WAMA News 12-30-2005

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WAMA News 12-30-2005

Postby askmike » Thu Jan 19, 2006 5:06 pm

WAMA Crosstown Jam for
Flood Relief

WAMA events raised $2500.00 for victims of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on musicians most hurt by the disaster. The first three in an ongoing series of concerts were held at Iota, in Arlington, VA; Jammin’ Java, in Vienna, VA; and Chick Hall’s Surf Club, in Bladensburg, MD.

All proceeds will go to two charities: Tipitina’s Foundation, which is assisting Katrina victims in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity which is planning to build a “Musician’s Village.”

Once again, Washington musicians pool their talents to raise funds for those in need. Performances were donated by: Laura Burhenn, Rachel Cross, Fools and Horses, Gist, Michael Jantz, A Month of Sundays, Practically Einstein, Janine Wilson,Eric Brace and Friends, Darryl Davis Band, Hula Monsters, Honky Tonk Confidential, Dick’s House of Beauty, Chopteeth, Billy Hancock w/Dave Chappell, Ty Braddock, Thrillbillys, Ruthie & the Wranglers, Billy Coulter, Crime Stoppers, Ben Hulan and Sugar Grove, and David Alberding. The clubs donated the proceeds from the door.

The event was coordinated by WAMA Board members, Diana Quinn, Ruth Logsdon, Mike Holden, Stacey Williams, Maria Villafana and Mike Schreibman. To make a donation, contact dcmusic@wamadc.com

Top to bottom: Chopteeth, Chopteeth, Hula Monsters, Eric Brace
Photos by Cindy Kunst - vist her website for more photos at
http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/CLicKsPho ... ts/WAMAJam

Joe McLellan - A Reminiscence
by Bill Holland

Joe McLellan, the gentle, Rumpole-rumpled former music critic for the Washington Post, passed away Dec. 26 at the age of 76. Part of his enormous legacy he leaves behind is the kindness he showed in his reviews toward newcomers in the field. He wasn't one for sucker-punching newbies.

Joe’s main beat was classical performances and recordings, but, as the Post’s excellent appreciation pointed out, his interests and expertise went far beyond classical repertoire. He was a chess master, and a chess columnist. He’d gotten his MA in French literature. But for some reason, even in the early '70s, he also had his finger on the pulse of what `the kids’ were listening to.

I learned this first-hand after I appeared onstage at my first concert, as the opening slot for the James Montgomery Band at Georgetown’s McDonough Gymnasium on. God! We thought we at the Fillmore!

As it turned out, word got around backstage afterwards that McLellan had been on hand to review the concert.

Fear struck me.

What would the man who had reviewed Menotti and Cliburn and Rostropovich have to say about a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears local pop musos?

I’m sure I didn’t sleep well that night, and I got the Post early the next morning, September 9, 1974, to meet my fate unblindfolded.

Unbelievably, Joe gave my band Rent’s Due more than half the review, and a favorable review at that. Not glowing, but not a slam. He left subtle signposts where he thought we could be better.

`Rent’s Due,’ he wrote, `which has some pleasantly rough edges in its arrangements and its ensemble playing balanced by a level of energy and involvement that you don’t always get in superstar groups, gives a good glimpse of where rock is coming from.’

He ended by writing: `Listening to the group, you could almost imagine that `Sgt. Pepper’ never happened, and it’s a pleasant experience though a limited one.’

Had he tweeked the pretentiousness of the Beatles with that remark? Or had he politely hinted we were ragged rustics? Probably a bit of both.

Years later, I thanked Joe for not tearing my just-built playhouse down. I also did my best to pay attention to the whispers in his review where he thought I could improve. I’m sure there are hundreds of other fragile young performers both here and in all over the country who appreciated the gentle McLellan treatment.

Two Benefit Concerts for Mike Smith

Mike Smith, jazz drummer and longtime DC resident, is gravely ill from cancer. All proceeds from both concerts will go to Mike to help pay his medical expenses. You can also donate money through this website: http://www.dcjazz.com/MikeSmith

An Evening To Honor Mike Smith
Tuesday, January 3, 7:30 pm
Blues Alley, Washington, DC
Scheduled so far are three all-star rhythm sections including Tony Martucci, Victor Dvoskin, Tommy Cecil, Frank Russo, Harry Appelman, Bob Butta, Chuck Redd, and Amy Shook.

Contact Rob Levit at www.roblevit.com if you’d like to help with the following: Guest musicians - first priority is given to musicians who have played with Mike consistently over the years. Video or handheld camera - to record the show. Help at the venue - coordinating players, passing the Guest book around, moving equipment, etc. Please help get the word out by putting this concert and what it is about on your website, send it out to your fans, tell everyone. The goal for Mike is $5000.

Mike Smith Benefit Concert
Monday, January 9th, 7:30 pm
Calvary Lutheran Church
9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
Featuring a quartet of some of Mike’s old musical friends: John Abercrombie on guitar, Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Tony Martucci on drums. Contribution of $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.InstantSeats.com

Cards, etc. can be sent to:
Tom Smith
5304 42nd Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781

SAW Announces Winners of the
22nd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW)announced the winners of its 22nd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) sponsored by BMI, Oasis CD Manufacturing, Omega Recording Studios, TAXI, Sonicbids, Mary Cliff’s Traditions and Songwriter’s Market at a very lively Gala Awards Party on November 20, 2005 at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA.

All Gold and Silver winners from each of the 10 categories will be included on a Winners’ compilation CD, compliments of Oasis Manufacturing, which is distributed to key people in the music industry. For a full listing of the winners or for more information about SAW and the 23rd MASC, due to get underway in the spring of 2006, call 301-654-8434 or go to www.saw.org.

The Feel Good Tour

Guy Davis, www.guydavis.com, Ray Wylie Hubbard, www.raywylie.com, Garry Talley (Of The Boxtops),www.boxtops.com, David Amram, www.fmp.com/amram, Jack Hardy, www.jackhardy.com, join Bill Hudson and Henry Tarrson on their mission to bring the healing power of music to the Gulf Coast areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Here is a blog that will let folks keep an eye on what they are up to on the tour:
And here is something that the LAFD wrote about what they’re doing:
“They call it "The Feel Good Tour", a selfless effort to lift the spirits of others. Little did they know how many lives they would ultimately touch, including those working at Fire Station #7 in Slidell, Louisiana. We think you'll enjoy learning about their adventure living at the firehouse.We also hope that you'll read other entries of their blog, and learn about men who have made a genuine difference in a grief stricken region. They came with little more than their instruments and a desire to serve, and along the way showed a community - and America's Firefighters, the true spirit of the season.” Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department.

rockSkool Music Academy

Sterling Productions Ltd. announces today the start of a new business operation; rockSkool Music Academy. Emphasizing musicianship, solid ensemble rehearsal techniques and live performance, rockSkool Music Academy is ideal for students 10 to 17 years old and is intended to provide a musical experience that is a natural extension of the student’s prior individual music lessons. Young guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists will work side-by-side with professional gold/platinum record producers and seasoned professional musicians in an active hands-on course that culminates with an end-of-semester rock concert.
For more information go to: www.rockskoolva.com or www.splrecording.com, or contact:
Bruce Kane or Lang Atwater
(703) 471-5875
Sterling Productions, Ltd.
202-D Lane Court, Sterling, VA 20166

Hungry for Music Seeks Volunteers

Hungry for Music is seeking musician volunteers for their Concerts Program. They are looking for musicians to perform at least one show every few months at one of their concert locations. Locations include retirement centers, homeless shelters, after school programs, and children’s hospitals. Please contact Jeff Campbell at 202 479-2810 and add your name to the Concert Program Musician List. Hungry for Music is also seeking volunteers to help with instrument pick-ups, office help, and for special events. Please call and become a Hungry for Music volunteer.

SAW Presents:
“Songwriting Tools and Strategies
for Verse Development”
Workshop featuring Pat Pattison

“Songwriting Tools and Strategies for Verse Development” workshop will be on January 14-15, 2006, from 10:00am-4:00pm on both days at The Tortilla Factory Restaurant in the Pine Shopping Center (648 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170, 703-471-1156).

Cost for the workshop for both days is $100 for SAW/WAMA/NSAI/Focus members and $110 for non-members. After the postmark deadline date of January 6, the cost increases to $110/120. One day rate is $75/85 before January 6, then $85/95. Checks should be made out to "Songwriters' Association of Washington" and sent to 4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW, PMB 106-127, Washington, DC 20016, using the registration form that is found at the SAW website (www.saw.org).

Sharpen your lyric writing skills and discover the techniques that have helped Pat Pattison's students, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch, win Grammys and write number one songs. Learn how to craft more vivid lyrics by mastering the elements of structure and the process of building great lyrical ideas into great songs. Solve "Second Verse Hell" quickly and easily by learning what to look for in a title and how to develop the flow of ideas before you waste time writing a lyric that dead-ends in some dark alley.

Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry. In addition to his three books, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, available through patpattison.com.


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Folk & Traditional Arts Mini-Grant Deadline

Just a reminder that the deadline for the next cycle of Folk & Traditional Arts grant program is coming up on January 18, 2006. If you know of any DC-based individuals or organizations who are working to promote and educate in the area of folk or traditional arts, please feel free to forward them information about the grant. Further information is available on the website at: www.dcarts.dc.gov, or call Tania Tam at 202.724.1400.

Easter Songs Wanted

If you have a song that you think fits the theme -- whether it's a traditional song or completely irreverent -- please upload it to your band page on washingtonpost.com/mp3. Or if you do not have a band page, build one. It's free, and it’s easy to do. Songs can be original material or tunes in public domain. If it's a cover tune, be sure you have a use license. If you upload a song, please let Rhome Anderson know by emailing him at mp3@wpni.com.

New Release

Pete Kronowitt announces the debut of his new CD 'elements'(a collection of sparse acoustic pieces, plus a few surprises), along with a brand new website, www.petekronowitt.com. On the web site, Pete uses his own wedding to storyboard his song “Now It’s We”. “Elements” can be found at CD Baby and Apple iTunes.

Link Wray Tribute Concert

On January 15th, Joe Lee (Joe's Record Paradise www.joesrecordparadise.com ) & Melissa Avery (www.dc-rock-and-roll.org) are producing a tribute concert in honor of Link Wray. It will be held at El Boqueron II 1330 Gude Dr. Rockville MD from 7:00 pm - 1:00 am.

Richard Harrington who presented the WAMA Hall of Fame award to Link Wray will also speak. Rare film footage of Link from the 1950's will be shown.

Musical guests for the evening will include:
Former Link Wray side men: Ricky Mitchell, Ed Cynar, Johnny Sneed.
Jack Casady & the Triumphs (the group Jack & Jorma Kaukonen played with when they were youngsters in DC, prior to moving to California and founding the Jefferson Airplane)
Robert Gordon, Eddie Angel, Billy Hancock, Joe Stanley, Daryl Davis, The A-Bones (Billy Martin), Jerry (The Bug) Dallman, Switchblade. All of these musicians played at one time or another with Link Wray in Washington DC.

WAMA is proud to be a part of this tribute. For further information e-mail Melissa at admin@dc-rock-and-roll.org.

XM Satellite Radio Airplay

For folk musicians looking for airplay on The Village, Channel 15 on XM Satellite Radio: Please send 2 copies of each CD to:
Mary Sue Twohy
Songs to Hang on Stars
1325 Corcoran Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

A&R Registry & The Producers Directory

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