WAMA News - September 23, 2011

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WAMA News - September 23, 2011

Postby askmike » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:50 pm


Smithsonian accepts costumes from pioneering performer Diosa Costello

By Jacqueline Trescott
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/art ... sonian-acc

"In her heyday Diosa Costello was billed as the “Latin Bombshell” and helped to break the barriers in Hollywood and on Broadway for Latino performers. In recognition of her groundbreaking career, the National Museum of American History accepted 11 costumes from Costello for its entertainment collections."

Manny's Auctioning Michael Jackson Self-Portrait,
Elvis's First Guitar, Rare Beatles Pix

September 19, 2011 By Thom Duffy, New York
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... ckbeat-man

"...On Tuesday Sept. 13 and Wednesday Sept. 14, Guernsey's Auction House on East 73rd Street unveiled those photos and much more in a preview of a Rock & Roll Auction they will stage on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 at 82 Mercer Street in Soho.

On the block will be hundreds of photos from Manny's, including those personally inscribed and autographed from: Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, the Ramones, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Beatles, and others...Among other collectibles that will be offered at the auction are: Elvis Presley's first guitar, a Mercedes station wagon that was owned by John Lennon, original paintings by Jimi Hendrix and a self-portrait of a moonwalking Michael Jackson."

How Three Indie Labels Took Over A Failing Independent Record
Collective's Distribution

September 19, 2011
By Ed Christman, New York
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... w-three-in

"When the owner of their indie distributor turned out to be missing in action, three indie labels took the unprecedented steps of taking over the company. As part of that move, boutique distributor, Independent Record Collective in Richmond, VA., will be renamed Independent Label Distribution on Monday, Sept. 19."

Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out
September 19, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... le/busines

"Spotify is defending its benefit to artists and labels as another metal label, Prosthetic Records, is pulling its catalog from the cloud-based music service."`

BMI's 2011 Revenues at All-Time High
September 20, 2011
By Ed Christman, New York
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... -2011-reve

"Broadcast Music, Inc said its revenues collections exceeded $931 million for the year ended June 30, a 1.5% increase from the $917 million it reported last year. The organization said the total revenue reported for the most recent year represents an historic high and continues an unbroken record of year-over-year increases stretching back more than 20 years.

Meanwhile, BMI said its distribution to songwriters and music publishers totaled $796 million, up from the $789 million dispersed in the prior year."

The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T.
Figured It Out

September 20, 2011
By Steven J. Horowitz
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/genre/ra ... 1172.story

"...In hip-hop today, free, original mixtapes have become standard...DJs -- like Doo Wop and DJ Clue -- who once shouted over tracks on popular tapes like '95 Live and Springtime Stickup, have been almost entirely weeded from the equation. And where MCs once hijacked beats from others to serve as the sonic quilt for their release, mixtapes have become a creative survival of the fittest. Rappers who dropped freestyle mixtapes can no longer show-and-prove through lyrics alone-original beat selection, artwork and overall artistry determine worthiness.

The original mixtape approach has also crossed genre lines. Artists in the R&B realm have likewise adopted the format...Pop singers have even dabbled in mixtape releases."

The Universal-Live Nation Deal: What It Means,
and What It Probably Doesn't

September 20, 2011
By Ray Waddell, Nashville
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... ment/the-u

"The news of the new relationship between UMG and Live Nation and its Ticketmaster and Front Line divisions raises a lot of questions -- only some of which have relatively straightforward answers. Given the immense size and reach of the two companies, it's easy to have snap reactions like "So does this mean all Universal artists will be managed by Front Line or have their merch handled by Live Nation?" "Will all artists with Live Nation deals be going through Universal?" Well, no."

Famous Nashville country music alley gets facelift

By Joe Edwards
Sunday - 9/18/2011

"Country music's most famous alley _ a gritty monument to the earthy sounds all around it _ is getting a facelift. The block-long alley is between the historic Ryman Auditorium and Nashville's raucous honky-tonks, where well-fortified patrons are urged to "holler and swaller." Now it's a place often littered with gray trash cans and cardboard boxes piled atop each other."

Only ONE Week to Deadline

3rd Annual P.A.S.S. Contest

Win a Performance at the 26th 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. One of those three Finalists will also be awarded the Grand Prize package.

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

For more info and to submit click


Local Notes

Tabi Bonney has a Washington Post review of his new release, “The Summer Years."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... story.html

Anthony Pirog received a review in the Washington Post for his concert last Saturday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... story.html

PostClassical Ensemble was interviewed by Dcist. Artistic Director Joe Horowitz and Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez are the driving forces behind PCE and a three-concert series dubbed PostClassical Underground at Bohemian Caverns.
http://dcist.com/2011/09/dcist_preview_ ... ndergr.php

Brad Linde will be performing twice with saxophonist Lee Konitz, the last surviving member of Miles Davis's legendary "Birth of the Cool" ensemble. Along with pianist Dan Tepfer, they will play a sold-out concert on Thursday at Strathmore. On Friday, they will play the second concert in the Atlas Performing Arts Center's on-going jazz series. 8 p.m. $25.

Yoko K. has become one of the Artists in Residence at Strathmore and she has two concerts at Strathmore Mansion on October 5th & 26th, 7:30-8:30 pm. Tickets $12. She released a new album, "Heaven's Library," on August 15th. http://www.aphrodizia.net

ilyAIMY were selected to perform in the Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the 2011 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). The is an official conference showcase where radio DJs select the performers. http://www.ilyaimy.com

The Fillmore in Silver Spring has opened, and the Washington Post has an article about the opening night with Mary J. Blige.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... story.html

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country 105.5 FM moves signal to Bethesda. This new location boosts reception to potential audience of 2 million listeners via traditional analog radio in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Previously, the terrestrial signal originated near Reston, Va. The FCC granted the station’s license to operate from the new location on September 15. Listeners are encouraged to email bgcmembership@wamu.org to let the station know where Bluegrass Country can be heard on 105.5 FM.

Jammin' Java turns 10 this October, and in celebration they're offering a X PASS to get into every show in October for one low price & receive many more benefits. http://www.jamminjava.com

WPFW's Fall Fund Drive is underway September 12 to 30, 2011. Help keep jazz radio alive in Washington, DC (birthplace of Duke Ellington). WPFW must relocate in 2012 and has created the Campaign for Growth to fund this move and to replace and replenish equipment. Please contribute by calling 202-588-9739 or 800-222-9739, or log on to http://www.wpfw.org.

Video Views

Band House Gigs has recently released YouTube videos from the August 2010 Strathmore tribute show,"The Music of The British Invasion Tribute 1964-66."

"Downtown," with Julia Nixon

"All You Need is Love", which was the finale

"Don't Let The Sun Catch you Crying," with Eric Brace and Last Train Home with Anita, Ginger, Eddie, and Michael, and Bill Starks.

"I Cant Let Go'" featuring Todd Wright, Tom Lofgren, and Cal Everett with Ronnie Smith and Jim Clatterbuck.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyY1GdM0 ... ure=colike

Hungry for Music, a nonprofit that donates musical instruments to underserved children, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the 12th installment of it's "Diamond Cuts" collection of baseball songs, titled "It Ain't Over Till It's Over." A song by David Kitchen, "Genuine Phenomenon" (Stephen Strasburg song), is offered as a free download with Kickstarter code. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/147 ... n-songserv

Music Knows No Boundaries Video

Vegas With Randolph has two new videos out:

“Even Though”

And a documentary on the making of their upcoming CD,“Above The Blue,” which includes multiple interviews with the band, Don Zientara, Joe Jackson, Vinnie Zummo, and Maxi Dunn:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPbOh_VF ... re=related

Veronneau has a video of their performance of 'On the Street Where You Live' from their interview live on BBC radio during their summer UK tour. The radio interview is also available at their website http://www.veronneaumusic.com.


SAW's "Toolbox Sessions"

with Kevin Dudley
Sat. Sept. 24
10 am - 12:30 pm
at The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

For this month's session, bring a recording of a song you consider to be one of the best song's ever written. Doesn't matter what genre, who wrote it, whether it's on a CD or your iPhone. Bring printed lyrics but make sure the copyright is included. Bring yur guitar, a note pad and an open mind. A piano is also available.

Jazz Theory

Sat. 10/1/11 to 6/16/12
1:30 pm
at Levine School of Music, Strathmore Campus, MD
To register http://www.levineschool.org

Ages 14 - Adult, This course guides students through fundamental material about pitches, intervals, triads, seventh chords, voicing, harmonic progressions, chord substitutions and scales, including seven diatonic modes, blues scales and symmetrical scales. Students analyze recorded performances and also write their own jazz solos.

Sat. 10/1/11 to 6/16/12
2:30 pm
at Levine School of Music, Strathmore Campus, MD
To register http://www.levineschool.org

Using elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, structure and expression, students of all instruments develop the ability to improvise in many styles, including jazz. Students also learn how to listen to and interact with each other while improvising in groups.

GarageBand DC
Mondays from 10/10 to 12/19
5 - 6:30 pm
at Levine School of Music, Upton Street NW Campus, WDC
To register http://www.levineschool.org

Whether you’re a student or accomplished musician, GarageBand is a rewarding way to create, perform, and record your own music. Learn the interface and basic recording techniques, then move on to arranging a song, editing and mixing tracks, adding effects, and distributing your music files. You’ll also learn how to create a remix using loops and other pre-existing sounds, and how to create your own virtual backing band.

Jazz Weekend Workshop
Oct 14-16
Fri. 10/14, 7 - 9 pm
Sat. 10/15, 10 am - 4 pm
Sun. 10/16, noon - 4 pm
at Levine School of Music, Upton Street NW Campus, WDC
To register http://www.levineschool.org

Levine’s Jazz Weekend Workshop is designed to give amateur jazz musicians of all levels an opportunity to come and expand their jazz experience under the direction of Levine’s Jazz Faculty. The workshop includes small and large group jazz jam sessions, level specific jazz instructional sessions, as well as an end-of-weekend concert. The weekend is open to adult jazz musicians of all levels and to all instruments.

Mountain Dulcimer Workshop & House Concert
Featuring Don Pedi
Sun. Oct. 16
Workshop 3-5 PM
Potluck-Jam and Socializing 5-5:45 PM, concert at 6 PM
at The Bryson Family Home, Mount Rainier, MD
Workshop Price $25, limited to 15 participants
Contact Diane (or Andy) at (240)687-6006 or DSBryson@aol.com
Suggested Donation for concert $15, workshop and concert $35!

Don has a unique "Fiddle-Pick" style of playing the dulcimer. Rhythm and melody match the fiddles, up to speed, note for note, creating an ancient sound, that strikes a chord with the most modern listener. Don won first place in the first contest he ever entered at the 1974 Fiddler's Grove Festival, in Union Grove, North Carolina. Before retiring from festival competitions in 1982, he had won over thirty first place trophies and awards.

Selected Events


Sept 20 - 30
4:30-6:00 p.m.

For the full schedule of music, art and cultural events that run through September 30th, go to: http://www.zestfest.org.

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

Fri. Sept. 23
8:00 PM
at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
Accessible Seating Call (301) 581-5100

Ten of our nation’s master artists take the stage in this celebration of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee.

The 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:

Warner Williams, Piedmont blues songster, Gaithersburg, MD
Laverne Brackens, quilter, Fairfield, TX
Bo Dollis, Mardi Gras Indian Chief, New Orleans, LA
Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, taiko drum leaders, San Jose, CA
Ledward Kaapana, ukulele and slack key guitarist, Kaneohe, HI
Frank Newsome, Old Regular Baptist singer, Haysi, VA
Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, pandeiro player and percussionist, Los Angeles, CA
Yuri Yunakov, Bulgarian saxophonist, Bloomfield, NJ
2011 Best Lomax Hawes Award - Jim Griffith, folklorist, Tucson, AZ
For more information about the 2011 National Heritage Fellowships, visit arts.gov.
D.C.'s First South Asian Hip-Hop Show
presented by The Subcontinental Drift
Fri. Sept. 23
9 pm
at Liv, 11th and U Streets NW, WDC
$10 in advance / $15 at the door
See their Kickstarter info at: subcontinental-drift-elemental-south-asian-hip-hop

Slated to perform are Navid Azeez & The Whole Damme Delegation, DJ Insomnia, Ko the Timeless and Raja Wilco.

19th Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention
Sept. 23-25
Main Street, Berlin, MD
Contact: 410-641-4151 email: oldgibson5@aol.com

Bluegrass musicians from across the country vie for thousands in cash prizes in Adult and Youth Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin and Bluegrass Band competitions. The winning band will be back next year as the 20th Fiddlers Convention Opening Act.

Registration for competition is at 10 am Sat. morning. For more info, go to: http://www.berlinchamber.org

28th Annual Fall Arcadia Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 23-25
Fireman's Activity Grounds, Upperco, MD
For ticket & festival info: http://www.bluegrassville.com
Contact: 410-374-2895 email: arcadiabluegrass@comcast.net

Featuring: Iron Ridge, Goldwing Expresss, Kody Norris, Bluegrass 101, Audey Blaylock, The Mosley Family, Lorraine Jordan, Aspen Run, Bill Yates & Tribute to Country Gentlemen, David Davis & Warrior River Boys, Bluegrass Brothers, and more.

11th Annual Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 23-25
at Glen Maury Park, 10th St, Buena Vista, VA
For info & festival info: http://www.nothinfancybluegrass.com
Contact: 540-461-0954

Featuring: Rhonda Vincent, Nothin' Fancy, Gene Watson, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, The Expedition Show, James King Band, Bill Yates, The Blinky Moon Boys, The Bluegrass Brothers, Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers, Wonder, Locust Mt. Boys, Lonesome Will Mullins, and more.

19th Annual Bluebird Blues Festival
Sat. Sept. 24
12:30 - 6 pm
Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD

Festival Hosts: NBC4 Personalities Jim Handly, Doreen Gentzler and Jim Vance

Festival Performers: The Holmes Brothers, Cathy Ponton King, Whop Frazier, Avery Sunshine, Phil Wiggins & Nat Reese, Carolyn Malachi, The Jewels

10th Annual D.C. Jazz Preservation Festival
Sat. Sept. 24th
noon to 8 p.m.
at Westminster DC Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC

Features a different "Straight Ahead" jazz act every hour.

Roger Henderson Memorial Benefit Concert
Rescheduled from Aug. 28
Sunday, Sept 25
1 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

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

The Grandsons, Jr. has a new CD, "One Big Orooni," an 11 song tribute to scat troubadour Slim Gaillard, with guests: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and Tom Mitchell. It comes with a full-size 32 page coloring book with illustrations by Matt Brown. http://www.grandsonsjr.com

Vegas With Randolph have completed their new CD, "Above The Blue," and their CD Release Party/show has been scheduled for October 10, 2011 at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. http://www.cagedgiantrecords.com/vegaswithrandolph

Zach Swartz has a new CD, "Accidentally Good," and a CD release concert on Mon. Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA presented by The Movement Entrepreneur Society (TMES). $10 advance/ $13 day; with Footwork, Henny and Lyricks. All of the money raised is going back to the TMES non-profit organization to help other kids live their passion. http://www.ZachSwartz.com http://www.themovementllc.com

Final Curtain

Joe Barber

"Joe Barber, the entertainment editor at WTOP who spent 20 years as a film and theater critic for various broadcast and print outlets, was found dead at his Washington home today. According to WTOP, Barber died of natural causes; he was 53.

Barber had been at WTOP since 1997, during which he became well-known for his Saturday morning segments -- featuring "Barber's Best Bets" -- on the movies, theater and concerts happening around town. Barber was also a fixture on the WETA show "Around Town". During his career, Barber had also contributed to NBC's Today show, as well as the Washington Post, while serving as a frequent panelist during events organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the American Film Institute."

From the article: Noted Local Entertainment Critic Joe Barber Dies
http://dcist.com/2011/09/wtop_filmtheat ... barber.php

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