WAMA News - May 9 2015

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WAMA News - May 9 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 13, 2015 4:26 pm

National & International Music News

David Byrne Appointed to SoundExchange Board of Directors
may 07, 2015
By Glenn Peoples
Sound Exchange

"...The appointment gives SoundExchange a vocal supporter of artists' interests and frequent critic of new digital business models."

John LoFrumento to Receive Visionary Leadership Award
at Songwriters Hall of Fame
May 07, 2015
By Lars Brandle

Visionary Leadership

"John LoFrumento, the recently retired CEO of ASCAP, will be honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner next month."

Pandora Defeats ASCAP, Music Publishers In Royalty Rate Appeal
By Bruce Houghton
Pandora Wins

"...First the FCC approved it's purchase of a small radio station that could lead to lower payments to artists; and today it won a court appeal that would have raised some rates retroactively."

Solos Under Siege: Country Radio Combats 'Bored' Listeners
By Cutting Guitar Parts
May 05, 2015
By Tom Roland

"...shorter singles make it possible for stations to play more titles in the course of an hour, and the solo parts are where it's the easiest to make an incision. So singles often go under the knife...Increasingly, that editing takes place before the songs ever make it to radio..."

Effort to Protect San Francisco Clubs From Noisy Lawsuits
Passed By City Leaders
May 06, 2015
San Francisco Clubs

"Live music venues in San Francisco earned a welcome reprieve on Tuesday as the city's Board of Supervisors passed legislation aimed at protecting businesses from noise-related lawsuits...the measure puts a stop to residents suing venues over noise if the club is operating within its original permit."

Europe Launches Plans for Digital Single Market
May 06, 2015
By Scott Roxborough
Digital Single

"...The stated goal of the "digital single market strategy" is to knock down national barriers between European countries by updating copyright laws, harmonizing regulation and scrapping barriers to online trade such as geo-blocking, the process by which businesses in one country restrict access to websites or content based in another."

Folk singer behind popularity of ‘We Shall Overcome’ dies
May 8, 2015
Guy Carawan

"Guy Carawan, a folk singer and social-justice advocate credited with turning the African-American spiritual “We Shall Overcome” into a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died at 87."

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Local Notes

Kennedy Center and Apollo Theater Explore D.C./New York Jazz Connections

Lilt will celebrate their 5th Anniversary with a concert on Sun. May 10 at The Limerick Pub, Wheaton, MD.

Black Masala costs of putting out their 3-Year Anniversary album, Black Masala has launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo, with the goal of raising $5,000 in the next 45 days.

Beauty Pill's new album, “Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are,” was reviewed in the Washington Post.

The Most Popular Keys of All Music on Spotify
By Eliot Van Buskirk
Popular keys

"Spotify data analyst and jazz pianist Kenny Ning took it upon himself to analyze the key of every track on Spotify, to determine how frequently they appear, and we turned the result into a chart."

7 Things Publicists Wish Bands Knew
By Amy Sciarretto
7 things

"...Publicists are the nerve center of the operation, and most of the time, they're juggling machetes, fireballs, and grenades, yet bands might be wondering, "Why am I not being featured in this magazine yet?" thinking it's as easy as "ask and ye shall receive." But I realize that they think this because they don't know how it works and aren't informed of the finer points of publicity."

Booking Promotion 101 - What Is Booking-Promotion?
By Bryan Farrish
Booking Promotion

"A relatively new word in the DIY music scene is "booking promotion". You've certainly heard, and probably wanted, "booking" (and you can probably say the same thing about "promotion"). But what makes things different is when you put them together: Booking Promotion"

6 Things You'll Learn Recording An Album That Nobody Will Tell You
May 5, 2015
By Brandon Waardenburg
6 Things

"...You’re taking one gigantic leap toward indie-stardom just by booking the studio space. But hold up a second. There is a whole bunch of stuff nobody is telling you."

7 Points to Artistic Longevity in the New Music Business
May 7, 2015
By Earl Brinkley
7 Points

"For my fellow Independent Recording Artist, I want to share with you what I believe to be 7 great fundamental steps for a successful, long-term career. As an ANCIENT Artist..lol, the process I presently use applied to a young Artist, would most likely guarantee a long and strong career"

6 Unwritten Rules of Music Conference Etiquette
by Hugh McIntyre
Conference Etiquette

"If you're going to sit in on sessions and listen to what industry leaders have to say, you're going to have to know what to do and how to behave. Here are the (previously) unwritten rules to make sure you don't faux pas through your next conference."



"First Lessons" - Lap Dulcimer
Sun. May 10
2 - 3 pm
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
RSVP to workshops@hmtrad.com. RSVP is recommended, but not required. www.hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

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+.

Two Days of Career Seminars
May 16 & 15
at the Mansion, Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
$18 per class (Stars $16.20)
Career Tiickets

Get Funded, with Maureen Andary
How to Avoid Costly Mistakes, with John Simson
Effective Video Marketing, with Gemal Woods
Does Your Website Have What It Takes, with Patty Laing
Getting the Gig & Touring the Band, with Ken Avis
Band Leading 101, with Charlie Barnett
The M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer Workshop
with Maggie Sansone & Marya Katz
Sat. May 16
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
in private home in West Annapolis, MD (detail sent at registration)
For more info about the music or your level of playing, contact: maggie@maggiesmusic.com

This workshop is open to advanced beginners to intermediate and beyond. Music will include tunes and arrangements.

"Singing From Your Soul" Vocal Workshop with Lea Gilmore
Sun. May 17
noon - 2 pm
at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
To reserve your spot email: events@acousticblues.com

Lea Gilmore will present a two hour workshop featuring “Songs in the Key of Lea” or better put, "how do you know what keys work for you and which ones don't?" Singing together we will take out the mystery of harmonizing. Learn easily how to harmonize with others in your Band." All while singing from our hearts and souls and clapping on "two and four!"

The M&M 3rd Annual Destination Dulcimer Workshop
with Maggie Sansone & Marya Katz
Sat. May 16
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
in private home in West Annapolis, MD (detail sent at registration)
For more info about the music or your level of playing, contact: maggie@maggiesmusic.com

This workshop is open to advanced beginners to intermediate and beyond. Music will include tunes and arrangements.

Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Mark Sylvester
Sun. May 17
2 - 4 pm
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

In the first part of this workshop, we will explore several basic fingerpicking patterns used in chordal accompaniment, and we will apply these patterns to several popular and folk songs. Then we will build upon this foundation and incorporate melodic elements. Participants should leave the class with a basic understanding of how to combine melody and chords into a finger-style arrangement. All handout materials will be in tablature, so a basic familiarity with tab will be important. While the ability to read music is not necessary for the workshop, a basic understanding of rhythm (4/4 time, eighth notes) will be very helpful.

Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Orrin Star
Sat. June 6
1 - 3:15 pm
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
$50, limited to 10 participants
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090 www.hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

Bluegrass guitarists have developed some of the most potent and interesting rhythm moves ever heard but they are seldom taught in an organized way. This workshop takes a hands-on, detailed and entertaining look at them. Learn the cool bass runs and strums and how to apply them. If you strum folk, bluegrass or old-time music on an acoustic guitar then this workshop is for you. Written hand-outs. Non-video recording devices welcome. For all levels (except actual beginners)

Irish Mandolin Workshop with Orrin Star
Sun. June 7
2 - 4;15 pm
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
$50, limited to 10 participants
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090 www.hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

Traditional Irish instrumental music is a wonderfully rich style with a unique language of embellishments and accents. Using the classic jig Lark in the Morning as our vehicle, we will explore how this language applies to the mandolin, and how to make your Irish playing sound authentic and interesting.

Ukulele Workshops with Maureen Andary
June 6, 13, 20 & 27
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
$110 for each 4-part series
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090 www.hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

Beginner 1 -- 10:00-11:00 am
For beginning Ukulele students - learn how to play this sweet instrument using sweet songs! Past songs have included: Singing in the Rain, Beat it, Come Together, Psycho Killer, The Way You Make Me Feel, Stand by Me, Bad Moon Rising, & Here Comes the Sun. We'll learn basic strum patterns, basic chords, & how to read chord charts and lead sheets. We always laugh a LOT in this class - the lighthearted spirit of the Uke rules!

Right Hand Techniques for Blossoming Strummers -- 11:00 am-12:00 pm
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. The class will be invited to suggest repertoire for the four weeks following the first session. Past songs have included: Norwegian Wood, Blister in the Sun, Exactly Like You, Firework, & Bad Romance. This class is most rewarding as we grow by leaps and bounds in our ukulele playing - learning to read tablature, practicing the musicality of strumming, and learning how to arrange

The Art of Songwriting
with Mary Alouette
six Thursdays, June 6 thru July 16
at The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD
$315, (WAMA & SAW discount to be announced soon)

Have you ever had a tune in your head and wanted to know how to turn it into a song? Perhaps you have written songs before but want to make them even better than they already are. In this workshop participants will study musical form, melody, and style, looking particularly at pop and contemporary songwriting to discover what makes a song a hit. Participants will begin or refine a song through writing exercises, research music software programs like Logic and Pro Tools that aid in the recording process, and learn about social media sources like YouTube to get their songs heard. You don't need to be an experienced songwriter to join - all you need is an idea and a desire to write music. However, if you are already a songwriter with a solid grasp on the craft of songwriting and the music industry, there is certainly opportunity to hone your skills. If you would like to bring your own instrument to class you are more than welcome, and there will also be a guitar available for your use. It is recommended that you bring a notepad and pen and a portable audio recording device to document the workshop sessions.

Beginning Tinwhistle Workshop with Scott Morrison
Sun. June 14
noon - 2 pm
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090 www.hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

This will be a start-up workshop for the tin whistle. Proper grip, breathing techniques, embouchure and fingerings will be taught alongside of some easy tunes from the American and Celtic traditions. A whistle in the key of D is required (Walton's Mellow D or Clarke D recommended, available at HMT.

Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison
June 14, 21 & 28
2 - 4 pm
at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD
$140 for 3-part series, or $50 per session
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090 www.hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

This class is 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.



2015 NERFA Formal & Quad Showcase
Applications Now Being Accepted
Submission Deadline Formal: Fri. June 5
Submission Deadline Quad: Tues. July 7

Only 14 Formal performance slots are available. Each perfomarnac slot is 15 minutes. The biggest advantage is that nothing else is allowed to go on during the Formal Showcase, not even Guerrilla showcases in the hotel rooms. The Quad Showcases occur immediately after the Formal Showcases, and are four concurrently running showcases. To apply, go to www.nerfa.org

Join the Soundtrack: One Baltimore Project for Justice and Peace

Konexion Recording Studios invites concerned artists of the DMV area to join in a project to produce a music compilation, "One Baltimore Project for Justice and Peace." As a part of this project, we will be producing a song, "One Baltimore." The theme is calling for justice and peace following events surrounding the Freddie Gray tragedy. The song will be written and recorded live at Konexion in Baltimore.

Producers, engineers, songwriters, and musicians who would like to collaborate or who have lyrics, music tracks, or beats to contribute are invited to contact us. Everyone will be added to our email list to be kept informed as this project develops. Related performances and activities are a part of future plans. Net proceeds will benefit Baltimore rebuilding and renaissance efforts.

Email us at info@konexion.com and we'll follow up soon. Space and time are limited but we'll include as many artists as we can.

Studio News

Bias Studios & Recording Arts

Bias Studios is happy to welcome Recording Arts to our Springfield location. Recording Arts now occupies a new suite in the Bias building, and will be using Bias’ Studio A, Studio B and Studio C. Between the two companies, with mastering engineers, staff and freelance producer/engineers, this one location offers the talents of: Bob Dawson, Mike Monseur, Jim Robeson, Marco Delmar, Ken Barnum, Mark Reiter, Mike Douaire, Cory Foley Marsello, Ben Mangold, and Rich Sigler. Among this crew, there are four Grammy Awards, 6 Grammy Nominations, dozens of Grammy Nominated and Winning artists and releases, Gold Record sales, Multi Platinum Record sales, WAMA Producer of the Year (15 years), Best Recording Engineer (14 years) and Best Recording Studio (22 years). For a tour, call 703 941 3333 or email info@biasstudios.com to contact Bias Studios. Call 703 560 6380 or email recordarts@aol.com to reach Recording Arts.


Selected Events

Loudon Bluegrass Festival
Sat. May 9
Loudon County 4H Fairgrouds
17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg, VA
Time: 10:00AM Gates Open, Tickets: $20adv, $30gate, $8youth
Contact: 703-999-8695 (David Humphries)

Featuring: Lonesome River Band, Bumper Jacksons, Blue Rhythm Boys, East Of Monroe, The Plank Stompers, Circa Blue, Frank Cassell, Danny Knicely, John Brunchwyler, Mike Hansen, and more.

With jams, instrument competitions, and workshops in Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass and Songwriting.

Tribute to Hazel & Alice
May 20-21
at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, MD
purchase at www.ampbystrathmore.com

This tribute to Alice Gerrard and Hazel Dickens has Alice performing solo sets of her own music, as well as with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Dudley Connell & Sally Love Band: Marshall Wilborn, David McLaughlin. There's a rumor that using the code BLUEGRASS when you buy tickets gets a discount.


Jimi Hendrix
August 10, 1967
Ambassador Theatre, Washington, DC

Bill Havu: "Natty Bumpo were a regular band at The Ambassador Theater. I remember vividly the week we opened for Jimi Hendrix. We knew all their songs because we watched from the wings when they performed. Mitch Mitchell took ill on the afternoon of the free community show, so Jimi asked me to fill in as drummer for just a three song short set."
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Final Curtain

Derek Anthony "House" Colquitt, 47

"Everyone in Washington’s tightknit go-go community knew Derek Colquitt simply as “House.” It was a fitting nickname for the formidable bass player, the big man who held down the rhythm for D.C.’s Junkyard Band, one of the marquee groups of the syncopated, percussion-fueled music style that has provided a soundtrack for Washington since the 1970s.

Now a fixture of that world is gone. Colquitt, 47, and his girlfriend, Jeri Lanelle Whorton, 34, were killed in a fiery motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Charles County, Md." from a Washington Post article

Marty Knepp

Marty Knepp passed away unexpectively on April 30th, leaving his family with several expenses. If you'd like to help out, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up. www.gofundme.com/t6e8n2tk

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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