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WAMA News - 04-29-2011

Postby askmike » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:09 pm

National & International Music News

Minute of Silence to bring attention to
the impact of sale of college radio stations.

April 25, 2011
Posted by Candace L. T. Walton
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... rg/?p=2032

"A national Minute of Silence will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. Central on college radio stations. College Broadcasters, Inc (CBI) is organizing the grassroots effort. The goal of the Minute of Silence is to bring awareness of the deep impact that the sale of student radio stations is having on campuses and their surrounding communities. CBI, who represents over 200 student media outlets, has become increasingly alarmed at the sale of student stations."

Business Matters: Facebook Posts Have an 80-Minute Half Life
(and Other Facebook Factoids)

April 26, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... tory?imw=Y

"A study by Toronto-based startup Visibli found that 50% of Facebook likes occur within 1 hour 20 minutes of the item being posted. Sixty percent of likes happen within 2:15, 70% occur within 4:00, 80% occur within 7:00 and 95% occur within 22 hours. For the study, Visibli analyzed over 200 million Facebook accounts.

The moral of the story? Don't expect people to run across your witty comment, shared article or YouTube video a day or two after it was first posted. A post with 19 likes after 22 hours will only get to 20 likes in its entire lifetime...The study also found that artists' posts do better with likes than comments. Artist posts receive an average of 92 likes per post, nearly twice the number of likes for media organizations and brands...Artists do an exceptionally good job at retaining engagement as they get more Facebook followers. The average artist page gets about 87 likes per 100,000 fans but is able to increase engagement slightly as the number of fans increases."

Billboard's Twitter 140:
Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

March 18, 2011
By Billboard staff
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... tory?imw=Y

"Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether it's about copyright, "Entourage," social commerce, the cloud(s), rap radio, Nashville, technology or just techno, these are 140 of the best and brightest music industry characters on Twitter."

Grammy Awards Producer John Cossette Dies At 54
April 26, 2011
By Phil Gallo, Los Angeles
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... 5032.story

"John Cossette, who followed in father Pierre's footsteps as the producer of the Grammy Awards telecast, died Tuesday (April 26) at the age of 54. The cause of death was not given. Cossette has been involved with Grammys for nearly two decades, most recently as executive producer of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in February. He also executive produced the Grammy nominations concert telecast and Latin Grammys telecasts."

Global Music Video Landscape Shifts As MUZU.TV Signs
Landmark Content Deal With Metacafe

http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... _nb=141456

London/Dublin 26 April 2011 "Two of the worlds fastest growing online video sites, MUZU.TV, the music video site, and Metacafe, the video entertainment site, have signed a content deal that will significantly extend the geographic reach of artists videos from all four major record labels and from thousands of independents."

2011 Record Store Day Nielsen SoundScan Music Sales

http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... _nb=141415

"2011 is the most successful Record Store Day yet. Independent record stores sold 13% more albums in 2011 vs. 2010 for the week of Record Store Day...The Foo Fighters released Medium Rare a 120 gram Record Store Day exclusive which sold 2,000 copies. The Foo Fighters also had the best-selling album overall for the week, Wasting Light, with 235,000 copies sold."

Yarrow singing to support autistic farm project
Christina Hennessy, Staff Writer
Published 07:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... _nb=141415

"Peter Yarrow of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary will be in Greenwich on Wednesday, May 4, to headline a gala that will benefit Friends of Autistic People's efforts to build a farm academy for children and adults with autism...The Farm Academy Project will be a teaching facility, as well as campus, where children and adults with autism can experience nature-based education programs and learn new skills while working on the farm."

Komitas Vardapet, forgotten folk hero
Michael Church
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 21 April 2011 22.00 BST
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... ic-armenia

"Composer Komitas Vardapet survived a genocide and somehow bridged Armenia and Turkey's musical divide. He should be better known. Sunday 24 April is Easter Day, but for Armenians it is also genocide remembrance day. This is when Armenians all over the world will gather to commemorate the anniversary of the 1915 genocide in which 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey were either slaughtered, or died on forced marches into exile. For Armenians, music is memory. And whenever they gather to honour their dead, the songs they sing are by the composer who speaks for the soul of their nation, Komitas Vardapet. He himself was a victim of the 1915 persecution, and though he survived physically, he was driven into madness by it. Outside Armenia he, too, has been swept under the carpet of history."

Save a folk music genre from crassness
Last updated: 4/15/2011 12:00
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... 65242.aspx

"As a UNESCO decision on the cultural heritage status of don ca tai tu is awaited, experts say the unique music needs to be protected and preserved in its original context. While experts agree don ca tai tu is far from sinking into oblivion, considering its popularity and firm anchor in southern Vietnamese culture, many are concerned with the direction in which the musical genre is developing.

In an interview with Thanh Nien Weekly, Huynh Khai, dean of traditional music at Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, said that despite the invasion of Western pop and hip-hop, don ca tai tu retains a strong presence in Vietnamese culture. It is performed at weddings, death anniversaries, and even in temples, usually using four traditional instruments dan nhi or dan co (Vietnamese two-chord fiddle), dan tranh (zither), dan kim (two-stringed Vietnamese moon lute), and doc huyen cam (monochord)."

This Whole Social Science Analysis Of The Pop Charts Thing
Is Getting Out Of Hand

by Jacob Ganz
April 27, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... ut-of-hand

"Um, are all social scientists rockist? Yesterday, Michele Norris talked to Dr. Nathan DeWall, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky, about his study that analyzed hit songs from 1980 and 2007 and found a correlation between the prevalence of egotistical song lyrics and narcissism in society in general."

Long-Lost Love Songs From A Cajun Music Pioneer
by NPR Staff
April 24, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... ic-pioneer

"This coming week, New Orleans will welcome thousands of music fans to its banks with the annual Jazz & Cultural Heritage Festival. The city's signature sound started taking shape decades before the recorded era, but one of the first musicians to immortalize zydeco on wax was singer and accordionist Amede Ardoin. Archivist Christopher King spent three years combing through flea markets and estate sales for those surviving 78 RPM recordings. He's just mastered them for a new compilation called Mama, I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin 1929-1934."

"Intro To Indie Artists" Stations Change To New Song Distribution
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... _nb=141523

"Intro to Indie Artists" programs are playing on 126 internet radio stations. Produced in Country, Dance, Hip Hop & Rap, Jazz, Pop, and Rock formats, programmers choose from 5, 3, and 2 song programs. Many stations air all three (from our various music genres), which adds diversity to their playlist. Selected artists receive guaranteed radio airplay."

The Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards
April 26-28, 2011
Miami Beach, FL
For schedule of events & info:
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... /index.jsp

"The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated February 6, 2010 through this year's January 29, 2011 issue."

Local Notes

The Fabulous Hubcaps had a feature story about their longevity and band business model in the Washington Post.
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... l?hpid=z10

Jason Mendelson is writing a song to capture the essence of every Metro station, and had a feature story about it in the Washington Post.
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... l?hpid=z10

William Ju Ju House has an article about him in the DC Local Music Examiner, " The Drummers Beat: Ju Ju House, The Legend Speaks."
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... Mt3joQaA==

Wolf Trap has commissioned a new comic opera, The Inspector, from John Musto and Mark Campbell, whose last Wolf Trap commission, "Volpone," won the company a 2010 Grammy. It's world premier is April 27-May 1 at Wolf Trap. Ticket holders are invited to a free Inside the Opera pre-show talk at the Center for Education, next door to The Barns, one hour prior to each performance. http://www.wolftrap.org

Film & Video Views

The Secret to a Happy Ending Film Screening
Weds. May 4
two screenings, 7 pm and 9 pm
at Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD
Free admission, but Advance tickets recommended
Advance tickets & the trailer for the film available on the IMT website at Free Barr
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... mtfolk.org

The Secret to a Happy Ending documents the Drive-By Truckers and their congregation of fans as they explore tales of human weakness and redemption. Filmmaker Barr Weissman, a Takoma Park resident, followed the band during three critical years of touring and recording years in which the band struggles to overcome the trauma of divorce and survives a near breakup. Secret combines band interviews, behind-the-scenes footage on the road and in the studio, along with legendary live performances. Reflective of the band's roots in Alabama and Georgia, the film explores the changing American South, its tangled past and strange beauty. After each screening, there will be a question and answer period with filmmaker Barr Weissman.

They've Never Met, But 2,051 Singers Perform Together
by Jeff Lunden
April 6, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7046613158/208544229 ... m-together

"American composer Eric Whitacre is a rock star in choral circles. His music is performed by amateur and professional choirs alike, his chiseled good looks have earned him a modeling contract, and, Thursday night, he unveils his Virtual Choir 2.0 on YouTube. It features more than 2,000 singers from around the world. Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0, featuring his piece "Sleep," makes its debut on YouTube Thursday night." Here's the link: YouTube Choir


20th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
July 22, 23, 24, 2011
On Dodds Farm - 44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY

The deadline to apply for this year's Falcon Ridge / Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase has been extended to Thurs May 5. This is the 20th anniversary of this event at Falcon Ridge. Details & link to application at http://www.FalconRidgeFolk.com

Driven Music Conference Showcase Performer

While any artist of any genre can submit for the chance to be a showcase performer by visiting http://www.drivenatlanta.com, artists that submit early will also be considered for national TV exposure. Additional info, band submission and discount advance conference registration on website.

On Tap Position Open

"On Tap currently has a position open for a sales and promotions assistant to support our sales team and to help execute events. To be successful in this position you must have strong writing skills, excel at organizing your time, be comfortable on the phone, meeting people in person and be able to adjust well to changing demands on your time. This is an entry level opportunity, your career path would lead to a sales position with a client base of your own to manage. You must be 21+, have your own transportation and be available to work some nights and weekends. On Tap offers a competitive compensation package and great perks in a fun atmosphere. To apply for this position, please email jennifer@ontaponline.com with a cover letter and resume. No calls please."

The WAMA Pages

WAMA will be publishing the printed version of the Membership Directory, which also includes press and radio contact information. The deadline for guarranteed inclusion in the 2011-2012 WAMA Pages is Tomorrow April 29th!.

Consider having an ad! The WAMA Pages is a great way to advertise. Every WAMA member will be mailed a copy, and every new member through 2012 will receive a copy. For ad rates, go to WAMA Rates. And for more information, email WAMA.

Selected Events

Tribute Concert in honor of Dave Giegerich
Friday, Apr 29
7:30 pm
at The Patterson Theatre, 3134 Easter Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Jam to follow
$20, $15 mbrs and stus. Adv tix sug.

The Creative Alliance is sponsoring a tribute concert and a jam session to honor their good friend and great musician Dave Giegerich, who taught and performed at Common Ground on the Hill since its beginning 17 years ago. All proceeds will go to the Carter and Axel Giegerich college fund.

Performing: The Hula Monsters, Smooth Kentucky with special guest Arty Hill & Dave's son Carter Giegerich, Dede Wyland, Randy Barrett & Mama Tried with Karen Collins, Tracey Eldridge & Friends, Stoney Point with special guest Jack Frost, and more.

33rd Annual Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland
Sat. April 30
10 am to 6 pm
at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum on the Patuxent River, Calvert County, MD

Performers include IONA, Tinsmith, Letter of Marque, Pyrates Royale and The Devil's Tailors. With 3 music stages, a dance stage, storytelling, pipe band, fiddle and harp competitions, a geneology workshop, fencing demonstraton and rugby games.

Wilson Center 30th Anniversary Tribute
Sat. April 30
1 pm photo and video exhibition
5 pm Q&A with Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye
7 pm concert, $5-10
at Capital City Charter School, 3047 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Performers: Max Levine Ensemble, Birds and Wires, War on Women, and Regents.

"To Call the Wilson Center a D.C. punk institution would be a bit of an understatement. Thirty years ago, the basement of the former Central Presbyterian Church became ground zero for one of the countrys most vital music scenes. It was a fitting home for local punk - a no-frills, DIY space that was open to anyone who had some initiative and wanted to express themselves. The first show was a mind-blowing bill including Minor Threat, Scream and Void. The list of punk greats who performed in the tiny venue is too long to list but includes Bad Brains, Fugazi, Government Issue and the Misfits. It stopped hosting shows a decade ago, but activist group Positive Force D.C. is paying tribute to the Wilson Centers legacy with a 30th anniverary celebration that is less about remembering past glories and more about keeping traditions thriving." (Washington Post)

This is a benefit show on behalf of local charities We Are Family and Hermano Pedro. Food and clothing donations accepted. MacKaye will speak on The Importance of Community Hall Spaces.

5th Annual Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival
April 30th - May 1
at Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
For schedule and ticket info: http://www.uncorkthefun.com

Performing: The School of Rock, Junkyard Saints, The Jack Diamond-Jim Steed Band, The Broadcast, 8 Ohms Band, Bull City Syndicate. With over 20 Virginia wineries.

The Art of the Balalaika

The Washington Balalaika Society presents the two concerts for its Spring Concert Weekend, featuring Andrei Saveliev and Olga Orlovskaya. Saturday at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria at 7:30 pm and Sunday at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville at 3:00 pm. April 30 - May 1

CCE Benefit Concert
Sun. May 1
1 to 5 pm
at Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road (corner North St), Fairfax City, VA

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann presents a benefit concert, with Brendan Mulvihill, Steve Morris, CCE Seisiun Ceili Band, Maple School Step Dancers and the CCE Singers Circle. Funds will go to The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Project to support research and a memorial to the Irish Tunnel Men.

2nd Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, May 7
9:30 am - 9 pm
at the 4-H Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg, VA

Featuring the Della Mae and Nothin Fancy bands. There will be pickin contests (mando, guitar, fiddle, banjo) with cash prizes ($100 first prize for each category) and indoor and outdoor places to jam all day long. Wine tastings and community supported agriculture, plus food by Carolina Brothers Barbeque. Proceeds fund scholarships for Loudoun students.

Best Buddies Benefit
Thurs. May 12th
6 - 11 pm
at Bangkok Blues, 926 West Broad St., Falls Church, VA
Call 703-534-0095 for seating reservations

Performers: Last Chance Garage Band, Rick Caballo, David Kitchen Band
Proceeds benefit Best Buddies, a mentoring program for intellectually disabled youths. Raffle prizes too.

Annual Scottish Festival

Saturday, May 14
11 am to 4 pm
at Rockville High School Gymnasium, 2100 Baltimore Rd., Rockville, MD

The Rockville High School Pipe Band celebrates 50 years with its annual Scottish Festival. The Festival will be replete with Scottish pipe bands, including the City of Washington Pipe Band, Celtic dancers, ceilidh bands, renowned Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout, the Irish Breakfast Band, Sleat, the Scottish Country Dance Society of Washington, food, crafts, and a silent auction. Also, for the first time ever, there will be an interactive children's room with children's entertainment, face painting, and many educational and fun activities.

New Releases

Ted Garber, Strathmore Artist in Residence, will be releasing his new CD, "Ted Garber: Live at Strathmore," on Fri. May 13 at 9 pm at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. Tickets: $15 (Stars Price $13.50), purchase at http://www.strathmore.org or (301) 581-5100. Joining him will be Cathy Fink, Jon Carroll, Scott Abush and Eddie Hartness. Max Kuzmyak will open.

Veronneau's CD Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living) will release May 2. Its currently being sent to radio and press and is picking up airplay in the UK and US. The CD launch party will be at Twins Jazz May 13 &14 two shows per night with guests, Jeff Antoniuk and Dave Kline http://www.veronneaumusic.com. They received a CD review in this All About Jazz article at

Ben Mason and Jeff Severson are both releasing CDs at a concert with Jeff Smith, "Stories in Wood, Steel and Ivory" on Friday, May 20th at 8 pm at a new venue, ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA. Tickets $12/$15. http://www.creativecauldron.org

15th Anniversary of Azalea City Recordings
Sampler CD Release Concert

Sat. May 1
7 pm
at Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD

Performers: Jon Carroll, Elikeh, The U-Liners, Patty Reese Band, Jesse Palidofsky, Carey Creed, Karen Collins, Ruthie and the Wranglers

Final Curtain

Hazel Dickens, 75

Hazel Dickens, bluegrass pioneer who sang of miners and downtrodden, dies at 75
Washington Post Obit

"The family lived in dire poverty. Three of her brothers died from mining-related illnesses.
One whole winter, Ms. Dickens recalled to The Post, I had to stay in the house because I didnt have a coat.
But there was always music, whether in church or listening to the Carter Family or the Monroe Brothers on the radio.

At 16, Ms. Dickens moved with her parents to Baltimore to find work and to be close to a brother who was being treated for tuberculosis. With earnings from jobs as a waitress, a factory worker and store clerk, she bought a guitar and a stand-up bass and soon began to perform in local hillbilly bands.

At a tuberculosis sanitarium, she met Mike Seeger, the half-brother of folk giant Pete Seeger, and they began to work together. She later toured with folk singer Joan Baez before forming a group with Gerrard, a classically trained singer."

Remembering Hazel Dickens: A Feminist Bluegrass Voice
NPR, April 25, 2011
NPR Article

"Folksinger Hazel Dickens, a pioneer for women in bluegrass who influenced the likes of Naomi Judd and Emmylou Harris, died Friday. She was 75.

In 1987, Dickens spoke with Terry Gross about her appearance in Matewan, John Sayles' film about a rural coal-mining strike in 1920s West Virginia. The film was shot near the coal town where Dickens grew up, in Mercer County, W.V., and featured Dickens singing the kind of songs she sang in real life: a cappella ballads about the mining life and the struggles of the poor, women and other workers."

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