WAMA News - January 10, 2014

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WAMA News - January 10, 2014

Postby askmike » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:07 pm

National & International Music News

BMI Announces Panelists for Annual Sundance
Composer/Director Roundtable

January 07, 2014
By Phil Gallo
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... erdirector

"BMI has set the lineup for its 16th annual Composer/Director Roundtable for Jan. 22 at the Sundance House, presented by HP, in Park City, Utah."

Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection
January 3, 2014
By David Somerstein
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/04/259428743 ... connection

"...Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture has become something of an art sensation in Canada. Featuring more than two dozen artists using beats, graffiti, humor and politics to challenge stereotypes, the exhibit coincides with the growth of Idle No More, an indigenous political movement in Canada."

Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013
January 03, 2014
By Ed Christman
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... me-in-2013

"For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales."

How Colorado's New Pot Laws Will Affect the Local Concert Industry
January 6, 2014
by Steve Knopper
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... y-20140106

"...For now, the pot laws are unlikely to change the concert experience in Colorado. Although the law allows pot sales at designated outlets, it still prohibits marijuana-smoking "openly or publicly." Also, the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking of any kind at a bar, club or theater."

BBC to appoint 'Arts Supremo' to oversee music output
Jan. 6, 2014
By Tom Pakinkis
http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/bbc- ... put/057176

"...BBC director general Lord Tony Hall described the position to the Financial Times as being for someone 'who [he] can turn to for great ideas, who can help build relationships with the arts and artists on TV, radio and online, and be a best friend to channel controllers'.”

The Hot New Audio Technology of 2014 Is ... Vinyl?
By Will Oremus
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense ... chart.html

"...LP sales were up an amazing 32 percent from 2012, continuing an improbable growth trend that began in the early 1990s and took off around 2007."

Sony Launches Smartband At CES 2014
January 07, 2014
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... t-ces-2014

"Sony is delving further into the wearable computing market with SmartBand, a waterproof wristband that tracks everything from daily physical activities and nightly sleep patterns to how much you've socialized with friends. Users listening to music can use it to play, pause or skip tracks."

Graham Estate Suit Revived
Wednesday 1/8/14

"A suit filed by the sons of the late Bill Graham and dismissed in 2011 against executors of their father’s estate was revived in part by a federal appeals court Dec. 27."

Appreciation: Phil Everly, half of a duo with unearthly sound
January 4, 2014
By Terence McArdle
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertain ... story.html

"Phil Everly, who died Jan. 3, and his older brother, Don, used their harmonies to capture the sorrows and drama of adolescence for a generation. In doing so, the duo known as the Everly Brothers paved the way for the Beatles, the Byrds, the Hollies, and Simon and Garfunkel."

Review: A look at some overlooked albums of 2013
http://wtop.com/541/3537208/Review-A-lo ... ms-of-2013

Music Review: A look at some of 2013's overlooked albums, from rocker Joan Jett (note: WAMA Hall of Famer) to rapper E-40

2nd Edition of 2013 Music Blog Directory


This second edition of The Music Blog Directory lists complete information on nearly 1,500 of the Top Music Blogs from around the world. Available in two formats, a PDF version for $75.00 and an Excel or Database Format for $150.00.

Local Notes

The L!ssen Band, well-known go-go band in the early 2000s, is having a reunion concert Sat. Jan. 11 at the Howard Theatre.

Jim Thomson
, Tropicalia's booker, has been let go, because they can no longer afford a full time booker, according to this article by Steve Kiviat.
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... l-reasons/

Chris Lewis of Megaphone Barons is interviewed on the inaugural episode of District Tuner, a Washington, DC-based podcast, with hosts Jon Merlis and Alex Tureman.
https://soundcloud.com/district-tuner/d ... hris-lewis

Jean is still here. Like Cher, she has more farewell concerts planned. We'll keep you posted.

Video Views

Raheem DeVaughn
"Pink Crush Velvet"

Raheem hosts his Video Release for "Pink Crush Velvet" at Stonefish Lounge on Jan. 10. Open Bar, complimentary buffet & free admission from 9-10.

Online Resources

The Power of a Concert Memento
January 7, 2014
by Sari Delmar
http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/the- ... mento.html

"A ticket stub does so much more than just admitting you into an event. A ticket stub is a filled with memories, emotions...So what can you offer your fan as a memento?"

Why Is Everyone On YouTube Mad At Each Other?
By Jeff Price
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/12/ ... other.html

"...the reason everyone is angry, frustrated or yelling is that the YouTube business model (i.e. sharing ad money with video creators, labels, artists and music publishers) is working. It’s working so well, that a lot of people are making (and have made) a lot of money."

Why Music Streaming Is More Lucrative For Labels
By Jay Frank
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/01/ ... abels.html

"In the great streaming royalty debate, the focus has been on tiny royalty rates per stream. Artists are up in arms, many are opting out of streaming services, and the noise and debate has been growing louder. Lost in that noise is a voice that is seldom heard: that of the record companies. There’s good reason for that: they’re making more money from streaming and the future looks extremely bright for them."


The Ben Allison Band Master Class

January 11, 2014
4-6 PM
Strathmore Mansion, Education Room 402
Free, but registration required. Please reserve tickets by clicking the link below.
http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets ... p?id=10198

Come watch as jazz master Ben Allison goes deep bass with local jazz ensembles, demonstrating both composition and improvisation. Learn how the process of music writing can guide the approach to improvisation and personal style.

Capital City Voices Jazz Choir & Workshop
meets weekly on Tuesdays
7 - 9 pm
at 900 Mass. Ave, NW, WDC
Tuition is $140 per month
For more information and registration, call director Jeff Antoniuk at 410-295-6691 and visit www.CapitalCityVoices.com

Rehearsals begin January 14, 2014. Men and women aged 16 and up are welcome to join. Singers of varying experience are accepted.

The A Cappella School

Next session starts on January 16th
8-week youth (ages 9-18)ensemble classes
in Rockville, MD
Enroll at www.theacappellaschool.com

These classes encompass everything a cappella - voice lessons, ensemble singing, stage presence, choreography, music theory, and a real performance in a professional concert.


Tom Tom Founders Festival

Correction: Deadline for submissions: JAN. 10, 2014

On 12/30, they extended the deadline for submissions by two weeks in an effort to get more DC and Virginia bands on the roster. It's four free days of music, art, and innovation in Charlottesville, VA. Last year they had 390 musicians and over 70 concerts in 30+ venues. They plan to do that again this April 10 - 13. Application at tomtomfest.com/playTTFF

The DC Cabaret Network Open Mic
Monday, Jan. 13 at the Warehouse Theatre in Washington, DC.

Singers are encouraged to bring music and a keyboard player/musical director will accompany you. It's a great opportunity to meet singers and learn new music. The Open Mic is open to singers of all experience levels and styles. Enter through the Passenger Bar at 1021 7th Street NW, and walk to the back to the theatre space. $10 donation; singers add $5. 8 PM - 10 PM www.dccabaretnetwork.org.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
deadline is March 5, 2014

The City of Richardson's Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in Texas is now accepting entries for their 2014 Performing Songwriter Contest. $500 cash will be awarded to the top four songwriters. They only accept 300 entries. Additional information at wildflowerfestival.com

House Artist Grant Project 2014
Applications will close February 18, 2014

House Studio DC is proud to announce the 2014 House Artist Grant Project. Applications, procedures, and updates on last year's winners are now available on www.houseartistgrant.com.

In 2013 they gave grants to six artists. They released music through the program that broke Top 50 on iTunes Music Charts and reached over 1 million views on their $5 Music Video Channel. House Artist Grant 2013 Recipients Rohlk & Reason "Don't Let Nobody" are on 5dollarmusicvideo.com

Selected Events

Takoma Radio Benefit Concert

Fri. Jan. 10
7:30 pm
at Carroll Cafe, Seekers Church, 276, Carroll St NW, Washington, DC
$20 adv/$25 at the door
For more information: info@carrollcafe.org, or www.carrollcafe.org

Performers: Emma's Revolution; Pam Parker with Brian Kooken; the U-liners: Joe Uehlein, Anna Grace Uehlein, Avril Smith, Mindy McWilliams; the Hula Huskers: Jonna Huseman and Moe Nelson; and radio bits from Posse. This show will be presented and recorded as a live radio show, to be broadcast later on Takoma Radio. Takoma Radio www.takomaradio.org aims to create and operate a non-commercial radio station offering a hyper-local listening alternative.

Punk Rock Karaoke
Fri. Jan. 10
9:30 pm
at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, WDC

This is for charity: The $8 cover goes to the Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue. Bring non-perishable food items for We Are Family, which delivers meals to local seniors, and you'll get buttons and stickers; bring five items and you get a valuable cut-the-line ticket.

30th MASC Award Night Gala

Sun. Jan. 19
6:30 pm
at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Tickets: $10 in advance & for SAW members, $12 at the door
To purchase tickets, or for more info: www.saw.org, www.jamminjava.com

With performances by these Gold & Silver winning songwriters:
Andrea Pais, Anna Dagmar, Christopher McVey, Dan Weber, Karyn Oliver, Kipyn Martin, Lena Pennino-Smith, Renee McCullough, Sharon Dennis & Doris Au MacDonald, Tom Dews.

Chosen from among the 11 Category Gold winners, the Grand Prize, Second Place Overall, Third Place Overall, as well as the BMI Songwriter Award and Director's Choice Award, will be announced on stage during the Gala. The full list of winners of the 30th Annual MASC is at www.saw.org. The Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW) presents the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through educational programs.

The 9 Sogwriter Series Benefit for Ted Garber and Family
Mon. Jan. 20
7:30 pm
at Strathmore, Rockville, MD
$20 plus $2.09 fee
To order
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-9-song ... 0061414963

Performers: Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Justin Trawick, Patty Reese, Jon Carroll, Maureen and Sara of The Sweater Set, Christylez Bacon, Jason Ager, Tiffany Thompson

Ted Garber is a former Artist in Residence at Strathmore and this show benefits him and his wife, Rebecca Garber, who is suffering from a serious medical condition.

Linda Ronstadt Tribute
Fundraiser for Parkinson's Disease
Fri. Jan. 31
at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA
$15 donation at the door
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 405&type=1

Performing: Wicked Jezabel, Carol Gaylor, Lisa Wolf, Liz Springer, Gabriella Rojas, Marianna Previti

With raffles & prizes.

New Releases

James Stephen Terrell
has a new single, "It's Been Awhile." http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jamesterrell

Final Curtain

Eric Wilfong (1948-2014)

Eric Wilfong had courageously fought cancer for several years.

Eric played music in the Washington DC area actively from about 1964 to the early 1970s. He was best known in the 1960s as the lead singer and bass player for the Velours, who won the Wheaton Youth Center 1965 Battle of the Bands, the story of which played significantly in the movement to have the Center designated as historic. From the early 1970s to 1990 Eric had retired from performing. In 1990 Tom Carrico’s parents hosted a surprise 40th birthday party for Tom and at their request a band was put together that included Eric. From that party band the Blue Dog Band was formed, which had an 11 year run until 2001. After that Eric, Les Hatley, Eddie Becker and Ralph Brown teamed up as The Shakers, which was Eric's last band. The Shakers recorded one CD, called "It's About Time", which enjoyed more than just local radio airplay.

Benny Beats (1979-Dec. 10, 2013)

Benny Beats, otherwise known as Benjamin Kovaleski, died last month at age 34.

"Ben was a well-respected licensed hospital pharmaceutical representative by day. By night, he was “DJ Benny Beats,” spinning at some of Washington, D.C.’s most prominent night clubs, along with holding a 15-year residency at Wibs Bar in Shippensburg."
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/obituari ... f6878.html

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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