WAMA News - December 10, 2010

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WAMA News - December 10, 2010

Postby askmike » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:04 pm

Year End WAMA Santas Needed

Please consider helping WAMA continue it's mission to raise the profile of the DC area music scene with a year end donation. The Wammie awards and nominations, workshops, WAMA News, the WAMA Directory, showcase events — all recognize local musicians and help to create a better working environment for everyone. Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted, and because WAMA is a 501(c)(3) entity, they're tax deductible. Please click here http://www.wamadc.com/wama/make_a_donation.html
to help out, or mail a check to WAMA, 6263 Occoquan Forest Dr., Manassas, VA 20112.

National Music News

Paul McCartney, Al Gore, Tommy Roe recall Beatles' first U.S. concert in D.C.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02725.html
By J. Freedom duLac
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 3, 2010; 6:48 PM

"On Feb. 11, 1964, Beatlemania blasted Washington - all shrieks and Arthur haircuts and songs that nobody could quite make out."

Doors' Jim Morrison to get pardoned in Florida
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... redstories
By Brendan Farrinton
The Associated Press
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 6:28 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Doors singer Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida after Gov. Charlie Crist got a commitment for enough votes from other members of the state's Board of Executive Clemency to approve it.

Anything But 'Big Easy' - New Orleans Music Comeback
Posted: November 26, 2010
http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index ... leId=37451

New Orleans (AP) -- "More than five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' music scene remains vibrant and lively, despite the fact that some musicians forced from their homes haven't returned and the doors to many places where they used to entertain remain closed."

Young Concert Artists celebrates 50 years of developing new classical talents
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 3:10 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... tml?sub=AR

"...YCA is structured like a music competition, open to artists from 16 to 26, but it's a competition with a difference: Victory is not the ultimate goal, but the beginning of a relationship. The winners - the number varies from year to year - are presented in concerts in New York, Washington and Boston. Even more important, they are given at least three years of professional management: YCA books concerts, cultivates the press and prepares artists to move on to a permanent agency."

Local Notes

Local Musicians receive Grammy Nominations

Carolyn Malachi has been nominated for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" for her song "Orion."
Raheem DeVaughn's album The Love & War Masterpeace is up for "Best R&B Album."
Chuck Brown, has also received a nomination for "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for his collaboration with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller on this year's release We Got This.

Taking sides: Which D.C. band should reunite next?
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/clicktra ... d_sho.html
Washington Post Click Track
"On Saturday, D.C. punks Government Issue reunite for one show at the Black Cat. Next month, Dismemberment Plan kick off a reunion tour at the same venue. So in this season of making a list and checking it twice (Click we pick a D.C. band we'd like to see take the stage (at least) one more time. See our picks after the jump, and leave yours in the comments."

DJ Stereo Faith
The sold out Government Issue show at the Black Cat is a benefit for Steven McPherson, a.k.a. DJ Stereo Faith. Earlier in the year, Faith (who used to play in D.C. area act Brace) underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his auditory canal, and now he’s got huge medical bills. Donations can still be made to DJ Stereo Faith by Paypaling keepingthestereofaith@gmail.com.

Performance & Songwriting Opportunities

DC Music Fest Call
to all local musicians to submit for performance consideration

The DC Music Fest is celebrating the wealth and diversity of music talent in the Nation’s Capital. The all new DC Music Fest showcases the next generation of DC area music talent, as well as established acts, across all music genres in one day. The inaugural event will take place next May, 7th, 2011. Uniting a stellar array of bands, DJs and singer-songwriters across multiple genres, DC Music Fest connects the best of Washington, DC’s music scene into one cohesive event. Headline acts include Billboard World Song Contest Winners Honor By August and experimental hip-hop band Restoring Poetry in Music (RPM), with support from blues quintet Kelly Bell Band and hard rockers Along Those Lines. Guinness Battle of the Bands winner The Chris Collat Band will be opening the festival after competing against 16 other local bands to win the chance to perform. Full info can be found at http://www.dcmusicfest.com.

BMI Contemporary Songwriting Workshop

All submissions must be received by January 7, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the BMI Contemporary Professional Songwriting Workshop, which kicks off Wednesday, February 2. For 8 consecutive weeks*, participants will meet at BMI’s New York offices (7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich St, 30th Floor) on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Songwriter Billy Sideman will lead the workshop, which will help aspiring songwriters hone composition skills by focusing on lyric writing, music theory, and arrangement/production techniques used in contemporary songwriting. The class will consistently provide constructive feedback, stimulating assignments and helpful literature.

Class size is limited, and while there is no cost to apply, accepted participants will pay a $25 fee for the course. To apply, mail a two-song demo and lyric sheet to:
BMI Attn: W/P Relations/Songwriters Workshop 7 World Trade Center 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007-0030. Or email lyric sheets with a link to streaming music to RSVP@bmi.com, with “Songwriter Workshop” in the subject line. Sorry, mp3s cannot be accepted. Download application here http://www.bmi.com/pdfs/songwriter_workshop_ny_2011.pdf

Selected Events

Fundraiser for Manna Food Center
Fri. Dec 10th
8 - 11 pm
at Epicure Cafe, 11213-A Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

Performing will be Laura Baron, Pat Quinn and Ron Goad. MFC is a 4 star charity that brings food to families and to school children at risk in the Montgomery County, MD area. They are the main food back in the county and there has been a great increase in the need for food. A generous donor will match each dollar raised up to $10,000 by the end of the year.
http://www.mannafood.org/index.cfm?page ... ouncements

"End of the Weak" Fundraiser
Fri. Dec 10th
6 pm
at the Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW, Washington, DC

Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment and Support (VOICES) is holding a fund-/awareness-raising event for the organization, End of the Weak, which has been working with youth in post-conflict Uganda.

Cheap Art Sale 2010 (benefit for Girls Rock! DC)
Sat. Dec. 11th
1 - 5 pm
at La Casa, 3166 Mt Pleasant St NW, WDC

Artists from across DC are selling artwork priced at $50 or less. 50% or more of all proceeds will be donated to Girls Rock! DC, a week-long music and empowerment camp for girls age 8-18.

Bon Voyage Blues Bash

Thurs, Dec. 16th
at Surf Club Live, Bladensburg, MD
All ages
$10 show (WAMA and DCBS members $7 at the door)

Blues harmonica player Charlie Sayles and Moonshine Society are headed to Shanghai, China to perform at the House of Blues and Jazz for three months. Also performing will be the Stacy Brooks Band.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington Presents:
Nowell Sing We Clear

Sat. December 18th
3 pm
Church of the Ascension Parish Hall, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Admission $25, $10 for students
For further information & advance discounts, see http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php
or call Marty at 703-354-6460

This Mid-Winter Celebration of Solstice, Christmas and the New Year features John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis. From unaccompanied vocals to dance tunes on fiddle, accordion, concertina and percussion, it's high-energy, participatory entertainment for the entire family.

Benefit Show to Save the Arlington Planetarium
Sun. Dec. 26th
8 pm
at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
$10 min. donation

Featuring J.P. Reali, The Mantis, The Last Monarchs, Robinson Lee Earle, and the Lost Vicilizations Experimental Music Project.

New Releases

Soulpajamas release their 2nd CD, “Reaching for the Sun.” Produced by Marco Delmar at Recording Arts Studio, it features Andy Hamburger/ drums, Daniel M. Hall/bass, Brian Simms and Barry Gurley/keyboards, Al Williams/sax, Terry Dearmore/harmonica, Marco Delmar/electric guitar, Dan Johnson/acoustic & electric guitar, Fred Lieder/cello and vocals by Dan and Erin Johnson. http://www.soulpajamas.wordpress.com

has released his latest album "Latino Hip-Hop," available digitally @ http://itunes.com/cristopolis

Root Boy Slim peers into the 21st Century with "Dog Secrets." Now on CD for the first time, includes bonus track "Go Go Girls Don't Cry." Originally released in 1984 on Congressional Records. http://www.rootboyslim.com

Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton have a new CD, "Fantasies and Inventions," and a review in the Washington Post. Barnes & Hampton

WAMA Hall of Fame Flashback:

Mississippi John Hurt

Blues guitarist and singer John Smith Hurt was born on July 2, 1892 in Teoc, Mississippi, one of 11 children. He spent most of his life in a nearby speck on the map called Avalon, but his songs touched a generation of folk music fans and his finger-picking style influenced many guitarists. Hurt had two careers as a professional musician separated by 35 years spent laboring back home.

He got his first recording contract in 1928 but the Depression spoiled any hopes he might have had, and he went back to working in the fields. In the early 1960s, the new folk revival movement "discovered" him, and he was able to record once more.

Hurt learned to play guitar when he was nine years old, after his mother bought him his first guitar, a used instrument he called "Black Annie," for $1.50. He started playing at parties and dances when he was in his late teens. He worked as a sharecropper and as a day laborer, including five months laying railroad ties for the Illinois Central railroad. It was there where he probably learned railroad songs like "Spike Driver Blues" and "Casey Jones." In 1923, a white fiddle player named William Narmour asked Hurt to play with him at some local square dances. A few years later, Narmour won a fiddling contest and got the attention of an OKeh Records scout named Tommy Rockwell. Narmour suggested Hurt as a potential artist for OKeh, and Hurt was invited to Memphis in February, 1928, and recorded eight songs. One 78 was released, "Frankie," backed with "Nobody's Dirty Business." In December, Hurt went to New York City to record 11 more songs, including "Candy Man Blues" and "Avalon Blues."

Some historians blame OKeh records for only selling a few hundred copies each of Hurt's songs, saying that the record company tried to sell them as blues songs, when they were actually ragtime workups of older traditional folk songs. In 1929, the Great Depression hit, and OKeh stopped operating in 1935. Hurt was back in Avalon, raising a family, farming, and doing odd jobs (including a period with the WPA), and playing guitar when he could.

Folkways Records re-released two Hurt songs in the early 1950s as part of its American Folk Music series, piquing the interest of musicians and musicologists. Dick Spottswood and Tom Hoskins tracked Hurt down at his home in Mississippi and convinced him to begin a new career in Washington, D.C. In July of 1963, Spottswood took Hurt to the Library of Congress, where he recorded 39 songs. When he was 71, Hurt performed at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He was now officially a living legend and folk music star.

He and his family moved to Washington, D.C., where they lived in a third floor apartment on Rhode Island Avenue. Over the next three years he played festivals, folk clubs, colleges and universities, and recorded on the Piedmont and Vanguard labels. He was a resident guitarist at Ontario Place Coffeehouse in D.C. He bought a house in Grenada, MS and moved his family back home, where he died on November 2, 1966, at the age of 74.

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