Shawn P. Rohlf began his music career in Elk River, Minnesota at age 9 performing, recording and touring for four years with the Land of Lakes Choirboys.
As a young man, he was honing his skills as a songwriter
and bandleader in the clubs and coffee houses of the thriving
Minneapolis music scene. Drawing big influences from the
local artists like Prince, Replacements, Jayhawks, Husker Du,
Soul Asylum, Spider John Koerner, Dave Ray and Tony Glover.
He spent endless hours in recording studios and on the road;
eventually relocating to cities such as Santa Cruz, San Francisco,
Amsterdam and most recently San Diego.
He currently wears many hats in the San Diego’s professional music and theater scene including; singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, educator, actor and front man for the 7th Day Buskers; who were formed at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market where they performed every Sunday morning for 18 years.
The Busker’s have released 5 full length albums to date and have
received numerous San Diego Music Award nominations
over the years, winning "Best Americana Band" in 2004.
In summer of 2003, they took the theater stage in the cast of Lambs Players Theater’s musical production “Cotton Patch Gospel,” which ended up as the final musical work of the late Harry Chapin. They we're invited to join the legendary Marvin Hamlisch for the San Diego Symphony's Summer Pops concert series in 2010 and performed four sold out shows with them.
As a sideman, Shawn has worked with extensively with many artists including Steve Poltz, and Tim Flannery over the past 10 years. He has performed on stage with Bob Weir, Jackie Greene, Jake Peavy, Mojo Nixon, Sara Petite, Hullabaloo, Kick Up The Dust, Lisa Sanders, Barbara Nesbitt and many more. In the studio he's worked as a producer and studio musician for a long list of artists including multi-Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (Tommy, Jersey Boys), Darryl "DMC" McDaniels (Run DMC) and David Grier.
San Diego’s professional musical theater world has seen Shawn in many a production taking on roles as an actor, singer, musician, Musical Director and writer. He was added as an Associate Artist with Lambs Player’s Theater in 2001 for his collaborations in more than a dozen productions with them.
Shawn's most recent release is a solo album, "Country Mouse, City Mouse - Act 1".
It is the first of a two volume album set, and Act 2 will be released next year.