WAMA News - October 11 2014

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WAMA News - October 11 2014

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:07 pm

29th Wammies Nomination Ballot Is Here!

Deadline: Midnight, Friday October 31

The 29th Wammies Nomination Ballot is where WAMA members nominate who they want to see on the official 29th Wammies Ballot.

You can check out the Artist & Product Registry, for an glimpse of the accomplishments of some of our local musicians. However, an artist does not have to be listed on the Artist & Product Registry to be nominated, nor does being listed guarantee a place on the Nomination Ballot.

Enter your nominations for this year's Wammies by midnight on Friday, October 31, click Nominate.

You can nominate artists who are not WAMA members, but you do need to be a current WAMA member in order for your ballot to count. Not a current member? Join or renew HERE.

WAMA Product Registry Still Accepting Artists

The end of the this year's 29th Wammies Eligibility Period was September 30, 2014. The Eligibility Period started October 1, 2013. Register your accomplishments, including new CDs, at the WAMA Artist and Product Registry.

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
To Register, click LOC

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!

National & International Music News

California officials unveil 'Johnny Cash Trail'

"The city of Folsom has completed the first section of the "Johnny Cash Trail" that will pay tribute to the country music icon and his 1968 album 'At Folsom Prison'."

Waylon Jennings' items up for auction in Phoenix
Waylon Auction

Outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings owned a vintage motorcycle that had previously belonged to his close friend, rock 'n' roll star Buddy Holly...The bike is among thousands of items that Jennings' estate is putting on the auction block Sunday online and at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix."


Local Notes

The International Bluegrass Music Awards winners announced. IMBA
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen were named Instrumental Group of the Year.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame, "Original members of the Seldom Scene – Ben Eldridge, John Starling and Tom Gray – accepted their award to a standing ovation, noting the late John Duffey and Mike Auldridge in their acceptance speech."

Bio Ritmo's latest album "Puerta Del Sur" has been in various top lists around the world, including in the top 5 of CMJ World Music charts for a few weeks in a row. bioritmo.bandcamp.com

QuinTango is the 2014-15 Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music. The first event of their residency is a gala performance at the residence of the Ambassador of Colombia on October 22 to benefit the Washington Conservatory of Music.

Professor Eugene Montague taught a summer class at George Washington University entitled "D.C. in the History of Punk Music." dcist article

Annapolis residents split over downtown concert series.

Film & Video Views

Bio Ritmo
"NPR's Tiny Desk" Video

All 10 of them somehow fit behind the official Tiny Desk and they are the first salsa band to do so.

A film about Jazz legend Clark Terry
"Keep On Keepin' On - Trailer"

Opening theatrically at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Springs from October 10th - 16th.

Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, helmed by 7 time Academy Award Nominated producer Quincy Jones, "Keep On Keepin' On" depicts the story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry - a mentor to Miles Davis - is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In the 1960's, he broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC - on "The Tonight Show". Today, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents. The film highlights his friendship with Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry's health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives.



The Cyber PR Guide to Creating an Effective Music Marketing Plan (Part 2 of 3)
October 8, 2014
By Ariel Hyatt

"Releasing an album or EP into today’s music landscape can feel like a daunting task. Who do you send it to? How will you get people to listen? How do you cut through the noise? Where are all the places to put it online?...In this, part 2, we will discuss steps to take in order to have a successful new release launch."

Measure Your Music Marketing To Double Your Effectiveness
By Bobby Borg

"A student recently approached me with a complaint that only six people showed up to his live performance. He sent out an email to 1,000 names, posted on a few social networks, and told his friends and family...But after using some basic analytical tools, we quickly discovered that fewer than 10 people even opened his email. We rewrote his emails with catchier headlines, more benefits, and a specific call to action."

12 tips for a better band website
September 23, 2014
By Chris Bolton
Site Tips

"Often you don’t need to completely redesign your website to make it resonate more with fans and visitors. Sometimes it just takes stepping into the shoes of your fans and making a few tweaks here and there. Here are 12 tips that will help make your current band website–even better."

6 Ways Not To Act As An Opening Act
By Kosha Dillz
6 Ways

"...Essentially as openers, we want to rock out to the fullest capability for 30-40 minutes so people get to know who we are, but in reality we must understand that not everyone is there for us."

A Guide to Getting Gigs:
What to do before looking for gigs
October 3, 2014
DIY Gigs

"...Performing live is one of the best things about being a musician. However, for independent artists, who don’t necessarily have the support of an agent or manager, looking for gigs can be quite overwhelming. What some artists don’t realize, and is the one thing that can bring in frustration, is that “gig hunting” is a marathon, not a sprint."

The 7 Fundamental Steps To Cover Band Success (Part 1 of 2)
October 7, 2014
By Brad Lazarus

"...A word of warning. While the marketing info for original artists can be very valuable, there’s a fundamental distinction that needs to be made. Artists writing their own material are generally focused on ‘getting exposure and building a fanbase’.

As a cover band looking to secure wedding, private party and corporate event bookings your main priority should be different. You don’t need exposure per se, you need to generate actual leads and inquiries from prospective clients that want to book your band for their event."

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"First Lessons" a monthly IMT in-store series
2:00-3:00 pm
October 11 -- mandolin
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

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.

World on a String Cross-cultural
Master Musician Workshops and Concert
Sat. Oct. 25
Workshops 12:30-5:30
at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania SE, WDC(Eastern Market Metro)
Concert 7:30 Concert at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th Street SE, WDC
Full details, online registration, and a scholarship request form at www.freydashands.org/woas

An opportunity to explore rhythm, improvisation, and repertoire with Appalachian fiddler Alan Jabbour, Irish flute/guitar master Josh Dukes, Grammy® nominees Christylez Bacon, Loretta Kelley, and Dawn Avery, award-winning gospel/blues/jazz vocalist and pianist Eric Byrd, and more.

For beginner to advanced, age 7-adult, all instruments/vocals welcome.

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.



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

Autumn Spectacular - Guitars Not Guns Benefit
Sat. Oct. 11
$16 advance/$18 door
at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St, NW, WDC

Performers: Typefighter, The Sea Life, Teen Mom, Lowercase Letters,

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.

Annual DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands
Sat. Oct. 18
7 pm to midnight
at the American Legion Post 268, 11225 Fern Street, Wheaton MD
$13 advance ($10 for DCBS members), $15 at the door ($12 for DCBS members)

The competing bands are: Matthew Patrick & Muskrat Sally, The Mojo Priests, Planet Full of Blues, Sherri Shiri, Taylor Davie Band, The Tony Stramella Band, Vintage #18

The winning band will represent the DC Blues Society at the 31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN next January and at local events including the 7th Annual College Park Blues Festival on November 8, 2014 at Ritchie Coliseum.


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

Ex Hex had an article about their debut album, "Rips," the Washington Post. ex-hex

Harness Flux's latest song "Results May Vary" was reveiwed in Dcist.

"Welcome to Listen To This" reviewed new music from:
Zulu Pearls' song, "Lightweight"
Two Inch Astronaut's single "Foulbrood" from their upcoming new album
Bo Jankans' single, "Level Up" from their new album on Oct. 14th "The Motormouth EP:Act II"
Fellow Creatures' debut release, "Shuka Shuka"
SOJA's single, "Driving Faster" from their new album "Amid The Noise and Haste"
South Rail Band's single, "Storms are on the Ocean"
Diamond District's single, "Lost Cause"

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
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