Storm the Unpredictable is the 2005 Grand Prize Winner in the hip hop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competitions Session II (http://www.jlsc.com/winners/2005b/winners.php) with his song Contradictions. He was also the 1st runner up in session one with the song Darker The Berry.
He will now compete against the Session I winner in an online voting battle which starts March 15th at 11am through April 26th for the John Lennon Award. The Lennon Award Winners will be announced on May 1st & will receive a $5,000 Advance from EMI Music Publishing & 1000 custom CDs of their music, printed in full color 6 panel digipaks courtesy of Disc Makers worth $1990 as well as the prizes that were already received for being the grand prize winner .
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will be announced on May 1st and then go on to compete for the Maxell Song of the Year and $20,000.
OUO has just inked a deal with Japanese label, King, for the licensing of an "import" version of their full length album OUO - of unknown origin. The import version of the album will contain songs from the domestic album along with 4 alternate versions/remixes and previously unreleased tracks. The record includes a collaboration with DC hip-hop icon Asheru on the track "Trapped Remix." The import album is scheduled to be released in April, 2006.
At the beginning of March OUO was featured on the XM Satellite Radio show "The Radar Report", http://www.radiounsigned.com/main.php?archive=8. OUO has just completed mixing and mastering of a new soon to be released single titled "Mercy" that features a guest appearance by renowed Virginia artist [Mad] Skillz. The 12" is due out early in the Spring.
The Joker's Wild just won Best of Fairfax 2006, band category.
Memphis Gold is featured on the cover of Jefferson Blues Magazine . Please See this months issue: http://www.jeffersonbluesmag.com/content/view/1/1/
"Kiss Me Goodbye" was played on MTV's The Real World - Key West show during Episode 1.
www.mtv.com/onair/dyn/realworld-season1 ... deID=95407
Hello Tokyo has also been invited to be a part of the Studio D project presented by Ford Fusion and the Susan G Komen Foundation. Hello Tokyo joins Kat Parsons, Ann Harris, and many other artists participating in the Studio D national tour.
We are currently in the studio recording our next CD "Don't Cry In Public" due out this Spring 2006 with 3 x Emmy Award winning producer Chris Biondo.
Hello Tokyo www.hellotokyomusic.com
Donation of Funds or Music-Related Items Needed
Greetings Washington Area Music Association:
I am writing to you as a student of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. As you know, Hurricane Katrina recently devastated New Orleans and destroyed many of the city's cultural landmarks. The Maxwell Music Library of Tulane University was one such landmark that was almost entirely demolished by the storm. The Library was an incredible resource to all students and residents of New Orleans, a people deeply appreciative of the power and wonder music. Founded in 1909, its collection contained over 168 collected editions of composers' works, 18,000 CDs, 16,000 LPs, as well as DVD recordings of concerts and a large collection of music-related books. All types of music, from classical to jazz to contemporary to international, were honored in the library.
At this time, Tulane University is unable to provide the enormous funds necessary to rebuild the extensive collection. Thus, the fate of the Maxwell Music Library lies in the hands of donors. In order to restore this historic compilation, I am asking you to consider a donation of funds or music-related items.
Only through your contributions will this library be restored, providing musical inspiration to countless students and citizens. As evidence of renewal in New Orleans grows, I hope that the Maxwell Music Library will be yet another sign to the nation that the spirit of New Orleans is indomitable.
* If you are interested in making contributions to the Maxwell Music Library, please contact Librarian Leonard Bertrand at 504-862-8644 or lennybgtulane.edu.
Crosstown Jam Hip Hop Shows Update
The Crosstown Jam Hip Hop Shows for the benefit of New Orlean’s Tipitina’s and for Habitat for Humanity, have raised another $150, to bring the total to $450.51.
Workshops & Classes
Change of date - the start date for the 10 week Voice Class at Levine School at the Strathmore has been moved to March 29th.
Baltimore Songwriters Association
Advanced Capo Workshop
on Sat March 11, 1 pm, at Joe Spatarella’s house in Ellicott City. Pricing: day-of = $25 for BSA and WAMA members/$30 for non-members (price includes a Kyser capo!). Pay via PayPal at www.baltimoresongwriters.org, or mail pre-registration checks (made out to “Baltimore Songwriters Association”) to: BSA C/O Joe Spatarella 8344 Kings Heights Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-203-1848 for directions and more details.
Presented by touring singer/songwriter Randall Williams (www.whereisrandall.com), this capo workshop is open to guitarists who are comfortable playing at least a few songs. Workshop participants learn: how to chose capo positions for idiomatic voicings and ensemble playing; how to use partial capos in standard tuning; how to use several capos to create multiple drones. A 45-minute interactive lecture will lead into 45 minutes of practice and one-on-one coaching, then each participant will perform a song that uses the techniques they have learned, with the entire session lasting about three hours. A one-page handout will be provided and every paid participant receives a free Kyser capo. Participants should bring a guitar and standard six-string capo, as well as pen and paper. Audio recording is encouraged.
6-Day Song Camp Intensive with Paul Reisler, Julie Portman, Jon Vezner and special guests in a unified approach that will cover lyric writing, music writing and performance equally in depth. There will be an expanded advanced curriculum for returning students, as well as instruction in using your songwriting skills to inspire children though Kid Pan Alley™ training.
July 10-15, 2006 - Charlottesville, VA on the beautiful mountain campus of Blue Ridge School in Dyke, VA. Limited to 35 students. Tuition: $575 ($100 discount if registered by May 1). Food/lodging: $245 Semi-private dorm room w/ full meals.
To Register: Send contact info and a $150 deposit to Ki Theatre Song Camp, PO Box 203, Washington, VA 22747 or call 540 987 3164. www.KiTheatre.com/songcamp.htm ● email@example.com
Sponsored by Ki Theatre with the support of Oasis CD Duplication, Songwriters Assn. Of Washington, D’Addario Foundation, Mockingbird Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Greve Foundation and the ASCAP Foundation.
Performance Plus and the Kennedy Center are looking for local country guitarists who would be interested in participating in a master class with Bill Lloyd of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Marty Stuart and Kenny Vaughan. The master class will take place at the Kennedy Center on Monday, March 27 from 6 - 7:30 pm. Please send a brief bio and statement of interest to Ellen Chenoweth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, June 17th, at the 525-seat Ernst Cultural Center at NoVa Community College in Annandale Virginia, PEATC will present a fundraiser, “Virginia Icon.” It will be a musical talent competition among students in the 50 high schools in northern Virginia. The competition will be announced through all of the area schools, broadcast media and on the website reserved exclusively for this event. It will be open to vocalists, instrumentalists and bands. Auditions will be held in April. PEATC expects to select 25 to 30 contestants and will award cash prizes to the top performers along with recording studio time for the winner. Since this is a fundraiser, PEATC is searching for professional volunteers from the performing arts community to be judges for the evening. Event judges will be featured on the VirginiaIcon.com website that we will set up, on the flyers, and in the program for the event.
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is a non-profit group that provides workshops and one-on-one counselling to the families of children with medical, mental health or cognitive disabilities in Virginia to help them work with school systems to obtain an appropriate educational environment tailored to the individual needs of their children. You can learn more about PEATC at our website www.peatc.org .
Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike (Va. Rte 236)
Annandale, VA 22003
Further information or have any questions, please contact Paul Sternfels email or by telephone at  620-9027
Anne Sucher, of Water's Edge, unexpectedly passed away on February 27th. A memorial service for Anne will be held on Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m, at the Chapel of Riderwood Village, a retirement community where Anne's parents live. The Chapel is located to the left of the entrance to a building called Village Square, 3110 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904. Please carpool if possible as parking space is limited. For directions, please check the following link: http://www.ericksoncommunities.com/rwv/directions.asp
Some of Anne's friends have begun a web site in her memory, and invite your contribution of photos, music, poems, or anything you wish to share. The address is http://jointhedance.org.
Contributions may be sent in Anne’s name to these tax-exempt organizations:
Kadampa Meditation Center 47 Sweeney Rd., PO Box 447, Glen Spey, NY 12737
Howard County Cat Club info: http://www.howardcountycatclub.org/
Donations may be mailed to: 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com,
Box 7, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
(or other animal welfare organization)