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Meet Justin Trawick, Performer at 2010 Chesapeake Beer Madness

Nov 10, 2010 08:59PM ● By Anonymous

Justin has toured the east coast, performing at prominent out-of-town venues like World Cafï Live, the Knitting Factory and even Antones in Austin, Texas. He has shared the stage with nationally renowned artists and bands like Brett Dennen, Pat Green, Bob Schneider, Blues Traveler, Sara Bareilles, Pat McGee, Ingram Hill, Edwin McCain, Corey Harris, Tyrone Wells, The Hackensaw Boys, The Gourds, Cowboy Mouth, Emmet Swimming,and even KC and the Sunshine Band!

Describing his music as urban folk rock. Justin has a sound ranging from folk to bluegrass, and even acoustic funk-infused hip-hop. He performs both solo and with varying members of his eight-piece band, which consists of acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums, violin, mandolin, saxophone, cello, and hand percussion. His lyrics are gritty yet sweet, often referencing lessons learned or hopes for a better future. His debut album, "How to Build a Life With a Lemonade Stand," is a drums-on-the-steering-wheel ride through thirteen songs captured live just as if he were playing in your living room. Justin released the record entitled "How To Build a Life With a Lemonade Stand" in February 2007. He has followed that up with his latest full-length album "Live at IOTA" which is a great demonstration of how Justin and his band have grown in a year. "Live at IOTA" was released May 2008 and he has worked extremely hard to continue to grow his already sizable fan base.

Press Quotes and Accolades
"Our very own John Mayer"
- Washington Post

Finally, someone with real talent!
- Bob Boilen, Host of All Songs Considered on NPR

A familiar blend of acoustic guitar, jaunty attitude, and rapid-fire lyrics...
- On Tap Magazine

Rootsy and upbeat with an urban feel... a little bit funky and definitely soulful..."
- NBC4

Justin Trawick and his band provided the perfect soundtrack to more than 1600 attendees at our event on the National Mall.
- Tara deNicolas, Director of Marketing & Communications, Washington Humane Society

Venues Performed:

930 Club, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Birchmere, State Theatre, IOTA, Jammin Java, The 8x10, Starr Hill, Knitting Factory, Arlenes Grocery, Sullivan Hall, Grape Street, The Tin Angel, The Purple Fiddle, Antones (TX), and many more...

Colleges Performed:

Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Shippensburg University, Hampden Sydney College, Longwood University, William and Mary, George Mason University.

Justin Trawick: Writer, Singer, Guitar, Harmonica

The Group:

Jean Finstad: Upright Bass
Ben Tufts: Drums
Josh Himmelsbach: Electric Guitar, Mandolin
Ken Wenzel: Tenor Saxophone

The Extended Family:
Malik Starx: Rhymes
Daniel Schwartz: Percussion/Drums
Will Reinhardt: Drums
Aurelie Shapiro: Cello
Junior Bryce: Saxophones
Peter Daniels: Fiddle

For more information on Justin Trawick visit

To watch Justin perform at this year's Chesapeake Beer Madness visit