WAMA News - July 28 2014

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WAMA News - July 28 2014

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National & International Music News

The Eroding Prospects For Rock Cover Bands
By Clyde Smith
No Cover

"Times are tough for rock cover bands. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at their plight and finds that interest is dwindling for bands playing music that used to be popular. While closer industry watchers may take a different view, I saw indie rock killing cover bands in the 80s when the indie stance of originality entered the Top 40. Rock moved on. Cover bands did not. And to make matters worse, even the core baby boomer audience seems to be losing interest."

Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize
Pop Prize

"The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song."

Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta
Please Please Please

Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer’s hometown a first look at their finished work.

Farm Aid 2014
Farm Supplies

Dedicated to helping the American farmer, this year’s Farm Aid will feature performances by Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack White and many more.

SOJA Speaks For The People

SOJA frontman Jacob Hemphill talks with Pollstar about the power of music, songwriting and the state of pop music in the new millennium. Formed in 1997, SOJA has built a reputation as a band that stands up for people, a characterization Hemphill firmly stands behind.


Local Notes

Kevin Toney of the WAMA Hall of Fame group The Blackbyrds is back for a performance at Bethesda Blues & Jazz supper Club, and was interviewed by The Washington City Paper. new-partner

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen join host Katy Daley for a special live event on Friday, July 25 at 1 pm ET, performing songs from their new album Cold Spell in front of a studio audience. Also streaming video at www.middlecmusic.com

Middle C Music won a NAMM Top 100 Dealer award for "Best Special Event." They were also one of three nominees for "Dealer of the Year." www.middlecmusic.com

Film & Video Views

Ola Cole Laryea
"Coffee Shop"

Shot locally at Bethesda Blues and Jazz and directed by Stefan Immler of Oxygen for the Ears. Ola produced, composed the music and also acted in it. (She's the one on the date with the vintage lady pink gloves on.) The song is from her 16 track debut album L'Ife which features 24 artists from the DC area.

Various Performers Over 10 Years
"Linda Caldwell's Coffee House of Occoquan"

Mike Johnson's Youtube Channel has just added a new Playlist featuring some of the many performers who have played at Linda Caldwell's Coffee House of Occoquan.


Online Resources

How To Get Your Band's Music Tagged On Facebook
By Jamie Davis-Ponce

"...Here's what you need to know about how Facebook's music ID service is changing the way you get your songs tagged, what Facebook is listening for, and how audio fingerprinting could affect the future of music marketing."

3-Step Process To Singing In Tune: Listen, Mime, Sing! - See more at:
Mon. July 7, 2014
By Judy Rodman

"A basic requirement of the singing voice is the ability to sing in tune. Otherwise you must be content to make a joyful noise!"

8 Steps To Building Your Personal Music Brand
By Clyde Smith

"...Though some musicians would prefer to take a haphazardly organic approach to brand building that just leaves it up to others to decide who you are. But building your brand doesn't have to be a superficial process and Patel advocates the perspective that, 'your personal brand is what separates you from everyone else in the world'."

The Value Of Giving Away Your Music For Free
By Farah Joan Fard
For Free

"If you saw the headline of this article and the words "giving away" sent chills down your spine, I hear your fear. We're all well aware of how often artists are asked to work for free, and I know how seriously you take your music career."

Recruit Your Fave Band's Fanbase With Your Own Afterparty Show
By Andrew Hall

"...Coordinating an aftershow to try and capitalize on a similar fanbase that has already been warmed up at a show is a great way to gain exposure to potential new fans."

How Some Managers and Agents Benefit From Piracy and Low-Paying Streaming Music
By David Lowery
Low Paying

"...managers and agents make virtually all their money from an artist’s live performance not from the artist’s recorded music. However screwed up it might seem from an artist’s perspective it makes perfect financial sense (at least in the short term) for managers and agents to turn a blind eye to piracy and low payouts for streaming. Precisely because it seems to result in more touring."

Are All-Or-Nothing Music Crowdfunding Campaigns Superior To Flexible Funding?
By Clyde Smith
Crowd Funding

"One of the many widespread assumptions regarding crowdfunding is that all-or-nothing campaigns, required by Kickstarter, give those campaigns a psychological boost due to factors such as urgency when the campaign's success is in doubt. In fact, much of the argument for all-or-nothing over flexible funding, often associated with Indiegogo, focuses on such psychological factors."



Recreational Taiko Class with Mark H Rooney
Sundays, 5 - 7 pm
July 27 through Sept. 14
at Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
$220 for 8-week session or $35 drop-in rate
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Taiko is a dynamic art form based on traditional Japanese drumming practiced all over the world. This workshop is designed to introduce the basics of taiko technique, practice of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming), awareness of ki (energy), use of koe (voice), history and philosophy -- all while having a good time. No experience necessary, but come ready for a workout.

Jazz Weekend Workshop
Aug 1-3
at Levine DC - Upton St NW Campus, WDC

Gives amateur and aspiring jazz musicians an opportunity to expand their jazz experience under the guidance of Levine's expert jazz faculty. Led by Noah Getz and Pepe Gonzalez, the workshop includes small and large group jam sessions, level-specific jazz instructional sessions, and an end-of-weekend concert. Open to adult jazz musicians of all levels and to all instruments, including vocalists. Piano, drum set, and amplifiers are provided. No prior experience playing jazz is required, though students should have basic music-reading skills.

Uke and Guitar Summit 2014
Sat. Aug. 9
9 am
at Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD
$375, $337.50 (Stars)
For schedule & to register, www.strathmore.org

Instructors: James Hill, Casey MacGill, Mark Nelson, Stuart Fuchs, Marcy Marxer, Cathy Fink, Maureen Andary, Bruce Hutton, Anne Janelle, Victoria Vox

This year’s Summit embraces the versatility of the amazing Ukulele along with the Hawaiian steel guitar and the tenor guitar. Hosted by Grammy-winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, the fun includes classes, jam sessions, concerts, music workshops and both hula and yoga classes.

"First Lessons" a monthly IMT in-store series
Saturdays, 2:00-3:00 pm
August 9, 5-string banjo
September 20, fiddle/violin
October 11, mandolin
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD
RSVP to workshops@hmtrad.com (RSVP is recommended, but not required).

Have a instrument lying around you've been meaning to learn how to play but are not sure if you want to commit to regular lessons? Want to brush up on basic techniques in a fun, no-pressure group setting? These classes are for you! Our staff multi-instrumentalist Justin Heath will be leading one class each month on a different instrument, introducing the most basic techniques. You must bring your own instrument (contact us for rental or sale options if you don't have one), but the classes are free. Ages 12+.

Fierce! a girls’ songwriting workshop with Nila Kay
Sat. Aug. 9
1:15 - 3:15 pm
at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St, SE, Washington DC
to register call CHAW at: 202-547-6839

For girls ages 11-13. This workshop is meant to inspire and give girls a constructive and creative way to release and talk about their emotions in a fun, supportive environment. As a result, they will learn songwriting skills, increase their confidence and feel inspired to “find their song” in whichever art-form their heart eventually settles on. By the end of the workshop the girls will have a song that they have written together as a group, and they will also have the inspiration and foundation to continue songwriting in their own time. Each girl also gets a copy of a recording of the song (which will be recorded during the workshop) by e-mail, and a goody bag to take home. No instruments or previous musical training necessary.



Perform at The Stardom Mega Festival
Aug. 23 at Richmond, VA
Submit Deadline: July 25 at Midnight

Genres include Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Gospel & Reggae. Email press kit, epk, one sheet for selection committee review to stardom101mag@gmail.com or call 804-665-4173 and 804-550-8647. Subject line: #SMFEST. More info at www.stardom101mag.net

Bluegrass band master class at World of Bluegrass
Submission Deadline: July 31

The IBMA has announced a new seminar for World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh this year. It’s a band coaching session held in a master class format with Stephen Mougin of the Sam Bush Band. One band will have the chance to have their performance and arrangements critiqued by this top bluegrass pro, before a live audience, on Friday October 3. Mougin plans to look at band dynamics, performance technique, rehearsal technique, harmony technique, and musical focus. To submit your group for consideration, email Taylor Coughlin at taylor@ibma.org at IBMA with your band web site address, two YouTube links, and your contact information. Subject line “Mojo’s Live Band Coaching.”

2014 DCBS Battle of the Blues Bands
Entry deadline: Aug. 10
To enter: dcblues.org

The DC Blues Society is holding its annual Battle of the Blues Bands. The winners will compete at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The competition will consist of a CD review competition and an all-live competition on Oct. 18.

Selected Events

Humanities Arts & Technology Festival at Gateway DC
Aug 2-3
1-6 pm
at St. Elizabeths East, 2700 MKL Ave, SE, WDC

Performers: Y'anna Crawley and Clifton Ross of BET's Sunday's Best, Wes and Tobias Felton, Reesa Renee, Kim Jordan, Father's Children, Cecily Bumbray Band, Aaron Abernathy, Egheosa Band, Tre Thomas, Mike McCoy & Voices United, and more.

The festival showcasing the history, culture, arts and technology of Ward 8 and the creative commerce of Washington, DC as a whole. The events feature live performances, art exhibits, technology demonstrations, readings and workshops that will be fun for the entire family.

UkeFest 2014 Outdoor Concert
Weds. Aug. 13
7 pm, strum-along at 6 pm
at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

This is your opportunity to get in touch with your inner ukulele lover, and to hear ukulele musicians Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, James Hill, Casey MacGill, Mark Nelson, Victoria Vox and Maureen Andary.

Please bring your used instruments to the donate to Hungry for Music and help bring music to underprivileged children.

26th Annual DC Blues Festival
Sat. Aug. 31
noon - 7:30 pm
at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th St & Colorado Ave, NW, WDC

Performers: The UnXpected, Fast eddie & the Slowpokes, DC Blues Society Band with Ayaba Bey, Austin "Walkin' Cane," Big G, Albert Castiglia, AEBHF Ensemble.
Masters of Ceremonies: DCBS President Felix McClairen
WPFW (89.3) radio personalities: Ida Campbell; Texas Fred, the Zydeco Cowboy; Da Gator; James Funk; Elliott Gross; Mama K; Lady Myrrh; Yolanda Turner Gold Radio DJ: Chris DeProperty (aka Cadillac Chris)

With workshops at the John Cephas Workshop Stage:
Vocal with Nadine Rae, Guitar with Mike Westcott, Children's Harmonica with Dave Harris

All Things Go Fall Classic
Sept. 13
noon - 10 pm
at Union Market, WDC
Early Bird tickets $45 until Aug. 6, after that $50

Lineup of local and regional acts: Future Islands (headlining), Tove Lo, HAERTS, Bear Hands, US Royalty, Panama Wedding, Sun Club, and Young Summer


New Releases

Patuxent Music has released a 2CD set, "The Patuxent Banjo Project." Produced by Tom Mindte, it features 41 top players from the area, including Bill Emerson, Eddie Adcock, Don Bryant, Bill Blackburn, Pete Kuykendall, Roni Stoneman, Mike Munford, Tom Adams, Chris Warner, Murphy Henry, Mark Delaney, Dick Smith, Reed Martin, Cathy Fink, Stephen Wade, Mark Schatz, Paul Brown, Victor Furtado, and more. Find out more in this article by Randy Barrett www.dcbu.org, and at www.pxrec.com.

Two DC bands, the Doozies and Flower Girl, have released a split LP titled "Live in the Basement." Reviewed by the Washington City Paper. www.washingtoncitypaper.com

Moogatu featuring Ron Holloway will be releasing a new album on Aug. 2 at Jammin Java, Vienna, VA. jamminjava.com

Nicky C and RSB will release their debut full lenght album titled "Much Obiged" also at Jammin Java on Aug. 2 in a joint bill with Moogatu featuring Ron Holloway. jamminjava.com

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Final Curtain

Ron Freeland

Ronald “Ron” Freeland died Sunday July 20, 2014 in his home in Clarksburg MD from complications of Brain Cancer.

Ron was first stricken by Cancer in 2002 and has survived 3 surgerys over the last 12 years and his sudden passing Sunday was not expected. Ron’s signature high quality sounding recordings include Nils Lofgren’s “Acoustic Live” and Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer’s “Pillow Full of Wishes."

His family is having a Memorial service for Ron on Saturday August 9 at Cedarbrooke Community Church, 23700 Stringtown Rd., Clarksburg, MD 20871

If you have any stories or pictures you would like to have shared at the service, please Email them to TLFMC1@wildblue.net or Akira at shochan@aol.com, or feel free to bring them to the service.

>From the WAMA Office

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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