WAMA News - 05-28-2011

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WAMA News - 05-28-2011

Postby askmike » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:05 pm

National Music News

Cuccinelli legal position may end Virginia funds
for cultural, historical groups

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: May 20
http://e2ma.net/go/7079802579/208572478 ... story.html

Richmond "Art museums, historic sites and symphonies in Virginia fear that a recent ruling by the states attorney general, banning public funding of charitable organizations, could largely spell the end of taxpayer support for cultural institutions...Its our worst fear, said Jo Hodgin, director of planning and initiatives for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, traditionally one the largest recipients of state funding."

Group continues to protest Grammy category changes
Nekesa Mumbi Moody
AP Music Writer
http://e2ma.net/go/7079802579/208572478 ... 6848.shtml

New York "A coalition of musicians is demanding the Recording Academy restore more than 30 categories cut from the Grammy Awards, alleging the reductions unfairly target ethnic music and were done without the input of its thousands of members."

Francesca Zambello to advise National Opera in DC
as Placido Domingo departs after 15 years

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 12:32 PM
http://e2ma.net/go/7079802579/208572478 ... story.html

Washington "The Washington National Opera announced Wednesday that it has appointed Francesca Zambello as the companys artistic adviser as famed tenor Placido Domingo steps down after 15 years with the opera. The appointment comes as the company merges with the Kennedy Center to provide stability after years of financial struggles. Zambello previously worked with Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser at Londons Royal Opera House."

Smithsonian acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership
By Chris Richards, Published: May 18
http://e2ma.net/go/7079802579/208572478 ... story.html

"The funkiest UFO in the galaxy is about to land in Chocolate City. The Mothership the iconic stage prop made famous by legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic has been acquired by the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture where it will help anchor a permanent music exhibition when the museum opens its doors in 2015."

Ameriana Music Association Announcees 2011 Nominees
Submitted by danna on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:23
http://e2ma.net/go/7079802579/208572478 ... 1-nominees

"Robert Plant & Elizabeth Cook Lead Nominee Class of '11."

Local Notes

Janine Wilson's song "It Should Be Me" was one of the Winners of the 2011 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest, placing 2nd in the POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B category. http://www.janinewilsonband.com

Chatham Street's song "Over Now" was one of the Winners of the 2011 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest. It placed 2nd in the AMERICANA category. http://www.chathamstreetmusic.com

Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks has a two part interview with Don Wilcock in Blues Revue. bluesrevue.com

Veronneau's CD "Joie de Vivre" has entered the Jazz Week World chart at #16. The CD is listed as CMJ Jazz Top 10 at 5 stations across the US. And their cover of the Lennon-McCartney 'For No One' is getting radio in the UK and Europe, in time for their July UK tour. http://www.VeronneauMusic.com

Tom Teasley was awarded The Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design again this year for Constellation Theatre's production of The Ramayana. http://www.tomteasley.com

Carter Barron Amphitheatre releases their Summer 2011 schedule. http://www.nps.gov/rocr

Video Views

A+ Dropouts have a new music video of "Someone New."
http://e2ma.net/go/7079802579/208572478 ... zpGkUFkj8M

Workshops & Music Camps

Jumpstart Your Songwriting
1 Day workshop with Cathy Fink

Sat. June 25
10 am - 4 pm
at The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD
Open to All Levels
Tuition: $125
$108.75 for members of WAMA, SAW, or The Writers Center. If you are a member of these organizations, please call The Writers Center at 301-654-8664 to register.

Keep your songwriting going this summer with a batch of new ideas on finding topics to write about, writing methods, daily writing exercises, and fine tuning your songs. There will be 3 sections to the full day program: 1) Jump in and start with writing mini songs. 2) 10 songwriting devices that help create a structure for your song. How can you make each song better both musically and lyrically? 3) Song circle and critique. Bring your lunch, paper and pencil, rhyming dictionary if you have one, and musical instrument if youd like to. http://www.cathymarcy.com

Bare Voices
Saturdays June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23
11 am - 12:30 pm
at Joes Movement Emporium, 309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt Rainier, MD

A five week course of vocal sessions to strengthen one's craft. Each session is led by a special guest artist. For fees and guest info: http://www.tamarawellonsmusic.com or email barevoices@gmail.com

DCBU Bluegrass & Old Time Music Camp

July 10 - 15
in Westminster, MD
For information and registration: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org or call 410-857-2771


IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Jim Hurst
IBMA Bassist of the Year Missy Raines
Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin)
Chris Jones (songwriting)
Bruce Molsky (OT fiddle)
Nate Leith (bluegrass fiddle)
Dede Wyland (voice)
Randy Barrett (banjo)
Kevin Neidig (guitar)

Instruction in fiddle, guitar, bluegrass banjo, mandolin, bass and voice. Band workshops. Lots of jamming. All levels and ages welcome. Held in cooperation with Common Ground on the Hill C

CE Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week
July 18 - 22
at the Washington Waldorf chool in Bethesda, MD (near Glen Echo)
early registration discount deadline to May 30th, save $45
For more information about CCE MAD Week, including daily schedule, faculty bios, and registration information, http://www.ccepotomac.org

Latest News - Irish balladeer and storyteller Len Graham has joined the faculty.

"CCE" is the acronym for "Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirann" - the international organization charged with promoting traditional Irish music, dance and culture. MAD Week is an annual event of the local O'Neill-Malcom Branch of CCE. The week is designed to be an immersive experience of traditional Irish music and dance. The faculty are widely known, some worldwide as exceptional performers and teachers. It's great fun for young and old, designed for families.

Fiddle: Martin Hayes, Patrick Ourceau, Jesse Smith, Cleek Schrey, Bob Spates, Donna Long
Flute/Whistle: Kevin Crawford, Laura Byrne, Jerry O'Sullivan
Pennywhistle for rank beginners: Laura Byrne
Uilleann Pipes: Jerry O'Sullivan
Bodhran (Irish drum): Jesse Winch, Myron Bretholz
Guitar Accompaniment: Josh Dukes
Tenor Banjo: Keith Carr
Song Sessions/Singing Workshops: Len Graham
Sean-nos (old-style) Dancing: Shannon Dunne ($125 for the week)
Set Dancing: Marilyn Moore ($125 for the week)

CCE MAD Week faculty will be offering a public performance on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center. Preferential pricing on tickets is available to all CCE MAD Week participants. General public can purchase tickets through the Institute of Musical Traditions website: http://www.imtfolk.org


The MusiCares and Grammy Foundation's
Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest

A songwriting competition for teens, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is accepting entries of original songs and music videos about the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle. The winner gets $500 and a trip backstage at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to watch a rehearsal. This is the second year of the competition. Entries are due by Oct. 10; the contest is open to teens ages 14 to 18. More details are available on the National Drug Facts Week site http://www.drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov

Participants will submit their creative Music Video or original Music/Lyrics composition, that celebrates healthy and creative living or music that accurately portrays the dangers of drug abuse. The contest winners' names will be announced publicly during the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Drug Facts Week, October 31st through November 6th, 2011.

NewSong Music & NPRs Mountain Stage
10th Annual Performance and Songwriting Contest

The winner of this years contest will record EP with hit songwriter and producer Mikal Blue, and perform on National Public Radios Mountain Stage. The NewSong Contest is officially accepting submissions at http://www.contest.newsong-music.com. Submissions start at $30 per song, with discounts for multiple submissions.

Selected Events

PanMasters 2011 Steel Band Jamboree
Sun. May 29th
2 pm
at 4509 Rhode Island Ave., North Brentwood, MD
Donation: $10 advance; $12 at gate; Kids under 12 free
To purchase tickets and for information call 301-864-2610 or http://www.panmasters.com

Performing Steel Pan Bands: Casym (New York), Positive Vibration Youth Steel Orchestra (MD), Oasis Steel Orchestra (NJ), St. Veronicas (MD), Panquility Steel Orchestra (MD), Pan Masters Steel Orchestra (MD)

Directly after the Jamboree the celebration continues with the "After Party at De Panyard." De Panyard is located at: 4559 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, Maryland. Free entrance with Jamboree ticket Stub & $5.00 without.

Dave Giegerich Tribute Show
& Giegerich Family College Fund Benefit

Sun. June 19
7:30 pm
at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA
Cost: $25.00

Featuring Mike Auldridge, The Hula Monsters, Dede Wyland, The Aloha Boys, Bill Kirchen, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Robin & Linda Williams, & more special guests TBA. The cocert will be recorded for a Live CD to be sold that evening only. Funds from the CD will also go to the family. All artists are donating their time.

New Releases

Nunchucks released a new album on Feb. 1, 2011, "Eat your Moneys," and got a review in the Washington City Paper http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/nunchucks

Tittsworth & Alvin Risk have a new release, "Two Strokes Raw," and a review in the Washington City Paper. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arti ... alvin-risk

Spoonboy has a new LP, "The Papas," and a release concert at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, WDC on Tues. June 7 at 8 pm. $8. With Emilyn Brodsky and Michael Cantor. http://www.iloveyouthisisarobbery.com

Final Curtain

A Local Life: Luis Gonzalez, 77,
D.C.s maestro of mariachi

"As a 9-year-old hanging out on the streets of Mexico City, Luis Gonzalez taught himself to play the vihuela, a Mexican five-string guitar. He gradually moved into restaurants and cabarets in Guadalajara, specializing in bright and bouncy mariachi music.

By the early 1960s, he was working in Washington after following his older sister Angelina, who worked as a caregiver for the Mexican ambassador."

For the full obituary by Lauren Wiseman, Published: May 21
Luis Gonzales

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