WAMA News - December 2, 2010

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WAMA News - December 2, 2010

Postby askmike » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:53 pm

National Music News

Digital sales up for labels but drop in Japan
30 November 2010
http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-ne ... -in-japan/
by Eamon Ford

"Figures issued by both Warner Music Group (WMG) and Universal Music Group (UMG) show that digital remains a growth area but still can’t shoulder the losses from the collapse in CD sales."

Essential tools to take your independent recording to market
29 November 2010
http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-fe ... to-market/

"We ask four industry leaders what the essential tools are to take your independent recording to market"

Dylan Dine And Dash

http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... 48610.aspx

"The staff at a Massachusetts pizza parlor thought they’d hit the jackpot Nov. 20 when a man reportedly wearing a Bob Dylan backstage pass placed a hefty pizza order, but they were sadly mistaken."

Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics To Sell In NYC
http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/arch ... 48751.aspx

"Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyrics for “The Times are A-Changin’“ are heading for the auction block in New York City. They could sell for an estimated $200,000 to $300,000. "

Local Notes

Elikeh is featured with "Free Song of the Week" on National Geographic's World Music home page . At http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/, scroll down to a box towards the bottom to Free Song Of The Week.

Dancing in the D.C. streets
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local- ... reets.html
By Carlyn Andersson, Washington

"I was born in the District, but for many years I lived in Europe, and upon moving back to Washington I noticed how much more cosmopolitan the city had become. One thing that really strikes me is how much music I hear almost everywhere I go — Metro stations, bus stops or anywhere there is open space. And the musicians are good. It feels so wonderful to walk the city and listen and watch the crowds take a few minutes out of their day to do the same."

Video Views

The Huge Video
The Huge has just completed a video for their 4th album, Before Then Was Now. Shot in NY, the video features the band hacking into Times Square to broadcast the video produced by Greg Berger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVPNcUaHk9k

Venue News

DC9 Able to Reopen On December 15
http://dcist.com/2010/12/board_rules_dc ... der_ce.php

"Based on reports from a hearing held this afternoon, DC9 -- thanks in part to a large security upgrade -- has been deemed to have resolved a "threat of eminent danger," clearing the way for the club to re-open. DC9 will be permitted to reopen as early as December 15 provided it meets certain conditions, such as providing employees with security training and ensuring DC9 co-owner Joe Englert doesn't employ the five men initially charged in the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed at any of his D.C. establishments until at least January 19."

Strathmore Changes Leadership Roles
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/arts-p ... rship.html
By Jacqueline Trescott

"The Music Center at Strathmore has successfully built its brand, and Eliot Pfanstiehl, the president of the Stathmore programs since 1983, has been a champion of the arts in the region.

Now that the 6-year-old Concert Hall has found its niche among the region's venues, Pfanstiehl has decided to take on another role for the institution. "The question comes in every organization's life, what is the next step in our evolution," said Pfanstiehl, 60. The founding president is now going to tackle putting together a 2020 Vision plan for the arts center."

Selected Events

Master of the Mix, episode 5
Weds. Dec. 1st
8 pm
at Bar 7, 1015 1/2 7th Street NW, WDC
Free with RSVP (21+)
RSVP at http://fs2.formsite.com/LilSosoP/form04 ... index.html

Episode 5 of the "Master of the Mix" reality show is tonight and there are five contestants left. This week's viewing party has DJs Stylus, 2-Tone Jones and Deep Sang representing D.C.'s turntable talents.

6th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Dec 3 - 23
noon - 7 pm daily
corner of 8th & F Streets NW, WDC

With over 150 artisans and crafters and performances by Rick Franklin, United House of Prayer, Stacy Brooks, Esther Haynes, Karen Collins, Patty Reese, Seth Kibel, Janine Wilson, Billy Coulter, Jim Stephanson, Gina DeSimone, Dave Chappell, Alexandria Kleztet, and more.

Night of a 100 Elvises
Dec. 3rd & Dec 4th
6 pm
at the Lithuanian hall, 851-3 Hollis St., Baltimore, MD
7pm-2am - $55(adv) inc. bevs & food

Friday performers include: Automatic Slim, Billy Coulter, Jed Douvall, Graceliners, Karb Kings, Tom Principato, Sookey Jump Blues, Janine Wilson, and more. Sat: Barn Burners, Jed Douvall, Fabulettes, Graceliners, Honky Tonk Confidential, Karb Kings, Monsters from the Surf, Sookey Jump Blues, Janine Wilson, and more.

Raise the Rent Party - Memphis Gold Fundraiser
Thurs. Dec. 9th
at Surf Club Live, 4711 Kenilworth Ave, Hyattsville, MD
Donations: $15
Reserve Tickets: 301-322-4808

Performers: Mary Shaver with the Smokin' Polecats, Memphis Gold, Stacy Brooks, Clarence "The Bluesman" Turner, Bobby Parker, and Special Guest: Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks. MC: Dr. S.O. Feelgood

Santa Jam
Dec. 23rd
7 pm
at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, Va
$10 minimum donation

This annual benefit show was started by Tom Principato's bassist John Perry. This year's lineup features Tommy Lepson, Linwood Taylor and more. As always, the show benefits Doorways Homeless Shelter of Arlington; attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped child's gift.

New Releases

Xyra has released a 5th CD, a double CD titled "Never Lost Forever." The CD release party is Sun. Dec. 12th at 6 pm at Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA with Mystic Angels. It was produced by Jim Ebert and recorded at Cue Recording Studios.

Final Curtain

Frederick Zenone

Cellist who mediated labor disputes with orchestras, dies at 74
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 06436.html
By Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 24, 2010; 10:12 PM

Frederick Zenone, who spent 30 years as a cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra and exerted a greater influence on the musical world as an advocate for the rights of musicians and a consultant who specialized in mediating labor disputes within orchestras, died Oct. 22 of esophageal cancer at a hospital in Savannah, Ga. He was 74.

WAMA Hall of Fame Flashback:

Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten was born Elizabeth Nevills on January 5, 1895 in Chapel Hill, N.C., but she began her professional career as a musician some 60 years later. She was a key figure in the folk music revival in the 1960s and won a Grammy in 1984 for "Elizabeth Cotten Live!" on Arhoolie Records. The song "Freight Train," which she wrote when she was 12 years old, is a fingerpicker's classic and her arrangements of traditional folk songs are staples of many folk repertoires.

Libba was the youngest of five children. When she was eight, she started playing her older brother's banjo and guitar. She taught herself how to play and at the age of 12 wrote her most famous song, "Freight Train," which would influence many local Piedmont blues musicians as well as nationally known musicians. She played a normally strung guitar upside down and left handed, playing the bass pattern with her fingers and using her thumb for the melody.

In 1910, when she was 15 years old, Libba married Frank Cotten. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Lillie, she became deeply religious and obeyed when the deacons of her church told her to give up the guitar. The family moved between Chapel Hill, Washington, D.C., and New York City, where Frank worked as a chauffeur and later owned a garage shop. Frank and Libba divorced and in the early 1940s she moved back to Washington, D.C.

The story goes that she was working in Landsburgh's department store downtown selling dolls when she found a lost child named Peggy Seeger and returned her to her mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, author of a well-known children's songbook and member of the famed Seeger family. They became friends and Libba started working for the Seegers as a cook and housekeeper. During the next few years, she re-learned how to play the guitar. The Seegers considered her an authentic folk music source and nurtured her talents. Mike Seeger began recording Libba in 1952 and produced her first album in 1957 for Folkways Records. The album was called "Folksongs and Instrumentals with Guitar" (aka "Negro Folk Songs and Tunes," and now reissued as "Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes," Folkways). The song Freight Train was becoming famous, but there were some legal problems. Peggy Seeger had performed the song in concert in England and it was recorded by Nancy Whiskey there, where it became a top five UK hit. However Libba did not get credit. In the US, the song became a hit for Rusty Draper, who also failed to give Libba credit. The Seegers got involved and Libba got a third credit for the song. Peter Paul and Mary later recorded it and gave Libba full writing credit.

Libba's "Cotten-picking" was a fairly distinctive style that caught on during the folk revival of the 60s. She performed her first concert with Mike Seeger at Swarthmore College in January, 1960. She started performing at concerts, often with the New Lost City Ramblers, sometimes with Mississippi John Hurt, and sometimes solo. She also played at folk festivals with other "discovered" musicians including John Lee Hooker, Jesse Fuller and Muddy Waters. She performed at the first Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1963 and at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. That same year she performed at the Ontario Place Coffeehouse in Washington, D.C. with Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, and Rev. Robert Wilkins.

Libba released "Shake Sugaree," which she recorded with her grandchildren Brenda, Johnny, Sue and Wendy, on Folkways in 1967. She performed at the Festival of American Folklife from 1968 through 1971, and she continued to record and perform in the 1970s and 80s.

She received the National Folk Association's Burl Ives Award in 1972 for her contribution to American folk music. She released "When I'm Gone" on Folkways in 1979 and toured with Taj Mahal the same year. Libba received many honors in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1984, she released "Elizabeth Cotten Live!" on Arhoolie Records and that year won a Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. That year she also won a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award. In 1986, she was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording. She died on June 29, 1987 in Syracuse, N.Y., at the age of 92.

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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