WAMA News - October 22, 2010

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WAMA News - October 22, 2010

Postby askmike » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:18 pm

Wammies Nomination Ballot Deadline Today!

25th Annual Wammies
Nomination Ballot

Friday, October 22nd 11:59 PM
Support other musicians in our music community.

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National Music News

Georgia: Musical Bus Stops Arrive in Athens
The Red and Black, 10/14/10
http://www.redandblack.com/2010/10/14/a ... -makeover/

"Everyone knows that around Athens, the music never stops—even when the bus does. The Athens Area Arts Council, in concert with the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the Athens Transit System, recently installed its fourth of eight planned music-themed bus stops at Broad Street and Minor, entitled 'Beat A Drum'...This spirit of collaboration between the county, transit system, and arts council made the effort a reality, as funding for the project marked the first public/private partnership between the three."

Don't STEM-roll Arts Education
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eg ... view=print
HuffingtonPost.com, 10/15/10

Columnist John Eger wrote a piece on adding the arts to STEM education last week: "In truth, we need a huge infusion of capital and a change in attitude about art and music, math and science. We need to define a well-rounded education and to make the case for its importance in a global innovation economy. As demand for a new work force to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, few things could be as important in this period of our nation's history than art education."

Armed With Only iPhones, A Rock Band Goes Viral
http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... 44695.aspx
Posted on Thursday October 21, 2010 at 06:01 AM

"Armed with only iPhones, an inventive rock band has gone viral by way of the subway. The Brooklyn band Atomic Tom has scored an Internet hit with its self-created video to the song “Take Me Out.” In the video, the band members ride a New York City subway while performing entirely on iPhones, with apps for each instrument."

'Watchdog' Barks At Ticketmaster
http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... 44660.aspx

"BBC consumer affairs programme “Watchdog” claims tickets sold by Ticketmaster are immediately being resold on its secondary site at vastly inflated prices."

Pat DiCesare: The Beatles 1964

http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... 44138.aspx
Posted on Saturday October 16, 2010 at 09:01 AM

You may know Pat as one-half of Pittsburgh's DiCesare-Engler - a name as synonymous in Pitt with concert promotion as the Belkins are in Cleveland or Bill Graham in San Francisco.

The first time that I had ever heard of the Beatles was in 1963 when I managed a disc distribution outlet in Pittsburgh called Regal Records. Record stores started to call me for Beatles singles and LPs in late 1963. I could tell by the demand for their records that this group was special. Back then if an artist sold a million records countrywide, we could sell about 50,000 of that release in the Pittsburgh trading area. If they followed up with an LP, we could sell about 5000 of the 12" vinyl in Pittsburgh. The Beatles had three hit singles out at the same time, which was unprecedented.

BMI.com Editorial:
Meeting the Challenge of the Growing Threat to Intellectual Property

D.I.Y. Music Licensing
http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index ... leId=36914
Posted: October 20, 2010
LAKE ELSINORE, CA - Music licensing can provide a valuable additional income stream and promotional opportunity for musicians at all levels. But not every artist can attract the attention of a professional licensing company and others aren't interested in paying the up to 50% commission that many charge.

Local Notes

Jennifer Cutting has won one of the 2010 Montgomery County Arts and Humanities grants for Music Composition for her upcoming holiday CD, "Song of Solstice," Her group, OCEAM, performed at the Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities on Monday, October 18th at Strathmore.

Frank Cassel performed just before the County Executive's Awards Ceremony for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities last Mon. Oct. 18th at Strathmore.

Ben Mason's song "Every One of Us," from his new album "Loveland," has just been licensed by Disney.

Black Widow U.S.A. will be headlining the Flight of the Valkyries Female Metalfest East on Saturday, November 6th at the Ottobar in Baltimore. 4 pm, $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door. Contact BlackWidowRoxx@aol.com for tix.

Eric Scott's song "I'm Into You" played on the ABC TV show "Cougartown" this past Wednesday, Oct. 20th. http://www.ericscottmusic.com

Remember this historic musical hotspot?
October 19, 2010 - 7:48am
Neal Augenstein

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- You'd never know from looking at it today, but the corner of Madison and North St. Asaph streets in Old Town Alexandria used to be a music mecca.

Video Views

The Fastest ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Um8hCgq ... r_embedded

Oliver Lewis is officially the fastest man alive when it comes to playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight Of The Bumblebee” on violin, clocking in at 1 minute, 3.356 seconds and winning him a bit of eternal fame in the “Guinness Book Of World Records.”


Bluegrass Banjo Workshop with Ned Luberecki

Presented by Nashville Music Workshop
Weds. Oct. 27th
1 - 3 pm
at Picker's Supply, 902 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA
$50 tuition
Preregister by emailing info@pickerssupply.com or calling us at 540-371-4669 or 800-830-4669.

Ned Luberecki (banjo player for Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Nedski & Mojo and popular on-air personality on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction) will be conducting a banjo workshop, open to all levels with a focus on building banjo solos based on the melody. Other topics will include playing backup, jam session survival skills and essential practice tips. Bring your banjo. Recording devices are allowed and encouraged.

Bluegrass Lead Vocals - Aristry in Lyric
with Sephen Mougin
Presented by Nashville Music Workshop
Weds. Oct. 27th
1 - 3 pm
at Picker's Supply, 902 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA
$50 tuition
Preregister by emailing info@pickerssupply.com or calling us at 540-371-4669 or 800-830-4669.

This workshop, open for all levels and all ages, will focus on developing your bluegrass lead-singing voice through lyrical interpretation. Plenty of time will be spent on vocal production (breathing, diction, tone, etc.) to get you ready to sing, then we will dive into the world of bluegrass lyrics. Exploring the emotions and word selection within bluegrass songs, along with rhythmic inflections, will give you a deeper connection to the music - which will translate into better vocals. We will work on an individual and group basis during the workshop to help you sing your best.

Auditions, Grants, Awards

Strathmore's Local Performer Auditions
Application Deadline: Postmarked by Tues., Nov. 30th

Apply for upcoming concerts, festivals and the 2011-12 Artists in Residence Program.
Interested Musicians Submit:

18 Month Performance History
Contact Information
Send To:
Local Performer Auditions
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Notes: Incomplete packages will not be considered. Musicians selected for an audition in early 2011, will be notified by December 30, 2010.

2011 Rising Star Performing Artist Professional Development Award

Application Deadline: received or postmarked by or on Nov. 1st

Applications can be requested from the Howard County Arts Council by calling 410-313-2787 or deputydirector@hocoarts.org. Applications are also available for downloading on http://www.hocoarts.org. Applications require the payment of a $10 application fee.

The Rising Star Award competition is open to individual performers, ages 18-35, who live, train, work, or perform regularly in Howard County or have done so in the past. Review criteria include artistic expression, technical ability, and stage presence. Up to ten selected finalists will perform at the Arts Council’s annual benefit gala, Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, on the evening of March 26, 2011. The event audience of over 500 artists, arts patrons, business and political representatives, and other community members will then vote for their favorite performer. The winner of the popular vote will receive the top Rising Star Emerging Performing Artist Award on stage that night. Additional awards may be given depending on the amount of funding raised from the event.

Selected Events

Mike Melchione Benefit
Sun., Oct. 24th
12 noon - ?
at Vienna Moose Lodge, 9616 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA 22180
$15 food & drink available. BYOB and food.

Hosted by Tom "Cat" Reeder Performers:The Nighthawks, Cathy Ponton King, Switchblade, Big Boy Little Band, Tommy Lepson Band, Lost Highway Band, Jimmy Cole Band, Heavy Country, Little Red & The Renegades, Johnny Hopkins, Joey Martin, Billy Branch, Ki Capitano, Paul Goldstein, Dave Elliott, Jerry Holmes, John Previti, Don Bradshaw, Big Joe Maher, Del Puschert, JC Collins, Liz Lohr, Allen Case, Billy Hancock, Ratso, Susie Matthews, Chris Armenio + more.

Mike Melchione, member of Grammy winning "Buckwheat Zydeco" band and Lost Highway Band, moved to the area years ago from California to play with Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton. He suffered a stroke and the benefit is to help pay for medical expenses.

Washington Post article about Mike Melchione
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01536.html

New Releases

Blue Rhythm Boys have a CD release concert for their new album, "Come On If You're Comin'," on Fri. Nov. 5th at 8:30 pm at 49 West Coffee House, 49 West St., Annapolis, MD. Blue Rhythm Boys

Dan Chadburn's new song "Promise of Hope"can be downloaded free on Choice Hotels music site. Every time someone downloads the song between now and November 30th, Choice Hotels will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the Teen Art's Program sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. http://www.choicehotelsmusic.com From the Web site just click the Free Download button.


Jennifer Cutting Needs 25 people To Provide Live Laugh Track - and to sing “Bah Humbug” on the choruses. And this recording of your laughter and your singing will be on the Song of Solstice CD. It will be on Saturday, Oct. 23, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Blue House Recording Studio, Kensington, Maryland. The first 25 people who reply will get to be in the studio audience. Send her your name, preferred email address, and phone number to jcut@comcast.net
Wicked Jezebel Looking For Drummer - "Due to personal reasons, (and truly not out of band conflict ;) ), Bloody Meri is leaving Wicked Jezabel. The drummer position is opening up and we are taking qualified female drummers for auditions right away. Meri's last day with us is New Year's Eve. We guarentee, a minimum of 50 gigs a year, consistent reasonable pay, some benefits, increased income through increased responsibility, and we are heading into the studio before the end of the year and more ... . We are looking for a two year commitment at minimum. Email Pauline Anson-Dross at: wickedjezabelles@aol.com

Final Curtain

Jack Strickland

Jennis "Jack" Morrell Strickland III passed away peacefully on September 28, 2010, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia - as the result of a critical injury he sustained in the early hours on September 27 during an effort to defend his family from prowlers. Jack was born September 16, 1943 in Monroe, LA while his father was serving in the US Army Air Corps.

Jack worked at a nightclub/restaurant in Washington DC called the Childe Harold. Many world-famous musicians and singers launched their careers while performing in the DC-area club scene - including singer Emmylou Harris… she played at the Childe during Jack's employment. There was one group Jack booked at the Childe over which he was especially excited… at the time repeatedly telling anyone who would listen that "…these guys are going to be BIG! You've got to come hear them play!" That group was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - and according to the contract the William Morris Agency sent to Jack for signature, the band was to be paid $750 "flat fee" for two sets nightly on May 24-26, 1973 (that was $250 per night).

In remembrance and celebration of his life, there will be a gathering to share memories and camaraderie at Lawton (aka Leland) Community Center, 4301 Willow Ln., Chevy Chase, MD on Sunday October 24th, 2010 from 6-9 p.m. Please RSVP: jackstricklandfamily@gmail.com. There's also a memorial website http://www.jackstrickland.name.

WAMA Calendar: Looking Ahead

Oct. 23rd - "Rockstar Image" Workshop with John Battaglia

Feb 20st - 25th Wammies

WAMA Hall of Fame Flashback:

Country Gentlemen

The bluegrass band The Country Gentlemen formed on July 4, 1957, as a replacement group for Buzz Busby's Bayou Boys after several members of the band were hurt in a car accident. The original lineup included Charlie Waller on guitar and lead vocals, John Duffey on mandolin and tenor vocals, Bill Emerson on banjo and baritone vocals, and Larry Lahey on bass. The band would later have a fairly permanent lineup of Waller, Duffey, Eddie Adcock on banjo and Tom Gray on bass. Over the years, members included such musicians as Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, and Norman Wright. However, Charlie Waller remained the sole original member until his death in August, 2004.

The band was known for Charlie's exquisite baritone voice and John Duffey's innovative techniques on the mandolin, as well as Eddie Adcock's unusual banjo style. The Country Gentlemen also chose unusual songs to cover, turning them into bluegrass standards.

The band is considered to be the first "progressive" bluegrass band, and was the leader of the genre in Washington, D.C., which included such bands as Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass, and the offshoot band Seldom Scene.

The Country Gentlemen released 40 albums from 1960 through 2004; the band was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1996. Today, Charlie's son Randy continues the tradition - and name - of the Country Gentlemen.
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