WAMA News - August 26, 2011

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WAMA News - August 26, 2011

Postby askmike » Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:34 pm

National & International Music News

Business Matters: SXSW 2011 Had $167 Million Impact on Austin
August 23, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... 5712.story

"SXSW'S Multi-Million Dollar Trickle Down on Austin-- A new study puts the financial impact of 2011 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) at $167 million -- $44.6 million of operational output (festival-specific expenditures by SXSW and sponsors) and $123 million in attendance expenditures (the financial impact from attendees)."

Swiss-Japanese mobile hall to bring arts to quake-hit zone

Aug 9, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... 8Uh9qEwrxg

"A Swiss-Japanese project said Tuesday that it is building a mobile concert hall which would bring music and performance arts back to earthquake-devastated northern Japan. "Using music to bring hope and promise to those who are suffering from the tragic major earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011: this is the idea and goal of a special project entitled Ark Nova -- A Tribute to Higashi Nihon," it said."

How The Major Labels Sold 'Electronica' to America
by Michaelangelo Matos
August 18, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... to-america

"How do you sell an enigma? In the 1990s, American rave was a big but scattered subculture. Packaging its fleeting tunes and site-specific good times for mainstream consumption would take some doing. When rock and hip-hop began show signs of weakness mid-decade, a handful of true believers, funded by major-label money, would make their move."

Who Is Inspecting Outdoor Stages?
by Joel Rose
August 17, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... oor-stages

"...the disaster has focused public attention on the question of who exactly is supposed to be inspecting outdoor stages. The answer at least in this case appears to be no one. "It varies on what side of the border you're on," says Paul Wertheimer, the founder of Crowd Management Strategies, a consulting company that advises concert promoters on crowd safety. Wertheimer says regulations governing temporary stages can differ wildly from one municipality to the next."

AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster
August 22, 2011
By Mitchell Peters, Los Angeles
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... atform-to-

"Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, Axs Ticketing."

What Today's Split Decision on the EMI vs. MP3Tunes Case
Means For The Music Biz

August 22, 2011
By Antony Bruno, Denver
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... 4552.story

"A federal court today (August 22) rendered a split decision of sorts in the closely-followed lawsuit against music locker MP3Tunes by EMI Music Group. The judge ruled in favor of EMI's request for a summary judgment on certain points, most particularly: holding MP3Tunes liable for not removing unauthorized music from the digital locker service at the label's request. It also found the company's founder, Michael Robertson, directly responsible for personally linking to music in MP3Tunes from sites that hosted them without permission.

However the court also granted MP3Tunes' request for summary judgment that the service itself was protected under the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so long as it removes tracks that rights holders claim violate their copyrights."

The Banjo's Roots, Reconsidered
by Greg Allen
August 23, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... considered

"...Jatta, 55, is from Gambia, a member of the Jola people. He's holding an akonting: a three-stringed instrument with a long neck and a body made from a calabash gourd with a goat skin stretched over it...Over the next two decades, while he pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in the U.S., Jatta learned everything he could about the origins of the banjo. Eventually, he reached a conclusion.

"Among all the instruments ever mentioned as a prototype of the banjo from the African region," he says, "the akonting to me has more similarities, more objective similarities than any other that has ever been mentioned." For one thing, the akonting looks like a banjo. It has a long neck that, like those of early banjos, extends through the instrument's gourd body. It has a movable wooden bridge that, as in banjos, holds the strings over the skin head.

But for Jatta and other banjo scholars, most convincing is how the akonting is played. Players use the index finger to strike down on one of the long strings, and the thumb sounds the akonting's short string as the hand moves back upward. When Jatta looked at early banjo instruction books from the mid-1800s, he found that they described an almost identical playing style."

Digital Music Royalties Battle In Full Swing
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... leId=40136

"The battle over digital music royalties has begun again. The U.S. Copyright Royalty Judges have opened a new proceeding to set the statutory rates for 2013-2017 with a decision expected by the end of 2012."

Local Notes

Guinness World Record for The Largest Ukulele Ensemble was broken at Strathmore UkeFest 2011 on Weds. Aug 24. Coordinated by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, a total of 944 ukulele players played two songs, which passed the prior Guinness World Record of 851. It won't be official until Guinness confirms it, but players were registered, the press was there, and the paperwork will be submitted.

Tabi Bonney's song "Parachute" was listed number 1 in an article titled Songs You Must Hear Now! in the Sept. 2011 issue of Spin magazine. http://www.myspace.com/tabibonney

U.S. Royalty was selected to perform at the CMJ Music Festival, the annual gathering of hundreds of indie-ish bands in New York on Oct. 18-22. http://www.usroyaltymusic.com/home.php

Chatham Street will be on NPR's "Acoustic Cafe" for a Live in-studio performance and interview at WMRA Studios on Saturday, Aug. 27 about 1:30 pm. http://www.chathamstreetmusic.com

Afro Blue is one of the participating groups on NBC's "The Sing Off" this coming Fall. It will air on Monday night's at 8 p.m. starting on Sept. 19th, and features all a cappella groups. Afro Blue is the only jazz group in the mix. insidetv.ew.com/

Hugh McElroy, of Cephalopods/Ruffian Records, was interviewed by dcist. dcist.com

10th Annual Independent Music local Winners:
Victoria Vox's album "Exact Change" was the Vox Pop Winner in Adult Contemporary.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings' "Classic Appalachian Blues" was the Winner for Compilation Album.
Taylor Carson's album "Defending The Name" was the Vox Pop Winner in Concept Album category.
The Revelevens album "Welcome to Baltimore" was the Vox Pop Winner in Punk.
Olla Belle Reed's album "Rising Sun Melodies" on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, was the Winner in the Re-Issue category.

Grand Reopening Party, Irelands Four Courts, August 31st 2011
Stop in for food and drink specials all day. "Rolling Back The Draft Beer Prices To 1996" Irelands Four Courts, a fixture of the Courthouse neighborhood since its opening in 1996 will celebrate its reopening and introduce a new look, new chef, and new menu. Giveaways will be offered throughout the night. There will be live music with Willem Dicke starting at 7:00pm

Online Resources

Meet Billboard's 2011 Latin Power Players
August 19, 2011
By Leila Cobo, Miami
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... 1522.story

"For the second consecutive year, leaders of the Latin music industry are being honored with a Billboard Power Players report that recognizes this vital and important part of the music industry. The Billboard Power Players series highlights the achievements of executives who drive our business forward with their artistic and business vision."


Piedmont Guitar Lessons with Gina DeSimone

Beginning Saturday September 10th, for 6 weeks.
Sept 10, 17, 24 Oct. 1, 15, 29
at the Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD
$60 in advance, $15 material fee.

11 am Saturday
Introduction to Fingerpicking
Learn various fingerpicking patterns and techniques that will add interest to your playing. While the emphasis will be on blues, the techniques will be applicable to any type of music. You should know basic chords and be able to change them comfortably.

12 noon Saturday
Fingerpicking the Blues
Learn the elements of the blues and introduce new skills through the songs covered in class. Subjects covered include walking bass lines, turn arounds, common blues licks, and chord inversions.You should already be able to fingerpick alternate bass and want to advance your skills and understanding of the what makes the blues blue.

Slide Guitar Workshop with Scott Ainslie
Mon. Sept. 19
7 - 9 pm
at the Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD

Learn right and left hand muting techniques, guitar placement and posture, controlled slide movement, the trade-offs in guitar set-up and slide choices, getting a decent tone, and developing a nice vibrato as we establish basic control over the slide. Hell begin on one string in standard tuning and then move to other strings, and finally, open tunings.

Requirements: This is a hands-on-the-guitar workshop. You will need a slide that is snug enough to remain on your little finger. You may also bring a sound recording device. For thoughts about choosing a slide for acoustic guitar and some introductory handouts on slide guitar, check out the For Guitarists links at cattailmusic.com.

Songwriting 101
with Cathy Fink

6- week session starting Tue, Sept. 20
7:30 - 9:30 pm
at The Writers Center, Bethesda, MD
$215 ($187.50)
Members of WAMA, The Writers Center, and Songwriters Association of Washington, will receive a discount. Call The Writers Center at 301-654-8664 to register.

This workshop is for beginners and songwriters who want to know more about the elements of a great song, song structures, skills, and practice techniques for writing songs. Cathy Fink is a prolific songwriter with two GRAMMY awards, 11 GRAMMY nominations, and 50 Wammies in bluegrass, folk, and childrens music.


SF Music Tech
Mon. Sept. 12
at Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

The one-day event will bring together players in the music-technology space. For registration and an updated list of speakers, go to: sfmusictech.com/

Dewey Beach Music Conference 2011

Sept 22 - 24

Three nights of showcases and two days of demo & mentoring sessions, tradeshow and industry meet & greet events. To register and for more info, go to: http://www.deweybeachfest.com

Registration gives you:

Full Access to panels/mentoring sessions/demo listening sessions
Access to trade show exhibit.
Conference directory
Compilation CD
Goodie bag
VIP parties & receptions
Free Sunday last chance to schmooze brunch

The 2011 Midatlantic Music Conference
Oct 6 - 9
at the NC Music Factory, Uptown Village, 935 N. Graham, Charlotte, NC

The Mid-Atlantic Music Conference will feature performances by more than 100 artists and bands in multiple venues crossing all genres of music. There will be interactive panels discussions, product demonstrations and several keynote addresses. For more info and to register: http://www.midatlanticmusic.com

Performance Opportunities

DCBS Battle of the Bands
Entry Deadline is September 10, 2011

The DC Blues Society is sponsoring its annual Battle of the Blues Bands. The contest is open to blues artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia. See Eligibility Criteria at http://www.dcblues.org for additional details. The competition will consist of a CD review competition and an all-live final competition. The final competition is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2011.

The winner performs at the College Park Blues Festival (an IBC Fundraiser) and is sponsored by DCBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012, and performs at the 24th Annual DC Blues Festival.

Singers Invited to Join Jazz Choir, the Capitol City Voices
Lead by Music Director Peggy Stern

Rehearsals begin September 17.

Singers aged 16 and up are welcome to join. There are two choirs to choose from. Experienced Singers are invited to audition to join the Chamber Jazz Choir, which meets weekly (Saturdays from 11am-1pm). The Jazz Chorus is open to all interested singers and meets just twice a month (two Tuesdays, 7 9pm). Choirs rehearse at the National Presbyterian Church in NW Washington, DC. For more information and registration, visit http://www.capitalcityvoices.com or call director Jeff Antoniuk at 410-295-6691. Enrollment is limited and some spots are already filled.

3rd Annual 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.

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

For more info and to submit click
http://e2ma.net/go/7178813601/208651182 ... Rules.html

Selected Events

2nd Annual DMV Premiere Producer Battle
Fri. Aug. 26
8 pm
at Everlasting Life Cafe, 2928 Georgia Ave. NW, WDC

Sixteen producers are aiming to take home the night's beat champ title. Guest judges include: J Scrilla, Judah and Sunny Norway. The night will include the beat battle and performances by: Kane Mayfield, Empuls & Sketch.

3rd Annual Blues BBQ and Fundraiser
August 27, 2011, 12pm-5pm
at Barcroft Community House, 800 S. Buchanan Street, Arlington, VA,

Featuring: Rick Franklin and His Delta Blues Boys, No Better Off Sheryl Sears and Friends, Jay Summerour

This is an Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation fundraising. 100% of proceeds will go to Team MS is BS for their Capital Challenge Walk MS fundraising minimum. (They need $20,000 to walk.)

To buy a ticket, make a 100% tax-deductible donation to any of their walkers in MS is BS and print out your confirmation. Bring the sheet with you this is your ticket. Click on the link main.nationalmssociety.org to see the list of walkers click on a name, and from their page, click on Donate to [Name of Walker].
$35 $99 Regular Admission
$100+ VIP Admission (plus t-shirt)

Ben Tufts and Friends,
Craig Tufts Memorial Fundraiser

Sat. Aug. 27
4 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E Vienna, VA

The line-up joining Ben Tufts: Todd Wright, Aaron Mason of A Papier Mache Monster, Joanne Kim of Techniquelle, Derek Evry, Justin Trawick Group, Taylor Carson, Nate Ihara of We Were Kings, Raf & Archie of The Speaks, David Andrew Smith, Jason Masi, Amanda Lee and Posido Vega, Ken Francis Wenzel, Anthony Fiacco of The Blackjacks, Dan Perriello of Amateur Hour, Dave Hyland, Mike Huckleberry, Cal Stamp, Austin Caughlin, Greg Tardif.

All profits from ticket sales at this event will go to the Craig Tufts Memorial Fund. The Craig Tufts Memorial Fund was established at National Wildlife Federation to carry on Craig's enthusiasm and passion for nature and wildlife, and to acknowledge and encourage people, young and old, who share an interest in the natural world.

Roger Henderson Memorial Concert
Sun. Aug. 28
1 - 4 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, VA
$10 donation at the door

Performing: Bill Danoff & Owen Danoff, Mary Ann Redmond & Dan Hovey, Tom Lofgren, Dusty Rose, Carey Colvin, Granger Helvery & Doug Rainoff, Chad Lash, Skip Henderson, Matt Holsen, Jack Bond & Dulcie Taylor, Pete Papageorge, Ron Goad, Renee Moyer, Tom Blood, Brook Yoder, Rocky Guttmann, and a special performance by Galen Henderson.

Whether or not you can make it to the show, please help: Roger Henderson Memborial Fund at http://www.indiegogo.com/rogerhenderson

New Releases

Victoria Vox has a CD Release for "Vox Ukulele Cello" featuring Katie Chambers on cello on Tues. Aug. 30 at Iota Club & Cafe. 8:30 pm, $12, with Margot MacDonald. http://www.victoriavox.com

The Chance has a new album release, "New York City Girls," and they had a review in the Washington City Paper's One Track Mind column http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com http://www.thechancemusic.net

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