WAMA News - 02-25-2011

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WAMA News - 02-25-2011

Postby askmike » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:21 pm

25th Wammies, Huge Celebration

Thank You DMV
Thanks again to all of the performers, hosts and presenters, volunteers, and our sponsors, BMI, The Little City of Falls Church, and the Falls Church News-Press, for making the 25th Annual Wammies a night to remember.

Video Links to Performances
Performer Videos Courtesy of Mary Morris.

Tom Paxton + Debi Smith

Faycez U Know

Julia Nixon

Hula Monsters

Charm City Devils

Seth Kibel + Wire Choir

More Seth Kibel + Wire Choir

By Linda Parker

Press Reviews

Wammies Celebrate Best of D.C.-Area Music
By FCNP.com
Wednesday, February 23 2011 05:58:17 PM
http://www.fcnp.com/news/8594-wammies-c ... music.html

"Hollywood can have its Grammys and Nashville its Country Music Awards, but there was no topping the magical Wammies, the annual awards fête of the Washington Area Music Association, at the State Theatre in downtown City of Falls Church last Sunday night. Again this year, Falls Church was host to the sold-out celebration, where awards were announced to nominees in scores of categories, spiced up with first-rate musical performances including by legend Tom Paxton. Falls Church Mayor Nader Baroukh greeted the celebrants and the Falls Church News-Press hosted the VIP Reception beforehand at Argia's Restaurant, with four of its crew on hand. (Photos: Gary Mester)"

WTOP - 25th annual WAMMIES celebrate a legend who has entertained and challenged generations including today's children.

From Grammys to Wammies | NBC Washington
http://www.nbcwashington.com/around-tow ... 60128.html
Local awards honor area musicians
Updated 10:00 AM EST, Sun, Feb 20, 2011

Music to D.C.'s ears (WTOP)
The 25th Annual Washington Area Music Awards otherwise known as the WAMMIES.

Paxton And Stonemans Get 'Wammied'
http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index ... leId=38197
Posted: February 10, 2011
FALLS CHURCH, VA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) --
The 25th annual Wammies will honor Tom Paxton as well as The Stonemans as Hall of Fame inductees at the February 20th ceremony in at The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA.

National Music News

New Utility The Breaks Music Down Into Its Components
by Daniel Emery, 19/February 2011

A music technology firm in south-east London has developed a system for breaking music into its component parts. (Video shows how) Hit 'n' Mix converts audio files into a proprietary .rip format. Developers say it will enable users to create their own bedroom mash-ups, karaoke songs or modify their own music.

Virginia: Richmond Mayor Proposes Massive Downtown Arts District
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/15/11
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011 ... ar-843342/

"Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is proposing to designate a large portion of downtown as an arts and cultural district. In an effort to spur investment and redevelopment, Jones is asking the City Council to create the ArtBusiness Richmond district for an area covering about 65 blocks....Under the proposal, businesses and property owners in the district would have enhanced and, in some cases, exclusive access to loan programs for building renovations, grants for façade improvements and technical assistance. To qualify, businesses or properties need not be involved in the arts."

Arts Investment Stimulates Economic Development, Fosters Innovation
Psychology Today, 2/14/11
The following was written by noted creativity authors Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein: "Congress is once again making plans to gut the National Endowment for the Arts, so it is time for us to post more data supporting the arts. In previous posts, we've argued that the arts are essential for the development of scientific imagination. Here we argue that the arts stimulate economic development by fostering scientific and technological innovation."

Slate Magazine on the Grammies process
The Grammy Paradox

They're awful. But they're good for pop music.
By Jody Rosen

Why I Hate the Grammys
The secret committee that alters the membership's nominations, for starters. But there are plenty of other reasons.
By Bill Wyman

Local Notes

Kyonte performed live on FOX 5 Morning News on February 23, 2010.
Fox 5

Hotspur has been nominated by The Independent Music Awards for their song "Chandelier" in the Indie Alternative category.

Film & Video Views

A+ Dropouts have a new music video for their original, "On Your Own," written by lead singer, Cheska Zaide. "On Your Own" has been featured on DC 101 Local Lix recently. Dropouts

Fugazi Documentary Screening "Instrument"
Sun. Feb. 27th
5 pm
at national Gallery of Art East Building, Fourth St & Constitution Ave NW, WDC
202-737-4215, www.nga.gov
Jem Cohen's documentary of DC band, Fugazi, captures their live concerts along with behind the scenes segments. Fugazi members Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto with join director Cohen to discuss the film afterwards.

"What Are Friends For Movie Trailer" by Bruce Odams
http://www.facebook.com/l/10f46J3FjpNld ... -for-movie
$10 Pledge will get you a copy of dvd and your name will be on the film credits


Songwriter's Toolbox with Guest Artist, David Glaser
Saturday February 26
10 am - 12:30 pm
at the LAB at Convergence 1819 N. Quaker Lane in Alexandria.
Free and open to all

An award-winning singer/songwriter, David Glaser, is also one heck of a guitar picker. He's been seen at NERFA, Kerrville Folk Fest and up and down the coast as both a solo artist and playing mandolin or guitar behind many numerous songwriters including Dan Navarro (Lowen&Navarro), 3 Penny Acre and Stephanie Corby. Now you get to see and hear him talk about what he does and how he does it. www.davidglaser.com

5 Part Intermediate/Advanced
Blues Harmonica Workshops

with Phil Wiggins
Begins Saturday February 26th, then March 5,12, April 9,23,
Possible recital April 30th.
from 11:30 to 1:30
at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
Fee is $45.00 per session. For people that can commit to all five sessions, the fee will be $200.00 paid at the first session.

Starting with a thorough review of the tunes he covered in the previous sessions, and working on ear training, tone, hand technique, accompaniment, and using vocal phrases for soloing. All intermediate/advanced players are welcome whether you have attended a previous workshop or not.

Feel free to call or e-mail Phil with any questions. cell: 703-399-6354 e-mail: mailto:pwiggins@us.net

Songwriter's Woodshed with Cathy Fink

presented by The Writer's Center and SAW
4 Tuesdays in March, March 1 through 29 (No meeting March 15)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street , Bethesda , MD
link: woodshed
Tuition: $155 (13% discount for members of SAW, WAMA, or The Writer's Center)

If you have songwriting skills and want a 4 week challenge to buckle down and write new material, this is for you. The class will be given 4 songwriting assignments the week prior to class. Class time will be spent sharing and critiquing songs. Grammy winner, Cathy Fink will add skill based and anecdotal instruction to the mix. The class vibe is both welcoming and informal, allowing each writer to participate and learn by getting inside their own work, and the work of others.

Sound Reinforcement for Acoustic Musicians Workshop
with Flawn Williams
Sun. March 20th
1 - 5 pm
at the Archie's Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD
Cost $40
Blues Events

Amplifying acoustic instruments may sound like an oxymoron, or even a recipe for disaster. But it doesn't have to be. There are ways to make your acoustic music accessible to larger audiences without having the show end in mayhem. This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts of operating a sound amplification system for yourself or for other musicians. Bring your instruments and voices for a hands-on immersion in gentle amplification.

The New Orleans Connection:
The Funky Roots of Jazz

Sun. March 20th
2 - 6:30 pm
at 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Tuition: $170, Auditors $125
Call 410-295-6691 or visit the Registration page of www.indepthjazz.com

Explore roots of jazz in the rich and complex music of New Orleans: Follow the genre from spirituals to marches to blues and other elements of Dixieland to the modern sound of The Meters. Discover the challenge in playing tunes like "Royal Garden Blues" and "Cissy Strut." Attend faculty demos, theory and master classes and loads of playing - in combos grouped by ability level.

Faculty: Smithsonian Masterworks trumpet player Tom Williams, Prince trombonist Greg Boyer and Army Blues drummer Harold Summey are joined by critically acclaimed inDepth favorites: bassist Amy Shook, pianist Wade Beach and saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk.

Selected Events

Finale of the first BMI Showcase series
Thursday, February 24th
8 - 11pm
at the Hard Rock Café at 999 E Street, N.W. WDC

Please note, while there is no cover, all donations benefit the D.C. area-based charity, Hungry for Music, whose mission is "to inspire underprivileged children (and others) by bringing positive musical and creative experiences into their lives." http://hungryformusic.com/

Washington National Opera's annual Young Artist Performance
Tuesday, March 15
7:30 PM.
Tickets for this special evening start at $15, use Source Code MBYAP when ordering
For more information about this event and to order tickets, please call (202) 295-2400 or visit www.dc-opera.org/yap.

This one-night-only event features members of the internationally renowned Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in a fully staged production of one of the world's most popular operas, Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Included with each order is a complimentary copy of Commentaries on CD: Madama Butterfly by WNO's resident musicologist, Saul Lilienstein, as well as an informative Guide to Madama Butterfly.

There is also an insightful pre-performance lecture at 6:15 PM, given by Ken Weiss, principal coach for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Performance/Employment Opportunities

Expression Events Call for All Artists
The Bridge Church in Silver Spring, is calling for Singers, Painters, Poets, Musicians for their Expression Events hosted in conjunction with Nando's Peri-Peri, held the last Thursday of every other month. www.thebridgedc.org If you would like to be a guest artist, contact Rasheda at campbellrasheda@ymail.com. They are currently looking to fill the schedule for April, June, July, Sept, and Nov. Please include the following details in your email:

Full Name/Stage Name
State gift/talent
Attachment/link with material(s)
Availability (month/s)
Best contact information
Material must be clean and family friendly
Short Bio
School of Rock Call for Teachers

The School of Rock of Greater Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia is in need of high-level keys, guitar and drum teachers in the Virginia locations (Ashburn and Vienna). If you are interested in supplementing your income with kids who are into music and fun to work with, please contact: Laura Bollettino, General Manager, School of Rock - Greater Washington DC, at lbollettino@schoolofrock.com. You can read about what they are doing here in the DC area on their local website at www.SORDC.com or on the national site at www.schoolofrock.com.

Glen Echo Folk Festival Call for Young Traditional Musicians

Sara Rasmussen is helping out with the selection of performers for the Glen Echo Folk Festival this year, and is looking to find a few very good young musicians to perform. The criteria are that the musicians have to live in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and the music should be traditional of some sort - that includes bluegrass, old blues, old country, old jazz, old-time. Contact her at srazzz@aol.com

New Releases

Richard Harris has released a new CD, "Love's Sweet Song," Richard was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a very rare, progressive, debilitating and fatal blood disorder that begins in the bone marrow. He is also donating a generous portion of the sales proceeds from each CD sold to Amyloidosis Support for further research and better public awareness of this devastating disease You can help by purchasing a copy of Richard's first CD "Songs From My Heart", his brand new CD "Love's Sweet Song", or both of them through www.RichardHarrisLive.com

Dmeritt, a collaboration between producer/DJs Outputmessage and Micah Vellain, has released a new EP, "Stuck on You Remixes." They'll be celebrating the release on Sat. Feb. 26th at 9 pm at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St.NW, WDC. $10

Final Curtain

Will "Ill Will" Walker 1976 - 2011

William Walker, affectionately known as DJ Ill Will, passed away suddenly mid day on Wednesday Feb. 9th, after a brief illness.

He was a popular DJ on Washington, DC's urban WKYS-FM (93.9). William "Ill Will" Walker was in a Baltimore hospital recuperating from a recent surgery and said on Twitter he "had two heart attacks a week and a half ago," and had posted on Twitter Wednesday morning, "I'm doin somewhat better. This surgery scar hurt like ish. I may go home Sat." That was his last Tweet. Walker was just 34. WKYS posted on their website, "It is with great pain that we inform you that William Walker, affectionately known as Ill Will, has passed away suddenly midday today after a brief illness. All of us here will miss his energy and "can-do" spirit, We know everyone will keep him and his entire family in their thoughts and prayers."

WKYS also has set up a tribute page for Walker, including videos and messages you can view here.
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