Trakan (pronounced “TRAY-kin”) is a community-oriented American rock musician and songwriter from Chicago. His songs are a dynamic mix of stories that meander lyrically from love lost and workplace oppression to the exploration of the supernatural. Though his musical influences are diverse, he has tended (so far) to blend straight-ahead college rock with dabs of power pop, punk, folk and country. His throaty vocal delivery, passion, poetic complexity, and occasional sense of humor have led many to make comparisons to Tom Waits, Frank Black, Nick Cave, and Paul Westerberg.

His debut CD “Opening Soon Under New Management” was full of learning experiences and occasional successes, was met with solid reviews, and broke even due to a grass roots promotion. This blog is currently serving as an archive for that initial promotion and those experiences.

Current news for the 2011 CD “Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees” is accessible through the home, or the new blog at

Thanks to everyone who supported Opening Soon Under New Management in 2008.

Work is coming to a close on the follow-up EP, which will be released this fall.  Stay tuned for details!

Follow all the news on my new blog

Or at the home site.

See you over there!

– Trakan

>Transfer From Old Blog – 12.02.2008

I will be on WLUW radio Friday 12/5 at 3pm, with Chris Warren of Howling Poppies, to talk about a benefit at Schubas for Tutor/Mentor Connection, and to spin some music with DJ Di.

That’s WLUW 88.7 FM(streamed thru Friday 12/5 at 3pm.

>Transfer From Old Blog – 11.28.2008

I’m honored to be invited to perform in support of non-school tutoring/mentoring, for students trying to overcome the burdens of poverty. The show will be at Schubas Friday, December 12, at 7:30 pm sharp!

100% of the ticket sales and Trakan CD sales to be donated to Tutor/Mentor Connection for K-12 students.

With East Side Ramblers (Jazz), Black Collar (Hip Hop), Howling Poppies (Indie).

>Review du Québec!

August 20, 2009

>Transfer From Old Blog – 11.08.2008

Tombé amoureux de la Belle Province il y a quelques années, le chansonnier originaire de Chicago Trakan fait référence aux bars de la Vieille Capitale sur Rue St-Jean, chanson tirée de son premier album. Axé sur les guitares électriques et le chanté parlé de Trakan, Opening Soon Under New Management emprunte au folk rock des années 90. Le chanteur rappelle parfois Mellencamp… sa choriste, Andrea Bauer aurait peut-être dû l’accompagner sur plus de chansons. Trakan a certainement une belle plume… On apprécie la ballade A Fool’s Lament, la fin musclée de Chronic Dyslexia et High In The Bathroom.

– Nicholas Lavallée ‘Bang! Bang!’