WAMA News 02-04-2011

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WAMA News 02-04-2011

Postby askmike » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:58 pm

25th Annual Wammies News

Trio Caliente will be performing at the Pre-Wammie VIP Reception at Argia's Restaurant sponsored by the Falls Church New-Press.
Lucky Dub has signed on to perform at the After Party at Bangkok Blues, down the road from the State Theatre.

Seth Kibel & the Wire Choir will be holding down the Pit Band duties.

25th Wammies Checklist

Order tickets and sponsor tables to the 25th Wammies on Feb. 20th at the State Theater, Falls Church, VA. Tickets

Rapidly approaching: Feb. 10th deadline for ads for the Wammies Commemorative Program. Be a part of history. For more info, go to: WAMA Rates or email dcmusic@wamadc.com.

To be a part of the pre-Wammie Meet 'N' Greets, organized by the City of Falls Church for all nominees, email Becky. Click for: Meet 'N' Greet information and a Falls Church Restaurant Guide.

Donate an item for the Silent Auction, contact Maggie.

Cast your vote for your favorite band or artist by Friday, February 11, 2011 - 6pm.
You don't have to be a WAMA member to vote or to win the "Fan's Award."

National & International Music News

Baltimore's Globe Poster Company holds decades of music and printing history--and it's on the verge of being lost
By Lee Gardner
Published: January 26, 2011

"Bob Cicero has the air of a man carrying a heavy load, despite the fact that his load just got a bit lighter. The day before a reporter visits Globe Poster Company, the printing business run by Cicero’s family for nearly 40 of its 81 years, he sold its two Miehle letterpresses. Nine feet wide and 18 feet long, the cast-iron presses had stamped out batches of colorful posters for Globe for decades. The rigger who hauled the behemoths away, Cicero says, told him the scrapyard weighed them out at 24,000 pounds each."

Live Nation settles class-action lawsuit over fees, reduces earnings estimate
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/enterta ... imate.html
January 26, 2011 | 3:37 pm

"Live Nation Logo Live Nation Entertainment, the Beverly Hills events promoter, on Wednesday said it had settled a class-action lawsuit over fees charged by its subsidiary, Ticketmaster."

Musicians fear 'chaos' as Brussels gets set to regulate royalties
Leigh Phillips
27.01.2011 @ 17:30 CET

Euobserver / Brussels - "The European Commission is looking to regulate collecting societies this spring - the bodies that collect royalties on behalf of musicians - a senior civil servant has revealed, but the artists themselves are apprehensive, saying that the last intervention of Brussels in the sector has produced "chaos"."

Local Notes

The band formerly known as The Lynn Veronneau Trio have changed their name to 'Veronneau.' After working with drummer Pete Walby for much of the last year the Trio have decided to do the honorable thing and 'put a ring on it'...hence the name change which, they hope, will silence the question 'why are you called a Trio when you have 4 people'?. To make it official, Veronneau have a new website http://www.veronneaumusic.com

Film & Video Views

SOJA has a video up for votes on this Week’s MTVU Best Freshmen Video.
“Everything Changes”

Berger Video working with Capitol Communicator
Capitol Communicator is a social media site forcommunication professionals.This year's assignment was to parody the hit movie "The Social Network". The video features Paul Duning's son Michael and Caleb Barrett.

Body and Soul
Director Oscar Micheaux's 1925 silent film, Body and Soul, was the screen debut of legendary African American actor and activist Paul Robeson. On Saturday, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will screen the film with a live soundtrack composed and performed by local trumpeter Thad Wilson and his band. 3 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed in the museum's G Street Lobby beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Correction to Golden Sound Studio Workshops

The Feb. 5th Basics of Mastering workshop is presented by Golden Sound Studios only, and those interested should contact them, not Chuck Levin's Washington Music. 301-962-1119 or goldensoundstudio@gmail.com

The April 9th Drum Recording workshop is still in development. For now there is no action to take and no tickets being sold. Information about its final details will be announced int the future.

The History of Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Jazz & Gospel in B&W
Friday, February 11th
from 3:30-6:00 pm
at the Woodrow Wilson Center in the
Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
RSVP Sandra Butler-Truesdale, revsandra2001@yahoo.com
All Washington Musicians are invited to attend, admission is free.

The Gregory Gaskins' Experience Discussion & Concert will feature "Guitar Greg Gaskins," Native Washingtonian, lead guitaist, composer & conductor. He began his professional career at the age of 15 playing with Washington, DC's El Corols after which he played the late Billy Stewart, The Manhattans, Otis Redding, Al Green, Dionne & Dee Dee Warrick, and many more, He was lead guitarist with the Sweet Inspirations and acted as lead in conductor for the Elvis Presley Orchestra under the guidance of Joe Guercio. Mr. Gaskins will be interviewed by New York's Mark Nelson Preston, vocalist & guitarist. Mr. Gaskins will be joined by percussionist, Jerome "Stump" Monroe, one time drummer for Elvis Presley, and Robert "Mousey" Thompson, drummer for the James Brown orchestra, Jimi Smooths, vocalist with Hit-Time, Impressionist, Greg Cooper and many more Washington, DC R&B musicians and performers. Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale will conduct a discussion on the History of Rhythm & Blues, it's influences on Rock & Roll and the influences of Elvis Presley and the Beatles the R&B genre. Hosted by Blair Ruble, the author, of Washington's U Street, A Biography, Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale, The Emma Mae Gallery, DC Arts District and Mark Preston Nelson.

Two Harmonica Workshops with Phil Wiggins
Saturday February 12th
at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
The fee is $45.00 for each session.
Call or e-mail Phil with any questions. cell: 703-399-6354
e-mail: pwiggins@us.net

The first class from 10:30 to 12:00 will be a beginners/fundamentals class for beginners and people who need to bone up on: clear single notes, bending, and the 1-4-5 chord progression. You will need a Key of A harp and a recorder will be useful.

The second session 12:30 to 2:00 will be intermediate/advanced. We will cover, melodies, hot licks, rythm chops, accompaniment and more. You will need A,C,D,F and G harps.

Behind the Lines
Sunday February 13th
4:30 - 7:00 pm
at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
Free, but donations to the Barbershop are encouraged to help cover the costs of the meeting space.

This is a time of song and poetry sharing that is intended to open up conversation about the creative process. Participants are invited to come prepared to share a song or poem and the story behind it: Why did you write it? Or why do you perform it? What moves you about it? If you can’t jointhis time, but would like to participate, please contact Kim Capps: kim.capps@gmail.com

Tom Teasley Talk/Concert

Tues. February 15th
at The University of Maryland Clarice Center For The Performing Arts as part of their Take Five series.
5:30pm until 6:30pm with a thirty minute talk back about the program.

The concert will feature ancient percussion as it travels along the Silk Road as well as combine electronic percussion and other digital technology including digital looping. He will also be discussing his travels to the Middle East as a Cultural Envoy for The State Department including his very recent tour of Iraq. Please visit Tom Teasley Take Five for more information.

Selected Events

Sounds of Hope Benefit Concerts

7:30 - 10:30 pm
at The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd, NW, WDC
Tickets: donation to the charity (suggested $15-$50)

Fri Feb 4th Looney Tunes Jazz for Tanzanear.org, a UK charity helping deaf people in Tanzania.

Fri Feb 25th Open Mic with tip jar going to Sopa A Las Dos (Soup at 2:00). Sign up in person.

Folklore Society of Greater Washington Mini-Fest of 2011
Sat Feb 5th
Takoma Park, MD

For a performance grid click here to see who is performing when: Mini-Fest

Swing Dance for Charity
Sat Feb 5th
8 pm - midnight
at The Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD
$20 adv/$25 door

Performing will be Blue Sky Five. Tickets include 3 hours of dancing, an introductory swing dance lesson from Tom and Debra, and performance by the Eight Week Wonders dance team. All proceeds benefit the National Center for Children and Families.

Northern VA Firefighters Pipe Band Fundraiser
Sat Feb 5th
5 pm to 8 pm
at Finnegan’s Pub, 2310 Woodland Crossing Dr. Herndon, VA
571-203-0203. http://www.finnegansbar.com/Herndon/home.html

There will be extended specials, silent and live auctions and all the piping you can handle. Win VIP Shamrockfest tickets. Proceeds are for band uniforms and equipment.


Ninth Annual International Cabaret Conference
July 22-July 31, 2011
at Yale University
For additional information or to schedule an audition please call 212-629-2000 or find them online at http://www.thecabaretconferenceatyale.com.

The International Cabaret Conference is an intensive nine-day teaching program in the art of performance and trains professionals for the live entertainment industry. Focus is given to performing selections from The Great American Songbook,including tunes from the late 19th century through the classic pop standards of the 1930s and ‘40s to today’s contemporary cabaret, musical theater, jazz, pop, folk and country music.

Call for Help

Bill Holland's neighbors were the victims of the tragic house fire in Hyattsville. Both the parents and two of the four children got out in time, all hospitalized for days with smoke inhalation. Two other daughters, ages 9 and 13, weren't so lucky. Both were in cardiac arrest when firefighters got them out, not breathing, and one died on the scene. The other is in a hyper chamber in a Baltimore hospital and sadly, doctors say there is no brain wave activity. Their little dog Pumpkin also made it out.

More than 60 neidghbors have met and formed committees to take care of the family, from immediate concerns to long-range ones. Bill is following up to help raise cash donations. Please send him a check for any amount you can afford. They've also set it up the fund so you can take it off your taxes.

Make it payable to the "Hyattsville Community Development Fund Corp." and note yours is a contribution to the "Zelaya Relief Fund.
You can contribute online, even use PayPal. Just follow the link at http://www.hycdc.org

New Releases

Lauren Young
releases "Active But Odd." Free track downloads at http://www.laurenyoungmusic.com

The Grandsons have released their first single, their cover of "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)". You can buy it on: CDBaby, Amazon MP3 Downloads, iTunes. Eric Bowers produced the session, and Bill McElroy recorded and engineered at Slipped Disc Studios in Ashland, VA."

Wade Waters has a new single, "A Post-Racial America." In Part 1, Wade Waters deconstructs the "Post-Racial" mythology over an upbeat soundbed provided by GMJ. Part 2, in contrast, crafts a vision for empowerment and progress over soulful instrumentation provided by Terem and features singer Devin Jones. Listen at http://www.wadewaters.com

Final Curtain

Elmer Lee "Buddy" Charleton - "The Big C"
March 6, 1938 - January 25, 2011

"Elmer Lee “Buddy” Charleton, the musician and teacher whose pedal steel guitar work was an integral element in Country Music Hall of Famer Ernest Tubb’s famed Texas Troubadours band, died Tuesday night at his home in Locust Grove, Va. He was 72 and was fighting lung cancer.

From the spring of 1962 until the fall of 1973, Mr. Charleton was a featured Troubadour, playing crucial steel licks on Tubb’s classic honky-tonk material and entertaining listeners with imaginative, complex, at times unclassifiable steel guitar flights during Troubadour band sets when Tubb took a break. Tubb’s band endured numerous lineup changes, and Mr. Charleton and electric guitarist Leon Rhodes were the instrumental focus of what Tubb biographer Ronnie Pugh wrote was Tubb’s “greatest band of Texas Troubadours. … For sheer musical ability they were unsurpassed.”

...Mr. Charleton is also known for his post-Tubb career as a pedal steel guitar teacher in the Washington, D.C. area. His students became some of contemporary country music’s most accomplished players, including Bruce Bouton (Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire), Pete Finney (Dixie Chicks), Patty Loveless), Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan), Robin Ruddy (Rod Stewart), Robbie Flint (Alan Jackson), Tommy Detamore (George Strait, Doug Sahm) and Tommy Hannum (Emmylou Harris, Ricky Van Shelton)."
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