WAMA News - 07-29-2011

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WAMA News - 07-29-2011

Postby askmike » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:39 pm

Attention Musicians and Bands!

Win a Performance at the Wammies,
a $1500 duplication credit at Oasis CD
and a Staff of Music Professionals
Focused on Your Success!

P.A.S.S. Contest
WAMA is sponsoring the P.A.S.S. contest to help artists receive the training and recognition to take their music to the next professional level. From the eligible entries, three artists (either individuals or bands) will be awarded a Prize Package of Services by a panel of judges.

Grand Prize:

One of those three Finalists will also be awarded the Grand Prize package.

Performance at the 26th Annual Wammies

$1500 Credit at Oasis Disc Manufacturing

Finalist Prizes:

Each of the three Prize Package of Services will consist of the following:

7 hours of recording time at one of the following studios:
Bias Recording, Cue Recording, Recording Arts,
1 hour consultation with one of the following entertainment lawyers:
Laura Jordan, E. Scott Johnson
1 hour consultation with one of the following publicists:
Mary Sue Twohy, Ruthie Logsdon, Loralyn Coles

1 hour consultation with one of the following managers:
Tom Carrico, Maggie Coulter

1 free conference registration to the Dewey Beach Music Conference

1 showcase performance at a Crosstown Jam concert. (Grand prize winner performs at the Wammies, but not the Crosstown Jam.)
Submission Fees:
Members: $15 per song
Non members: $50 includes one year membership and submission of 1st song.
Add $15 for each additional submitted song

Don't delay! The Deadline is midnight, September 30, 2011.

For more info and to submit click

National Music News

National Music News

Restored Virginia house where Patsy Cline lived from ‘48 to ‘57
opening for public tours

Published: July 26
Patsy Cline

"Patsy Cline fans curious about the early days of her brief but highly acclaimed country music career will finally be able to do more than just drive by her old house in Winchester and snap a picture.

The Patsy Cline Historic House will open Aug. 2 as a memorial to the singer who recorded such classics as “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” before dying in a plane crash in 1963. Visitors will be able to step through the door of 608 S. Kent St. and back in time some six decades for a glimpse of how Virginia “Ginny” Patterson Hensley lived from her mid-teens to mid-20s, as she emerged from small-town obscurity to become one of music’s most enduring and influential superstars."

Guitar maker to put genetic tag in its instruments
July 25, 2011|By Scott Kraus, Allentown Morning Call
http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-25/n ... itar-guita

"...In the coming months, family-owned C.F. Martin plans to implant each new instrument with a DNA tag designed to thwart counterfeiters and send a message that the company will not sit idly and watch its brand's reputation diluted by cheap knockoffs. The tag was developed by a Stony Brook, N.Y., company that has pioneered technology allowing manufacturers to mark their products with a unique trace of plant DNA."

BMI Licenses Spotify & Turntable.fm
July 21, 2011

"Spotify and turntable.fm are now licensed by BMI. In the agreement, the two digital music services’ public performances of BMI’s more than 6.5 million works are covered. In an exclusive outreach to music creators, Spotify is offering BMI songwriters, composers and music publishers an invitation to experience its vast library of over 15 million songs."

ASCAP Announces U.S. Licensing Agreement With Spotify

by Christopher Laird Simmons
Fri, 22 Jul 2011
http://musicindustrynewswire.com/2011/0 ... 163707.php

"ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and Spotify have reached an agreement for the Spotify digital streaming music service, launched on July 14 in the US, to license the public performance of over 8.5 million musical works in the ASCAP repertory. Under the Agreement, Spotify is licensed to stream the works of over 415,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members of ASCAP."

Sheryl Crow to auction off classic car to help schools
rebuild in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo.

Tuesday, July 26
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertain ... o-auction-

"Some winning bidder will soon be cruising life’s winding road in Sheryl Crow’s 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster."

Plácido Domingo Named IFPI Chairman

July 26, 2011
By Billboard staff
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... omingo-nam

"Plácido Domingo has been named as chairman of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the organization that represents the recording industry worldwide, it was announced in a press release today (July 26)...According to the release, as chairman, Domingo will play a leading role promoting IFPI's priorities internationally. These include improving copyright legislation, promoting the work of music rights owners, helping develop a thriving digital music sector and supporting the industry's public education efforts around digital music."

Farm Aid President Willie Nelson To Be Inducted Into
The Agricultural Hall Of Fame

"Today, Farm Aid and the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame announced that Farm Aid founder and president Willie Nelson will be inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame. Nelson will be honored in a ceremony to take place on the morning before Farm Aid's 2011 concert scheduled for August 13 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan."

Scalping Battle Putting Fans in the Middle

NY Times, Published: July 20, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/busin ... ml?_r=1&hp

"...This week a new nonprofit group, the Fans First Coalition, announced itself with a mission of protecting ordinary consumers from predatory ticket scalpers. The group appeared to have broad support from the industry, including prominent artists like R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks, Maroon 5 and Jennifer Hudson.

What fans might not know is that the coalition is financed by Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Ticketmaster, and that it has grown out of a lobbying fight between Live Nation and StubHub, the biggest legal online ticket reseller, over control of the multibillion-dollar secondary ticketing market."

Local Notes

Bangkok Blues, premier Blues club in Falls Church, VA has closed. WAMA wishes to thank Darrell Taylor & Sharon Kline for their tireless support of live local music and for allowing Bangkok Blues to host many Wammies' After Parties. We wish them all the best in their new endeavors.

Title Tracks' CD,"In Blank," got a review in dcist.

Video Views

"Life Out Loud: Joy, Tears, and Passion"
Wayna is the subject of the documentary, "Life Out Loud: Joy, Tears, and Passion," where she discusses the trials and tribulations of being an indie artist. Here's a trailer

Mike Surratt
: "Wind Whispers"
Mike Surratt has a new video out promoting one of the songs "Wind Whispers" from his new CD.

Mike Surratt & The Continentals
: "Beer, Breakfast of Champions"
The Continentals Polka Band's latest video of a song from their 2010 Double CD Release entitled "Polka World."

Greg Berger recently produced a web ad for MELODIME promoting their new CD "3 Reasons For Fighting." Nine Peaks Films and Marker Studios worked with Berger Video to tape the band at their CD Release Party held at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA last June.

The Blue Dog Band Live from 1992
Live audio recording of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday," complete with white noise, as performed by The Blue Dog Band late at night in a smoky bar circa 1992. At the time of the recording the band members included: Eric Wilfong, Les Hatley, Jim McAndrew, Mickey Gorman, Doug Fahey, and Steve Sharpe.

Role of the Record Producer in Contemporary Pop Music
This video is a talk by Kara DioGuardi, one of the judges who recently served on American Idol, singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher and A&R executive who has had Grammy nominations and won many other prestigious awards. She talks about the role of the record producer in contemporary pop music. Not all pop songs begin with a song/lyric.

Online Resources

10 Rules for Running a Successful Recording Session
By Dave Simons
July 18, 2011

Recording guest musicians in your home studio requires a combination of diplomacy, technical proficiency and business savvy. Here are some tips for making it happen.


Megadeth's Dave Ellefson Bass Clinic
Sat. July 30
at Melodee Music, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling, VA
Phone: 703-450-4667
Tickets: $10 adv/$18 day of clinic

Dave Ellefson has become a mainstay in the rock and metal communities now for over 25 years. Internationally acclaimed as the bassist and co-founder of Thrash icons Megadeth, he is known for his unique and hard hitting style of bass playing.

Bodhran Workshop with Albert Alfonso & Anna Colliton

Sat. July 30
2 - 4 pm
at HMT's lessons studio: 7010 Westmoreland Avenue Takoma Park, MD (next to Airshow)
Fee: $40.00
To register call House of Musical Traditions 301-270-9090

This will be a Q&A-driven workshop for all levels of bodhran players (beginning through advanced). Multiple techniques will be covered, as well as drum maintenance and repair. Albert will also have some of his pro-level drums for sale, and a wide variety of tippers.

Two Pearl Drum Clinics
Sat. July 30
12 - 4 pm
at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center Clinic Room, 11151 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD

From 12-1:30 pm, Pearl product specialist Raymond Massey will be doing a special demonstration of the Pearl e-Pro Live Electronic Drum Set.

From 2-4:00 pm, Drummer Virgil Donati (Seven the Hardway / CAB / Planet X) will be doing a Pearl acoustic Drums demonstration.

Beginning Tinwhistle Workshop with Scott Morrison
Sun. July 31
1 - 4 pm
at HMT's lessons studio: 7010 Westmoreland Avenue Takoma Park, MD (next to Airshow)
Fee: $50.00 per session
To register call House of Musical Traditions 301-270-9090

This will be a "start up" workshop for the tinwhistle. Proper grip, breathing techniques, embouchure and fingerings will be taught alongside of some easy tunes from the American and Celtic traditions. A whistle in the key of D is required. (Walton's Mellow D or Clarke D recommended)

"Mastering for the Home Studio" Workshop

Sat. August 6
12:00 - 3:00 pm
at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center Clinic Room, 11151 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD
$20, available to purchase online or in the store.
http://www.buyfromchucks.com/products/M ... ath=6_4523

“Mastering for the Home Studio” is a workshop created by Ronan Chris Murphy to give small studio owners a better understanding of the mastering process, and strategies to do better “home brew” mastering in any studio situation. This workshop is taught using Pro Tools, but is designed so that it can be applied to any DAW.

Drum Clinic with Yamaha artist Marvin McQuitty
Weds. August 10
6:30 - 8:30 pm
at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center Clinic Room, 11151 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD

Marvin will be demonstrating the DTX950K Drum Set and the DTX-MULTI 12 Percussion Pad from Yamaha's Electronic Percussion division, as well as Yamaha acoustic drums.

Acoustic Guitar Recording Class
Presented by Chuck Levin's and Golden Sound Studio

Sat. August 13
11 am - 3 pm
at Golden Sound Studio, 3843 Farragut Ave., Kensington, MD
Class size is limited to 10 people
Tickets: $50, purchase online or in the store at the microphone counter

Attendees should bring one guitar, either steel string or nylon string. This class will focus on a wide range of recording and mixing technics and will feature special guest engineer Greg Lukens of Washington Professional Systems. Chuck's will also be demonstrating special MXL microphones during this seminar.

Harmonica Workshops with Matt Smart
Sat. August 13
4:30 - 6 pm
at HMT's lessons studio: 7010 Westmoreland Avenue Takoma Park, MD (next to Airshow)
Fee: $20.00 per class, or $50.00 for all 3
To register call House of Musical Traditions 301-270-9090

A full day of harmonica instruction -- take one class or all 3. Bring any type of harmonica.

Beginner -- 1:00-2:30 pm
Playing single notes, embouchures, basic major scale, "fake blues" scale, intro to bending, basic blues licks.
Intermediate/Advanced -- 2:30-4:30 pm
Advanced bending techniques, real blues scale, hot blues riffs, rhythm harp, beginning tongue block techniques, intro to 3rd position.

Harmonica Care, Maintenance & Customization -- 4:30-6:00 pm
Storage & maintenance, cleaning, re-tuning, changing combs, arcing & gapping reeds, harp tools & more.

Mandolin Workshop with Matt Flinner
Mon. August 15
7:30 -10 pm
at HMT's lessons studio: 7010 Westmoreland Avenue Takoma Park, MD (next to Airshow)
Fee: $50.00
To register call House of Musical Traditions 301-270-9090

Come get some advice and hands-on help from renowned mandolinist Matt Flinner to get you to the next level in your playing. The workshop is open to players of all ability levels and will cover: right hand exercises to help improve your tone, dynamics and speed, double stops to give you more options in your bluegrass playing and help you expand your knowledge of the fingerboard, approaches to improvisation, 4 Tunes (two old & two modern ones) you've never heard before but should know. Handouts will be provided.

Music Camps, Conventions

SummerSongs 2011
August 5 - 11
at Ashoskan, NY
Weekend Cost: $499
Full Week Cost: $799

Classes will include songwriting, song arranging, performance/stagecraft, harmony singing, co-writing, guitar, keyboard, creative process and more, and you'll have many opportunities to share you music in song circles, coffeehouses, concerts, and feedback sessions. All levels are welcome. Instructors: Buskin & Batteau, Kate Campbell, Mark Dann, Sharon Goldman, Penny Nichols, John Redgate, Sue Riley, Glen Roethel, David Roth, Sloan Wainwright.

2011 DJ Expo

August 8 - 11
at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ

With over 25 educational seminars & hands-on technology workshops, and over 100 booths from manufacturers featuring the very latest cutting-edge technology in audio, lighting, studio and specialty products. For more info and to register: www.djtimes.com/thedjexpo

SongPosium 2011

Tues. Sept. 20 - Fri. Sept. 23
at venues around Music Row, Nashville, TN
For fees and more info: www.nashvillesongwriters.com

Features more than 120 a la carte classes on various topics. Choose classes individually or go for the Max Pack and take 4 classes per day. Discount for NSAI members.

Competitions, Submissions

Trace Adkins and Waggin' Train Want Dog Jingle

Country music star Trace Adkins and Waggin' Train are partnering to search for the next great ode to the dog. From now through August 3, aspiring songwriters, and dog owners, can enter the Waggin' Train Tail Waggin' Jingle Contest by uploading a video of themselves, and their dog(s), singing an original jingle that describe how they enjoy a "tail waggin' good time" with their four-legged friend to www.WagginTrainBrand.com. The five finalists will be flown to Nashville during CMA Awards week to perform in front of Adkins, and the Grand Prize Winner will go into a recording studio and record his/her jingle, with Adkins producing the jingle. Submissions must be received by August 3, 2011.

The Indie Reviewer Now Accepting Submissions for the TIR Indie Awards
The Indie Reviewer is now accepting submissions for the TIR Indie Awards. Entrance is free, and winners will be featured on the main pages of IndieReviewer.com and IndieMusicTools.net. All submissions music be received by September 15th, 2011. For contest rules and eligibility, please visit www.indiereviewer.com/tir-indie-awards

Selected Events

Girls Rock! DC Benefit
Fri. July 29
9 pm
at the Black Cat Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW, WDC

Featuring: Blackberry Belles (CD release), Ugly, Spoonboy & The Papas. Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up and rock out. www.girlsrockdc.org

Go Go All Stars & Legends - Teach the Beat in DMV Schools
Sun. July 31
7 - 11 pm
at the Anacostia Gallery, 2806 Bruce Place, SE, Washington, DC
Tickets: $25, available at the door

Featuring: Donnell Floyd (Chuck Brown) Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott (E.U) Roy Battle (RE), Blue Eye Darrell (RE) Sweet Cherie (Be'la Dona and Chuck Brown) Go Go Mickey Freeman (RE), Tino Jackson (E.U.) Tamara Clark (Vybe) and Maisha Rashad (Hip Huggers).

The Anacostia Gallery and The Beat is Go Go Website are sponsoring the Go Go All Stars and Legends concert is to raise funds to develop high school lesson plans in history, art, social studies and math around GoGo music using the book, "The Beat! Go Go Music From Washington, DC", as a resource. All the monies raised will be deposited in a non-profit 501(c)(3) account at Teaching for Change. Teaching for Change is the non profit organization that has partnered with the authors of "The Beat! Go Go Music From Washington, DC", to take the lead in working with teachers to complete the lesson plans and field test them in local schools.

California Tortilla Battle to Break Out: Semi-Finals Round #1
Weds. August 3
8 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

The Top 9 bands have officially been selected in the California Tortilla Battle to Break Out for an opening slot at the HFStival 2011. Performing in Round #1: Black Alley, Alexis George, Grand Revival. The remaining 6 bands will next compete in two more semi-final competitions: The Beanstalk Library, The Golden Butter Band, Once Okay Twice, Paul Pfau and the Dimestore Band, Plaid Anxiety, and Vista Saints.

Daisy Blues Festival

Sat. Aug. 6
noon - 9 pm
at 3230 Daisy Road, Woodbine, MD
Tickets: $20 adv/$25 gate, children under 12 free
For tickets/info: 240-855-2834 or 240-342-2294

Performers: Memphis Gold with Seth Kibel, Andrew Padula & Michael Peck; Tommy Lepson Band; Patty Reese and Dave Chappell, The Andy Poxon Band.

23rd Annual “L’il” Margaret’s Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival

August 11, 12, 13
Goddard Farm, 21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown, MD

Performers include Mill Run from VA, and Joey Tippett and the California Ramblers from MD. For complete lineup and ticket info: www.lilmargaretsbluegrass.com

Hot August Blues & Roots Festival
Benefits Common Ground on the Hill

August 20
Noon - 10 pm
Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Advance $45, VIP Tickets $150. Limited number available.
Parking pass $8.

Performers: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kings Go Forth, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Tom Larsen Band. B-Side Stage artists: Lower Case Blues Band, Sweet Leda, Jesters of Kindness, Lawnchair, Lennon La Ricci & The Leftovers.

Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon
Presented by Strathmore and Bandhouse Gigs

Thurs. August 25
7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 (Stars Price $22.50)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.

Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon will feature 60 notable local musicians from a variety of genres including Eric Brace, Deanna Bogart, Chopteeth Afro-Funk Big Band, LEA, Ed O’Connell, Julia Nixon, Deep River and former Strathmore Artists in Residence Margot MacDonald, The Sweater Set, Luke Brindley, Victoria Vox and Ted Garber.


Successful band managers looking to hire music arrangers for rock, Pop and funk music. Music needs to be transcribed from MP3 to Finale. Many tunes to arrange, work ongoing. You must be available now and reliable. Transcriptions for just lead sheet & electric bass plus signature licks for most charts, possibly also vocal harmonies on some. $30/page, 1 - 2 pages per tune on average. Looking for several people with good ears. The deliverable is a .mus file from Finale or PrintMusic. Contact Charles 703-216-8878 cell or charles2@charlesjablow.com

New Releases

The Cornel West Theory
have dropped their second album, "The Shape of Hip-Hop To Come," which features the group's namesake, and they hava a release concert on Sat. July 30 at U Street Music Hall at 7:30 pm. Joining them will be Kokayi, Gods'illa and DJ Underdog. $10. www.thecornelwesttheory.com

Ruthie and the Wranglers
have a CD release concert for "LIVE at Goose Creek" at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, MD on Fri. July 29th at 8 pm. Tickets: www.ramsheadonstage.com

Mike Surratt just released his 4th all original "New-Age/Soundscape" Electronica/Virtual Orchestra CD entitled "Soundtrack ISO Movie." It's now available for download sales via CDBaby, and will be at I-Tunes, Amazon, & Napster soon.

Jason Mendelson
is releasing his first CD, “Mostly Blue," a series of songs about the Metro transit system. He is making only 100 copies, available only at Action Music in Falls Church, or it can be downloaded. Email him at dcmetrosongs@gmail.com

MELODIME has a new 13 song CD, "3 Reasons For Fighting." The band is Bradley Rhodes (Vox/Guitars), Sam Duis (Keys/Bass), and Tyler Duis (Drums). www.melodime.com

Aaron Thompson
performed a set at the Smithsonian American Art Museum last January, and has posted the set on Soundcloud for free download. Some of the songs will be on an upcoming EP that he's releasing this fall.

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles
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