WAMA News - October 7, 2011

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WAMA News - October 7, 2011

Postby askmike » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:23 pm

The Official 26th Annual
Wammies Nomination Ballot

New Rule
You must enter two different choices in each category in which you nominate. This will help make the final ballot more reflective of our entire talented and diverse music scene, which benefits everyone. Each choice will count equally. Duplicate choices in a field will not be counted. It is not necessary to nominate in fields in which you do not feel qualified.

The final ballot will have links to the websites of the nominated artists. Help us out by adding the website (if you know it) next to your chosen artists on your Nomination Ballot. Here's an example: Hot Rock Band / hotrockband.com

Cast your Nomination Ballot

Please remember, you must be a current WAMA member to nominate.

National & International Music News

Steve Jobs 1955-2011: The Father of Digital Music, and His Legacy
October 05, 2011
By Antony Bruno and Kyle Bylin
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 1252.story

"That a man who never played an instrument or so much as sang a note professionally could be considered one of the greatest rock stars of this generation speaks to the impact Steve Jobs had on the music industry, and the legacy on it he leaves behind."

Music museums of the 21st century: High-tech, cutting edge, interactive

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... story.html
By Anne Midgette, Published: September 30

"The new music museum of the 21st century is high-tech, cutting-edge, interactive. It’s a place where music is made, not simply heard. It’s filled with different ways to make sounds. And chances are that Tod Machover had a hand in designing it. At the Venn-diagram intersection of music and technology, Machover reigns supreme. He’s a musical creator, a composer, a computer geek. He heads a group at the MIT media lab called the Hyperinstruments/Opera of the Future group."

Supreme Court copyright case will decide fate of millions of once-public works
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ ... story.html
By Robert Barnes, Published: October 4

"Another school year has begun at the University of Denver music department, renewing a familiar pattern for professor Lawrence Golan. He instructed a nervous young conductor on the proper way to grip her baton. He patiently guided the orchestra through its second rehearsal of Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. He prepared for the season’s first concert. But the fall also marks a culmination for Golan, whose 10-year trek through the legal system on behalf of fellow conductors, academics, film historians and others ends Wednesday at the Supreme Court."

Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For
Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

October 05, 2011
By Sarah Godfrey,Washington, D.C.
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 4172.story

"The Washington, D.C. conference closed with a series of panels that ended things on a hopeful note--that if policymakers, technology innovators, musicians, and other members of the music ecosystem work together, it's possible for artists to thrive, both creatively and financially, and sustain the greater music industry. But there are no easy solutions.

The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit wrapped up Tuesday evening after two days of discussions surrounding the ability of musicians to earn money in an industry that has been irrevocably changed by new technologies...The Washington, D.C. conference closed with a series of panels that ended things on a hopeful note--that if policymakers, technology innovators, musicians, and other members of the music ecosystem work together, it's possible for artists to thrive, both creatively and financially, and sustain the greater music industry. But there are no easy solutions."

Exfm Converts Web into Music Library with New Platform Debut
October 05, 2011
By Kyle Bylin, Los Angeles
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 1162.story

"Social music discovery platform exfm has revamped its offerings-which previously included a free Google Chrome extension and iOS app-to now include support for Firefox and Safari browsers along with a new website and a site player designed specifically for music blogs.

Previously, exfm functioned as a bookmarking and discovery tool for music: A user visited their favorite music site and the app notified them when songs were available to be played. Once they clicked on the app, they could play, share, and "love" the songs they came across. That much is still present in the new platform, but exfm has placed a stronger emphasis on social and discovery."

Lincoln Theatre is on the brink of closing once again
By Mike DeBonis
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mik ... _blog.html

"The Lincoln Theatre is in trouble. The foundation that operates the city-owned theater says it will not be able to keep the doors open without an immediate cash infusion from the city."

Local Notes

Mary Chapin Carpenter had a Washington Post review about her concert at the Birchmere.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... story.html
By Scott Galupo, Published: October 4

The Afro Blue jazz ensemble advanced in the season premiere of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” to compete again on Monday for a chance to move on in the competition for $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. See this Washington Post article for more info.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the ... _blog.html

Josh Bernstein, a Gaithersburg high school freshman, is in the final four of the Kidz Star USA talent competition.The winner of the contest wins a recording contract with RCA/Jive records, an appearance in a Kidz Bop commercial, Kidz Bop music video and the ability to sing on the next Kidz Bopper.

IONA was the subject of a 2 page feature titled “Musical Maturity - A Quarter Century of Traditions” in the September issue of élan magazine. It included interviews with both Barbara Ryan and Bernard Argent. http://www.ionamusic.com

Wicked Jezabel is celebrating their Seven year anniversary on Sat. Oct. 8th at Second Chance Saloon, Columbia, MD. http://www.2ndchancesaloon.com, http://www.wickedjezabel.com

Folger Consort had a Washington Post review of their concert marking the 400th anniversary of King James Version of the Bible.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... l?hpid=z11

Washington Musica Viva is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to produce public performances of a broad range of classical, jazz-based and contemporary chamber music. For more info and their schedule of concerts, http://www.dcmusicaviva.org

Video Views

Mahbood Len Seligman has released videos of four songs from his CD release concert for his debut CD, "Head Over Heels" in April at the Takoma Park Community Center. The songs feature Carey Creed, Wendy Lanxner, Jon Seligman, Bill Jenkins, and guest Stream Ohrstrom.

René Moffatt has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds for his first music video. The video is for the song "Route 42" which was recorded and produced by Marco Delmar at Recording Arts. To help him reach his goal: Moffatt Kickstarter.

G Major has released a video of his new song, "Marvin Gaye & Chardonay."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9UUL7xJ ... ture=email

Online Resources

5 Things Songwriters Can Do To Move Their Careers Forward
September 28, 2011
By Cliff Goldmacher
http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/552948?ut ... rs+Forward

"As a new songwriter, you may be overwhelmed by all there is to do when it comes to moving forward in your career. I’d compare the approach of this article to eating the elephant one tiny bite at a time. In other words, by being patient, organized and methodical in your daily work as a songwriter, you’re guaranteed to make steady progress in your career. If you follow the suggestions below, the results won’t be immediate, but when you look back after six months or a year, I think you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve accomplished."

CD Baby's new Music Store on Facebook
http://members.cdbaby.com/sell-music-on ... icStoreCDB
A free, customizable music player and store for your Facebook Band Page. With a variety of attractive themes, a band-photo uploader, and adjustable audio settings, you can create the Music Store that best fits your Facebook needs.


Jeffrey Steele 2011 Songwriting Boot Camp
December 1
in Nashville, TN
Applications available on http://www.jeffreysteele.net/bootcamp and are due by October 28

Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele will be holding his fifth Songwriting Boot Camp. Sponsored by BMI and 3 Ring Circus Music, the camp will feature coaching from Steele, industry networking opportunities, and much more. Boot camp alumni have gone on to score publishing deals, compose songs recorded by key artists, and write no. 1 singles. Thirty people will be selected to attend this year’s one-day intensive music industry experience with one of the most successful music creators in the country. Attendees will be selected based on his or her application and one-song submittal.

Performance Opportunities, Competitions

Strathmore Local Performer Auditions

Strathmore seeks talented, local performers in the Washington D.C. area (including Maryland and Virginia) to apply for auditions. These auditions will identify performers for the emerging Artist in Residence program, concerts and festivals presented by Strathmore throughout the 2012-2013 season.

Requirements: Interested musicians, bands and ensembles should send a package including:

Performance history of the last 18 months
Complete contact information
Please send by mail to the attention of the Strathmore Local Performer Auditions, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Packages should be postmarked no later than November 18, 2011. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

Artists selected from the initial application period will be contacted for live auditions at Strathmore in late January. The auditions are open to residents of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Musicians of all ages and musical interests are invited to submit materials. There is no charge to apply.

2012 BMI Student Composer Award Competition Opens

The competition, which is co-sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, will award $20,000 in prizes. Student composers under the ages of 28 who are citizens of the Western Hemisphere (North, South and Central America, the Caribbean Island Nations, and the Hawaiian Islands) may apply. All entries must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2012.For more info and applications, http://www.bmifoundation.org/program/bm ... ser_awards

"... tender love songs that lift the spirit
and touch the soul ... Richard is an amazing
and courageoustrumpeter..."

"The emotions that Harris
conveys with his trumpet both
soothe and stir the soul ..."
JazzCorner News


Official Website : http://www.RichardHarrisLive.com

Selected Events

Annual Waterford Fair
Oct. 7 - 9

There will be music throughout the village all three days of the fair. Of special note: On Sunday, the John Wesley Church will feature two concerts by mandolinist Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg. On Saturday, the Old School Stage will host Patent Pending, the Seldom Scene, the Celtic Rhythm School of Dance. On Sunday, Tara Linhardt and Friends.

Benjamin’s Tree House Fundraiser
Sat. Oct. 8
7:00 pm
at the Janney Family home
$25 donation (Tax Deductible)
RSVP at 703-981-7883 if you would like to attend or send a donation

Live Music, Dinner, Drinks, Friends for A Very Special Cause. Benjamin Memmott died in October 2009 at the age of 11 from an inoperable brain tumor. Inspired by his courage and determination, the “Friends of Benjamin” gathered earlier this year and committed to raising $70,000 to build “Benjamin’s Tree House” as part of the new playground at NIH’s Children’s Inn.

Benefit Concert for Ken McNair & his family

Sun. Oct. 9
2 PM
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

Featuring Dave Detwiler and Prelude, http://www.preludemusic.net/

Build a Bridge for the Bridge Builders
Benefit for Magpie

Sat. Oct. 15
7:30 p.m.
At Esther Siegel and Mike Tabor's House, Takoma Park, MD
for reservations and directions, email: esiegel2@igc.org
All donations should be either cash or check, with checks made payable to Terry Leonino, with the words "bridge gift" in the memo line.

Terry & Greg of Magpie lived here in the Washington, DC area for 34 years, then they moved in 2008 to upstate NY in the northern Catskills. Greg and Terry's area was hard hit by the recent tropical storms "Irene" and "Lee." Flash flooding in their mountain hollow completely washed out the only access to their home, a driveway culvert bridge. (For the full story, http://www.magpiemusic.com )

With no vehicular access to their house, heating oil cannot be delivered. The bridge must be rebuilt before the cold weather sets in. FEMA has granted them less than a third of what it will cost them to rebuild. To cover the rest of the cost, they are asking friends to host some fund-raising events.

Benefit for “Musicians on Call”
Sun. Oct. 16
1:30 PM
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
$10 advance/$13 day of

Featuring: No Admittance, http://www.facebook.com/people/No-Admit ... 2257315650

WAMA Jam & Benefit at IOTA Club and Cafe
Sunday, October 23rd
5 pm
Tickets are $12 at the door.

We are pleased to announce that these wonderful artists will be performing at this WAMA fundraiser (in order of appearance).

Lynn Hollyfield
Owen Danoff
We Were Kings
Ted Garber
Lucky Dub (Finalist in the 2nd Annual P.A.S.S.)

New Releases

Juniper Lane has a new album, "Standing on the White Line." and will be releasing it at a concert on Sat. Oct. 8th at 9 pm at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arl. VA. $12, also performing is Olivia Mancini and the Housemates. Mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Stars, Travis), Mitch Easter (R.E.M.), and Paul David Hager. Produced by Ted Comerford. http://www.juniperlane.com

Bad Influence Band released a new CD "Under The Influence" on September 30th, with special guests: White Loafer Mark Stevens, John Ware & Jay Monterose, and Tom Ruggieri. Recorded at House of Jam Studio in Beltsville and mixed by Timm Biery. For more info and to order, http://www.badinfluenceband.com.

Deleted Scenes has a new release, "Young People's Church of the Air," and a review in Pitchfork, http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/157 ... ed-scenes/. Their CD release concert will be Sun. Oct. 9 at 8:30 pm at DC9. Also performing is The Life and Times and Vs. Antelope. $12, 8:30 p.m. http://www.facebook.com/deletedscenesmusic

Bob Margolin has a new book, "Steady Rollin'," with excerpts available at Blues Review. Margolin

Final Curtain

Mason “Country” Thomas

"Mason “Country” Thomas, 85, a multi-instrumentalist who was a stalwart of the Washington area jazz scene for a half-century and accompanied visiting musicians, including trumpeter Louis Armstrong, died Aug. 24 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington after a stroke.

...Mr. Thomas, who grew up in the Washington area, became entranced by jazz after hearing clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw on the radio. Mr. Thomas mostly played reed instruments, including the saxophone and clarinet, but he also was proficient on piano, trumpet, trombone, tuba and upright bass.

He performed at countless nightclubs, hotels and other venues in Washington. One of the groups he fronted was called the World’s Third Greatest Jazz Band; to call it the “second greatest” would be presumptuous, he told friends."

For the complete obituary:

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles
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