WAMA News April 17, 2006

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WAMA News April 17, 2006

Postby askmike » Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:16 pm

Local Notes

* Virginia singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight won the Acoustic/Folk category of the 2005 Great American Song Contest for his song "Good Things Matter." The song emerged from a field of over 500 songs.
* Gene Dawson's song "Boogie Woogie Breakdown" was #14 on the Rockabilly Radio charts, Rockabilly Radio and "Brand New Record Player" was #4 on the most popular chart in the Country Rock/Singer Songwriter category of CNET Music Download.com.
* Ron Holloway will be on tour with Susan Tedeschi from April 26th thru May 7th. The group will perform in the Hague, Netherlands; Bergen, Norway; Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; Ospel, Netherlands and Groningen, Netherlands.


The DJ With the JD
On the Air: Joe Escalante, Playing Lawyer By Request

By Hank Stuever
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 10, 2006; Page C01

Joe Escalante is a compact, gray-at-the-temples, 43-year-old punk rocker wearing a hip Paul Frank plaid shirt. He has played bass in the same band -- the Vandals -- since he was 19. They had a couple of hits in the 1980s that, for the most part, only people in L.A. remember. They still play.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01305.html

Show Me the Money
Strathmore presents a seminar called “Show Me the Money” that deals with the process of collecting royalties for your music. Our presenter will be Keith Killgo, a composer and jazz percussionist, who is one of the mentors for our Artist in Residence program at Strathmore. The date is Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from 7:30-8:30pm in the Music Room in the Strathmore Mansion. Parking is available in the Mansion lot. This seminar will be offered free to BSA, SAW and WAMA members and will be available to the first 25 people. To register, please email Betty Scott at bscott@strathmore.org.

Summer Rock 'N' Roll Day Camps Set
Call for local musicians, songwriters, A&R reps and industry veterans
By David T. Boddie

While Washington, D.C. area teens head off in their kayaks to master "Kum Ba
Yah" on their kazoos, another group of youngsters who prefer to rock out
rather than rock climb will be heading to Camp Jam, called America's most
comprehensive rock 'n' roll summer day camp for ages 11 to 17.

Created by renowned rock guitarist/songwriter Jeff Carlisi, who was a
founding member of platinum selling act 38 Special, and his longtime
business partner Danny Lipson, Camp Jam is the new summer day camp sensation
for young musicians, vocalists and bands eager to get out of their garages
during the summer months, hone their rock 'n' roll chops with seasoned pros
and form a rock 'n' roll band, all while getting insiders' access to the
music business directly from the people who live it everyday: professional
musicians, songwriters, A&R reps and industry veterans.

"Our mission is to give young rock 'n' roll musicians and vocalists a place
where they can meet and perform alongside others their age while improving
their skills and building their confidence," said Carlisi. "Washington D.C.
has a great depth of young talent and very strong roots in the music
industry, and Camp Jam is the perfect environment for D.C. area kids of all
levels of experience to improve their chops as players and work on the
fundamentals of performing in a band, including playing a live concert on
stage for their friends and family."

This new camp alternative with the mantra "No Canoes, Lots of Rock" will
offer three five-day long sessions in D.C. beginning July, 31 2006. WAMA
members are encouraged to take advantage of a special early registration
discount of $50 off the regular session fee of $499, which is now being
offered, and significant multi-week discounts are also available. The
majority of attendees sign up for multiple sessions.

First launched in Atlanta, GA in 2004, Camp Jam quickly gained national
prominence as an innovative summer camp and received extensive media
coverage from major news outlets like NBC Nightly News, CNN, People, Time,
and The Los Angeles Times. This past year the program expanded into Dallas
and Houston, TX with sessions completely selling out in advance and
participants coming from all over the U.S., the Middle East and Europe. Now
in 2006, Camp Jam is set for Atlanta, Dallas and Houston, Washington, DC;
Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia, PA.; Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO,
and Orlando, FL.

Each Camp Jam session is held over five consecutive days and features
instruction in guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals, all of which are
provided by experienced, professional instructors and with access to
top-of-the-line musical gear provided by Peavey, Yamaha and Korg. Each day
after instruction, attendees head to an elective "study" of their choice,
with options such as a songwriting clinic, an open mic showcase, a class on
performance skills and a course in audio engineering and production that
teaches students how to take a song idea and produce a basic demo.

Encouraging those already in a band to sign up as a group, Camp Jam also
matches individuals not already in a band with other campers based on age
and ability, all under the direction of a professional mentor. Band members
learn the fundamentals of practicing with a group and rehearsal techniques,
as well as songwriting and recording. On the camp's final day, Camp Jam
hosts a Friday Night Rock Concert featuring all camp bands performing a song
of their choice live on stage in front of their friends and family.

In addition to instrument instruction and teaching the essentials of playing
in a band, Camp Jam also ensures that campers learn about the business
behind the music industry. Offering "Master Classes," the program invites
notable music industry professionals and artists to make guest appearances
at the camp and share firsthand accounts of life in the music business.
Appearances have been made by noted performers, including Rolling Stone
keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, and industry
pioneers like rock radio personality and executive Leslie Fram.

Parents have been especially welcoming of Camp Jam as Carlisi notes, "Ten or
20 years ago, you wouldn't have been able to offer a rock 'n' roll camp to
kids, but now I have parents coming up to me and saying, 'I just want to
thank you for what you've done for my child. You've changed them.'"

Lipson continues, "With Camp Jam, parents have seen that the lessons learned
by their kids during each session transcend well beyond just an improvement
in musical chops. Teamwork, communication, concentration and additional life
skills are developed at Camp Jam."

Camp Jam is accepting employment applications from local professional
musicians, songwriters, A&R reps and industry veterans. Camp Jam Washington
D.C. will be held in July and August at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
located at 13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville, MD 20853. Teen registration for
camp has already begun and spaces are limited. For more information on Camp
Jam and to register online, visit www.campjamusa.com or call toll free at

The National Guitar Workshop was started in 1984 for teens and adults. The
July 15-20 workshop will be held at the Madeira School, 8328 Georgetown
Pike, McLean, VA 22102. A new addition to the National Guitar Workshop is
DayJams, "a program to introduce nine to 15 year olds to the joys of rock
and roll," says Paula Abate, Executive Director, who says interested WAMA
members seeking employment should apply immediately. For more information
on the National Guitar Workshops and DayJams and to register online, visit
www.guitarworkshop.com or call toll free at 1-800-234-6479.

Playwrights Needed
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2006. Call for One Acts for Summer Theater Festival. The Starving Artist is a non-profit theatre in the DC Metro area. The theatre is currently looking for One Acts for a summer festival in the heart of the DC theatre district. Submissions should meet the following criteria: * work must either be an unpublished, original piece OR the submitter must retain ALL rights to the piece (submission of piece indicates that submitter retains all rights to their work) * approximately 25-30 minutes in length *scripts with minimal sets/props and actors will be considered. Submissions may either be submitted via e-mail or postal mail. Postal mail submission should be sent to: The Starving Artist, c/o Sage McCullough, 566 Florida Ave #210, Herndon, VA 20170 (please note: postal submission will only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope). E-mail submissions should be sent as either a text or Word attachment, with the subject: One Act Festival. Any submission in a different format or without that subject heading will be deleted, unread. E-mail submissions to: sage@thestarvingartisttheatre.com. All submissions MUST adhere to the following: * Author information ONLY on cover letter and/or e-mail and must include the following: Author Name, Title of Piece, E-mail Address. If Piece Has Been Previously Performed and Where. Author's name, address, etc. should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript * Pages must be numbered. Submission Deadline: April 30, 2006. Qualifications: Submissions should meet the following criteria: * work must either be an unpublished, original piece OR the submitter must retain ALL rights to the piece (submission of piece indicates that submitter retains all rights to their work) * approximately 25-30 minutes in length *scripts with minimal sets/props and actors will be considered. Contact Sage at sage@thestarvingartisttheatre.com

Durfor & Kernan Release "From Away"
Featured on TV Soundtrack of Upcoming Episode of "Port O' Call"

Independent recording artists Chuck Durfor and Ed Kernan announce the release of their new CD "From Away." The recording introduces 12 new instrumental compositions featuring the duo's fingerstyle guitar and fretless bass. Scott Reiss' recorder also graces three songs.

Drawing inspiration from the folk-baroque guitar of Davy Graham and the open voiced chords of Jorma Kaukonen, Durfor's first CD, Fallen Forgotten received airplay on NPR's All Things Considered" and radio shows across three continents. In "From Away" Ed Kernan's fretless bass plays counterpoint with jazz-based melodies that invoke echoes of his many eclectic influences. In mastering "From Away" Grammy Award winner Charlie Pilzer emphasized instrumental interplay by carefully placing the guitar and bass across the stereo image. The the effect is further enhanced by the occasional doubling of guitar figures on a high-strung guitar.

Durfor and Kernan will appear around Washington this spring at the Rockville Coffeehouse (April 29), and the Frederick Festival of the Arts (June 4). For additional information about "From Away" (and MP3 samples), visit http://www.chuckdurfor.com. For more information about "Port O' Call" please visit http://www.portocalltv.com.
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