#021. New Years Eve!  Songwriter and live looper Margot MacDonald joins Sean and Justin for a couple live songs and a tasting of freshly made cookies and muffins by Sophien of Dejeuneratyourdoor.com. Danny Schwartz tells stories about the famous people who have come through the new DC music venue "The Hamilton," and Raf gives everyone an update on his "DateLab" situation.  Today's show is brought to you by ToriRocksRealEstate.com, GrowthGroup.com, Saucony, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios.  

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Episode #20.  'Twas the night before Christmas and this is TCL's First Annual Christmas Episode. We've got an array of musicians in the studio telling stories and singing holiday songs including Don Kim, Tiffany Thompson, Paul Pfau, Jon Blashford, and Kevin de Souza.  The cast all speaks with our videographer Raf, who is fresh from a successful Washington Post "Datelab" excursion. Our show is brought to you by our PayPal account; feel free to send us donations to help pay our bills at thecircuslifepodcast@gmail.com. Also by ToriRocksRealEstate.com, GrowthGroup.com, Saucony, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm PST

#19. In today's installment of TCL, Louisa Hall attempts to give dating advice to Justin and Alex Vans.  An amazing story is told about someone recently getting a gun pulled on them at an area bank. Dale and the ZDubs play some reggae and Dale discusses his dream to open a PB&J restaurant. Sean and Justin announce they're newly related while Jim Ebert talks about his Cancer Can Rock benefit at Jammin Java 1/14/14. Finally Barbara Cram comes on to talk about the News Years Eve "Watch Night" event in Falls Church featuring "Justin Trawick and The Common Good". Today's show is brought to you by ToriRocksRealEstate.com, GrowthGroup.com, Saucony, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Comedy, Music, Freestyle, Podcast, Smarts -- posted at: 8:54pm PST

018.  Justin's agent Jenny Langer, who moonlights as a pinup model (really), comes on the show along with DC comedian and creator of the Capital City Showcase Christian Hunt.  Musician Paul Pfau and his band play two songs live and really prove that a new breed of young musicians are taking over the DC soundscape.  Alex Vans attempts to rationalize Justin's fear of flying and Sean talks of Apple products not being what they used too.  Our show is brought to you by ToriRocksRealEstate.com, GrowthGroup.com, Saucony, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Comedy, Music, Freestyle, Podcast, Smarts -- posted at: 1:00am PST

017. Comedian Pete Bergen and songwriter Tony Denikos join Sean and Justin in Studio D for a podcast about getting guns pulled on you, militant Indigo Girls fans, exes running out of clubs crying, and dealing with hecklers. Sean debuts a new segment entitled "Rules for Dating Musicians". Tony performs two songs live and one more for TCL's YouTube page after the show. Our podcast is brought to you byToriRocksRealEstate.comGrowthGroup.com, Saucony, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios. 
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Category:Comedy, Music, Freestyle, Podcast, Smarts -- posted at: 11:48pm PST

016. Following "The Circus Life's" first live podcast event at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC over the weekend, Justin and Sean host a recap show which includes Andy Zipf and Ryan Walker of "The Cowards Choir", the "Voice of God" Alex Vans, soundman whisperer Pat Hester, and 12 year old music reviewer Joshua Kirk.  Justin discusses attempting to unlock his apartment with his car remote and getting coffee sent to him with phones numbers written on the cup. Musical guest "The Walking Sticks" play two songs live and discuss their unique love triangle and upcoming show at DC9 on December 5th in DC.  Our show is brought to you by GrowthGroup.com, ToriRocksRealEstate.com, RCS Photography,  Saucony, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Music, Comedy, Podcast -- posted at: 10:58pm PST

015.  Justin and his band members Josh Himmelsbach and Jean Finstad are the fifth and final band to come on TCL and perform in preparation for "The Circus Life LIVE" show this weekend on November 23rd at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC.  Alexis from Growth Group speaks about talking her way out of a traffic ticket, Sam Snow debuts a new pop culture segment, and Alex Vans is tired of The Walking Dead.  Sean and Justin reminisce on their recent photo shoot.  Our show is brought to you by GrowthGroup.com, ToriRocksRealEstate.com, RCS Photography,  and Cue Recording Studios.

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014.  DC-based gypsy brass band "Black Masala" comes on TCL to perform and help promote our show "The Circus Life LIVE" on November 23rd at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC.  Nick Hardt from OnTap Magazine and Paul Vodra of Hometown Sounds drop in as Justin and his friend Brett talk about friends who come out of the woodwork when they're single again their recent "man-date" to the Kennedy Center and the Metro Cooking Show.  Today's show is brought to you by GrowthGroup.comToriRocksRealEstate.com, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Music -- posted at: 11:12pm PST

013. We are joined by DC's very own female duo "The Sweater Set" for a conversation about touring with Michelle Shocked and a spirited round of "Show & Tell".  Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin bring some much needed female energy into the studio and play two songs chalk full of banjos, accordions, glockenspiels, and kazoos.  Today's show is brought to you Rock Star Reality owned by Tori McKinney who comes in to speak with us about owning houses and her interest in live music. Find her at Torirocksrealestate.com.  We are also sponsored by GrowthGroup.com, Saucony, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Comedy, Music, Freestyle, Podcast, Smarts -- posted at: 9:52pm PST

#012. Steve Jackson and all of The Pietasters come in the Red Room and play their world famous ska music. Seriously, they come and play and it's awesome!  Steve, Jer, and Dave talk about getting a gun brandished on them by a venue owner and Kona Gallagher discusses bruising her lady parts during a roller derby game.  We discuss our live show at the Rock and Roll Hotel on November 23rd with The Cowards Choir, Black Masala, MH & His Orchestra, The Sweater Set, and The Justin Trawick Group. Our show is sponsored by Cue Recording Studios,GrowthGroup.com, Saucony, and Westover Beer Garden. 

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Category:podcast, music, ska comedy -- posted at: 11:36pm PST

011. So we've tap danced our way into our eleventh episode. No, seriously, Adjoa Skinner comes in the Red Room and lays down some sweet tap beats and whistles for Sean and Justin. Casey Rae of the Future of Music Coalition talks about the upcoming summit and his love for New Wave. Chris Naoum speaks about Listen Local First and proves that he may be TCL's first "superfan". Finally, Jay Jenc brings in sandwiches from the Westover Market and talks about why he could never live in New Orleans.  Our show is brought to you by GrowthGroup.com, Westover Market & Beer Garden, Saucony, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Comedy, Music, Freestyle, Podcast, Smarts -- posted at: 11:09pm PST

#010. Another round of firsts for The Circle Life as we have both our first real broadcaster and rapper into the studio to show us how the art of wordplay really is done.  WJLA DC Traffic Anchor Amanda Meadows comes in the Red Room and plays a round of "Made Up Traffic Situation" that includes beavers and overturned logging trucks.  Freestyle rapper Flex Mathews talks about touring with Matisyahu and does an impromptu "object rap" based around a bag of Justin's (aka 'Juicy Boy') "stuff".  Alex Vans and Mundy are part of the panel today and talk about their Dewey Beach Music Conference experience.  Our show is sponsored by GrowthGroup.com, our "Venue of the Month" the Westover Beet Garden, Saucony, and Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, Virginia. 

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Category:Comedy, Music, Freestyle, -- posted at: 3:00am PST

#009. YouTube celebrity and comedian Remy Munasifi, aka "GoRemy", comes on the show tell us about the inception of his Internet fame and sings a song about our beloved DC metro system.  MH & His Orchestra brings their 9 piece collective into the Red Room to sing songs about women and trains. It should be noted that the saxophone player had a huge black eye but Justin was too freaked out to mention it on the show. Our program is brought up you by GrowthGroup.com, Westover Beer Garden, Saucony Shoes, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Music -- posted at: 12:34am PST

#008. Two bands make it into Cue Recording Studios for our eighth show. Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray stop by with their tricked out van and discuss performing with magicians and their upcoming marriage. Jenny Leigh celebrates her recent journey into full time jobless musicianhood and move to "Music City". Finally, founder and CEO of Hinge, Justin McLeod, talks about personally using his own dating app for relationships and his lack of a Kentucky accent.   Our venue of the month for October is Westover Beer Garden in Arlington VA and our show is sponsored by artist accounting firm GrowthGroup.com, Saucony Shoes, and RCS Photography. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PST

#007. Today's show features the men and women behind the music we listen to. Eight sound engineers tell us about about life behind the soundboard including Jeff Juliano, Ken Schubert, Gavin Pearce, Pat Hester, Doug Ross, Mark Williams, Harry Evans, and Carolyn Bragg. Victoria Vox plays plays live and brings in naked photos for a round of "Show and Tell".  Finally brewer Charlie Buettner brings in five beers of his Mad Fox Brewing Company brews and talks about the rise of the DC area food and arts scene.  Our show is sponsored by Saucony, Sweetwater.com, RCS Photography, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23am PST

#006.  Today's show marks two things: 1) Our first beer episode, and 2) The first time Justin officially gets drunk on the show.  Westover Beer Garden owner Devin Hicks comes by to facilitate a blind taste testing for our panel and fails to tell us ahead of time that most of the beers were 9% alcohol.  Mundy drops by to discuss her love of neon and pointy objects.  Our musical guests Rebecca Haviland and Chris Anderson of "Whiskey Heart" play some songs, tell us about NYC life, and desperately try not to give away the plot of "Breaking Bad" to Justin, who is currently playing catch up.  Our show is sponsored by RCS Photography, Dogwood Tavern, Saucony Shoes, Sweetwater.com, and Cue Recording Studios.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PST

#005 It's truly our pleasure to have 12 year old Joshua Kirk on today's show who discusses music with us, his love for Philly band Dr. Dog, and cooking with Guy Fieri.  Alex Vans drops in to discuss his move from suburban living to inner city hipster life.  Finally, musician Laura Tsaggaris, a new mother which we completely forget to talk about, plays two songs for us and proceeds to fall in love with our 12 year old music reviewer Joshua.  Our show is brought to you by Dogwood Tavern, Sweetwater.com, Saucony Shoes, and Cue Recording Studios.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm PST

Episode #004.  Jim Ebert speaks with the boys in Studio A about producing such people as Meredith Brooks, Butch Walker, and Cowboy Mouth.  We hear live performances from Mary Ann Redmond and Dusty Rose who tell us about recording for Motown Records and the trials and tribulations of being a studio manager.  Justin talks about a recent date that found him at a wig shop and how he has started speaking with Sean more than his own parents. This show is brought to you by Dogwood Tavern, Saucony Shoes, Sweetwater.com, and Cue Recording Studios. 

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Category:Music -- posted at: 8:24pm PST

Episode #003. Three shows in!  On today's installment of TCL we speak with chef Will Artley, executive chef of Pizzeria Orso and recent contestant on Food Network's "Chopped".  Will brings in food for our panel to try including Kate Moran and Ben Tufts (who came back because he heard there was food). Jasmine Gillison drops by to play a new song. Hopefully by now she's gotten herself a Facebook page.  Our show is sponsored by Dogwood Tavern, Saucony Shoes, Sweetwater.com, and Cue Recording Studios. Thanks for listening and please tell a friend!

Direct download: The_Circus_Life_-_Episode_003.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:54am PST

Episode #002!  On today's show we started with Justin speaking with Ben Tufts, DC area drummer and longtime friend, about Ben's recent benefit show and the dating app "Tinder". Then band "The Cowards Choir" came in featuring Andy Zipf, Ryan Walker, Adam Neubauer, and Ben Tufts.  They played two songs and helped debut our new segment "Show and Tell" in which Andy read to the group from his childhood children's book. Today's show is brought to you by Dogwood Tavern and Saucony Shoes. 

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Category:Music -- posted at: 5:53pm PST

Episode #001.  This is the inaugural episode of The Circus Life. Meet your host Justin Trawick, a DC area songwriter, along with sound engineer Sean Russell.  To celebrate the first show we invited four DC songwriters in to talk about music, DC, and play live for us including Dave Farah, Bradley Rhodes (of Melodime), Andrea Pais, and Paul Pfau.  Thanks for listening!

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