WAMA News - February 21 2015

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WAMA News - February 21 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:45 pm

The 29th Annual Wammies


29th Annual Wammies Award Show
Sunday, March 15, 2015
8 pm
at the State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
To purchase tickets and Sponsor/Patron Tables to WAMA's biggest party of the year, click TIX.

Purchasing a Sponsor Table includes tickets to the show, as well as tickets to the pre-Wammies VIP Reception. All Patron table for 4 or more include an ad in the Wammies Program.

Link to the 29th Annual Ballot

Voting Deadline: Friday, Feb. 20, 10PM

Cast your vote for
your favorite band
or artist.

Fan Favorite Award
Vote for your Fan Favorite by clicking FAV.

Unlike the Wammies Ballot, you do not have to be WAMA member to vote for the Fan Favorite Award. So tell all your friends to vote! (One vote per person.)

Wammies Advertising

The Wammies offer a great opportunity to publicize your business, name or band, either as an ad in the Wammies program or in the WAMA Newsletter. For reasonable rates, go to Ads, or call 703-368-3300. March 8th deadline for ads for the Wammies Program.

Wammies Volunteers

The Wammies needs volunteers to produce a great event. If you would like to help, please email dcmusic@wamadc.com. Thanks!

National & International Music News

D.C. ranks as No. 1 city for music lovers
Feb. 18, 2015
By Sarah Beth Hensley

"When it comes to the best cities for music, people may think of New York, Los Angeles or Nashville — but a travel magazine put D.C. at the top of the list when it comes to places people can enjoy music.

Condé Nast Traveler ranked D.C. as the No. 1 city out of a top-15 list for music lovers because of its abundance of venues, skilled performers and its rich music history."

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Local Notes

George Smallwood was interviewed by Dcist about his many years as a songwriter and performer. He'll perform on Feb. 25 at the Anacostia Branch Library, WDC as part of the Capital Fringe Music in the Library series."

Phaze II performed at the 2015 NAMM Trade Show in Anaheim, CA on Jan. 25 on the NAMM GoPro Stage main stage. phaze2jazz.com

"Conductor Christoph Eschenbach to leave NSO, Kennedy Center music directorship in 2017," according to the Washington Post's Anne Midgette. eschenbach



Snapchat Now Lets You Add a Soundtrack to Your Snaps
February 19, 2015
By Marc Schneider

"...Before now the app's users had to blast the car stereo or hold up a second phone if they wanted a soundtrack. Now, you can run third-party audio apps like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes in the background and the audio comes through crystal clear."

The Best Time to Release Your Album: A Month by Month Guide
February 16, 2015
By Janelle Rogers
Best Time

"Last year I put together this handy dandy cheat sheet to give bands the best time to release their album or EP to maximize exposure. But you know what? Things change. A few months that were fantastic in the past, proved to be fatal in 2014. So here is the updated, new and improved guide for releasing an album in 2015 and early 2016."



Beginning Blues Harmonica Lessons
with Geoff Seals
Sat. Feb. 21
10:30am to 12:30PM
at 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Beginner Piedmont Blues harmonica lessons at AEBHF on 21 February from 10:30am - 12:30pm. The classes will consist of three sessions held once a month, with the first session in February. The first class will emphasize breathing techniques, projecting sound, and playing chords, individual notes on "A" key harmonica and 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure. The second session (march) will cover, tone, rhythmic style, and music structure. The third session (April) will cover rhythmic style, and music structure, and accompaniment, including duo with guitar.

Tune Up For Singers with Tina Chancey
Mon. Mar. 9, 16, 30
7:30 - 9:15 pm
at 3706 North 17th St, Arlington, VA
$35 for one session, $5 discount for each session after the first one
Contact tinachancey@cs.com or 703-407-0642 for more info

What do you find Impossible? Singing a falling major 6th? Staying on pitch? Sight reading fast passage work? Navigating a renaissance cadence pattern? This class is for you. Bring in the pieces that drive you crazy, Tina will furnish some gory examples herself, from Monteverdi to Britten.

SoundCatcher: Play by Ear with Tina Chancey
Sat. mar. 14, 21
10 am - noon
at 3706 North 17th St, Arlington, VA
Contact tinachancey@cs.com or 703-407-0642 for more info

How do you learn a tune by ear? Listen to it 50 times? We've got short-cuts you may have forgotten. Find the hook, hear patterns and forms, identify intervals and rhythms. Make yourself an aural itinerary of the events of the tune. Come hone your skills.

Baroque Master Class with Tina Chancey
Tues. Mar. 17, 24, 31
7:30 - 9:15 pm
at 3706 North 17th St, Arlington, VA
Three half-hour performances per class; performers each pay $35, listeners welcome for free.
Contact tinachancey@cs.com or 703-407-0642 for more info

For advanced singers & instrumentalists. Working on a baroque solo or ensemble piece? Here's a chance to perform it and get some coaching on improvised ornaments, inégal, style, tempo, affect & pronunciation. Viol continuo furnished upon request.

AIR Workshop: Mark Meadows - Jazz Improv
Presented by Strathmore
Wed. March 18
7:30 PM
at the Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
Free, but reservations required.

The multidimensional pianist and vocalist Mark Meadows leads an engaging discussion centered on the remarkable similarities between jazz improv and spoken language; they're basically one and the same.


Selected Events

Intersections Festival
Feb. 20 - Mar. 7 weekends
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, WDC
Ticket and schedule information at

Over the next three weekends, the various performance halls at the venue will feature over 100 performances of music, movement and spoken word from local artists and beyond.

2015 DC Bluegrass Festival
Feb. 27-28
at Sheraton Premiere Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA
For tickets go to www.dcbu.org

Performers: The Earls of Leicester, The Seldom Scene, Tim O'Brien, Blue Highway, Sierra Hull, The Bankesters, The Grass Cats, Gold Heart, Bluestone,

In order to secure the special DCBU Festival room rate of $89 per night (plus tax) be sure to book your room by February 13th. (Call 888-627-8230) and use code "Bluegrass Festival 2015".

Azalea City Recording CD Release Concert
Sun. March 1
7 pm
at Takoma Park Community Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD
Please pay what you can
Full Details: www.reverbnation.com

Performers: Dovetail Ensemble, Patty Reese, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Jesse Palidofsky, Seth Kibel, Blue Moon Cowgirls, Bill Starks

The CD Release of the Sampler #5 is to benefit the Takoma Foundation.

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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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