WAMA News - July 7 2014

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WAMA News - July 7 2014

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National & International Music News

Star-Spangled History: 5 Facts About
the Making of the National Anthem
Anthem Facts

"Biographer Marc Leepson shares little-known facts about Francis Scott Key and his patriotic ditty that became known as 'The Star-Spangled Banner'."

Canada Drops Onerous International Artists Fees
By Bruce Houghton
Fees Lifted

"As part of a plan to crack down on temporary foreign workers, last summer the Canadian government added a $275 processing fee on top of a $150 work permit requirement for each and every member of a band and crew from outside the country playing in Canadian venues."

Ben Folds Campaigns to Save Nashville's Historic Studio A
June 30, 2014
By Harley Brown
Studio A

"Songwriter Ben Folds has sounded the alarms. Studio A in Nashville's old RCA Building – which Chet Atkins built in 1964, and has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and George Strait – had been sold to a local developer...Folds intends to meet with the Country Music Hall of Fame, BMI and ASCAP, hoping they could persuade buyer Tim Reynolds that there are alternatives to tearing down the studio for redevelopment."

YouTube Announces Crowdfunding, Donations, Free Music
June 27, 2014
By Andrew Flanagan

"...The site will be integrating links, what they call "cards," to crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, IndieGogo, Patreon and Change.org, among others, giving creators an outlet apart from those sites' profile links to promote their particular projects. Alongside those links will be an option to donate to the creator directly through YouTube."

YouTube Says 95% Of All Labels (Including Indies) Are On Board
By Bruce Houghton
YouTube 5%

"Despite the strong objections of many in the indie label community, "all but 5% of all labels” have agreed to the terms offered by YouTube for its new music service, according to a new report."


Local Notes

Linda Parker's photos of the Everly Brothers Tribute at Gypsy Sally's can be viewed at lindaparker.zenfolio.com/everlybros.

Rolando Sanz, a Bethesda-based opera singer who has twice performed the Anthem at Camden Yards’ Opening Day Ceremony, was the winner of the Star-Spangled Sing-Off. Placing second in the Sing-Off is Bill Harris of Germantown. Amy Keesun Kwon places third. The public will be able to hear all three of the winners perform The National Anthem at Star-Spangled Spectacular, Sept. 10-16.

Mary Amato's novel, "Guitar Notes," is about two teens who discover a profound connection through songwriting. The novel includes eight original songs and graphics of the drafts and revisions to show the songwriting process. References the House of Musical Traditions. thrumsociety.com

"The young musicians of this year’s National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland" (under Leonard Slatkin) had their Saturday’s concert at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center reviewed in the Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music

At 6:30 p.m. on July 2, 1967, WAMU 88.5 introduced its first bluegrass radio show, the half-hour “Bluegrass Unlimited,” with Dick Spottswood as host and Gary Henderson as engineer/associate producer. Katy Daly interview about it's founding at: wamu.org/news Article on the station's history at Bluegrass Today: bluegrasstoday.com

Fort Reno summer series reinstated, following an agreement with the National Park service. The first concert will be on July 7. Here's a link to the schedule dcist.com/2014

Dale Music, a D.C.-area fixture, closes its doors after 64 years dale-music-a-local-fixture

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen will join host Katy Daley for a live performance and interview on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country at 1 pm on July 25. The band will chat about their new album "Cold Spell" and perform songs from the release in front of a studio audience in the Black Box Theater in the WAMU Media Center. Ticket giveaway starts July 7 and ends on July 17. Visit bluegrasscountry.org later this month for more information.


Film & Video Views

Ruthie & The Wranglers
"25th Anniversary commemorative video"

George Thorogood
"Meeting the Nighthawks for the First Time"

WAMU's Bluegrass Country Open Mic
"Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Gold Heart, and Akira Otsuka"

Online Resources

How To Create A Great Band Photo That Delights Press and Fans
By Jason Baxter

"Band photos can be tricky, but even if you’re camera-shy, they’re an absolute necessity for your press kit. If you’re working with a label, they may subsidize a photo shoot with a professional photographer, which is the best way to guarantee you’ll end up with well-composed and useful band photographs. For some artists this isn’t an option though, and hiring a pro can seem like an unnecessary expenditure if you’ve got a friend with a decent eye and a DSLR. Either way, you’re going to want to make sure your photos satisfy these key requirements..."

Indie Duo The Presets Uses Google Cube
To Create Unique Interactive Experience
By Bruce Houghton

"Google Creative Labs have created Cube, a web widget that runs multiple videos and audio tracks concurrently, and indie band The Presets' have put it to good use. Each panel houses a a different clip of the band's new single: a dancer, talking heads, a woman in a bathtub, along with a piece of the song."

5 Tips for Finding Your Online Voice
June 24, 2014
By Jon Ostrow

"No matter the style of content you find most effective with your fans – blogging, tweeting, videos, photos, Vines, etc. – one thing remains certain: You must be consistent in your voice in order to build long-term connections with your fans."

What you need to know about today’s music business
if you’re returning after a long break
June 18, 2014
By Chris Robley

"... the size of that artist’s audience (as always) depends on some combination of talent, charisma, smarts, hard work, and luck. That part of the music biz should feel familiar too. But here are ten big things that HAVE changed about the music industry over the last fifteen years..."

Your image is more important than your music
— especially if you’re an indie artist
June 19, 2014
By Brandon Seymour

"...They call it “show business” for a reason. The music industry (and I use that term very loosely) isn’t concerned with art or expression. It’s not about identity or originality. And it’s definitely not about talent. It’s about money. I’m not saying that you won’t ever be appreciated as an artist. I’m also not saying that being an artistic genius precludes you from mainstream success. I’m saying that the music industry as a whole doesn’t care who you are unless they can profit from what you have to offer – regardless of how amazing or awful you actually are."



2014 CCE Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week Camp
July 7 - 11
9 am - 4 pm
at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD
Full time $450, Part Time (either AM or PM) $300
To Register: ccepotomac.org

Traditional Irish instrumental, singing & dance classes for all ages. There'll be an faculty concert open to the public on Weds. July 9, hosted by the Institute of Musical Traditions. For more info & to purchase tickets, visit www.imtfolk.org

Guitar Summer Workshop At Mason
with Christopher Jenkins
July 7-11, July 14-18
9 am - noon or 1-4 pm
at the Potomac Arts Academy building, just off of the George Mason University campus, Fairfax VA

Join classical guitar instructor/performer Christopher Jenkins for this exciting summer workshop, designed to take your guitar playing to the next level!
Guitar Essentials Workshop for Beginners Ages 13-18 - $198
Classical Guitar Ensemble for Intermediate to Advanced Players Ages 13 to Adult - $238
NEW! Ukulele Adventures for Kids Ages 8-12 - $198

Maryland Summer Jazz Camp
July 12 - Music Theory Clinic
July 23-25 Three Day Adult Jazz Camp 5

The 2014 faculty: Helen Sung (Piano), Jimmy Haslip (Bass), Kenny Rittenhouse (Trumpet), Jeff Antoniuk (Saxophone), Peter Fraize (Saxophone), Jim McFalls (Trombone), Marty Morrison (Drums), Donato Soviero (Guitar)

Family & Military Discounts. Ask about H.S. Scholarships & College Internships. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk at 410-295-6691.

Old Time Banjo & Fiddle Workshops
Sun. July 13
12-2 and 2:15-4:15
at House of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park, MD
$40 per workshop

noon-2 pm Clawhammer Banjo the Way I Do It with Richie Stearns
noon-2 pm Old Time Fiddle with Rosie Newton
2:15-4:15 pm Old Time Fingerpicking with Rick Good
2:15-4:15 pm Tune Up Your Technique with Cathy Fink

Joe Hickerson Lecture: “Folk Music, Archives, and Performing Experiences, Adventures and Great Stories”
Tues. July 15,
noon-1 pm
Part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series
at the Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mumford Room – 6th floor

Joe will be interviewed by American Folklife Center Ethnomusicologist/Folklorist Jennifer Cutting who will ask about his career as an archivist, researcher, singer, and songwriter. Joe will also be performing on Sun. July 13 at a FSGW concert at Seeker's Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC, as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Murphy Method Women’s Banjo Camp
July 18-20
at Courtyard Marriott, Winchester, VA
Tuition: $650 (Includes lodging and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday)

Instructors: Murphy and Casey Henry. All levels, however you will get much more out of the camp if you at least know how to put on your picks, tune your banjo with an electronic tuner, play a few rolls (oh yeah, you need to know what a “roll” is!), and make a C chord.



Selected Events

Millennium Stage July Schedule
Free performances daily at 6 p.m.

2014 Chautauqua at Montgomery College
Weds. July 9 - Fri. July 11
7 pm
at Globe Hall, Montgomery College, Germantown Campus, MD

This year's theme is Creative Women: Breaking the Mold. ellen cherry will perform on July 9 before an actor portraying Georgia O'Keeffe. Andrew McKnight will perform on July 10 before an actor portraying Emily Dickinson. Loralyn Coles will perform on July 11 before an actor portraying Frida Kahlo.

5th Annual Lake Anne Ukulele Festival
Sat. July 12
9:45 am - 6:15 pm
at Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA
For schedule:

Performers: The Aloha Boys, Sweater Set, Kathy & Marv, Stuart Fuchs, Gerald Ross. Beatles Workshop with Stuart Fuchs, Swing Workshop with Gerald Ross, open mic, and jam.

8th Annual Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival
Sat. July 12
7:30 PM
at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria VA

With Tony Trischka, Richie Stearns, Rick Good, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer & more.

DC Blues Society’s 10th Annual Hotter-Than-July Fish Fry ‘N’ Blues
Sat. July 12
4 - 11 pm
at American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD
$15 admission includes a fish sandwich
Info & tickets at www.dcblues.org

With DJ, Dr. S.O. Feelgood. Bring a potluck dish and get a copy of the DCBS cookbook "Blues in My Kitchen."

Everybody Loves Him: A Tribute and Benefit For John Jennings
Sun. July 20
6 – 10 pm
at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisc. Ave., Bethesda, MD
Tickets can be purchased at:

Performers: Eddie From Ohio, The Patty Reese Band, Jon Carroll, Pete Kennedy, Margot MacDonald, Luke Brindley, Scott Kurt, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, and others.

The audience will hear songs and bands from John’s long musical history. All proceeds will go directly to John to help with his health issues. The title of the show is from one of John’s songs: Everybody Loves Me.

New Releases

Loide has released a new album, "In Time," and will be at Blues Alley on Sat. July 11 to celebrate. www.loidemusica.com

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will be releasing their album “Psychology” at the 9:30 Club on July 3. pigeonsplayingpingpong.com

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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