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Short Bio:
Jonathan Hawkins is a DC-based guitarist/singer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger, with credits in national and international Broadway tours. 
Jonathan has performed, taught, and entertained audiences world-wide and locally, whether performing musical theatre productions and concerts, or working behind-the-scenes as Music Director and composer.
Jonathan performs a repertoire of blues, early jazz, and folk-inspired music under the stage name Little Lawnmowers, featuring percussive fingerstyle guitar, soulful lyrics, and two-hand technique on the guitar. In his solo entertainer acts of jazz, classical, and fingerstyle guitar, elements of American, Brazilian, Malawian, and Spanish roots are ever-present.
A student of G.E. Smith, Larry Coryell, Roy Book Binder, Tim Miller, and Peter Huttlinger, Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.  Jonathan is the Music Director and designer of the Social Distance Sound System at School of Rock DC Cleveland Park. 


Long/Professional Bio:
Jonathan Hawkins is a DC-based guitarist/singer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger; credits include Nat'l and International tours of Broadway musicals "Mamma Mia!" Farewell Tour," "Flashdance: The Musical", & "Bullets Over Broadway" 1st National Tour. Jonathan has performed, taught, and entertained audiences world-wide, both as backing guitarist and showband guitarist, as well as featured solo billings for Princess Cruise Line. Local credits include composing and performing for DC’s Studio Theatre productions, as well as regionally throughout the Midwest and Northeast as a hired guitarist & multi-instrumentalist (see Shana Smith, Nashville, TN & Tangled Roots, Huntington, WV), or under the solo stage name Little Lawnmowers.

Jonathan also stays busy arranging, composing, and producing music/audio for commission, theatrical productions, and studio albums. Jonathan's work has been featured in DC (and non-local) musicals, cruise-line production shows, adultswim.com games/apps, and a variety of virtual-reality installations hosted in museums nation-wide.

A student of G.E. Smith, Larry Coryell, Roy Book Binder, Tim Miller, and Peter Huttlinger, Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's in Professional Performance on Guitar from Berklee College of Music. A recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award and Berklee Achievement Scholarship, Jonathan's teaching philosophy centers around the idea that the discipline, focus, and confidence gained while breaking down & mastering a skill will enhance one's greater perception of one's own abilities, limitations, and goals, regardless of the learned medium or skill.

Jonathan is the Music Director and designer of the Social Distance Sound System at School of Rock DC Cleveland Park. 

Notable Credits/Venues

  • Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour. Guitar 2, Guitar 1 sub. Nat'l & International Tour. Work Light Prod.
  • Bullets Over Broadway 1st National Tour. Guitar 1, Banjo, Ukulele. NETworks Prod.
  • Flashdance! The Musical 3rd National Tour. Guitar 2.  NETworks Prod.
  • Girls Like Robots. Video Game Score co-Composer & Producer. adultswim & PopCannibal Games.
  • The Bitter End.  New York, NY. w/ Little Lawnmowers
  • Radio Bean, Burlington, VT. w/ Little Lawnmowers
  • WV Winter Music Festival. Lewisburg, WV w/ Little Lawnmowers
  • Vietgone. Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fretless Guit. Studio Theater, Washington, DC.
  • Vietgoner's Collection. Co-composer, Music Copyist. Studio Theater, Washington, DC.
  • Bewilderfest, Cincinnati, OH. w/ The Tangled Roots
  • How We Chill Music Festival, Chilhowie, VA. w/The Tangled Roots
  • Athens Lovefest, Athens, OH.  w/ The Tangled Roots
  • Ohio Dreamfest, Ansonia, OH. w/ The Tangled Roots
  • Peckfest Music Festival.  Mason Co, WV.  w/ Shana Smith

Reviews

"an impassioned, unconventional cover...Little Lawnmowers’ take on the classic tribute to loneliness is painted in considerably warmer tones, featuring a Latin drum ensemble and lush vocal harmonies."

Emily Votaw

“Really nice, really beautiful. It’s rare for something this beautiful to have earnest production. Well done.”

"...gorgeous tone and commanding stylings..."

Point Pleasant, WV

"...a diverse musician ... who is finally pursuing a solo career...Hawkins' solo concerts are based on his impressive ability to play fingerpick-style guitar."

Huntington, WV

Streaming Links

Little Lawnmowers

Road

2/2020.
"An impassioned, unconventional cover...painted in considerably warm tones..."

Little Lawnmowers

Night Drive/EP

1/2019.
"Inspired by American roots, early jazz/blues, and world grooves."

Jonathan Franklin Hawkins

D/E & Friends

8/2018.
"Minimalist ambient music from common themes..."

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