that make music sound weird. This site is full of videos, music, and other gems. Comment, subscribe and do something fun and creative today.
Gideon Grove
Gideon Grove
Native Washingtonian, Gideon Grove, grew up surrounded by music. As a part of a large family, Grove was trained classically on the Viola. This pursuit led to receiving multiple awards throughout the greater DC area and the opportunity to play for diginitaries, politicians and celebrities. Grove continued his pursuit of music in college majoring in Viola Performance and that is where he started fooling around on the guitar. Grove quickly taught himself the guitar and soon after, started writing songs. Instantly, he was hooked and what followed was a full-on pursuit of writing and peforming these songs. Gideon Grove's songs are equal parts haunting and beautiful, yet subtly catchy. With his throaty vocals, Gideon Grove distinguishes himself and brings simplicity to the music. Writing from a place of honesty, Gideon Grove hopes to grab listeners at the bottom-most parts of their souls. Currently in the studio, Gideon is slated to release his record "Wildfires" in mid 2012. His first single "Smoking Gun" has been well received and has been featured on DC's rock station DC101. You can follow Gideon Grove on Twitter @gideongrove.
Zia Hassan
Zia Hassan is a storytelling singer-songwriter who tries to capture earthly moments from a cosmic vantage point. He writes songs about reality, surrogate motherhood, space, time travel, and solar particles. He's also been referred to as "DC's #1 Love Song writer," and he has often been hired to write love songs for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays. He sings with soulful passion and a soaring falsetto. His on-stage stories open small universes, beckoning new listeners to enter his strange and loveable world.
Ken Wenzel
Illinois-born Ken Wenzel is a study in contradictions: a guitarist who plays saxophone, a singer who writes instrumentals, a purveyor of restless sentimentality who continues to search for truths best found within. As a singer-songwriter now based in Washington DC, Ken has been gaining attention locally and regionally with his midwestern-accented musings, telling stories spun from a life spent moving from town to town. Fittingly, he plays 200+ shows a year – all over the DelMar Va region, the eastern seaboard, the midwest, and south.
Venue Information:
The Hamilton
600 14th St NW
Washington, DC, 20005