WAMA News 01-17-2006

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WAMA News 01-17-2006

Postby askmike » Thu Jan 19, 2006 5:08 pm

20th Annual Wammies™
Monday, February 20, 2006

We are very proud and excited to announce that the 2005
Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies™) will be held
at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia.

The Washington Area Music Awards recognize significant career achievements by area musicians.
Nominations and balloting come from the WAMA membership. Past show participants include
Emmylou Harris, Joan Jett, The Clovers, The Orioles, Bo Diddley, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Dean,
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Sweet Honey in the Rock and more.

The ballot will be emailed later this week.

Ticket Information:

º $25 Non WAMA Members
º $15 WAMA Members (up to 4)
º $10 Nominees (up to 10 per nominated group ).
º $550 Corporate Table of 8 (includes full page ad in souvenir
program, admission to pre-reception)(Camera-ready ad deadline Feb 3)
º $300 Corporate Table of 4 (includes half page ad in souvenir program, admission
to pre-reception)(Camera-ready ad deadline Feb 3)
º $100 Patron Table of 2 (includes recognition in souvenir program, admission to
pre-reception)(program deadline Feb 3)
To order tickets online click here.
To charge tickets by phone: 703-368-3300 or 888-843-0933 toll free

Tickets may be ordered by mail at:
WAMA, 6263 Occoquan Forest Drive, Manassas, VA 20112
Billboard's DC Office Closes
Billboard Magazine has laid off Bill Holland, who has been the Bureau Chief in the Washington, DC Billboard office for the past 24 years. Bill Holland has been the recipient of many prestigious awards for his ground breaking articles on the music industry.

It should be noted that Billboard is owned by a Dutch conglomerate which recently suffered a failed merger and has since been trimming its bottom line.

WAMA Board member, Diana Quinn interviewed Ken Schlager, Billboard Co-Executive Editor:

Q: Is it true that the Washington bureau was closed?

A: No – the the bureau chief- Bill Holland --was among… We laid off three editorial people- one in Washington, one in Nashville, one in LA. We still have a physical bureau there and we still have a presence of journalists that are part of our company there, specifically Tony Sanders, who’s on the staff of our sister Billboard radio monitor. He’s based there and we work closely with the Hollywood Reporter and with Adweek – both have reporters based there and they all work out of the same bureau -- office that Bill Holland did.

Additionally, we have a reporter in NY named Susan Butler who is our legal and publishing editor and does a lot of the coverage of legislative news and issues related to the court and she’ll be in DC several times a month. She’s in DC today and tomorrow—she’ll be in DC several times a month

Q: Is the reason the seeming collapse of the music industry?

A: Well, not really. The reason is that -- we’ve been going through a lot of changes and restructuring over the past 8 months or so- we redesigned the magazine in May and we’ve been making a lot of staff changes and shifting our resources around, and it’s part of the ongoing change.

We’re adjusting (to changes in the music industry) —we have to adjust everything we do to that but Billboard has actually been doing very well in he last quarter and we just closed our year end issue with 80 pages of advertising- the biggest issue since 1997.

Q: So what Billboard employees are left in Washington?

A: The only one who is specifically a Bill board employee is Tony Sanders—and he’s a reporter and our sister publications – Adweek and Holywood reporter also have people there-- there’ll be certain times that we’ll rely on them.

Final Curtain

Lowell "Shufflemonster" Schiff, GrooveQuest's exuberant drummer and phenomenologist, passed on to rock 'n' roll heaven early on January 11, 2006. Lowell was battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal and debilitating illness) for the last two years, but he lived life to the fullest and played his drums to the end. His long and varied music career includes performing as the house drummer at the DC Gaity Burlesque Theater in the 60s, a year of drumming with Roy Buchanan at Rand's Rock and Roll Club, two years with the Richmond Symphony, and a cross-country tour with Little Egypt, a belly dancer, that included a spot on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, PO Box 1576, Merrifield, VA 22116. More details, including Lowell's musical bio, are at www.groovequestproject.com.

Jazz Drummer Mike Smith
Washington Post obituary.
Monday, January 9, 2006; Page B06

Mike Smith, 59, a drummer who for 40 years accompanied many leading jazz and pop musicians in Washington and around the world, died of prostate cancer Jan. 2 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Smith settled in Washington in the mid-1960s and soon worked with pianist Bobby Timmons at the city's then-premier jazz venue, the Bohemian Caverns.

"Smitty is just amazing," the club's owner, Tony Taylor, said later in an interview with Washingtonian magazine. "I never heard a young cat with that kind of maturity and swing."

Mr. Smith's inventive approach to drumming allowed him to depart from strict time-keeping without losing the music's basic form. In 1967, less than two years after his arrival here, he was hired by Roberta Flack, with whom he toured for four years as the singer rose to stardom.

Mr. Smith described himself as "the ultimate sideman." His musical rsum included such well-known figures as Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, Billy Eckstein, Astrud Gilberto, Freddie Hubbard, Herb Ellis, Leni Stern, Bobby Scott and Milt Jackson.

He performed with the Eddie Henderson Quintet and accompanied singer-pianist Mose Allison from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Smith frequently toured Europe and appeared with Adam Mackowicz at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1985 and 1987. He also recorded and toured with pianist Steve Kuhn and saxophonist Dave Liebman.

Locally, he performed with dozens of musicians, including the late Keter Betts. He recorded extensively in a variety of settings and continued to perform until weeks before his death.

Mr. Smith was born in Meadville, Pa., and was introduced to jazz by his father, who had a large record collection.

He studied with a local drummer, Cootie Harris, and was visiting jam sessions with his older brother, a guitarist, when he was 12. He was performing professionally by age 14. He studied music at Youngstown State University in Ohio and at Howard University.

His marriage to Sharon Hoefler ended in divorce.

Survivors include three brothers, John M. Smith of Franklin, Pa., Thomas P. Smith of Hyattsville and Timothy Smith of Silver Spring.


Strathmore Presents cELLAbration LIVE!
Featuring Ella Jenkins and Pete Seeger

The first anniversary of the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, February 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. features an exclusive Strathmore presentation— "cELLAbration LIVE!" — a live concert of the 2004 Grammy-winning children’s CD, cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins. The musicians for this evening feature some of the best performers of children’s music, including Ella Jenkins, folk legend Pete Seeger, Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Riders in the Sky, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Red Grammer, Tom Chapin, Bill Harley, Tom Paxton, Michelle Valeri and Mariachi Los Camperos. Released in 2004 by Smithsonian Folkways, cELLAbration won the Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children.

Tickets are $15, $20, $25, $30, $100 (VIP ticket includes invitation to artist reception). For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line and a half-mile from the Capital Beltway. Parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.

Best Wishes

Naughty Pine announces at Farewell Tony gig at IOTA (2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 703-522-8340) on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 (Groundhog's Day). This could be the end of Naughty Pine. Their long-time bassist, lifetime DC area resident Tony Flagg, is moving himself and his family to Tampa, Florida in the Spring. The Naughty Pine Horns (AKA Chris Watling and Alan MacEwan from the Grandsons) will also be on hand. Come say good bye to Tony and vote on a new name - "Unruly Pine" has already been suggested. Big Sky (featuring former members of Beth-Allison & the Well-Strung Boys) will be opening the show.

The Lomax Legacy: Folklore In A Globalizing Century

The American Folklife Center and the Music Division at the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Kennedy Center, present several special events during a three day symposium, Jan. 18-20, titled The Lomax Legacy: Folklore In A Globalizing Century. Alan Lomax (1915-2002), was a preeminent song collector, musical anthropologist and cultural activist. For more information, please call 202-707-5510 or visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/lomax/lomaxlegacy.html.

The first special program celebrating the life and music of Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton and the release of Jelly Roll Morton - The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax (Rounder Records) is at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The program, featuring jazz scholar John Szwed and pianist Dave Burrell, is free and open to the public.

On Thursday January 19th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, the American Folklife Center presents a performance that includes The National Chorus of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, who sing and compose in the a cappella jubilee style that has been the liturgical music of the Church since shortly after its founding in the 1890s. Alan Lomax recorded this style of while working on a film in 1960 in Colonial Williamsburg. Among the choir members recorded that day was bass singer Solomon Carey, whose sons Aaron and Solomon, Jr. and daughter, Sabrina Johnson, will sing and give a short presentation before the National Chorus takes the stage. Also performing that evening is Dr. Judith R. Cohen, a performer and ethnomusicologist specializing in Judeo-Spanish ("Ladino") Sephardic songs, as well as in medieval and traditional music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Workshops - Contests

SAW Presents:
Developing Your Flexible Voice
with Siobhán Quinn
The workshop will be Saturday, February 4, 2006, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Jammin' Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA 22180). Cost is $30 for SAW & WAMA members and $40 non-members. After the postmark deadline date of January 20, the cost increases to $35/$45. Checks should be made out to "Songwriters' Association of Washington" and sent to: 4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW, PMB 106-137, Washington, DC 20016, using the registration form at the SAW website, www.saw.org.

Through this workshop, Siobhán will use classical and modern techniques as a foundation for vocal flexibility, while helping each student explore and enhance their vocal flexibility, and learn how to care for their voice while on the road and in performance. For more information about Siobhán, visit www.roundhousemusic.com

NewMusicWest, the Largest New Music Festival and industry gathering on the West Coast, is accepting demo submissions until January 27th. This year marks their15th Anniversary Edition. They will showcase up to 250 artists and bands. Over 40 record labels and 2000 music industry professionals will be in attendance, not to mention 30,000 music fans, at 25 venues, over 5 nights, in Vancouver, BC, April 26-30th. All styles are welcome. Submissions can be entered through Sonicbids ,www.sonicbids.com, or by mail. Visit www.newmusicwest.com for all the details.

The Young Eight Emerging Composers Competition Deadline February 1. The Young Eight, an African American string octet, is accepting compositions submitted with African, Caribbean, African-American, or Latin rhythmic or tonal influences. All works must be for string octet consisting of four violins, two violas, and two celli. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 34; prizes will be awarded for the best compositions and will include premieres at Black colleges and universities around the country in 2006. Any questions should be directed to Christopher Jenkins, Competition Chair, at youngeightchris@hotmail.com. For complete guidelines, a downloadable application form and more, visit http://www.theyoungeight.com/Comp.html

Susquehanna Music And Arts Festival Song Contest Deadline: February 20. Selected finalists will perform at the Darlington, MD Festival’s song contest on Friday May 12, with the winner performing on Saturday May 13. For more info http://mywebpages.comcast.net/smaf2003/ ... writer.htm .

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest
Deadline: March 4. Selected finalists will compete at the Wilkesboro, NC MerleFest Americana Music Celebration on Friday April 28. For more info:

CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest
Deadline March 31. Create a Sonicbids Electronic Press Kit (EPK) at www.sonicbids.com/cmjmusicfest2006, and submit it for a chance to play CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest 2006. It will kick off on June 14 with an opening-night concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and will last from June 15-18.
Costs $30.00 for a 30-day trial Sonicbids membership and automatic submission to the CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest 2006. For $35.00, you also have the option to get the package that includes automatic submission to the event and a 6-month Sonicbids subscription. All genres accepted. More info: http://www.cmj.com/musicfest/.

Making it Big Songwriter Episode
The primetime series, Making It Big, is looking for talented, young up-and-comers to be featured in the songwriting episode. To qualify you must have: professional experience & a demo tape of your best work; the talent and drive to make your mark as a songwriter; interest in telling your story on television; the ability to cross the Canada/United States border; and you reside in North America. Info and applications: www.forcefour.com/makingitbig

SXSW Showcases
David Galinsky of My World Artists is working with a label that is looking for other labels to partner up with at SXSW. Although showcases are now closed for SXSW there is still an opportunity to perform at a sanctioned event at the festival through a company called Highbeam Events that has a deal with SXSW to promote private parties during the event. If 2 to 4 indie labels wanted to coordinate an event it would offset the cost of $2500 to $3500 and give each an opportunity to showcase their artists. For more info email: dave@myworldartists.com

New Releases

Bonnie Rideout, “A Scottish Fiddle Collection”
It's a collection of Rideout's popular and often requested music from her six solo recordings on the Maggie's Music record label. Includes: Traditional tunes, Highland bagpipe music & ancient Gaelic melodies with guest artists on Highland Bagpipes, Ulilleann pipes, Celtic Harp, piano, guitar, percussion. To order, contact Maggies' Music, PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD 20764 ( 410-867-0642) www.maggiesmusic.com.

Fools and Horses, www.foolsandhorses.net, just came out with their second CD, “Pop Filter”. Their CD release in Baltimore sold out to 400 screaming fans, and Track 2, Fly Me To The Moon, is now on "Regular Rotation" on WIYY - 98 Rock, as well as on WRXS -106.9 - Ocean City. In addition two of the band's songs will be featured on A&E on Jan.13- 11pm on the program Random 1.

Baltimore Songwriter’s Association’s “From Our Circle 4” Compilation CD is here. Copies can be ordered through the website, www.baltimoresongwriters.org, or purchased at any meeting- $15 for two discs of BSA members’ music.

“From Our Circle 4” Podcast- Ty Ford has created a 33 minute program of Disc One of the new “From Our Circle 4” BSA compilation cd. Folks with high-speed internet connections can download it at http://tinyurl.com/dumd5 . On that page, click to open the “BSA” folder. Once inside, click to download the 45 MB mp3 file called “BSAPodcast.mp3”.

Please help in the fight against Breast Cancer
The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota for donating at least one free mammogram each day to an underprivileged woman. It takes only a few seconds to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" (the rectangular pink button in the middle). There's no financial obligation; it doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammograms in exchange for advertising. Here's the web site: www.thebreastcancersite.com

Stolen Instrument Alert
During a performance by the band Wolf Creek Session, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church at First Night Annapolis, someone came in through a side door of the church sanctuary and walked off with Keith Pitzer’s guitar. This guitar, a 1954 J-45 Gibson, has been a part of his life for over 35 years and its value is priceless and cannot be replaced. If you come across any information on this guitar, please contact Keith at laurelmountainmusic@yahoo.com or kpitzer@cheat.org or by calling 304/276-5694 (cell) or 304/288-7024. www.fallingmountain.com/pitzers.html


Coral Cantigas, Washington's Latin American chorus with Diana Sáez, artistic director, announces auditions for Tenors and Basses for the 2005-2006 Season. For information and appointment 301-424-8296, www.cantigas.org. Upcoming events in the 15th Anniversary 2005-2006 season are: “Canto y Poesía: Caribbean Soul-March 2006", with song and poetry that will transport you to the beautiful Caribbean and make you feel the heat with romantic boleros (ballads), the upbeat merengues, and famous salsas; and “Our Sweet 15th-June 4, 2006", a celebration of 15 years of the best Latin American choral music with a Mariachi band and more.

Singers should have previous choral experience, basic sight-reading skills, and a good attitude and desire to learn about this unique repertoire. Auditions will consist of scales to determine range, a brief song of the applicant's choice, and rhythmic and melodic sight-reading. Coral Cantigas rehearses Wednesday evenings from September through June at the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Loyola College Radio Looking For Local Music WLOY, 1620 AM, a college radio station, is wanting local music for their local music show weekdays from 11 am - noon (Wednesdays are hosted by BSA folks Karyn Oliver and Ty Ford). Check out the station through the air or online at www.wloy.org , and if interested, send 2 (two) cds to: att'n Karyn Oliver, WLOY, 4501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210. Include an upcoming gig schedule so that if your music gets played, upcoming shows can also be hyped.

Songs For TV & Film Placement dBE Music Publishing is currently seeking songs for placement in television programs, commercials and feature films. Particular interest is in Metal instrumentals and R&B, though all genres are accepted. E-mail publishing@digitalbear.com for submission details.

Songs for Stage Production Arts United of Washington is planning and developing a new production called "American Experience". They are currently looking for all types of songs (words and music) that represent American life. www.artsuniteddc.org/submit.htm for more details.

Songs for Dutch Radio Program International Country Music Association member Rein Wortelboer wants songwriters’ demo recordings for his radio program. His postal address is Akelei 10, 5803 CA Venray, The Netherlands. More ICMA info at www.radiocountry.org

Songs For Movies And Television International Country Music Association member Jessica Culpepper seeks country, pop, and gospel songs for movies and tv. Limit three songs per submission to: Jessica Culpepper Music, BMI, 11853 Lebanon Rd Suite F, Mount Juliet, TN 37122. Email is countri4u@aol.com . More ICMA info at www.radiocountry.org

Bass gear for sale: Ashdown ABM 500 C410T combo amp with padded Tuki cover, $899 obo. Peavey MicroBass combo amp, $100 obo. Beautiful alder wood Carvin LB70 bass with d-tuner (and original tuning peg) and hardshell case, $400 obo. All pieces in exellent condition. Contact Dennis Feeney at dc.feeneys@verizon.net.

Versatile Bass Player and Drummer Needed for active local band. Experience with world rhythms helpful. E-mail to stephensamuel2003@yahoo.com. Serious inquiries only.

Jarad, an unsigned hip-hop/R&B singer, is looking for songwriters to help him write a song. Contact him at 301-277-6062 or e-mail tdotsix6@msn.com.
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