As a Finalist for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2012 Green Tea is turning heads with their strong songwriting abilities and indie roots rock sound. Their song “Run” was recently chosen by a top music industry panel of judges including Fergie, The Veronicas, Natasha Bedingfield, Jesse Harris, Lamont Dozier, Matt Pinfield, Bob Weir, Ryan Shaw, The Bacon Brothers, or Ken Komisar. Among other career accomplishments, Green Tea has also opened for Rusted Root, received a 2010 WAMI nomination, and showcasing at NACA – Northern Plains 2009.


To share the unified soul that is music through songs that drive bodies to move, inspire the conscious observer, and enchant the intellectual spirit is the main substance of Green Tea’s music and performance. With their high energy shows and pleasurable arrangements they are portrayed as sounding like John Butler Trio for Chili Peppers fans. In a live show review, Dino Corvino of the Central WI City Pages said “It takes just one experience hearing Green Tea to become a fan… Perhaps that’s why, when weather pushed their Concert on the Square show into the Great Hall last year, the place literally overflowed with people frantic to hear the music.”


“They will blow you away from the first note you hear.” -Jane Woods, Fanrealm


Sonic diversity flows rampant within this group whom originates from New York, Washington State, Illinois, and Wisconsin, yet combining these various backgrounds is the natural fusion of Green Tea. The 2012 album release “Wake the Conscious” summarizes this fresh perspective in songwriting and ultimately an energized stage performance. Mixing original indie hooks and lyrics with driving progressions is the band’s modus operandi, catalyzing original inventions on stage with a hint of “live jamming.” Not to mention, John (flutes, whistles, vocals) is most likely “THE WORLD’S BEST” hands player (it has to be seen to be believed).


Green Tea continues to progress its fan base of thousands stemming from Midwestern U.S. with main stage performances at Oshkosh Waterfest (supporting Rusted Root twice), Blissfest, Bastille Days, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Porcupine Mt. Fest, Riverfront Rendezvous, headliners for the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour in 2008, and more… The band showcased at NACA-Northern Plains 2009 and has performed 15 different colleges such as Luther College, St. Olaf, University of St. Thomas, UW-Stevens Point, UM-Duluth, MSU-Moorhead, and more… Not to mention, the group has rocked the stage at various arts centers and clubs around the Midwest including Fine Line, The Rave, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Door Community Auditorium, The Cedar, Falls Area PAC, Shank Hall, Mabel Tainter Center, and more… Yet, the band has played the same stages as Melissa Etheridge, Nickel Creek, Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Guster, Richie Havens, Violent Femmes, & more…

  • Finalist for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2012 – Session 1
  • Endorsed by jamLink
  • November 2012 WAMI Featured Artist
  • Licensed for the book “Lovedrunk Chronicles” promo CD, via Revelushen, Inc.
  • Showcased at the NACA Northern Plains Regional Conference 2009
  • Nominated for a 2010 WAMI
  • Nominated for two Madison Area Music Awards in 2008
  • Awarded “Honorable Mention” for the song “Shafted” in the 17th Billboard World Song Contest 2010.

Some Past Performances: 

  • Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour 2008
  • Supported Rusted Root at The Rave/Eagles Club 2008 & opened for them at Oshkosh Waterfest (main stage)
  • Showcased at the NACA – Northern Plains Regional Conference 2009
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest 2010 & 2009 (main stage), 2007, 2006
  • Blissfest 2010 (main stage)
  • Irish Fair of MN 2009 (main stage)
  • Riverfront Rendezvous (main stage) 2011, 2008, 2006
  • UW-Stevens Point 2012, 2010, 2008
  • New Dublin Irish Fest (headliner) 2012 & 2008
  • Rocky Mt. Irish Fest (main stage) 2011
  • Bastille Days 2009
  • Porcupine Mts. Music Fest (main stage) 2010
  • Shank Hall 2011
  • Luther College 2010
  • St. Olaf College 2010
  • UM-Duluth 2012
  • Fine Line Music Cafe 2009
  • The Cedar 2009


Aaron Scharmer – keys, Melodica
John Julka – Bass Guitar
John Coletta – Vocals, flutes, whistles, Hands
Trevor Roark – Vocals, guitars
Zach Hubert – Drums


Wake the Conscious – 2012
Synergy EP – 2009
Beautiful Fault – 2007
All Ages – 2004

*Oasis – Acoustic Compilation Volume XII #4 – 2012
*GO DIY RECORDS – WI Compilation – 2009
*Oasis – World Compilation – Volume VII 2 – 2007