WAMA News - September 19 2014

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WAMA News - September 19 2014

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WAMA Workshop Tomorrow!

You Can Be A Gig Magnet & Attract Great Gigs
A WAMA Workshop hosted by Ruthie Logsdon
Sat. September 20
at Electric Maid, 268 Carroll St., NW, Washington, DC 20012
noon - 2 pm
There is NO admission fee, but donations will be collected on behalf of WAMA on a pay what you can basis. ALL proceeds will benefit the Washington Area Music Association. To reserve your space, contact Ruthie@attractgreatgigs.com

Ruthie Logsdon, a Musician's Coach of Gig Magnet, www.AttractGreatGigs.com, will be sharing everything she knows about how to attract great gigs. This is for musicians in all stages of success. You should attend if you want more gigs, you have gigs but need higher paying gigs, or you want promoters calling you for the gigs.

Here are just some of the red hot topics:

How to turn ONE gig into THREE gigs
How to get into larger venues
Stop chasing unsatisfying gigs and start attracting the gigs you want
Bonus topic: How to sell more CDs at your shows

More Info

National & International Music News

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands
September 17, 2014
By Elise Hu

"...The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the first 800,000 and found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to net neutrality enforcement."

IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts
September 15, 2014
By Ed Christman
Street Date

"While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting."

'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters
September 16, 2014
By Casey Rae

"The following is in response to an editorial published by Billboard last week, in which the National Music Publishers Association's David Israelite criticized the Futue of Music Coalition's stances regarding the ongoing debate around the longstanding consent decrees, which are currently under review by the Dept. of Justice."

City Of Austin Advised To Reign In SXSW-Related Events and Traffic In Evaluation Report
By Clyde Smith

"Unofficial events occurring during SXSW, especially the "Spring Music Festival" portion, can expect closer examination when requesting permits next year if the recommendations of a report to the City of Austin are taken up. Celebrities may also be under greater scrutiny and new curfews and traffic restrictions could be in effect."

SXSW Reports $315.3 Million Impact On Austin, Excludes "Significant" Unofficial Activities
By Clyde Smith
315.5 Million

"SXSW's annual report on the economic impact of the festival on Austin estimated that over $315 million was generated by the festival and festival attendees. That's way up from 2013's estimated $218.2 million. Unfortunately neither the report nor industry analysts have come up with a full explanation of how they're increasing impact even as official participation is decreasing from 155k in 2013 to 134k in 2014. In addition, by excluding the impact of unofficial events, the report is incapable of discussing the full impact of SXSW."

The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out
September 17, 2014
Slow Fade

"...In a recent Slate article, music history and technology reporter William Weir says this used to be the popular way to end a pop song: Repeat your hook while the volume gradually eases off. Weir examined Billboard's Top 10 songs for every year since 1946 to see where the technique popped up."

Electric guitar overtakes violin in music lesson boom
15 September 2014
By Judith Burns
Guitar ahead

(UK)"The electric guitar has overtaken the violin in a list of most popular musical instruments for children to play, says a music exam board...Some 40% said they made music with friends, 20% had performed to an audience, 12% wrote and sung their own songs, while 20% made music using a smart phone or tablet."

NYC jazz musicians fear poverty in retirement
By Jonathan Lemire

"...(Keisha) St. John, several other musicians and a representative of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 labor union asked the city council for help. Unlike musicians who appear on Broadway or those who sing at the Metropolitan Opera, jazz singers in New York City don't receive benefits."


Local Notes

Anthony Pirog's upcoming new album, "Palo colorado Dream" was mentioned in the New York Times under their fall shows. (see Oct. 14)

Cecelia Porter, Washington Post music critic, will be signing copies of her new boo, "Five Lives in Music" on Sun. Sept. 21 at Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave NW, WDC from 3 - 4:30 pm. www.middlecmusic.com

"On the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s 'Star Spangled Banner,' Takoma Park reflects on Key’s close ties to local history" and Sligo Creek.

Film and Video Views

The Doors
"Feast of Friends" Trailer

Jim Morrison once lived in Northern Virginia. "The Doors' long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends, will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation...The grainy bootleg version that was until now the only way of seeing the film was purportedly Morrison's own, which he brought with him when he moved to Paris in 1971 and he left at a friend's house in a brown paper bag just days before his death."

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A Musician's Guide To Best Use Of Hashtags
By Hugh McIntyre

"Hashtags may seem like a silly bit of social media (and sometimes that’s exactly what they are), but they do serve an important purpose."

How To Promote Your Music Using Google's Hangouts On Air
By Yannick Ilunga

"Here are some creative ways of using Hangouts to promote your music, increase your fan base, and boost engagement..."

The Best Ways To Approach Record Labels
September 17, 2014
By Joshua Crawford
Hi Label

"...No matter how good your music, what you need to bare in mind is that record labels receive thousands of demos a week. What’s more, in the digital age they get sent thousands of YouTube links, and get plenty of attention on social networks by bands and their fans trying to get attention. So, to get your sound heard, you need to think outside of the box and follow these key tips to give yourself the best chance to succeed..."

10 Mostly No-Cost Music Marketing Tactics
By Sari Delmar
Marketing Tactics

"So, you’re looking for more exposure for your band, but you’d rather spend your money on a new reverb pedal than on an extensive marketing plan. Thankfully, there are lots of ways for you to market your band without having to spend a dime (or maybe just shelling out one or two). When marketing your music, saturation is key..."

Studio News

MR. Gabe is at Cue Studios recording his next CD entitled, "Metro Train". The new CD is being produced by Holly Montgomery and engineered by Ken Schubert, violin by Chelle Fulk and bass by Holly Montgomery.



Online Class with Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman
livecast Sept. 27
9 am - 4 pm Pacific Time
It can also be accessed later for a $29 fee
Lyman Class

"In this class he’ll introduce you to your (many, many) options for building a career in the modern music industry. Kevin will talk to musicians about getting on festival tours and about operations jobs for people who are looking to get in on the business side. You’ll learn how to build and maintain a professional brand that will open doors for you and help connect you to the right people and expanding your opportunities in a constantly changing environment."

He's also offering one Hypebot reader the special opportunity to meet him for a one-on-one 30 minute business meeting during Vans Warped Tour. Apply at the link above by Saturday at midnight.

AEBHF Acoustic Guitar Workshops with David Bird
Sat. Sept. 27
11:30 am - 1 pm
at 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD
$15 or $50 for anyone who wishes to pay in advance for 4 consecutive sessions
questions, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will begin hosting once-a-month acoustic guitar workshops with the overall goal to provide an overview of acoustic blues guitar, with emphasis on the fingerpicked Piedmont style. For both beginners and more experienced guitarists.

David Bird will devote the first part of the first session to absolute beginners to fingerpicking, and will talk about some of the most basic choices and terminology, for example use of 1, 2, or 3 fingers; use of picks or bare fingers; and perhaps even instrument choices. The remainder of the session will focus on the song Richmond Blues in the key of A with hints on which fingers to use when making chord shapes. The topic of the second (October 18) workshop will be announced at the end of the first workshop.

Songwriting Workshop with John McCutcheon
Sun. Sept. 28
7:30 - 9:30 pm
at Institute of Musical Traditions, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, WDC
$40 for the 2 hour workshop
Register at www.imtfolk.org

Grammy award winner John McCutcheon is folk music’s renaissance man: master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America, recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women's health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a NC college, given symphony pops concerts across America, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Bluegrass Club "Playing in Bands"
Thurs. Oct. 2
7 - 9:30 PM
Start of Fourth 3-Month Session
Sessions meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays
at 14600 Washington Street, Haymarket, VA
$50.00 for entire sessions (6)
Contact/Signup: Send contact info and check for $50 to:
"Bruce Gair", 5233 Armour Court, Haymarket, VA 20169

Guitar Workshop with Toby Walker
Sat. October 4
11 am - 1 pm
at Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD
To register email info@acousticblues.com www.acousticblues.com/events

From the recordings we have of Robert Johnson, we could tell he was certainly on to something. If anything he took the best ideas of his time and turned them into something all his own. In this workshop we'll not only work on a couple of his tunes but you'll learn how to expand upon them, creating something truly unique. You'll learn some neat tricks on how to spice up those songs and in doing so apply that to songs that you already know. Level: Intermediate. Participants should have knowledge of open chords and some basic fingerpicking skills.

Guitar Chamber Ensemble Workshop
Presented by Strathmore
Saturday, October 4
10:00 AM
at the Strathmore Mansion
$65 (Stars $58.50)

See how a trio of guitars can produce musical variety from rock to jazz and beyond. Learn a piece from the California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio performance and study ensemble technique. Led by outstanding local music educators.


Low-Cost Video Production Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations
The deadline to apply is September 22.

Docs In Progress is offering a special hands-on workshop for artists and arts organizations who want to learn more about how to produce their own video about the arts in Montgomery County. Participants will learn how to recognize what makes a good story, use the equipment, work collaboratively in a crew, and edit their story together. This program takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from October 7-30 at the Docs In Progress "Documentary House" in downtown Silver Spring. Thanks to the support of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, County-based artists and organizations accepted into the workshop will only have to pay a modest fee of $50 to cover materials. More details: docsinprogress.org


Selected Events

H Street Festival 2014
Sat. Sept. 20
noon - 7 pm
400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE, WDC

Features more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays. Complete list of performers.

22nd Annual Bluebird Blues Festival
Sat. Sept. 20
11 am - 5 pm
at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD
Bluebirds Blues Festival

Performers: The Jewels, The Holmes Brothers, Hardway Connection, Nadine Rae and the Allstars, Jesi Terrell, Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark and his Allstars, Mahajibee Blues, Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes, Jeff Scott, Lost Land Entertainment featuring DJ Devastator

With a Blues workshop with Barry Lee Pearson.

Bliss Party & Benefit for AHC
10 pm
at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U Street NW, WDC
More info at

With DJ Will Eastman will spin a 6 hour set in honor of their 14th Anniversay celebration, with all ticket proceeds are going to the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, which raises funds to research AHC, a debilitating genetic neurological disorder. "To commemorate the gig, Eastman has released a 52-minute mix of nocturnal jams."

Hungry for Music Benefit & Tribute to Townes Van Zandt & Steve Earle
co-presented by Songwriters' Association of Washington
Weds. Sept. 24
8 pm
at Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
$5-$10 suggested donation

Performers: Jeff Smith, Tim White, Chris Anderson, Harley String Band, Stevie Wade Potter, Elizabether Stone, The Glimpses, Ruthie Logsdon & Greg Hardin, Diana Quinn & Mike Woods, Medicine Wind, Jamie Potter & Amy sullivan

Bring a musical instrument to donate.

The 50th Annual FSGW Getaway
Sept. 26-29
at West River Conference Center, West River, MD
For more info & fees:

Performers: Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins, Ed Trickett, Sara Grey, Caroline Paton, Bob Zentz and Jeanne McDougall, Mai Hernon and Mick McEvilley, Heather Wood

Remembering Dick Cerri: Past president and co-founder of the
World Folk Music Association (WFMA)
Sat. Sept. 27
7 pm
at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
Tickets: $50 - $100
Order online: www.wfma.net - Phone: 866-412-5943
Reception after the show: Tickets: $35

A Celebration In Song-Featuring: Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, Bill Danoff, Christine Lavin, Carolyn Hester, Anne Hills, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Side by Side, Mack Bailey, Modern Man, Schooner Fare, The Squid Jiggers, and other "surprise guests."


Vocalist looking for Musicians to make up a band for recording and live shows. 3-4 pieces, Rock, R&B, World Music. Contact Stanley Durbin at Honestman Productions Inc. 301-349-4029, (Currently not performing)

New Releases

Paperhaus' single "Cairo" from their upcoming self-titled album was reviewed in the Washington City Paper. The song is "about the Cairo condo complex in Dupont Circle, one of D.C.’s oldest and tallest buildings." Cairo

Niko del Yato, a House Artist Grant recipient from House Studio DC, has released a new single, "Level Up," which has received over 2,000 plays. Level Up

The Washington City Paper has reviewed the following singles.
Wale’s "The Body"
Phil Adé's "Soon As I Get On"
GoldLink's "Velho"

Dcist has reviewed the new albums and singles from the following artists in their "Welcome to Listen To This" feature.
Anthony Pirog's album, "Palo Colorado Dream"
Tigers Are Bad For Horses single, "Recovery"
Condemn the Infected's debut album, "Deny Existence"
BRNDA's single, "Apple King"

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