WAMA News - August 5, 2011

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WAMA News - August 5, 2011

Postby askmike » Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:26 pm

WAMA Donation Ticket Premium

9:30 Club has donated some tickets for two great upcoming concerts:

Return to Forever at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 9th

Volbeat at 9:30 Club on August 10th
Make a WAMA Donation
of $60 or more by 5 pm Monday August 8th, and receive two tickets. Please indicate which concert you'd like to attend in the comments section.

For ticket info and a complete listing of upcoming shows visit http://www.930.com. 9:30 Club: 815 V St. NW, DC; 202-265-0930.

Thank you 9:30 Club!

National & International Music News

The Return of WHFS Radio


"HFS is back! As reported by the City Paper yesterday and USA Today's Pop Candy column today, the D.C./Baltimore area's once-mighty alternative rock station has returned to the airwaves at 97.5 on your FM dial, after only existing on HD radio following its 2005 semi-demise. "

As HFS returns to Baltimore airwaves,
other stations rip new CBS version

Programmers at 98 Rock, WTMD question signal and link to legacy
By David Zurawik The Baltimore Sun
2:57 p.m. EDT, August 2, 2011
http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainme ... 9429.story

"A legendary set of call letters returned to the Baltimore airwaves Monday when CBS radio launched alternative rock station HFS at 97.5 on the FM dial. But competitors, like Dave Hill, the head of programming at 98 Rock (97.9 FM), dismissed the new HFS as a sorry imitation of the landmark rock station that in the 1970s and early ’80s built a passionate following with its progressive, free-form programming. The HFS identity expanded in the 1990s with the annual HFStivals music fests."

Latin Jazz Musicians File Lawsuit Against NARAS Over Category Elimination
August 02, 2011
By Justino Aguila, Los Angeles
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 1212.story

"Four Latin jazz musicians filed a lawsuit in New York on Aug. 2 against the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) indicating that they want the Latin jazz category reinstated after it was eliminated in April. The eliminated category could severely affect their careers and ability to compete for Grammy Awards, the suit argues."

Future Of Music Coalition To Launch Groundbreaking Survey
For Musicians And Composers On September 6, 2011


"National non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon launch the next phase of its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers. The survey is one part of a multi-method research effort to assess how musicians and composers are currently generating income from their music, performances and brand, and whether this has changed over the past ten years."

Business Matters: What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies
August 02, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 1172.story

"Concerns about the U.S. debt and hints that the U.S. economy has entered a double-dip recession are dragging down stock markets and impacting music and entertainment companies...Many companies tied to consumer spending on out-of-home entertainment fell sharply Tuesday."

U.K. Announces Massive Copyright Reform:
Scraps Website Blocking, Allows CD Copying, Music Parodies

August 03, 2011
By Richard Smirke, London
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 1582.story

Today (August 3), the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by telecoms regulator Ofcom. The most significant decision is the scrapping of the government's plan to block copyright infringing websites.

Ticket Sales Start-Up Aims at Smaller Box Offices
By Ben Sisario
Published: July 31, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/busin ... ?ref=music

"Meatopia’s patrons were also guinea pigs of another sort. The festival was a test case for a new ticketing system that allows anyone to operate a sophisticated box office — complete with on-the-spot credit card processing and postevent data analysis — using little more than an iPad. The system was created by Eventbrite, a San Francisco company that in five years has carved out a niche in the multibillion-dollar ticketing industry by focusing not on stadiums and major league sports but on the thousands of events below Ticketmaster’s radar. These can be as large as a Renaissance fair or as small as a private party. But they add up: last year Eventbrite sold 11 million tickets worth $207 million, and this year it projects $400 million in gross ticket sales."

Business Matters: Are Kickstarter Pledges Taxable Income?
August 01, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 0092.story

"Are Kickstarters Engaging In Off-Shore Accounting Practices - Is Kickstarter money taxable? The site allows fans to fund a wide range of creative projects - books, movies, videos, albums, tours - in return for a reward based on the level of the pledge. Artists collect revenue in the form of pledges. In return, the artists owe their funders a predetermined good or service (or bundle of goods and services)."

Samchillian: A New Musical Instrument Invention

"Leon Gruenbaum, a New York City resident and the inventor of the Samchillian, a relatively new musical instrument, was recently invited to demonstrate it at several prominent venues in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Mr. Gruenbaum is a graduate of Harvard University and has performed with the Samchillian all over the world. In February of this year he competed in the annual international Guthman competition for new musical instruments and out of 50 participants, was awarded the third prize, the only American to win a prize."

Use Of Video-sharing Sites Jumps Since Last Year
71% Of Online Adults Use Such Sites Now


"Fully 71% of online Americans use video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. On any given day, 28% of internet users go to such sites."

Guitar Studio Tests Online Lessons On Google+ Hangout

"Lithuanian guitar training firm Noriu Groti has been testing Hangout, a video chat feature of social networking service operated by Google, which allows up to 10 people to talk and to see each other simultaneously, to give online guitar lessons. Since Google+ (or Google Plus) does not allow yet companies to have their profiles on Hangout, guitar teachers use their personal profiles."

Art museum rediscovers 'spectacular' instrument collection
Jul. 23, 2011

"It was a secret known to few Cincinnatians and to virtually no one outside of the Cincinnati Art Museum. For decades, a spectacular trove of more than 800 antique musical instruments languished - untouched, neglected and forgotten - in storage throughout the museum's meandering undercroft. The discovery means that Cincinnati could possess one of the most important collections of non-Western musical instruments in the United States. The collection spans four centuries and represents the cultures of more than 20 countries on four continents. It has drawn the attention of musical instrument specialists and curators in top museums across the nation."

A Tradition Shattered: Israelis Play Wagner At Bayreuth
July 26, 2011
http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecaden ... th?ps=cprs

"Like all of Richard Wagner's music, performances of his piece Siegfried Idyll, is unofficially — but effectively — banned in Israel. It's not just that Wagner was an anti-Semite. He wrote a notorious essay called "Jewishness in Music." And after his death, Wagner's family was close to Adolf Hitler. Hitler often attended the annual Bayreuth Festival, which is devoted to Wagner's music. Beyond all that, Wagner's music was the soundtrack to the Holocaust; it was played at Nazi death camps. Advocates of the Israeli ban say it should last until there no more Holocaust survivors alive who might hear it.

So what happened last night in Bayreuth, Germany, was noteworthy. The Israel Chamber Orchestra played the Siegfried Idyll with two of the composer's great-granddaughters sitting in the front row."

Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart
August 04, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 4742.story

"Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country."

Local Notes

Jon Carroll is on tour this month with Mary Chapin Carpenter. http://www.joncarroll.org http://www.marychapincarpenter.com/

Mike Auldridge provided resonator guitar licks behind Vince Gill for an evening of Bluegrass at the Birchmere last week.

Scott Ramminger has been named an Artist of the Week by roots magazine/website Alternate Root, and is offering a free download of the title track of Ramminger's CD, "Crawstickers." To download the tune: http://www.thealternateroot.com/alterna ... f-the-week

Tank, Clinton, MD native and four-time Grammy nominee, with his latest awarded earlier this year for "Take My Time" with Chris Brown, has a sold out show at the Birchmere on Thurs. Aug. 4th.

Snakehead Run will be playing on John McLaughlin's Roots and Wings Show on Fri. Aug. 5th from 8 - 9 am on WMUC 88.1 FM (University of Maryland FM station). It also streams live from the station website. wmuc.umd.edu

Secret History: The High-Back Chairs' Of Two Minds
http://dcist.com/2011/08/the_high-back_ ... _minds.php
Dcist's "Secret History profiles classic D.C. albums in order to highlight the greatness and diversity of the District's musical past. This entry focuses on the High-Back Chairs' power pop triumph, Of Two Minds (Dischord, 1991).

Before Nirvana initiated a cultural revolution dressed in distortion, depression and cozy outerwear, it looked like power pop had a shot at a major commercial resurgence. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, worshipers of the catchy, romantic approach of ‘70s acts like Badfinger, Big Star, Cheap Trick and the Raspberries were cropping up all over the place, and generating significant buzz. Teenage Fanclub, the Posies, Matthew Sweet, the La’s and Material Issue moved pretty serious units peddling addictive melodies about girls and being dumped by girls, adding jangle and snap to make the sadness sound sweet. It seemed like a sure-fire plan, until fall of 1991, when Nevermind radically jarred American pop’s tectonic plates..."

Film & Video Views

Anthony Tommasini, the chief classical music critic of The New York Times, explains an important musical technique.
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/07/ ... ?ref=music

From the Back of the Room
August 5th: Baltimore, MD pre-screening
8 pm
at Barclay House, Barclay and 21st, Baltimore, MD
$5 suggested donation

Although it is often credited with spurring the "third wave" of feminism, Riot Grrrl seemed to many to be a blip in the media. Riot Grrrl paved the way for the more mainstream "girl power" phenomenon, but was ultimately forgotten until recently. Books and films have now been released on the subject, but in the scramble for commemoration, many women who were predecessors or contemporaries of Riot Grrrl have been ignored. This film tackles the past thirty years of female involvement in Do It Yourself music, and aims to give a more complete picture of how women have participated in the D.I.Y. community, and how it affects their daily lives.

Online Resources

Building Hip Hop Beats: 9 tips from
multi-platinum producer Johnny Juice

by Michael Gallant on July 27, 2011
http://blog.discmakers.com/2011/07/buil ... ign=EA1131

"On a casual listen, tracks by Jay-Z, Tupac, or KRS-One might seem simple in construction – charismatic rhymes riding a driving, repeating drum groove. But if you’ve ever tried building hip hop beats on your own from the ground up, you probably already know that producing something propulsive, gutsy, fresh, and original is not such a simple science – so where do you begin? We brought in one of the genre’s founding experts to offer some advice.

Multi-platinum producer Johnny “Juice” Rosado is one of hip hop’s pioneers. He’s worked with artists like Run DMC, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Ashanti, and Dan the Automater, and is a highly respected DJ and scratcher as well. Here’s what Juice recommended in order to give your original hip hop beats the funk and power they need."


F.A.M.E. Songwriting Workshop & Song Critique

given by Amy Speace
Tues. August 30
5:30 - 7 pm
at Dublin Roasters, 17 N. Market St., Frederick MD
Reserve your seat: email roddc@xecu.net and put Songwriting Workshop in the subject line.

Amy is American Songwriter Magazine’s favorite song doctor, and the prize for the magazine’s recent song competition was a song critique from her, so participants will be getting feedback and suggestions from a nationally recognized instructor. The workshop will be followed by a Free concert by Amy, who will play songs from her latest CD, "Land Like A Bird." The best song from the workshop will be included in the concert.


3rd Annual P.A.S.S. Contest
Win a Performance at the Wammies,
a $1500 duplication credit at Oasis CD
and a Staff of Music Professionals
Focused on Your Success!

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.

The Deadline to submit is midnight, September 30, 2011.

For more info and to submit click http://wamadc.com/wama/passRules.html

Selected Events

Soul Fiesta Global
Sat. Aug. 6
10 pm - til late or 4 am
at the Warehouse Loft, 411 New York Avenue NE, WDC

Celebrates house, Latin, Afrobeat and "discofied" funk musics with the help of deejays: DJ Sam "the man" Burns, DJ Underdog, Jay Rags and DJ i:Wah. Although "Fiesta" has been a frequent Baltimore occurrence, this is the first time it's happening in D.C.

COFaQue Barbeque Competition and Music Festival
Benefit for Hungry for Music
August 12 - 14
Gates open Friday at 5 pm & Saturday at 9 am
at The Lake at Quail Ridge, Aldie, VA
Friday Evening Pass: $10.00, Saturday Pass: $30.00
Weekend Pass: $40.00, (Kids 15 and under are free)

A party and bbq competition to benefit Hungry for Music. Sample a buffet of barbeque styles while listening to awesome music talent put together by George May. http://www.cofaque.com

2nd Annual Annie Oakley Wild West Festival
Sat. August 13
2 - 9 pm
at Race Street, Downtown Cambridge, MD

Live Bluegrass Music, Wild West Re-enactors, Old Fashioned Carriage Rides, Cowboy Dancing - Plain & Fancy with Audience Participation, Literary Arts, Cowboy Poetry & more. It's being organized by the same folks as the Night of 100 ELVISes & benefits Cambridge Main Street. Why Cambridge? Because (as you likely know) - Annie Oakley designed & built a home there - the only residence of her still surviving. August 13th is her 151st birthday.

3rd Annual Blues BBQ and Fundraiser

August 27
12 - 5 pm
at Barcroft Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St., Arlington, VA
Tickets (donations): $35 – $99 Regular Admission
$100+ VIP Admission (plus t-shirt)

Performing: Rick Franklin and His Delta Blues Boys, No Better Off, Phil Wiggins, Sheryl Sears Combo, Jay Summerour, and more

100% of proceeds will go to Team MS is BS for their Capital Challenge Walk MS fundraising minimum ($20,000) required to walk. They’ll be selling jewelry again this year, along with artwork and sweet treats. In addition, folks from the team will be around to fill you in on our ongoing activities to raise awareness and funds for the National MS Society.

To purchase tickets, make a 100% tax-deductible donation to any of the MS is BS walkers and print out your confirmation. Bring the sheet with you – this is your ticket. Click on the Link to see the list of walkers – click on a name, and from their page, click on “Donate to [Name of Walker]“.
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/ ... _id=222084

Studio News

From Airshow
Six months ago David Glasser started on the long-awaited release of the Grateful Dead’s entire 1972 European Tour. Spanning 22 shows, “Europe ’72: the Complete Recordings” is a 73 disc box set. Release date September 9th. In close collaboration with mixer Jeffrey Norman and producer David Lemieux, David mastered each show - typically 3 or 4 CDs - as the mixes arrived from Jeffrey. Check out Dead.net’s coverage of this marathon undertaking at http://www.dead.net


Songwriters are needed to perform on T.V. John Langworthy's TV Show on September 3. Please see http://www.tvjohn.info/events. 301-648-7278
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
Singers needed. Successful band managers looking to hire male & female singers for rock, pop and funk music. This is a great band with fine musicians and discipline in rehearsals. Learn tunes quickly, get out and work quickly. You must be available now and reliable, able to sing, dance, & play percussion. This is about the team and not just about any one person. Must be able to sing lead and harmony. Looking for several people with good attitude and social skills. Contact Charles 703-216-8878 cell or charles2@charlesjablow.com

New Releases

Rhianna LaRocque, 2010 P.A.S.S. contest Grand Prize Winner, has a new EP, "Hotel Songs." Produced by Marco Delmar, and available on iTunes, CDbaby, and at http://www.rhiannalarocque.bandcamp.com.

Lily Neill
has a new CD, "The Habit of a Foreign Sky," and a CD release concert at Swift Run house concert series on Sat. Aug. 6th. Reservations required: call 703-426-1450 or send an e-mail to ionavoice@pobox.com. http://www.lilyneill.com

has released "CPR Blend Tape, and they'll be at U Street Music Hall on Sun. Aug. 7 at 7 pm, where they'll be joined by Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, Diamond District, DTMD, Farafina Kan, DJ Roddy Rod, 2-Tone Jones and DJ RBI. $15 in advance. http://www.godsilla.bandcamp.com

René Moffatt recently self-released his debut EP, "Here And Now Is Home". The 6-song album was produced by Marco Delmar at Recording Arts. You can find the album on iTunes, Amazon or renemoffatt.bandcamp.com

Rome Cee
will celebrate the release of "The Extra Mile," on Sat. Aug. 6 at Talking Head Club in Baltimore, and had an article in the Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainme ... 3958.story

Final Curtain

Roger Henderson

Roger Henderson passed away in the early evening hours of July 29, 2011. Our prayers and condolences go to Roger's family.

Memorial Service
Saturday, August 6, 2011
1:00 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church, 415 South Lexington Street, Arlington, VA 22204
For more information, please call 703-863-5849

Funds are being raised to help with Roger's funeral expenses. To donate, please click on the button below. Any amount is welcomed, and is much appreciated.
Fund for Roger

Roger is best known for writing "Penny to My Name," made famous by Eva Cassidy. http://www.rogerhendersonmusic.com

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