WAMA News - October 30, 2010

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WAMA News - October 30, 2010

Postby askmike » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:45 pm

WAMA P.A.S.S. Winners to be announced in next week's WAMA News

National Music News

See How Much Indie Artists Make vs. Label Artists
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2010/10/ ... .html#more

"The great divide between the take-home pay of indie and label artists is real. One artist took the time to figure out how wide the gap is. They make an interesting contention that it is important to support the artists themselves and their music, and not the major label hierarchy. If their math is correct, it is a rather disheartening comparison on one end and a reason for hope on the other. See the graphic"

10 Great Tips to Help You Fail as an Independent Artist
10 Tips http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/2010/10/1 ... ign=102710
"Article by Scott James of The Independent Rockstar Blog originally posted in Echoes on 10/14/10. We’ve all seen and read posts and eBooks about how to ‘succeed’ as independent artists and to be honest, I’ve even written a few. But what about those of us who are bent on failure? Those of us who would like to know how to shoot ourselves in the foot as efficiently and painfully as possible? Those of us who would like to be more unsuccessful and confused? Well this post is for you!"

Auction of Johnny Cash Memorabilia Planned
By Daniel Kreps
Oct 26, 2010 6:29 PM EDT

"More than 1,000 items once owned by Johnny Cash will hit the auction block starting December 5th at Los Angeles' Julien's Auctions. Everything from instruments to stage outfits and more will go on the block. A public exhibition of the lot, which has a total estimated price of $400,000 to $600,000, opens November 19th, Reuters reports…A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the MusiCares charity."

New MySpace' Focuses On Entertainment
October 27, 2010
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_ ... 7eb87e9a8b
By Antony Bruno

"MySpace lifted the veils on its much-anticipated redesign today, reigning in the Wild West approach the social networking pioneer had taken to date with a far cleaner design focused on young users and entertainment content. "

Local Notes

Hotspur has a review in Seventeen/Cosmo Girl magazine.
http://www.seventeen.com/cosmogirl/hots ... -interview

Brian Wilbur Grundstrom's composition, "Jubilation! Dance for Orchestra," will be performed by the Queer Urban Orchestra in New York City at the Church of the Holy Apostles on 9th Avenue and 28th Street. And he has been asked to conduct in what will be his orchestral conducting debut. http://www.brianwilbur.com

Film & Video Views

Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens)
with Silent Orchestra performing live their original score
Fri. Oct. 29th at 10 pm
Sat. Oct. 30th at 7:30 pm & 10 pm
at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 AFI Members, $5 children under 12.
To purchase: AFI Tix
http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplayin ... aspx#nosfe

Emceed by WTOP's James White. The Halloween Classic. Casting a long and terrifying shadow over the genre, German silent film master F.W. Murnau's uncredited appropriation of Bram Stoker's Dracula set the standard for all vampire flicks to come.


SAW Songwriter's Toolbox
with guest artist, Renee McCullogh
Sat. Oct. 30th
10 am to 12:30 pm
at the Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA, at the intersection with Crestwood Drive.

The SAW Songwriter’s Toolbox is a monthly songwriting workshop series. The Toolbox session starts off with a guest artist. The guest artist may discuss their own experiences, inspirations, and successes, as well as play some of their own material to support the discussion. The second part of the session will be conducted and monitored by the host, Kevin Dudley. Exercises will focus on a specific element of songwriting… rhyme scheme, external voice vs. internal voice, use of metaphor, and so on.

Singer/songwriter Renee McCullough has been performing her brand of folk rock/Americana for over twenty years. Her debut CD, "Cool Me", released January 2010, was produced by Grammy Award winning engineer, Jim Robeson. She has received honorable mentions in the 2008 & 2009 Mid-Atlantic Song contests, and she was a finalist in the 2009 BMI/Smithsonian songwriter's showcase. http://www.reneemccullough.com

In-Depth Jazz Singing Session I:
Talkin’ to the Band

Saturday, November 6 10AM – 3PM
The Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room
$60 (Stars price $54)
To reserve tickets Talkin' Tix
http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets ... sp?id=6274

The first of three independent, in-depth sessions on solo jazz singing scheduled this season: work with outstanding local jazz vocalist and 2009 Artist in Residence Lena Seikaly to learn the necessary vocabulary and gestures needed to communicate with the rhythm section when you perform.

Guitar Maintenance Workshop
With Tim Nolte
Sunday, November 7,
at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
Class size limited to 10. To reserve your space contact Willie at willie6string@yahoo.com or 410-257-6999.

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to: correctly re-string your guitar; select and use appropriate cleaners, polishes and cloths; get rid of accumulated crud; properly condition the fret board; look for signs of wear on the saddle, nut, frets and strings,, check the neck for straightness; and adjust the neck using the truss rod. At the workshop you will receive: string winder, small bottle of polish and a polishing cloth.

Tim will also provide a diagnostic review and summary of all guitars at the workshop and perform minor repairs and adjustments. He will also discuss set-up options for various playing styles. Bring a set of your favorite strings or Martin SP strings will be available for $5. Tim has been repairing acoustic and electric guitars from his home/shop in Chesapeake Beach, MD. for over 7 years. For additional questions contact Tim at noteguitar@comcast.net

A Conversation with Erv Raible,
Executive Director of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University

Sunday, November 7th
3 - 5 pm
at Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th Street, NW (entrance 645 New York Avenue, NW)
$20 members of the DC Cabaret Network, $25 non-members, $15 students

Hosted by The DC Cabaret Network, the workshop will feature a conversation with Erv talking about his long career and real life experience in the world of cabaret: as a club owner, as a director, and now, as Artistic Director of the summer training program, the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. It will give audience members the opportunity to ask questions about cabaret, performers, and where the art is headed. Check out http://www.dccabaretnetwork.org for further details.

Behind the Lines
Sunday November 7th,
4:30pm to 7:00pm at the Barbershop
at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
Free, but donations to the Barbershop are encouraged to help cover meeting costs

This is a time of song and poetry sharing that is intended to open up conversation about the creative process and our passions. Participants are invited to come prepared to share a song or poem and the story behind it: Why did you write it? Or why do you perform it? What moves you about it? If you can’t attend this time, but would like to participate, please contact Kim Capps: kim.capps@gmail.com.

Legalities in the Music Business

with Marcus Johnson, JD/MBA & Julian Haffner, Esquire
Sat. November, 13th
11 am - 2 pm
Both online & at The World Building, 8121 Georgia Ave., STE 900, Silver Spring, MD
In-studio registration: $43, Space is limited
Online registration: $32, Link and password to the stream will be sent to registrants.
To register for either: http://marcusjmusicbiz1.eventbrite.com

Are you a songwriter, composer, performing musician, artist, or a talent manager? Learn how to: Protect & Publish Your Music, Create & Understand Agreements, Earn From Your Music and more on Protecting The Rights In Your Music. For more info email musiceducation@threekeys.com or call 301-589-5550.


Wolf Trap Spring Internships
Application deadline for Nov. 1st
For more information and to apply
http://www.wolftrap.org/Home/Education/ ... dents.aspx

Contests, Competitions

12th Annual Great American Song Contest
Submission deadline has been extended to Dec.10, 2010.

The Great American Song Contest is open to amateur songwriters everywhere. This international event features awards for 45 winners in 9 style categories and provides over $10,000 in Prizes. Entrants receive written evaluations of their songs. GASC music-industry judges include prominent publishers, music producers and recording artists. Songwriters, lyricists and composers are welcome. Sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, an educational resource for songwriters everywhere. For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com

KCVI Composition of the Year Award in Art Song
Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010

The Kansas City Vocal Institute and the Music Education Charities are offering an online competition. Each contestant should complete the entry form and submit one copy of a newly composed art song or song cycle, resume, headshot, and $15 entry fee. Either email your resume, headshot, and music to: sing@kcvocalinstitute.com or mail it to: KCVI Composition of the Year Awards, Kansas City Vocal Institute, 8761 W 106th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66212. The winner will receive $500, will be considered for a future production of the piece through the Kansas City Vocal Institute, and will be considered for a future teaching position at the Kansas City Vocal Institute. Online Application: http://musicedcharities.org/art-song-comp.php.

International Songwriting Competition 2010 (ISC)

The deadline has been extended to Dec. 3, 2010.

Over $150,000 in cash and prizes including a $25,000 cash prize to the 2010 Overall Grand Prize winner. Categories include: Pop/Top 40, Rock, AAA, Adult Contemporary (AC), Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, World, Latin, Instrumental; Children's Music; Gospel/Christian, Comedy/Novelty; Lyrics Only, Music Video, Teen* Performance** and Unsigned Only***. Judges include Peter Gabriel; Rihanna; Kings of Leon; Tom Waits; Ben Harper; Chris Hillman (The Byrds); Jeff Beck; Kelly Clarkson; Timbaland; Keane; McCoy Tyner; Ben Folds; Train; Robbie Williams; Michael W. Smith; Terence Blanchard; Jerry Lee Lewis; Adele; Dan Zanes; Black Francis (The Pixies); Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Regina Spektor; Jeremy Camp; and many more. Also judging are record label executives Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Amanda Ghost (President, Epic Records); Rick Krim (Exec. VP, Talent & Music Programming, VH1). To enter, go to: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

Selected Events

Haiti Benefit
Sat. October 30th
12:30 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

Performers: Jack Tierney, Emmy Day, Iona Sound Come out to support Haiti and enjoy a day full of folk, acoustic, and pop-rock music from local bands, all while raising money to help Haiti. All ticket proceeds go to the Haitian Project.

Wolf Trap's 3rd Run for the Arts 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, October 30, 2010
6 am – 8 am
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia, 22182
$25 adults, $15 children

Finish Line Festival Activities include: Live music from the Junkyard Saints, Children’s Costume Contest, Face and Pumpkin Painting, & Filene Center Backstage Tours. They are looking for volunteers to help register race participant, man water stations, and cheer on runners. Email volunteer@wolftrap.org

NOVA Rottweiller Rescue Fundraiser/Costume Party
Sat. October 30th
doors open at 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 to midnight
at the Middlebrook Restaurant and Pub, 19201 North Frederick Rd, Germantown, MD.
$10 admission for the NOVA Rottweiler Rescue

Performers: Boomerang, the Fabulous Newports, the Second Wind Bandits. All three bands are donating their time and resources. There will be prizes and all sorts of cool stuff.

3rd Annual College Park Blues Festival
Sat. Nov. 6th
at Ritchie Coliseum, College Park, MD 20740

Performers: Bobby Parker, DC Blues Society Band featuring Waverly Milor, Anthony "Swampdog" Clark and the Blues Allstars, and MC Ida Campbell of WPFW.

This festival is a fundraiser to send the Battle of Bands winner to compete at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Feb. 2011. Go to http://www.dcblues.org for more info and to check out the Raffle prizes.

Daniel Cho Benefit Concert
Sun. November 7th
7:30 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
$20 at the door only. No advance tickets will be sold.

Performers: Euphonism, Cate Song, and Left On Vermont

Note from Jammin' Java - "Daniel Cho was known to the rest of the world as a successful studio and touring musician, as well as being a blogger for ESPN's Soccernet. But to us he was simply Dan, our dear friend, a loving husband and father. He tragically lost his life in a swimming accident this past July while on tour with Regina Spektor. He left behind his wife Julia and two-year-old daughter Audrey. We wanted to honor his memory and help out his family as they cope with this tremendous loss. We could think of no better way to do this than with a night of great music at Jammin Java, a venue where he himself once took the stage, and just a stone's throw away from where he grew up in Fairfax. Please join us in honoring his memory."

The Great DCBU Picking Party
Sun. November 7th
2 - 6 pm
at Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Players and listeners of all ages are welcome
Tickets are $20 for DCBU members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for children 12 and under. http://www.dcbu.org to get advance tix

Bring your instruments and bring your friends for four hours of jamming for a good cause. There will be food, a cash beer and wine bar, and multiple rooms for picking sessions. Proceeds go to support the Second Annual DC Bluegrass Festival April 16, 2011. If you already have your picking party tickets (purchased prior to October 25) you are entered in a drawing for four free tickets to the DC Bluegrass Festival. The winner's name will be drawn at the picking party.

New Releases

The Torches released a new CD, "Live on LiveBlock," in September, and have a CD release concert at IOTA Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA on Fri. Nov. 5th at 9 pm, with The NRIS and The Nice Trys. http://www.thetorches.net

Maggie Sansone will be having her CD release concert for "Wind Drift" on Sun. Nov. 14th at The Snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760-C Walker Road, Great Falls, VA, as part of the Celtic Concerts at the Old Brogue series. There are 2 sittings: 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance. $15. Call 703-759-3309 http://www.maggiesmusic.com

WAMA Calendar: Looking Ahead

Nov 4th - WAMA PASS Contest Winners Announced

Feb 20st - 25th Wammies

WAMA Hall of Fame Flashback:

Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, and a seminal figure in defining and promoting R&B and soul, as well as other American genres, died Dec. 14, 2006 at age 83. He had been in the hospital since falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in New York City on October 29. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Ertegun was the son of a Turkish ambassador, and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1935.

Ahmet and his brother Nesuhi loved American music and collected records; they shopped at the Hot Record Shop and Commodore Music Store. The brothers hung out in DC clubs including Bengasi, the Casbah, and the Crystal Caverns. Ertegun later said that his experiences in those clubs molded his understanding of African-American music. The brothers became friends with Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, and Jelly Roll Morton, and decided to promote the first integrated concert in DC, at a Jewish Community Center. They were later allowed to use the National Press Club's auditorium. While in graduate school, Ertegun discovered Max Silverman's Quality Radio Repair Shop, which also sold records. That shop became Waxie Maxie.

Ertegun told The Washington Post's Richard Harrington, "If anybody asks me where I'm from, my first inclination is to say Washington, because that's where I grew up meaningfully." Ertegun and his brother started two local labels, Jubilee (gospel), and Quality (jazz and R&B); both failed in 1946. In 1947, they formed Atlantic in New York. Atlantic's first real hit was Stick McGhee's "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," in 1949. Ertegun was influential in promoting the work of Ray Charles, Ruth Brown (Atlantic was known as the House that Ruth Built), Big Joe Turner, Aretha Franklin, Cream, the Clovers, CSN&Y, the Rolling Stones, and Roberta Flack

Ertegun himself wrote blues songs, including "Chains of Love" and "Sweet Sixteen" under the pseudonym A. Nugetre (read it backwards), and shouted backups on Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll." During the 1960s, Ertegun adjusted with the musical tastes of the country and signed Led Zeppelin, the Rascals, and Sonny and Cher.
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