WAMA News - 04-21-2005

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WAMA News - 04-21-2005

Postby askmike » Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:18 am

NewSong Contest Round Featured
in May 18 Strathmore Mansion Event

The 2005 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, presented by Performing Songwriter Magazine, has quickly become one of the nation’s preeminent song contests, featuring some of the nation’s best up-and-coming songwriters in all genres of music. Players and music fans alike can enjoy a taste of the NewSong Contest and hear some great live music at the semi-finals of a Regional Round of the contest at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday,
May 18, in the Mansion at Strathmore, a spectacular new music center recently opened in Bethesda, Maryland.

The NewSong Contest Regional Round at the Strathmore is open only to performing songwriters from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The event is co-sponsored by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW), the Baltimore
Songwriters Association (BSA), and FOCUS. Performing songwriters chosen by contest judges at the May 18 event move on to the finals of the regional round, held June 19 at the Music Center at Strathmore. The finals take place that day as part of a daylong series of events that concludes with a Mountain Stage NewSong Showcase, featuring Guy Clark, Loudon Wainwright, Last Train Home and other acts to be announced.

The top winner chosen on June 19 becomes a finalist in the national NewSong contest and will compete in the national contest finals during the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival, Aug. 24 to 28, at the festival’s new home in Shepherdstown. Deadline to enter the Regional Round at Strathmore is midnight April 25 and only online entries are eligible. Contest judges for regional round include:

* Jason Jackson, who represents DC-based record label, Three Keys Music and who specializes in
marketing and label development.
* Michael DeLalla, founder of Falling Mountain Music record label, who is a record producer, teacher
and touring musician.
* Jon Carroll, who currently tours with Mary Chapin Carpenter playing keyboards. He is now recording
his debut solo effort.
* Ben Carroll, son of Jon Carroll, is a founding member of Brooklyn-based band called The Minors
* Mary Cliff, host of the long-running “Traditions”,music program on WETA radio.

Tickets to the May 18 Strathmore event cost $10. Tickets to the June 19 event, featuring the Mountain Stage NewSong Showcase (which will be taped live for international broadcast) range from $28 to $45.

For Strathmore tickets, visit: www.strathmore.org

For complete details on entering the NewSong Contest Regional Round at the Strathmore, see:

Getting Ready for Summer.

If you have a song that you think fits the theme -- whether it's a
traditional song or completely irreverent -- please upload it to your band page on washingtonpost.com/mp3. Or if you do not have a band page, build one.
It's free, it's easy to do. And, don't fret about a perfect fit, we're loose.

The summer music package will continue this format, (see
http://mp3.washingtonpost.com/holidays0 ... ic04.shtml )
so please don't forget to upload a photo to your page too.

Need songs no later than May 15, 2005. Songs can be original material or tunes
in public domain. If you upload a song, please let Maria Villafana know by emailing h
er at mp3@wpni.com.

Maria Villafana
Music Writer/Producer

Funds for Arts Presenters

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has enlisted the assistance of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to coordinate and manage a special initiative to support the presentation of touring performing artists at venues within the District of Columbia. Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for one-time funding support to help defray costs related to the presentation of touring performing artists. Proposed artists must be non-D.C. based but located in the mid-Atlantic region (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and WV). Proposals must demonstrate a commitment to presenting the performing arts and the ongoing development of District of Columbia's cultural landscape. For an application, visit http://dcarts.dc.gov or call 202-724-5614.

All-Star Legends Revue
“D.C. All-Stars Live!” on DVD

On February 13, 2005, history was made when top Doo-Wop and R&B acts from the Washington, DC area came together under one roof to perform their hit songs.

The Legendary Orioles, Pookie Hudson and His Spaniels, The Velons, Skip Mahoney and The Casuals, Al Johnson and The Unifics, The Jewels, William DeVaughn, “Sir Joe” Quarterman of the group Free Soul, H.A.L.O., Captain Fly, NuEra, comedian Greg Cooper, comedian Ernie Fields and Musical Director Joe Philips and The Winstons Orchestra performed for a sold out audience at The Birchmere, located in Alexandria, Virginia,

The performance entitled “All-Star Legends Revue Presents The D.C. All-Stars LIVE!” is available on DVD.

This 90 minute DVD captures all the excitement of the concert and the talents of some of the most noted vocalists on the classic R&B and Doo-Wop circuit. Many of the groups have songs which have become the soundtrack of America. What most of these groups have in common is that they originated from Washington, DC (with the exception of Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels and The Orioles) and currently reside in the Washington, DC area.

The Legendary Orioles continue the legacy of Sonny Til and The Orioles (“Crying In The Chapel”) whose hits ushered in American popular culture during the early 1950s. The Legendary Orioles leader, Albert “Diz” Russell, became one of The Orioles in the mid 1950s, and provides fans with The Orioles musical history.

Pookie Hudson is the quintessential legend of Doo-Wop. He is the lead singer of the legendary Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels whose hit “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight” has endured for over 50 years, and is one of the most recognizable Doo-Wop and early R&B songs of all time. His current group, Pookie Hudson and His Spaniels continue to pack concert halls around the world.

Al Johnson and The Unifics reunited at this Birchmere performance after a 32-year separation. In 1969, their hit "Court of Love" peaked at No. 3 on the R&B Billboard Charts.

The Jewels, considered "D.C.'s Doo-Wop Divas" are the darlings of Washington, D.C.'s soul sound. These ladies have been singing and performing since the early 1960s. The Jewel's song "Opportunity" on legendary songwriter Carol King's Dimension label stayed on the charts for 11 weeks. The Jewels captured the attention of James Brown during their performance at the Apollo Theater in the mid-1960s, and the group was recruited by "the Godfather of Soul" to join the James Brown Revue. The Jewels toured with James Brown for one year.

The Velons have been together recording and performing since the late 1950s. Their sound has been compared to The Moonglows and The Flamingos. The Velons are popular on the Oldies and Doo-Wop concert circuit. They have performed on shows with The Teenagers, Earl Lewis and The Channels, Baby Washington and others.

William DeVaughn's mega hit "Be Thankful For What You Got" became No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Pop Chart. After a long hiatus from performing, DeVaughn has the audience singing the song's chorus "Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene with a gansta lean….ooohhh."

Skip Mahoney and The Casuals pure R&B ballads "Wherever You Go" and "Bless My Soul" are chart-stopping favorites. Their love songs remain popular on "Quite Storm" radio formats nationwide.

"Sir Joe" Quarterman (of the group Sir Joe and Free Soul) rocked the R&B charts with "I Got So Much Trouble In My Mind" (1972). He continues to "rock the house" with his high-energy performance.

H.A.L.O (Heaven Allows Love Only)(?) are a talented groups whose renditions of O'Jays and Luther Vandross songs dazzle audiences time and time again.

Washington, D.C.'s WPFW-FM 89.3 is the home of "Captain Fly" (Robert Frye) on Saturday morning's "Basement House Party". He is also a talented performer in his own right and has performed with balladeer James Ingram and became lead singer for Philadelphia's "The Intruders".

NuEra is a throw back to the young groups like The Jackson 5 and New Edition. NuEra is made up of 5 brothers whose talents keep vocal group harmony alive amongst the younger generation. Their renditions of The Temptation's "My Girl" and their a cappella version of "Old Man River" exemplifies their thirst for singing. This is a group destined for stardom.

Comedian, singer and impersonator Greg Cooper entertain audiences with his impressive impersonations of legends Jackie Wilson and James Brown. In this live performance, The Jewels join Cooper as James Brown in a stage "reunion".

Comedian, singer and ventriloquist Ernie Fields is also a long-time Washington, D.C. radio personality. With his side-kick "Cockroach", Ernie Fields humors audiences with his comedy and talents as a ventriloquist. Ernie Fields is Master of Ceremonies for the D.C. All-Stars concert.

Musical Director Joe Philips, also known as The Master Conductor, conducts the Winstons' Orchestra in this historic concert.

The mastermind for this event is Robert Frye ("Captain Fly"). A native Washingtonian, he takes the audience on a musical journey as he references historic landmarks such as The Howard Theater (one of the "chittlin' circuit" chain of theaters in big cities, which housed black entertainment).

Robert Frye at captainflye@att.net or Beverly Lindsay-Johnson Doowopindc@aol.com

Greg Root Benefit Venue Change
The venue for Sunday's event has been changed due to necessity of
meeting ADA compliancy standards. No longer will the event be at the
American Legion. Please help get the word out!!!! The event is no
longer sold out .. tickets are available.

It will now be held at:

The Carroll Arts Center Theater
91 West Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
2 - 7 PM, Sunday, April 17th.

Hip-Hop & Social Justice
April 20, 27 and May 4, 2005, $30/series
At 733 15th St. NW, Suite 1020 WDC

In this series you will learn about: the political evolution of Hip Hop; it's progressive contributions that are not covered in the mainstream media; and why Hip Hop culture must be properly understood to be used as a tool for social change for justice.

Part I - Intro to Intersections of Activism & Hip-Hop Wed, April 20, 2005 -- 6:45-8:45pm $15

Part II - The Emergence of Hip-Hop Policy Wed, April 27, 2005 -- 6:45-8:45pm $15

Part III - Teaching Hip-Hop For Change Wed, May 4, 2005 -- 6:45-8:45pm $15

Led by Andrew Ryan: Andrew J. Ryan was raised in the Bronx, New York and is currently an adjunct professor at George Mason University (GMU) where he teaches courses in multimedia studies and Hip-hop culture..

Pre-registration is strongly suggested. You may register by calling IPS at 202-234-9382 ext. 229 or visit www.HotSalsa.org.

Youth Arts Contest:

Arts and Millennium Development Goals: "Vision 2015: Your Future"
The Global Gallery, in partnership with Arts For Global Development Inc. (Art4Development.Net) and the Millennium Campaign, is proud to present: "Vision 2015: Your Future.." How do you interpret development issues? What is your vision for the world in 2015? What are your hopes for your city and community?

It's your future, your vision to question and answer in an image that can be about the world or about yourself - your hopes, your fears, anxieties, challenges, goals, and of course, your dreams.

The contest closes May 31 - enter today!

For further information on submission details please visit our website at http://www.art4development.net/home.html and click on the Youth Arts Contest icon.

The Journal of Hip-Hop

The Journal of Hip-Hop is now accepting submissions for our Fall Issue themed Politics and Hip-Hop. Essays, art, or editorials which intelligibly address the intersection (past, present, and future) of Hip-Hop culture and politics -- in the United States and abroad.

In addition, submissions addressing Women in Hip-Hop, especially reflective essays/poems which describe a personal relationship or experience in Hip-Hop, will also be considered for publication.

Articles must reach a logical conclusion and primarily deal with Hip-hop culture. Articles should not analyze Hip-hop from the outside in (i.e. too violent, too commercial) but rather critique, deconstruct, advance and contribute to Hip-hop culture. Before submitting, please consult the JoHH reference pages online which contain Hip-hop informational packets which may assist in your research.

For more info, e-mail Akil Kennedy (Executive Editor) @ aek@johh.org

Verve Remixed 3 REMIX Contest

PRODUCERS: Show off your remixing skills, for a chance to win:
Grand Prize: Official Submission to Verve Records A&R department for possible release
1st Place: DJ Hercules CD/MP3 Portable Mixing Console
2nd Place: Entire Verve Remixed Catalog.

universaldc@gmail.com or at any Kemp Mill Music location

New Venue Seeking Talented Musical Acts

Jammin Crab Café, located in Kearneysville, WV (across from the V.A. Medical Center on Route 9, between Charles Town and Martinsburg) is now seeking Musicians (mostly solo acts, duos w/vocals) in the genre of Country, Light Jazz, Popular, Blues,
and Bluegrass for our new restaurant/bar, (catering to professionals and an “over 30 audience”.

We anticipate opening approximately April 18, 2005
Live Music 6 Nights Per Week!!
Come join our team of talented musicians, we are booking quickly!!

For more info or to submit your musical group
for consideration, please call Gail at (304) 264-CRAB or visit our Website at:

or E-mail us at: jammincrab@adelphia.net

DC Bluegrass Union

The First Annual DCBU Picking Party & Fundraiser
Sunday, May 1, 2005 from 2:00PM-6:00PM
at Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA (corner of Virginia and Park Avenues). Jam Sessions, Food, Beverages, Instrument Raffle and More.
Everyone Welcome! No Entry Fee!

Non pickers are invited too!

The DCBU is a fabulous organization headed by Randy Barrett. We're all about promoting and supporting bluegrass music and you can find out more at http://www.dcbu.org.

Acoustic Song Circle

Musicians taking turns performing songs with no amplification
At beautiful Meadowlark Gardens on Beulah Road in Vienna, Virginia -
Saturday April 23rd 2-5 pm meadowlarkgardens.org

This event will be the first of its kind at the beautiful gazebo at Lake
Caroline, one of three small lakes in this fantastic botanical garden of over 90
acres. The forecast for Saturday is not sunny; if the weather is inclement,
the music will be inside the Visitors' Center. Refreshments may be purchased at the gift shop in the Visitors' Center.

Here are the names of performers who have replied so far to
my original notice with a "definitely" or a "maybe":

Jean Bayou
Beth Benedetto
Justice Cammack
Joanie Clark's Sterling Trio w/ Thione Shenk & Kristi Mason-Cudd
Chris Collat
Liv Dobbs
Jennifer Elcano and Tomm Sibert
Stephen Fonzo
Jim Fortmuller
Margot MacDonald
Shane McLaughlin
Paula Monks
Chuck Ritenour
Dulcie Taylor
Keith Tomlinson

If you are not yet on this list of performers, then reply contact MisterGoad@aol.com

Fun-filled ‘Maximizing Your Song’s Potential’
Is a Hit

by David T. Boddie
Never knowing what to expect from each audience of songwriters is what Human Factor’s Producer / Composer Blake Althen finds most challenging about teaching his course. The interactive program sponsored by WAMA April 8 at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse in Arlington also challenged the large audience with new ideas on arranging and offered many tips like, How to Get Out of 2nd Verse Hell. “Every audience is different but we all learn and make new industry contacts,” said Althen, who masterfully demonstrated use of his studio’s recording software in a multimedia

“What I liked the most,” said Songwriter Doug Wake “is watching how Blake has mastered his tools to the point where he does his work at the speed of thought. He has a lot of great ideas and he can try one, see if it fits, and move quickly to the next idea. Since I've attended the seminar I've gone back to all of my songs and looked at them in a new light. Am I getting the idea across to the audience I'm targeting? Does the song rise and build? The program showed the potential that is inherent in songs
and song ideas. I learned that writing a great song takes you only halfway there; after that the challenge is to present it in a way that will grab the people you're trying to reach.”

David Goettee, Vocalist for Indy label TortoiseClimbing, said “I was reminded that the latitude of what you can add as part of either an original or a remix differs depending on the type of music. For example, rock
or dance music can use much more of the examples Blake was illustrating in the session than you can add to say folk or ballads.” Goettee regularly attends WAMA seminars at the Charles Sumner School in DC, at the Strathmore in Bethesda, and in Rockville.

“You should see what happens when someone shouts out something like ‘MORE BAGPIPES!!’. That just gets everyone going with crazy stuff - and of course it is a rare occasion when no one uses the cowbell joke, said Althen.

“The seminar was very cool. Blake did a fabulous job and the participants were very pleased. Seminars and panels are one of the greatest benefits of a WAMA membership,” said Laura Cerulli, Coordinator of the WAMA
Artist Education Committee. The free session was held in conjunction with the Six Points Music Festival.

If you would like to offer an educational program or take part in a panel discussion, contact Laura Cerulli at ceruleangroove@hotmail.com.

Mail Drop and Meeting Space
WAMA will be moving in the near future. We are looking for free
or low cost space to hold our monthly Board meetings and to receive our
mail. This office would preferably be in DC and convenient to Metro.
Please contact dcmusic@wamadc.com with any suggestions.

WAMA Volunteer Opportunities

* Membership mailings
* Award shipping
* Filing
* Data Entry
* Volunteer Coordination
* Member Outreach

Most work is done in Manassas at Mike Schreibman's office/home.
If you would like to commit time on a regular schedule to help WAMA
run more efficiently, contact dcmusic@wamadc.com. (Regular schedule,
meaning 3 hours a month or one day a month or whatever you have

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