WAMA News - 07-08-2011

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WAMA News - 07-08-2011

Postby askmike » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:07 pm

National Music News

9:30 Called Most Influential Club in U.S.
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 77374.html

"Billboard just published its rundown of the most influential clubs in America, and topping that list is our own 9:30 Club. The magazine asked talent agents across the country to compile the list based on attributes such as "good room, good vibe, great sound, [and] sightlines". Billions Corp President David Viecelli, who books Arcade Fire, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and others, says that 9:30 is simply "the best-designed working club in the country". Typically dry owner Seth Hurwitz puts it like this: "We try to have fun with the 9:30...I like to remind people that it's just a f*&king rock concert."

Petition to Reinstate the Grammy categories nearing 5,000 co-signers
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... watch.org/

"Blues musician Bonnie Raitt, Cajun/Zydeco bandleader Terrance Simien, Funk & Jazz drummer Isaac Wiley Jr. of the Dazz Band and Latin Jazz pianist Michel Camilo are among some of the Grammy-winning artists who have cosigned the Petition to NARAS calling for reinstatement of the diverse categories to the Grammy Awards."

Coalition announces boycott of CBS over Grammys

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, June 30, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 14536.html

"A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy's decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys' telecast partner, CBS, and hiring a lawyer to explore legal action."

Marlon Brando's Lost Musical Innovation
by Felix Contreras
July 3, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... innovation

"...I visited the facility with Grammy-winning Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez, patent attorney Kevin Costanza and Brando estate executor Avra Douglas to dust off Brando's patented invention for tuning conga drums. The Oscar-winning actor was also an amateur drummer..."

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song?

by Zoe Chace
June 30, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... a-hit-song

"Getting a song on the pop charts takes big money. Def Jam started paying for Rihanna's recent single, "Man Down," more than a year ago. In March of 2010, the label held a writing camp in L.A. to create the songs for Rihanna's album, Loud...At a typical writing camp, the label might rent out 10 studios, at a total cost of about $25,000 a day..."

New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed

at Billboard Country Summit
June 08, 2011
By Vernell Hackett, Nashville
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 1572.story

"Country fans have generally been thought to be rural, less educated, less technically savvy and a lower earning group of people than the general public. But new research from MRI and independent research by the CMA indicates that the new demographic for country music fans puts them on average or above with most Americans, according to CMA market research director Greg Fuson."

FanBridge Launches FanFinder Suite
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... _nb=143634

"FanBridge ( www.fanbridge.com), the Fan Relationship Management and Marketing platform that allows influencers to engage, grow and monetize their fan following, today launched its "FanFinder Suite" as part of FanBridge Marketing Solutions, a new division designed to give clients promotional opportunities across various online channels. The FanFinder Suite will initially target music clients, and allow them to connect with targeted fans that frequent highly trafficked social networks, music blogs, lifestyle sites, and other relevant destinations."

Pitch Artist Services Power A New Kind Of Jazz Calendar For New York City
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... _nb=143585

"Pitch Artist Services power a new kind of Jazz Calendar for New York City. This new free calendar service will allow all Jazz Artists who are performing in NYC to submit their own performances which will then be syndicated directly to Mobile Apps on iPhone and Android. This service is revolutionary because no other Jazz Calendar currently offers direct-to-fan mobile calendar syndication within the New York City Jazz Market."
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... endar.com/

Service Charges Go To Court
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 73587.aspx
Posted on Wednesday July 6, 2011

"A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Live Nation Entertainment in Baltimore, alleging the company is violating state law by tacking on unreasonable service charges to its tickets. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Andre Bourgeois, who bought a ticket to see Jackson Browne at Lyric Opera House in 2009 and had a service charge exceeding $12 on top of the $52 face value. Bourgeois bought his ducat through Ticketmaster, but Live Nation is a defendant because of the merger of the two."

US Music Sales Rise For First Time Since 2004
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 73735.aspx
Posted on Thursday July 7, 2011

"U.S. music album sales grew in the first six months of the year from a year ago, the first gain since 2004, thanks to rising sales of digital tracks and albums. Tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday that overall album sales rose nearly 4 percent to 221.5 million units, from 213.6 million a year ago. The figure includes compact discs and digital albums. Nielsen also counts 10 tracks sold individually as one album."

Local Notes

The Beat Goes On: 'The Beat! Go-Go Music From Washington, D.C.'
Event at Anacostia Museum

Written by Express contributor Mark Jenkins
The Beat

In the beginning, there was "the beat." That's what go-go, Washington's distinctive brand of syncopated funk, was called in its early days, recalls Charles Stephenson Jr. "The go-go was the physical location of the dance. They took that from Smokey Robinson's 'Going to a Go-Go.' Kids would say, 'We're going to the go-go.' That term became attached to the music later on."

Nils Lofgren: Eye-popping past, poignantly present
By Kiley Armstrong
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 38010.html

"Homeless runaway? Backstage intruder? Daredevil gymnast? Rock guitar virtuoso, playing to tens of thousands of fans? Nils Lofgren has been there, done that and more."

Hungry For Music & Montgomery Cty Sister Cities Fundraising Drive
July 1 through July 25

Hungry for Music and Montgomery County Sister Cities have joined to provide musical instruments for the youth of Morazan, El Salvador - the first sister city in a county program that hopes to expand to cities throughout the world. With the help of Hungry for Music, a Takoma Park-based charity that donates musical instruments to underserved children, the mission is to raise $2,500 to purchase instruments through a vendor in El Salvador and support a city youth development program and boost the local economy. You can support the campaign by buying a raffle ticket for a First Act electric guitar (valued at $2,000) at Bethesda Big Train games or Strathmore Summer Concert Series shows. Donations also can be made online at hungryformusic.org.


Ukulele and Guitar Workshops with Del Rey
Sun. July 10
Lake Anne Plaza, North Shore Drive and Village Road, Reston Virginia 20190
Workshops are $25 each.
For information, or to register, contact Ann Granger at 703-470-3038 or AnnThePotter@gmail.com.
Space is limited, and you will be given the exact location when you register.

Introduction To Fingerpicking the Ukulele, 1:00-2:15 pm
For you strummers, here's a song that will get you started using your right hand in a different way. Papa Charlie Jackson's "Mama Don't You Think I Know," a funny old tune in C with an easy-to-hear fingerpicking pattern, will get you started picking out ragtime and blues tunes on the uke. Students should be able to play C, C7, F, F7 and G7 without hesitation.

Blue Uke, 2:30-3:45 pm
Intermediate (be comfortable with first position chords and be able to keep time)
Blues, rags and old songs for the ukulele, with a focus on fingerpicking the melody. Tunes like the Mississippi River Waltz, Tappin That Thing (Memphis Jug Band) and Tired Chicken (Gus Cannon)...by ear, no TAB.

Moving Bass lines for Fingerstyle Guitar, 4:00-5:15 pm
Want to play like a pianist? Walking and boogie-woogie bass lines for fingerstyle guitar. Learn the positions where you can find both chords and moving bass. Standard tuning. Recorders ok.

Old Time Banjo Festival Workshops

Sun. July 17
at House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park, MD
Fee: $40 per session
Register at lessons@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Intermediate/Advanced Clawhammer Banjo with Bruce Molsky
12:00-2:00 pm
Dig into the nuts and bolts of old-time clawhammer banjo! We'll use a couple of great old tunes to explore ornamentation, melody, timing and playing clean and strong. Bruce will also share some tips from some of his own banjo heroes, like Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham.

Introduction to 4-String Banjo with Buddy Wachter
12:00-2:00 pm
Perfect for guitar players, banjo players and other string players who want to get a sense of how they can add the 4 string banjo to their musical talents. Buddy will give an introduction to various styles of 4 string banjo playing and then show techniques that will get you started. Bring Banjo & flatpick, or let HMT know that you may want to borrow a banjo

3-finger Banjo In Old Time Settings with The Hot Seats
2:30-4:30 pm
You already play some clawhammer and wonder how to add fingerpicking to your banjo playing. You'll learn some 3 finger picking basics and context for working that in to old time music. Workshop will be combination instruction and jam session.

Jazz on 4 Strings (Intermediate/Advanced 4-string banjo or tenor guitar)
with Buddy Wachter -- 2:30-4:30 pm
Learn 2 chordal arrangements of standard popular jazz/swing tunes on 4 String Banjo or tenor guitar.

Beltin, Bop pin and Blue! Singing, feeling and living the Blues
Sat. August 20
11 am - 1pm
at the Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Reserve your spot by email to info@acousticblues.com

Have you always wanted to sing the Blues? From field hollers to work songs, spirituals to guttbucket, this is your opportunity to spend an inspirational and totally fun afternoon learning blues vocal techniques and the history behind the music from Award winning singer Lea Gilmore.

Beginning Ukulele Workshop
with Marcy Marxer

Tues. August 23
7 pm
Education Wing, Strathmore, Rockville, MD
$25, Stars $22.50
Beginning Uke

For those holding their ukes for the first time through those who have a uke, but are still negotiating with it on chord changes and simple melodies. Marcy makes it easy and fun and you will leave with a few songs in your pocket and a smile on your face. In conjunction with Strathmore's annual Ukulele Festival the following day.

Swing Ukulele Workshop
with Gerald Ross

Tues. August 23
7 pm
Education Wing, Strathmore, Rockville, MD
$25, Stars $22.59
Swing Uke

Intermediate/Advanced. Gerald Ross will upgrade your uke skills to include chords, soloing and arrangements to 2 classic songs.

Selected Events

Chautauqua 2011
The American Civil War: A House Divided

July 6-8, 2011
7 pm
Globe Hall, Germantown Campus, Montgomery College, MD
All performances are free and open to the public
http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... x?id=12396

Weds. July 6, ellen cherry performs before Jefferson Davis portrayal
Thurs. July 7, Banjer Dan performs before Abraham Lincoln portrayal
Fri. July 8, Loralyn Coles performs before Harriet Tubman portrayal

2nd Annual Ukulele Festival
Sat. July 9
11 am - 5:30 pm
at Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA

Performers: Del Ray, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Hoa Mele Wakinekona, Bruce Hutton, Aloha Boys, The Sweater Set

1st Annapolis Irish Festival
Sat. July 9
11 am - 9 pm
at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

Performances by Screaming Orphans, The Rovers, Icewagon Flu, Seamus Kenndey, Burning Bridget Cleary, The Shamrogues, James Gallagher & Off the Boat, Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums. With dance, workshops and more.

The 5th Annual Mike Seeger Commemorative
Old Time Banjo Festival

Sat. July 16
7:30 pm
at the Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

Featuring: Bruce Molsky, Buddy Wachter, The Hot Seats, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and more.

New Releases

Deleted Scenes have a new EP, "Bedbedbedbedbed," on Sockets Records. They have a release party at the Black Cat on Saturday, July 16th, and an article on the NBC website showing songwriter and guitarist Dan Scheureman packaging one of the 300 hand-numbered vinyl copies. http://e2ma.net/go/7125784853/208610082 ... 18854.html

Dance for the Dying have a new EP and a Release concert on Friday, July 8th, 8pm at the Red Palace, 1212 H Street NE, Washington, DC. www.danceforthedying.com

Chanell London has released her debut single on Just Us Records, "Love is Staring You in the Face," available on iTunes.The new single comes from her forthcoming debut full-length CD entitled "The Way I See It." D.C.'s WHUR has already featured London in their New Artist Spotlight. www.chanellondcon.com/home

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