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WAMA News - October 4 2014

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29th Wammies Nomination Ballot

The Nomination's Ballot for the 29th Wammies awards will be emailed out in next week's WAMA Newsletter. Remember: only WAMA members can vote, although an artist does not need to be a WAMA member to be nominated.

WAMA Workshop

A Day at the Library of Congress
(including the Copyright Office)
Weds. Nov. 12
10:30 am to 4 pm, with time afterwards for individual research
at The Library of Congress, WDC
$20 WAMA members; $25 SAW, BSA, NSAI members; $30 non-members
(includes a donation to the American Folklife Center)
Advance Registration Required

With host, Jennifer Cutting, Folklife Specialist, American Folklife Center (and multiple Wammie Winner)

The early Rolling Stones and Cream covered traditional American blues songs. Early Bob Dylan was hugely influenced by Woody Guthrie. Where can you go to discover hidden musical gems from our Blues, Old-Time, Ballad, and other folk traditions that no one else is performing, or archival material to inspire your own songwriting? Right here in DC at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

Unsure how to copyright your own songs and CDs? We'll stop at the Copyright Information Office for a detailed presentation on how to get your work protected.

Need to look up the sheet music for an old jazz standard or Broadway song? Well stop at the Performing Arts Reading Room to find out how. You'll get your own official Library of Congress Reader ID Card, along with tips on how to use LC’s vast resources. One thing’s for sure... You'll leave even smarter than when you came!

WAMA Product Registry Still Accepting Artists

The end of the this year's 28th Wammies Eligibility Period as September 30, 2014. The Eligibility Period started October 1, 2013. Register your accomplishments, including new CDs, at the WAMA Artist and Product Registry.

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29th Annual Wammies Award Show
Sunday, February 15, 2015
at the State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Save the date for the biggest celebration in town of the local music scene.

National & International Music News

UN's World Intellectual Property Organization
Meets With Artistic Creators for First Time
September 29, 2014
By Colin Stutz

"For the first time, the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) invited artistic creators to speak at their 54th General Assembly last week. Musicians, film directors, screenwriters and visual artists from around the world with the the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) convened for a panel to discuss the major issues facing creators today."

Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for
Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals
September 28, 2014
By Ray Waddell

"Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business."

Pressing plants feel the strain with vinyl records back in the groove
September 26
By Mark Guarino
Pressing Plants

"The commercial revival of vinyl records is good thing for many people: Record labels, recording artists, audiophile collectors, independent record shops — all for whom the increase in sales each year is considered a jolt of life in what otherwise is considered a growing public disinterest in owning tangible music. But for Matt Earley, more people wanting more vinyl records presents a problem: The six presses that make his records at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland are more than 40 years old..."

U.S. Music Revenues Down Nearly 5%, Says RIAA
September 25, 2014
By Ed Christman
Revenue Down

"In the first half of the year, U.S. music revenues shrunk 4.9%, to $3.2 billion, down from the $3.35 billion that the industry tallied in the first half of 2013, according to the RIAA's mid-year report."

The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues,
Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street
September 28, 2014
By Adam Ragusea

"The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to open its 70th season this week, but musicians have been locked out of their workplace since September 7th, when their contract expired. The same thing happened just two years ago. Back then, negotiators reached a new agreement before opening night. This year, Atlanta classical music fans were not so lucky."

Austin, TX Launches Unprecedented Study
Of It's $1.6 Billion Music Economy
By Bruce Houghton

"The purpose of the project is to capture an in-depth look at Austin’s music industry workers and its economic issues and opportunities."

A Copyright Attorney On The Ramifications Of The SiriusXM
Legal Defeat
By Wallace E. J. Collins III, Esq.

"Score one for the musicians: a California Federal Court Judge delivered a legal earthquake in the music industry by declaring that Flo & Eddie of the Turtles prevail on the issue of the public performance of their pre-1972 sound recordings in their legal action against SiriusXM. The ongoing lawsuit seeks $100 million in damages but the money is hardly the only consequence of this ruling that could eventually disrupt the operations of the satellite radio giant as well as other services like Pandora."


Local Notes

Lisa Lim is pictured on the cover of the lastest Issue 80 of Blues Matter Magazine, and is interviewed inside. www.bluesmatters.com

Video Views

Salad Days: The D.C. Punk Revolution

DCist has the trailer for Jim Saah and Scott Crawford's feature-length documentary about D.C. punk and hardcore. It will premiere at a venue TBD in D.C. on December 19th. On December 20, there will be a concert at the Black Cat to celebrate the release of the film, featuring punk icons Soulside and Moss Icon. www.blackcatdc.com



How NOT to write about your music
September 17, 2014
by Chris Robley

"Musicians often have difficulty describing their own music. I’ve been guilty many times myself of shrugging when someone asks, 'What kind of music do you play?'...Some bands though, they’re not just in a different ballpark when they talk about their music; they’re playing a whole other game."

Social Media Pre-Planning For Busy Musicians
By Hugh McIntyre

"Social media has become incredibly important for everyone, whether it's used for up-to-the-minute news on Twitter, companies communicating with their customers, or bands promoting their shows. Like it or not, social media is inescapable, and staying on top of your game is paramount."

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Music Publicist
October 1, 2014
By Janelle Rogers

"...I created a solid list of questions every band, manager, or record label should ask a music publicist before they hire them to work on the music promotion of their next EP or album release."

5 Portable Must Haves for Musicians
September 25, 2014
By Cherie Nelson

"Inspiration cannot be scheduled. It could be the rustling of leaves or the sound of traffic whizzing by that forms the theme of your next song. To make sure you can record your latest musical genius, here are a few things you should always have with you."



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

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
Sat. Oct. 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.

Fall Jam Classes with Chris James
Mondays, Oct. 6 thru Nov. 17
at Common Ground on the Hill Office, Basement, Thompson Hall, McDaniel College, MD
To register, www.commongroundonthehill.org

Join the Jam (beginner) 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Develop the skills needed to make music with other musicians! Open to guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, harmonica players and singers.

What Can You Add to the Jam? (intermediate) 7:30 - 8:30 pm Take your playing to the next level! Open to guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, harmonica players and singers.

"First Lessons" a monthly IMT in-store series
2:00-3:00 pm
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+.

Oh, What a Night! A Four Seasons Workshop
Presented by Strathmore
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
$65 (Stars $58.50)

Learn tunes made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons along with topics including song choice, blend, phrasing, vocal technique and expression. Led by outstanding local music educators.

Songwriting 101
with Cathy Fink
6 Mondays, 10/13 - 11/24
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
at the Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD
for a WAMA member discount, call Sunil Freeman 301.654.8664

Level: Beginner. Good songwriting combines skill, practice, tools and of course, courting the muse. We will dissect the elements of "perfect"songs, learn techniques for opening the creative channels and skills to write songs.

Songwriting Bootcamp
with Cathy Fink
6 Mondays, 10/13 - 11/24
7:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
at the Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD
for a WAMA member discount, call Sunil Freeman 301.654.8664

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. You write songs and you want to write better songs. At the intersection of art & play, you will experience ways to think out of the box, cut through writer's block, edit, listen, and create an ongoing writing practice that continues to upgrade your songwriting skills. ON the first day of class, bring in a song to share-preferably one that you feel could be better with additional work.

Learn Your Looper Workshop
Mon. Oct. 13
4:30 pm
at Brewer’s Alley, 124 N. Market St., Frederick, MD 21701
To reserve a place e-mail Rod Deacey at roddc@xecu.net
Places are limited

A workshop to explain the mysteries of the looper pedal, which will immediately help you to augment your sound. Many solo acoustic performers have tried to find ways of expanding on the sound of a single acoustic instrument to produce a fuller sound without having to hire additional musicians. Learn how to use a looper pedal to build complex arrangements by combining simple sounds and basic chords. This does two things - makes you sound better so you get return gigs, and allows you to play larger and better-paying venues. Jeff Miller will also be the featured songwriter at the Showcase later in the evening.

Getting Your Music Heard in Nashville
with Steve Block
Sat. Oct. 18
$35 NSAI, WAMA, SAW, other songwriting organization members/ $40 non-members
Sign up by Oct. 7 for a $5 discount
RSVP to NSAI coordinator, Eileen Bernstein at peakandvalleymusic@gmail.com

Steve represents a variety of songs from many publishing companies and songwriters all around the world, pitching them for artists and projects based in Nashville, TN. Do you:

Have an idea about where you want your song to go and need help getting there?
Want the opportunity to get your music into the hands of top industry publishers and artists?
Need advice on how to make it in this business where the song speaks for itself?
Want to find someone who can represent your songs in Nashville?

Steve will address these questions, and offer SONG EVALUATIONS

If you plan to attend and if you'd like to have Steve evaluate your song at the workshop, or if you'd like to sign up for private one-on-one consultations on Oct. 19 & 20, email Eileen.

Valerie Turner and Ben Turner Workshops
Sat. Oct. 25
10 am - 12 pm
at Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD
see below for cost for each, or $30 for both
Register for the workshop by emailing info@acousticblues.com.

Valerie will be teaching blues guitar workshop geared toward an intermediate/advanced audience, and focus on songs in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking with some emphasis on pieces Valerie learned from John Cephas. The time for the workshop is 10am to 12pm with a cost of $25.

Ben Turner's workshop will be a rhythm workshop featuring the Washboard. and geared toward beginners. Learn how to put together all the tools you need for your washboard and time for this will be from 12pm to 1pm. Cost of this workshop is $10.

Third Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property
with Professor William Fisher -
CopyrightX: Lessons from Networked Legal Education
Thurs. Oct. 30
5:45pm Registration, 6 pm Lecture, 7:15pm Reception
at Room 603, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, WDC
For more info, registration, and live webcast go to:

Professor William Fisher will discuss his experiences in designing and teaching CopyrightX, a unique course that combines a traditional law school course with affiliated courses in other countries and an online course open to the public to provide instruction about copyright systems around the world.

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Porchfest looking for Musicians

A community music appreciation event called Porchfest takes place on October 18, from 3-7 pm. We locate beautiful residential homes in our community and turn front porches into "stages for a day" where musicians can share their art on whatever terms they choose - a rehearsal, trying out a new piece, or a traditional performance. The range of music is eclectic....we have brass bands, blues, folk, experimental. brazilian and many others. Our event is free to the public, and we do this to foster an appreciation for music in a setting that is family friendly - so young people may be included. We ask our performers to volunteer a 30-45 minute set.

Local tv affiliates broadcast live from one of our porches last year when we first tired this out, so there the benefit of potential media coverage. But this is really about putting music into a different context than it is usually experienced...tree lined streets of an historic neighborhood in NW DC. I hope you will consider joining us. Please contact Nathan Ackerman at 202-669-2323 or email nathan@18thstreetmedia.com.

Selected Events

Waterford Fair
Sat. Oct. 4, 10 am to 5 pm
Sun. Oct. 5, 10 am to 5 pm

Concert performers are Tara Linhardt & the Stone Cold Ramblers, Patent Pending and The Seldom Scene on Saturday and Patent Pending, Furnace Mountain and Adrienne Young with Danny Knicely on Sunday. Other musicians will be performing throughout the town, including The Old Guard, the oldest active infantry unit and premiere ceremonial unit in the U.S. Army, in a march down Main Street on Sunday at noon. Concerts are in the Old School on Fairfax Street, Waterford, VA.

33rd Takoma Park Street Festival
Sun. Oct. 5
10 am - 5 pm
on Main Street, Takoma Park, MD

Peformers: The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, The Morrison Brothers Band, Chopteeth, The Hula Monsters, Major and the Monbacks, Black Masala, Gina DeSimone and the Moaners, South Rail, Speakers of the House, Cooking with Gas, GHz with Pam and Jobari Parker, The Natty Beaux, Joe Trrop y Diego Sanchez, The Walking Sticks, Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Andrea Hoag and Annette Wasilik, Djesben, Cousin John Band

Harvest Moon Festival
Sun. Oct. 5
3-9 pm
at One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

Performers include Positive Vibrations Youth, Magpie, Hawaii State Ukulele Hui Society, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and more

Washington Music Chorale:
A Choral Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
Sun. Oct. 5
4 pm, with pre-concert discussion at 3 pm
at The National Presbyerian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, WDC
Orchestra $50/$35/$25, Balcony $20, Student $10 (balcony)

They open our 5th season with a tribute to the celebrated American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Appearing as special guests on the program will be the Children’s Chorus of Washington and NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

The pre-concert discussion will be moderated by Mark Eden Horowitz, Senior Music Specialist and Curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress. Joining him will be Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Conductor Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society; Michael Slon, Director of Choral Programs at the University of Virginia; and, Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Author of “Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts.”

Irish Embassy Free Concert
Sun. Oct. 5
2 pm to 4 pm
by the fountain in Dupont Circle.

The Irish Embassy is celebrating 90 years of relations between Ireland and the U.S. with a free outdoor concert at Dupont Circle. Performers will include the Irish Inn Mates & Friends and the Bog Band with Brian Gaffney, as well as dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and Shannon Dunne Dance, along with a few other Irish surprises.

Everly Brothers Tribute Show
Sat. Oct. 11
8 pm
at Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD
$18, $16 members

Performers: Karen Collins and The Backroads Band, Dudley Connell ( The Seldom Scene) & Sally Love, Dede Wyland & Bill Williams, Linda Nelson & Rob Thorworth, The McTell Brothers

Newmyer Flyer Tribute to The Everly Brothers
Sat. Oct. 11
7:30 pm
at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

Performers: David & Ginger Kitchen, Ruthie Logsdon, Willie Barry, Buck Stone & Michelle Murray, The Hummingbyrds, Bill Baker & Derek Brock, Amy Sullivan, Bill Starks, Greg Hardin, Jelly Roll Mortals

50th Anniversary Celebration FSGW
Sun. Oct. 12
5 - 10 pm
at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD
$35, or table for 10 for $325; ages 12 and under $15
Ticket deadline Oct. 7

A grand evening of food, concerts, songs and dancing.

Class Acts Arts 20th Anniversary Fiesta Celebration
Thurs. Oct. 16
in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

Guest Performances by Class Acts roster artists, including: Mark Jaster, Chic Street Man, Dovie Thomason. Plus an “Artsy” Silent Auction.

Atlas Underground: Not Your Usual Gala
Fri. Oct. 17
7 pm
at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, WDC
$225, or 4 or more for $200 each

Performers: Alidu, Bio Ritmo, Capital City Symphony, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Del Exilio, DODO Orchestra, Nishtha Raj, Christylex Bacon, Wytold, Q-Tango, congressional Chorus, Joy of Motion

The annual fundraiser for the Atlas. Black tie optional.

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert & CultureWorks Collective Benefit
Sun. Oct. 19
6:30 pm
at The Hamilton, 600 14th St, NW, WDC
$18 general admission; $22.50 seated

Performers: Josh White, Jr., Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Emma's Revolution, The U-Liners

To celebrate the progressive movement and the causes that Pete gave so much to Joe Uehlein is hosting a musical tribute to Pete, donating concert proceeds to the CultureWorks Collective (CWC), an organization Pete help found. www.voices4sustainability.org

The Circus Life Festival
Sun. Oct. 19
11 am - 7 pm
at the Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, Va
$15 adv/$20 door
www.wineryatbullrun.com www.facebook.com

Performers: The Pietasters, The Woodshedders, Black Masala, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, The New Polution, the Ultimate Beck Cover Band, Erin & the Wildfire, DJ Sam Snow, and more


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

Alice Gerrard has released a new album, "Follow the Music," just months after turning 80. According to this Washington Post review, "Gerrard, who, with the late Hazel Dickens, founded Hazel & Alice, the pioneering duo widely heralded as the first female-led band in bluegrass." www.washingtonpost.com

Lea has a new CD "Let You In," and a CD release concert on Fri Oct 10 at Creative alliance, Baltimore, MD. www.creativealliance.org

The Funk Ark are releasing a new record, "Man is A Monster," on Fri. Oct. 10 at the Black Cat, WDC, with Black Masala and special guests. www.blackcatdc.com

Fort Knox Five presents "Funk the World 26" DJ Mix, featuring tracks from Justin Martin & Sammy D, Odesza, Black Masala, Fragle, Nina Simone and more. Free download at soundcloud.com/fortknoxfive/funk-the-world-27

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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