WAMA Mini News (01/26/2005)

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WAMA Mini News (01/26/2005)

Postby askmike » Thu Mar 10, 2005 11:37 am

19th Annual Wammies™
Monday, February 7, 2005 8 p.m.

We are very proud and excited to announce that the 2004
Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies™) will be held
in the new Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
Send this email to your list and help us spread the word.

Special Awards Announced
WAMA has announced that the following special awards
will be presented at the 2004 Wammies:
Hall of Fame
"Mama" Cass Elliott
Root Boy Slim

Special Achievement
Shelley Brown

Spotlight Award
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Special Appreciation
Lorraine Campbell /JV's Restaurant
David Eisner

Community Service
Jeff Campbell

Special Recognition
Billy Hancock

Performers Include:

* Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band
* Ellis Paul
* EU featuring Sugar Bear
* Hillbilly Jazz featuring Chick Hall
with John Previti, Jim Stephanson
and Brooks Teglar
* Jennifer Cutting's
Ocean Orchestra
* Pat McGee Band
* Root Boy Slim Tribute
* Tom Principato

The Washington Area Music Awards recognize significant career achievements by area musicians.
Nominations and balloting come from the WAMA membership. Past show participants include
Emmylou Harris, Joan Jett, The Clovers, The Orioles, Bo Diddley, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Dean,
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Sweet Honey in the Rock and more.

Reserved Seat Tickets:
º $50 Box Seats
º $25 Non WAMA Members
º $15 WAMA Members (up to 4)
º $10 Nominees (up to 20 per nominated group ).
º $550 Corporate Box of 8 (includes full page ad in souvenir
program, admission to pre-reception)(Camera-ready ad deadline Jan 27)
º $300 Corporate Box of 4 (includes half page ad in souvenir program, admission
to pre-reception)(Camera-ready ad deadline Jan 27)
º $100 Patron Table of 2 (includes recognition in souvenir program, admission to

pre-reception)(program deadline Jan 27)
For Sponsor and Advertising information click here.

WAMA Members and Nominees:
To order tickets online click here.
To charge tickets by phone: 703-368-3300 or 888-843-0933 toll free
Tickets may be ordered by mail at:
WAMA, 6263 Occoquan Forest Drive, Manassas, VA 20112

Non WAMA Members:
To order tickets online click here.
To charge tickets by phone: 301-581-5100

Nominee CD Sales
Wammie nominated artists who would like to have their CDs available for
sale at the Wammie Awards should contact Jonathan Strong at
RipsawRecords@aol.com Thank you Jonathan for providing the service.

How to Write Music for Families
For Experienced Songwriters

with Trout Fishing In America

Saturday, February 12, 2005 3:30–5 p.m.
The Music Center at Strathmore
Education Room 402

$22.50 WAMA Members

Those familiar with the acoustic Parents Choice Gold Winners
Trout Fishing in America appreciate their uncanny ability to
create a full-bodied ensemble sound. The singing and songwriting
duo of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet please family audiences
around the nation. In this workshop songwriters will learn how to
write songs that appeal to both children and grown-ups.

Trout Fishing in America is performing in the Music
Center the next day at 2 p.m.

Enroll - To enroll in the class, please call the Strathmore Ticket Office at
(301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org. Space is limited, so make your
reservations quickly!

Directions - Strathmore is located on Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, just of
Rockville Pike, one half mile north of the Capital Beltway (I-495), and immediately
adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For further
directions, please visit www.strathmore.org.

Parking - Parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage. Please park
on the fourth level and walk across the Carlton R. Sickles Memorial Sky Bridge into
the Music Center at Strathmore. Parking on the weekends is free. Additional short-term
meter parking is also available along Tuckerman Lane. Do not park in the Strathmore mansion lot.

Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship's
14th Annual East Coast Jazz Festival

Elmore "Fish" Middleton was a Washington, DC jazz radio programmer who
was committed to promoting Jazz and supporting emerging jazz artists. His
support via interviews and radio airplay of the artists' recordings resulted in
many upcoming musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists) receiving recognition
throughout the country.

The mission of FMJS is to assist emerging jazz artists in their educational and
artistic development; to offer a wider base for the presentation of Jazz; and to
insure the continuation of Jazz education and performance in public schools and
institutions of higher learning.

The 2005 Festival will take place February 16-20, 2005 (President' Weekend) at
The DoubleTree Hotel 1750 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD. Click for more information.

Legal Issues for Arts Professionals
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2005 (snow date Tuesday, February 15, 2005).
Time: 1-4pm. Location: Morgan Lewis Washington, DC, 1111 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004. Presenters: Elena M. Paul, Esq.,
Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Alexei Auld, Director of
Legal Services.

Description: As creators of intellectual property, arts professionals should be
aware of issues affecting their work.This workshop provides an overview of legal
issues in the arts and the three areas of the law that affect all arts professionals:
copyright, contracts, and entity formation. An additional threshold issue faced by
arts professionals is choosing the right legal entity for their business, including
answering the basic question of whether the right structure is a for-profit or not-for-profit
model. Registration Required. Email staff@cultural-alliance.org with name, address,
phone, email address. FREE: Cultural Alliance Individual and Affiliate Members.
$25 : Non-members, can be applied to membership

Arts Advocacy in the Nation's Capital
Arts Advocacy Day (March 15) is fast approaching. This year, we have the opportunity to
visit new Council members on behalf of the arts. If you are interested in shaping the day
and the message that we will bring, please come to an organizing meeting on Monday,
January 31st, Noon-1:30 PM, at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, at the corner of 7th and
G Streets, SE, a short walk from the Eastern Market metro, 202-547-6839. Our host is
Jonathan Darr, Executive Director of the Arts Workshop. Feel free to bring your lunch. If
you cannot attend the organizing meeting, but are interested in participating on Arts
Advocacy Day, please contact Jose Dominguez, josedominguez@dc.gov. We will keep
you posted. Please think about being part of Arts Advocacy Day. It's a great chance to
meet your Council member and staff members, a wonderful opportunity to thank the Council
for its support of the arts, and a time to talk directly to the Council about the tremendous value
of the arts to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 1, 2005. Produced by The Field, the GoTour Road Show gives independent
performing artists working in dance, theater, music, text, performance art and mixed disciplines
a chance to perform in New York City in May 2005. By ''independent'' we mean artists--sometimes
also called individual or emerging artists--who don't have institutional support such as consistent
funding, touring, or production opportunities. Ten national and five New York-based Road Show winners
will participate in a shared weekend performance event, which also includes a transportation stipend,
a press junket, opening night reception, and the opportunity to meet other artists and presenters from
New York City and around the country. HOW TO ENTER: To enter the contest, first log on to www.
gotour.org and check out the site. Then, in 500 words or fewer, tell us what it means to be an independent
artist and why you want to tour your work. Winners will be chosen by you! All applicants will have the
opportunity to read the applicant essays and nominate the ones which capture best the spirit of independent
artists and touring. Email your entry to info@gotour.org by March 1, 2005. Please include the following in the
body of your email: 1) your name. 2) daytime phone number. 3) your essay. You will receive a confirmation
email when your entry is received. Entries must be received by midnight, March 1st. Winners will be notified
by March 31st. For more information, visit The Field's home page at www.thefield.org or call (212) 691-6969.

on February 5, 2005.
WAMA member Brent Woodall is hosting and co-producing the show.
They will have as guests, performers: from Nashville, TN
Larry Butler, 2 time Grammy Award winner for Producer of The Year 1990, and for
writing "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" for BJ Thomas.
Jim McBride, writer of "Chattahoochee" and "Neon Rainbow" for Alan Jackson
(among many others), Thom Shephard, writer "Riding With Private Mallone" and
"Tequila Sheila" Brent Woodall & the Natchez Trace Band, British Rockers, Shag,
Carl Tanner (Arlington, VA native and Master Tenor who appears internationally at
the Met in New York,, and The Washington Opera. Guitarist Jeff Severson (DC)
formally of 4 Out of Five Doctors Cello Quartet, Brazil, members of Dance, Theatre,
Instrumental and Voice from the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music.
Tickets are available at the Shenandoah U. box office Shenu.edu.com or by calling

2005 IMA Jazz Award to
Modern Groove Syndicate

Richmond, VA - Independent Music Awards judges have picked Richmond's, VA's
Modern Groove Syndicate as winner in the IMA Jazz category for 2005. The
winning song title, Too Good That It's Gone, is track six on MGS' second CD,
Vessel, released in Feb. 2004.

Beginning as a trio in early 1998, Modern Groove Syndicate is a funky
instrumental quartet relying heavily on composition, improvisation, and their own
unique brand of energy and individual talents to make their point. Members are:
Daniel Clarke [keys], Joel DeNunzio [drums], Todd Herrington [bass], and JC
Kuhl [sax]. The group has two releases on Richmond indie label, Courthouse
Records: Modern Groove Syndicate CH1001 and Vessel CH0903.

Over 40 radio stations nationwide have aired Vessel. It reached No. 5 on XM72
Beyond Jazz's Top Twenty. MGS CDs, distributed via the Internet, have sold to
fans in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland,
The Netherlands, and Slovak Republic. MGS was named Virginia's Best Jazz Band in
a NineVolt Magazine poll in Feb. 2004. MGS' website is
moderngroovesyndicate.com. For their EPK see sonicbids.com/ModernGrooveSyndicate

Established in 1999 by Music Resource Group, the Independent Music Awards is
a unique program open to all indie artists and labels. The IMAs focus on
developing new markets for indie artists, labels and releases, it offers artists
and independent releases the opportunity to be he heard by music fans and
industry contacts around the world. Winners and finalists are promoted in print,
broadcast and online media. Additionally, millions of music fans and industry
pros are directed to an online jukebox featuring the winning songs, artist bios,
album purchase and contact information.

IMA finalists are judged solely on their artistic merit and are selected by a
panel of established artists and industry professionals. Judges for the 2005
awards were: Delbert McClinton, Erykah Badu, Loudon Wainwright III, William
Ackerman, Victor Wooten, Merri Cyr, Jeri Heiden, Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz,
Alan Light. Only original material not released on a major label is eligible.

Winners and finalists will be featured in the 2005 edition of The Musician's
Atlas, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry
insiders. Winning songs will be included on promotional CDs to be distributed
nationally on college campuses, to press and industry representatives. See

In addition to IMA print and online promotional campaigns, IMA sponsor
Borders Books & Music, will be directing customers to our online jukebox where
they'll find the winning artists and their music.

For a jpg BXW photo of Modern Groove Syndicate, contact Courthouse Records
(804) 320-7067 or FcrestMus@aol.com

Black Box Theater
The Power Jam Music Alliance is a non-profit group located in Southern Maryland.
The mission of the group is to help music groups find place to perform and benefit
the community welfare. A recent new addition to the PJMA venues is the Black
Box Theater in Indian Head MD. Starting in March PJMA will be producing “Spotlight
Concerts” at the Black Box Theater and every other month there after. These concerts
are to feature 2 to 3 bands that have a good stage presence and music that has wide
community appeal. The groups will be compensated based on the door. PJMA is looking
to WAMA for groups that are interested in performing. Interested musical groups should
send inquiries to booking@pjma.info
Fred Heather
President PJMA

Benefit Concerts
DC MUSIC FOR RELIEF whose purpose is to periodically organize benefit concerts
to help victims of natural disasters. I have three partner organizations, that will be in
charge of directly collecting and distributing the donations to the people in need. They

So far tsunami claimed 260,000 lives and still counting. It is so overwhelming that it
seems impossible to do anything about it. The reality is that we can do something about
it just by giving hope to the survivors, and it's never too late. I am putting together this
permanent structure that will allow the Washington, DC area music community to
periodically make a difference in the lives of those in need. We have a website currently
under construction where all the bands will be listed with a direct link to their own websites.
You can check it out at www.dcmusicforrelief.org

The first event is dedicated to the victims of tsunami and schedule for this coming February.
Right now the date and location are not decided yet.
Mac M. Traore
President & CEO, MCN Entertainment

Stephen Fitch Hubert "Stevie Sparks,"

Stephen Fitch Hubert, 54, a musician professionally known as Stevie Sparks, died
Jan. 20 at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mont., after a three-year battle with
Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Born in Washington D.C., Sparks' talent was recognized early, and he was privately
tutored by Dr. Wilfred Briggs, choirmaster for The Landon Boys School, Bethesda, Md.,
and All Saints Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, Md. In the 1960s, Sparks played with
popular local bands The Vagrants, The Resumes, and Stillroven. At age 18, he flirted
with celebrity in Hollywood before moving to Maui, Hawaii.

In 1971, Sparks was initiated into a local Hawaiian cabaret and was adopted into the
island music scene by "Dottie and Her Maui Polynesian Revue." Sparks was the first
"haole" (Caucasion) to play exclusively local nightclubs and local and traditional-style
Hawaiian music. In 1997, they released the single "Aloha Nahiku," written by Sparks
and sung by Kumu Hula Kamalu ("Dottie") Kaho`okele Kekahuna, which aired on Hawaiian
radio stations. Sparks was the first white songwriter to break this barrier.

Sparks received recognition for his songwriting in prestigious national competitions,
and recorded nine independent collections of songs. He was also a music columnist,
contributing to a number of newspapers and magazines in the United States
and Canada.

An advocate for Hawaiian indigenous rights, Sparks requested that in lieu of flowers,
donations be sent to support the Kingdom of Hawaii, P.O. Box 2845, Wailuku, HI 96793,

He is survived by his wife, Susan Campbell-Grey, of Hot Springs. Mont.,
his children, Jeremy Baker Hubert and Elizabeth Leilani Hubert of Vancouver, Canada;
his parents Faye F. Delaney of Sun City, Ariz., and Earl Nelson Gray of Tampa, Fla.; his
adoptive brother George Lawrence Hubert of Bethesda, Md.; a half-sister, Dawn Gray of
Germantown, Md., and five half-brothers in Ohio and Arizona.

Condolences to the family may be posted through his websites: www.steviesparks.com
or www. leisurescience.com. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 17 at
4:00 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church chapel, Washington, D.C., with a reception
following at Armand's on Wisconsin Avenue. His ashes will be laid to rest on the island of
Maui on the anniversary of his passing, Jan. 20, 2006.
Mike Schreibman
Midnight Music / WAMA
6263 Occoquan Forest Drive
Manassas, VA 20112
703-393-1028 fax
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