WAMA News 11/20/05

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WAMA News 11/20/05

Postby askmike » Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:29 am

December SAW Workshop: How to Get Your Songs on the Radio

Date: December 3, 2005
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Place: The Melrose Hotel
2430 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington , DC
Parking under hotel ($13 for 2 hours) or street parking available; Foggy Bottom stop 2 blocks away.
Cost: $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Students - $20

Don’t you just wonder how songs get on the radio??? You probably say to yourself – “hey, my stuff’s
as good as that; how did they get on the air??

Well, sometimes it is a mystery, but there are things you should know that will give you a chance to be
the one everybody else is talking about. While there is no “magic bullet” or single solution to all genres
or radio stations, there are definitely things you should know and things you can do that will increase your
chances of getting on the air. And this workshop is your best opportunity to learn about it.

Leading our panel discussion are three very well known dj’s covering different genres of music (r&b, jazz,
hip hop, folk) as well as a highly regarded and frequently heard artist who will share his experience. Join
the following guest speakers for “tips of the trade” and a lively discussion on breaking through the barriers
to getting on the radio:

Jeannie Jones – WKYS 93.9 FM
Donnie McKethan – WPFW 89.3 FM
Mary Cliff – WETA 90.9 FM
Markus Johnson – accomplished jazz pianist (Three Keys Music)

Co-Sponsors: WAMA, NSAI , DC Cabaret Network

Sign up: Send a check payable to: SAW, 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW , PMB 106-137, Washington,
DC 20016. Use the registration form just below that you can download from this site. Seating is limited,
so hurry up and register!

Registration Form for SAW-Sponsored Events

Mail all registration forms to: SAW, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW, PMB 106-137, Washington, DC 20016.
For more information on these workshops, call (301) 654-8434.

Link Wray Dies
Reported by Wayne Kahn

WAMA Hall of Fame Member Link Wray has died at the age of 76.
The newspaper POLITIKIN.DK out of Denmark has an obituary running.
I thank Robert Lighthouse for getting me a basic translation to confirm the info.

"He is the King; if it hadn't been for Rumble,
I would have never picked up a guitar."
-- Pete Townsend

If I could go back in time and see one concert it would be Link Wray and His Wraymen
---Neil Young

Benefit for Mike Smith
The Ron Kearns Quintet with special guest Ronnie Wells will perform a benefit concert for Mike Smith on December 4, 2005 at Sabang Indonesian Restaurant, 2504 Ennals Avenue, Wheaton, MD, 301-942-7859. The concert will be from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Mike Smith is one of the DC area's top drummers (Ron Kearns Quintet drummer for ten years) and will be out of work for a while due to an injury. Scheduled performers to-date are Ron Elliston, Buck Hill, John Jensen, Larry Brown, Kent Smith, Tony Martucci, Bhagwan Khalsa and Eric Byrd. Donations are $10.00 per person. Other musicians who are interested in donating their services in support of our friend, Mike, should contact Ron Kearns at ron@ronkearns.com or Ronnie Wells at (301) 949-3481. Cards and letters may be sent to:

Tom Smith
5304 42nd Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781


The Lomax Legacy:
Folklore in a Globalizing Century

January 18th -- 20th, 2006
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

A Symposium Presentation of The American Folklife Center and The Association for
Cultural Equity, New York

The American Folklife Center, in cooperation with the Association for Cultural
Equity, will present a symposium, “The Lomax Legacy: Folklore in a Globalizing
Century,” from January 18 to 20, 2006, at the Library of Congress. For two
days, a diverse group of scholars, cultural workers, and media producers will
gather to reflect on the life work of the preeminent song collector, musical
anthropologist, and cultural activist Alan Lomax (1915-2002). The symposium
will consist of panel presentations, film screenings, and an evening concert.
Participants will discuss their own research, publications, productions and
advocacy work in light of Lomax’s pioneering initiatives in these same areas.
The gathering highlights the AFC’s 2004 acquisition of the Alan Lomax
Collection, his legacy of recordings, research and writing*-a multimedia
archive of musical performances from around the world.

The two-day event will be open to the public, free of charge, but seating is
limited and reservations are required. Reservations for no more than two seats
per registrant will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For
general information, registration, program details and locations of events,
please visit


Visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/lomax for additional details on the collection.

Alan Lomax began his career at the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folk
Song (the predecessor to the American Folklife Center) in 1933. Between 1933 and
1942, Alan Lomax and his father, folklorist John A. Lomax, helped establish the
Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folksong as a major repository of
traditional music. Many of the early recordings held by the Center are the
products of their celebrated field trips to document folk music and oral
history across much of the United States and Alan Lomax's work in the Caribbean and Europe.

After he left the Library of Congress in 1942, Alan Lomax continued his work to
document, analyze and present the traditional music, dance and narratives of
cultural communities around the world. He expanded the scope of his work to
include ethnomusicological and anthropological research and teaching, book
publishing for scholarly and popular audiences, and commercial record, radio
and film production. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards,
including the 1980 National Book Critics Circle award for “The Land Where the
Blues Began,” the National Medal of the Arts in 1986, a “Living Legend” award
from the Library of Congress in 2000 and a Grammy in 2002 for his lifelong
contributions to music.

Media contacts: Trish Taylor Shuman (202) 707-1940; Joanne Rasi (202) 707-1744
Public contact: (202) 707-5510
Web site: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/

Santa Jam 9

On Thursday December 8th, Santa Jam 9 will take place at the State Theatre in Falls Church Virginia. John Perry (bass player for Tom Principato) started The Santa Jam in 1987 when he lived in New Jersey, however this will be the 9th year in this area, so it'll be "Santa Jam 9". Santa Jam is a benefit for homeless women and children and victims of domestic violence. Northern Virginia shelters, Doorways (a temporary shelter) and the Fairfax County Women's Shelters benefit from Santa Jam every year.

Admission is a minimum donation of $10 at the door or an unwrapped child's Christmas gift, and there is a team of friends who collect gift certificates from this areas finest restaurants, massage healing centers, golf courses, Best Buy, etc.

The audience then can purchase raffle tickets to win these gift certificates raising thousands of more dollars for Doorways for Women & Families.
Not only are the toys brought to these shelters, but the cash is converted to $10 gift certificates from Target. This way the individual families or the shelters themselves can purchase food, clothing, and toys distributed throughout the entire year as they're needed.
They receive and use the unwrapped toys throughout the year, for the holidays, birthdays and upon arrival. They say a child feels much more welcome and less afraid when they receive a toy they can call their own upon arrival.

These shelters have become quite dependent on the generous donations of Santa Jam's attendees. So come on out - have some fun - AND do it for a good cause.
Santa Jam Mission Statement

Santa Jam is a fun holiday season concert event that not only raises donations of cash and toys for needy families of Northern Virginia, but it also brings friends and families together for a night of holiday spirit, raffles, dancing and listening to some of the areas finest bands. We believe that as a community we should join together to celebrate the season of giving by helping those who are in most need.

This years performer lineup:

Members of The Nighthawks
Mary Ann Redmond Band
Tommy Lepson Band
Radio Mosaic
Mary Shaver
Linwood Taylor
Perry, Polman, & Gamble

New Releases

Fools & Horses released their new CD - POP FILTER -
"They are Incredible!"......Music Monthly

"They Rock like the Who and Croon like Coldplay".. On Tap

" These four guys have formulated an outline for writing
great songs...Give Fools and Horses your
undivided attention"..... XM RADIO

Originating in Annapolis, MD., this young band has forged
the edge of classic rock with the finesse of new British rock,
redefining rock & roll - in a way the east coast has never
seen! With refreshing and exciting new songs, spectacular
vocals and top notch musical talent, they consistantly bring
out enthusiastic fans and have become one of the most
popular headliners around. Fools & Horses continually tours
throughout the Mid - Atlantic, performing at top niteclubs and
colleges, showcasing at music conferences, and special events.
Events include performances at Pentagon Row for Z104,
98Rock's - Big Nite Baltimore, as well as playing for
the Washington Redskins at Fed - Ex Field. Their music is
currently being played on many popular radio stations,
including XM Radio, 98ROCK, Z104, DC101, WRNR and WTMD.

For further information
please contact Diana Stagnato
(703) 690-8329

Local Notes

One of Diana Quinn's songs is being scored for the orchestra, and is going to be performed all over the country next year as part of a baseball program for orchestra, starting with the Boston Symphony Pops. The link is http://www.baseballmusicproject.com Go to orchestral program and scroll down the the second to last song (before the encore)
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