WAMA News - August 8 2014

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WAMA News - August 8 2014

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National & International Music News

Dave Grohl's New HBO Series 'Foo Fighters:
Sonic Highways' Sets Premiere Date
August 01, 2014
By Phil Gallo
Foo Highway

“The series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways will debut on HBO on Oct. 17 and air on Fridays from 11 p.m. to midnight. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman (Note: and WAMA Hall of Famer) Dave Grohl, each episode of the documentary series is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people defining that city’s unique musical identity.” (Note - Washington DC is one of the cities.)

NH Teens Recover Prized Bagpipes
Seized At Canadian Border Over Ivory
August 5, 2014
By Michael Rosenfield
Pipes Returned

“The teens were coming back from a competition in Canada when the bagpipes were taken because they contain ivory, even though they have a certificate verifying the ivory is authorized. 'These bagpipes are 1936, 1958, they have nothing to do with elephants being killed,' said Lezlie Webster, Campbell’s mother. Campbell’s bagpipes have extra significance. They are a priceless family heirloom. His father used them to play for Queen Elizabeth II on a daily basis for several years.”

US reviewing ivory rule after bagpipes are seized
Friday 8/8/2014
By Rik Stevens
Rules Reviewed

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers had their bagpipes seized at the Canadian border, a spokesman said Friday."

Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles
August 02, 2014

“Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality concert footage in a way that helps the companies providing it, since selling ads is more profitable than concert promotion.”

Oregon's Pickathon Points the Way to Music Festivals Going Green
August 01, 2014
By Winston Ross
Green Fests

“When the stage goes quiet at the close of any summer music festival, there comes a new kind of chorus known to anyone who's tromped back to a campsite alongside 10,000 other weary music lovers: the crunch of a sea of disposed water bottles. From California’s Coachella to New York City’s Governors Ball, music festivals generate waste by the ton. All except for one gathering, an Oregon fest called Pickathon...”

StubHub's Live Music App Goes Wide,
but Without Ticketmaster's Help
August 06, 2014
Music App

“StubHub, the ticket reselling subsidiary of eBay Inc., is launching its StubHub Music app nationwide as it goes after core music fans in a challenge to Live Nation in the concert business.”

BMI Submits Public Comments in Response to
U.S. Department of Justice Request
August 6, 2014

"Broadcast Music, Inc. has filed a submission in response to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for public comments as part of its review of BMI’s consent decree...BMI’s submission to the DOJ outlines three important updates to the consent decree that would benefit songwriters, publishers and businesses that use music..."

SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand
July 31, 2014
By Ed Christman

“SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson, a board member since 1992, to lead the company.”

ASCAP Files Appeal Against Rate Court Decision
August 07, 2014
By Ed Christman

“ASCAP has filed an appeal to the Pandora rate court ruling that set its annual licensing rate at 1.85% of revenue from the music streaming service and prevents individual music publishers from partially withdrawing its rights from the blanket license.”

Pandora Cuts First-Ever Direct Deal With Artists
August 6, 2014

"Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations."

China to Open $323 Million Musical Production Center
August 04, 2014
By Abid Rahman

“Musicals, a still relatively unknown form of entertainment in China, are about to get a big push with a planned $323 million (2 billion RMB) musical production center in the country, according to a report by the China News Service.”

Jim Rooney's book "In It For The Long Run"
Rooney's Run

"Rooney's kaleidoscopic first-hand account of more than five decades of success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher, engineer, and record producer."


Local Notes

OCEAN Orchestra will play NPR's Mountain Stage on Sat. Aug. 9 at 7:30 pm. www.oceanorchestra.com

The Bumper Jacksons are one of the 2014 Quad Showcase artists at this year's Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference.

"Listen To This" is a new semi-regular feature at dcist.com which highlights local artists with reviews and singles. Paperhaus, Sun Cycle, and Young Trynas are the three groups featured this week. dcist.com

"Anwan 'Big '" Glover—known by most for his role on The Wire, but better known in D.C. as the frontman of go-go group Backyard Band—says he is always going to love D.C. The artist was stabbed and beaten in a fight early Sunday morning by people he says he didn't know while inside Cafe Asia..." Washington City paper article

Two concert goers have died after overdosing on a drug at a Merriweather Post Pavilion festival. www.wtop.com

Governor O'Malley announces $13.4 Million in Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) grant awards to 287 local arts organizations and arts councils. www.msac.org

Film & Video Views

Tom Paxton
"Redemption Road"

Tom Paxton has released a new single, "Redemption Road," as part of his Kickstarter campaign to finance a new CD.


Online Resources

Increasing Your YouTube Views
August 7, 2014
By Liz Uhl
More Views

"...The strategy of uploading a video to YouTube and then posting it on your Website, Facebook page and tweeting about it isn’t enough and you wont be gaining new viewers using this method."

Music Royalty Cheat Sheet Can Help You
Understand a Complicated System
August 06, 2014
By Glenn Peoples

“If you're unsure about the language and processes of music royalties in the United States, a new informational graphic should help, which you can see below ...The Music Business Association, also known as Music Biz and formerly known as NARM, has put together a cheat sheet with the help of ASCAP, Harry Fox, The Recording Academy, SESAC and SoundExchange.”

Who Stole the Music Business?
(And How You Can Get a Piece of the Loot)
August 5, 2014
By Da Jack Hayford

"Are you a musician? Are you a songwriter? Did you wake up one day not long ago and say “WTF? Who stole the music business?” With CD sales about half what they were 15 years ago, and the “new media” radio stations like Pandora, Spotify, Grooveshark, et al, reportedly paying out pittances for even millions of airplays, you’re not alone."

Why Email Newsletters Are Still a Vital Marketing Tool for Musicians
July 28, 2014
By Dave Cool
Vital Tool

“Email newsletters, an old-school artifact of the web that was supposed to die along with dial-up connections, are not only still around, but very much on the march.”

What I Learned About Songwriting From Being Stuck in Traffic
July 30, 2014
By Lukas Camenzind
Traffic Lesson

"...if you’re a songwriter in any genre, take note...Because this is how you make listeners want to play it again, and again, and again..."



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, StrathmoreTix

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.


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.

Free Dental Care for Musicians
from MusiCares
Thurs. Aug. 21
to request an application or for more info: 212-245-7840 or anita.ramsarup@grammy.com

Contact MusiCares to determine eligibility in order to receive free dental services including x-rays, a cleaning and dental screening. One must document at least 5 years as a paid musician and show financial need.


Selected Events

Millennium Stage in August
6 pm
At the Kennedy Center, WDC

You can also Watch live performances online Performances or browse the archives.

Team MS is BS Fundraiser 2014 for Multiple Sclerosis
Sat. Aug. 9
noon - 5 pm
at Barcroft Community House, 800 S Buchanan St., Arlington, VA
Suggested donation $35 (tax-deductible donation to National MS Society)
Tickets get you unlimited tastes of chili and desserts

Performing: Rick Franklin & His Delta Blues Boys, MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, Sheryl Sears Trio

All proceeds will go towards the team’s fundraising for the Capital Challenge Walk in September for the National MS Society. With competitions for Best Chili and Best Baked Good.

Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
Aug. 8 - Aug 10
in Have de Grace, MD

Among the Performers:
Fri. Three Dog Night, with local opener Eileen Bernstein
Sat. Deanna Dove

First Annual Poolesville Music and Arts Festival
Sat. Aug. 9
11 am - 7 pm
at Town Commons, Poolesville, MD

Performers: The Cousin John Band, Liz Springer & Built for Comfort Blues Band, Faceless Ones, Tony Denikos, Billy Coulter Band, Dry Town, Eileen Bernstein/Brian Jamison

Benefitting “Relay For Life”

The 2nd Annual New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival
Sat. Aug. 9
2 to 10 p.m.
at the Half Street Fairgrounds in Southeast, WDC.
Tickets $20 to $70

Performers include: Elijah Jamal Balbed, Lenny Robinson, Allyn Johnson, The Funk Ark, Soul Understated, and Lakecia Benjamin.

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.

10th Anniversary All Star Tribute Concert
Sat. Aug. 16
8:00 pm
at Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

Produced by BandHouse Gigs and presented by Strathmore, it features the music of Joni Mitchell, Woodstock, British Invasion, Stevie Wonder, Nils Lofgren, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, and many others. Performers include: Julia Nixon, Jon Carroll, Patti Reese, Owen Danoff, Eric Scott, Mary Ann Redmond, and many more.

The Party on the Patio starts 1.5 hours before the concert, featuring food and drink specials.


Do you tour overseas? If you'd like a professional translator to ensure accurate language in both the foreign and English contract versions, thus avoiding costly misunderstandings, contact SAW member Eileen Bernstein: 410-440-5267 or peakandvalleymusic@gmail.com. Eileen has extensive background translating legal documents and proofreading other translators' work.
New Releases

Jesse Palidofsky has a new CD release, “Dancing Toward the Light.” www.jessepal.net

Keller Williams has released a new album, "DOS," in partnership with the Grateful Dead’s Rex Foundation. DOS is his album to benefit the charitable non-profit organization started by the Grateful Dead to give grants to a variety of worthwhile causes. DOS is available for digital purchase now at nugs.net, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit The Rex Foundation. www.kellerwilliams.net

Oasis Ad

Final Curtain

Carl Chatski

"Originally from Baltimore, MD, Carl had lived in the Seattle, WA area for some time. As a younger man, he performed sporadically with The Stanley Brothers on mandolin, and became a fixture in bluegrass education in Washington state. He had been friendly with other Baltimore/Washington, DC artists like Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and also shared their passion for progressive politics and social justice issues, something he continued to champion throughout his life... A friend, Eddie Becker, posted this video in his memory" from a Bluegrass Today article

A memorial service is being planned for September in Baltimore.

>From the WAMA Office

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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