WAMA News - January 16 2015

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WAMA News - January 16 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:39 pm

29th Wammies Ballot

Look for your Ballot in next week's WAMA Newsletter.

29th Annual Wammies Award Show

Sunday, February 15, 2015
at the State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Co-Sponsored by The Little City of Falls Church and The State Theatre

To order Tickets and Sponsor Tables, click TIX

Save the date for the biggest celebration in town of the local music scene! Over 120 Wammies will be awarded to local musicians and music businesses, in categories ranging from Rock to Folk, Rap to Classical, Urban to Choral, Record Company to Song of the Year. For 29 years the Wammies have spotlighted our wonderful local music scene. If you've never attended a Wammies Award Show before, this year would be a great time to experience this premier DC networking party.

National & International Music News

Google Streamlines Concert and Ticket Searches
January 15, 2015
By Glenn Peoples

"Finding concert information and tickets at Google is getting easier. The search giant announced Thursday code-based improvements to the ways official ticket links, event listings, comedian events and venue events are displayed in search results."

What Do High-Def Streaming Subscribers Listen To?
And What Does It Mean?
January 15, 2015
By Glenn Peoples

"Are subscribers of high-definition streaming services the same as regular streaming services? A list of top songs and albums released by high-def service Tidal suggests these companies are tapping into a different demographic."


Local Notes

Local Artists on the Grammy Ballot. www.grammy.com/nominees
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen "Cold Spell" for Best Bluegrass Album
Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes "Three Bells" for Best Folk Album
SOJA "Amid The Noise And Haste" for Best Reggae Album

Ian MacKaye was featured in a Billboard article about "his participation in three excellent new documentaries in which his strident mien are prominently featured; the comprehensive Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90); Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action a film about the D.C.-based political action community that helped foster the punk scene while giving it a political voice; and Dave Grohl's HBO series Sonic Highways D.C. episode. Also in the pipeline are two more docs, Punk the Capital: Straight from Washington D.C. and a film on H.R. of the Bad Brains, Finding Joseph I, which also feature MacKaye."

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015 announced dozens of new acts that will play the festival between March 17 and March 22, including some local artists.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Jukebox the Ghost
Nick Hakim
Prinze George

Shannon Gunn was interviewed by DCist.

Ex Hex was at number 11 in the album vote section of the poll of music critics of the Village Voice. They also got singles votes. Priests and other DC acts got a few votes too.

3rd Coast Music has listed "The Best of Ripsaw Records, Vol. 4" as one of 2014’s best compilation albums in 3CM’s January 2015 issue. www.3rdcoastmusic.com

Fans and artists pay tribute to Emmylou Harris (WAMA Hall of Fame) at Constitution Hall. Washington Post article.

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Eight ideas that changed the history of Western music
9 January 2015
8 Ideas

"From pre-historic times to the present day, music has been constantly developing. From Pythagoras’ scale to the invention of the Walkman, BBC Culture chooses eight moments that changed the course of its history forever."

15 Simple Rules for Making It in the Music Industry
January 14, 2015
By Bobby Borg
15 Rules

"There are literally hundreds of tips on making it in the music business, and we all know how overwhelming that can be. If you're wondering which ones you should try to integrate into your daily life starting today, these 15 basic guidelines – from marketing to networking to self-affirmations – are all you really need to focus on right now to get started. With the right timing and a lot of luck, you just might strike it really big."


Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison
Saturdays, Jan. 24, 31 & Feb. 7
2 - 4 pm
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma park, MD
$140 for 3-part series, or $50/session

Open to both new beginners, as well as intermediate students who have some experience. Scott will tailor the material of each session to the individual attendees. Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Sing Scat Like That: A Jazz Vocal Workshop
Sat. Feb. 7
10 am
at Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
$65/$58.50 Stars price

Led by Lena Seikaly, Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna and her collaborator Chris Grasso. She will teach jazz singing fundamentals through of the style and song selections of Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli, who perform together at the Music Center on February 14. Some singing experience recommended.

Group Ukulele Classes with Maureen Andary
Saturdays, Feb. 7, 21, 28 & Mar. 7, 14
Two sessions: 10-11 am and 11 am-noon
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma park, MD
$135 for 5-part series
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Beginner 1, 10-11 am. For beginning Ukulele students. We'll learn basic strum patterns, basic chords, & how to read chord charts and lead sheets.

Right Hand Techniques for Blossoming Strummers, 11am - noon. For ukulele players who know some chords and strums but want to take it to the next level. In this class we will focus on right hand technique: strums, picking patterns, and general musicality. We'll discuss how to choose strums on your own and will be working with a variety of genres including classic jazz, 60s pop, 80s hits, and current pop.



Choral Cantigas Auditions for 2014-2015 Season for All Voices

They are the only choir in the Washington, DC area that specializes in the choral repertoire of Latin America and Spain from all historical periods and styles. We are looking for talented singers.

Requirements: previous choral experience, sight reading skills, and a good attitude. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings.

To schedule an audition call 301-230-1361. Visit www.cantigas.org for more information.

DCBU 2015 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015
For submission guidelines

The competition is from 7 pm-10 pm at the 5th DC Bluegrass Festival on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Blues Alley is celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015

They would like your photos and your best stories about your experiences over the years. They'll choose and share the best stories and photos on their 50th Anniversary website. Here's what they need:

Send us a short paragraph with your favorite memories of Blues Alley.
Please Include the artist(s) name.
Upload 1 photo you would like for us to use
Email to: Lvwdowntowndc@aol.com
Please note: You give them approval with your submission, and the right to use your image and/or likeness to share on the Blues Alley website. www.BluesAlley.com


Selected Events

Jazz and Freedom Festival
Jan. 17 & 18
4 pm - midnight
at house show in Falls Church (Sat.) & Union Arts Warehouse, 411 New York Ave NE, WDC (Sun.)
$20 suggested donation, portion of the proceeds benefit EmpowerDC
For more info: jazztothebone.com

On Sat. Jan. 17, the house show in Falls Church is open to all, but you just to RSVP to Shannon Gunn at 571-318-6278 to get the address. Daryl Davis will speak on his experience with the KKK at 4pm, and then the Jazz and Freedom Octet will perform selections from Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. On Sun. Jan. 18, the festival will conclude with a massive show at Union Arts Warehouse to include a guest panel of speakers, six bands, and a jam session to follow.

All Star Buddy Holly Tribute- "14th Annual Winter Dance Party"
Fri. Feb. 5
8 pm
at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Bethesda, MD

Performers include: David Kitchen, the Flea Bops, the Rock-A-Sonics, Honky Tonk Confidential, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Jelly Roll Mortals, Cal Everett, Ron Scott, Dagmar and Bob, Jason Hicks and emceed by British radio host and music writer Colin Davies.

An all-star tribute on the 56th Anniversary of the fateful Winter Dance Party plane crash, featuring the music of rock n? roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

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New Releases

Raheem DeVaughn has recorded a new song, "Temperature's Rising." Available to listen at Essence magazine.

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
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