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WAMA News - 12-16-2010

Postby askmike » Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:41 pm

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National & International Music News

2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Darlene Love are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2011. In addition, Leon Russell is being honored with the award for musical excellence, and nonperformer honors will go to Jac Holzman, who founded Elektra Records, and Art Rupe, who created the Specialty label. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first single or album. The 26th annual induction ceremony will be held on March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Rare 'Star-Spangled Banner' Sells For Half Mil
http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index ... leId=37481
Posted: December 5, 2010

New York (AP): "An 1814 first edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has sold for more than half million dollars at a New York City auction.

Christie's auction house says an anonymous telephone bidder placed the winning bid of $506,500 on Friday. The pre-sale estimate was $200,000 to $300,000."

George Clinton Sues Black Eyed Peas Over Song Sample

December 14, 2010 12:00 EST – Rock & Pop
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 4627.story
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

"George Clinton has filed a copyright lawsuit against members of the Black Eyed Peas, UMG Recordings and Cherry Hill Music for allegedly sampling his song "(Not Just) Knee Deep" on a Grammy-award nominated album."

MTV Unveils New Music Discovery Product
December 14, 2010 12:00 EST
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 4657.story
By Antony Bruno

"As first reported in Billboard last month, MTV unveiled the beta launch of its music discover product, the MTV Music Meter. The Music Meter is a way to track which bands are showing the most activity on various types of social media, focused on up and coming artists rather than the established stars. The idea is to highlight emerging acts before they become popular."

Sonicbids Partners With Headliner.fm To Help Artists
Make Connections And Reach New Fans


"Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, today announces a partnership with Headliner.fm, the largest real-time social media and viral marketing solution on the web, to launch a new application for artists to reach new fans. With the Headliner.fm app, artists can reach millions of new fans by trading recommendations with like-minded artists and promoting to their fanbases through artist-endorsed status updates on social networking sites and mobile devices."

Where Go Go Might Have Gone

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... id=artslot
By Chris Richards
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 8:17 PM

"Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, tried to put D.C.'s sound on reggae's national path."

Manager Johnny Wright Sounds Off On The State Of The Music Industry

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/genre/ro ... 4629.story
By Shirley Halperin, The Hollywood Reporter
December 14, 2010 12:00 EST

"If the name Johnny Wright has been synonymous with one thing, it's screaming girls. The Orlando-based music manager has played a key role in the careers of Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake (and previously 'NSync), Backstreet Boys, and Aaron Carter, to name a few of the multi-platinum acts he's guided, and now he's putting his talent scouting skills to the test in a new online venture called 'Johnny On the Spot.'

A collaboration between AT&T and the music site Cambio, which is co-owned the Jonas Group, AOL and MGX Labs, the web show will allow singers the chance to audition for the man himself by submitting videos of their performances. From the thousands of submissions, Wright and his team will narrow them down to a group of 20 who will be put through his "Boot Camp," an intensive workshop of rehearsals, dance choreography, vocal lessons, and media training."

Flamenco Icon Enrique Morente Dies In Madrid
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/genre/la ... 4634.story
By Leila Cobo
December 14, 2010 12:00 EST

"Enrique Morente, one of the great living flamenco singers and a composer/musician who pushed the boundaries of the genre to unimaginable directions, died Dec. 13 in a clinic in Spain. Morente suffered complications following an ulcer operation."

Report: Future of Live Nation Germany Uncertain
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 4633.story
By Wolfgang Spahr, Berlin
December 14, 2010 12:00 EST

"Live Nation Germany plans to give up its activities in Germany, according to German weekly magazine 'Wirtschaftswoche'."

Freelance Musicians Hear Mournful Coda as the Jobs Dry Up

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/arts/ ... .html?_r=1
By Daniel J. Wakin
Published: December 3, 2010

"...the New York freelance musician — a bright thread in the fabric of the city — is dying out. In an age of sampling, digitization and outsourcing, New York’s soundtrack and advertising-jingle recording industry has essentially collapsed. Broadway jobs are in decline. Dance companies rely increasingly on recorded music. And many freelance orchestras, among the last steady deals, are cutting back on their seasons, sometimes to nothingness..."

Honolulu Symphony Shuts Down

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/ ... ?ref=music
By Daniel J. Wakin
December 14, 2010, 4:11 pm

"The Honolulu Symphony has officially gone out of business. A United States Bankruptcy Court judge on Monday approved the orchestra’s liquidation, The Associated Press reported. The orchestra was running out of money and mired in a labor dispute. It stopped performing in October 2009 and filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code but asked the court to convert the filing to Chapter 7, liquidation. The symphony said it was founded in 1900 and calls itself the oldest American orchestra west of the Rockies."

Local Notes

Photo Request — A researcher is looking for historic photos of The Cellar Door for a project and would be interested in particularly photos of the actual door and awning from 1969 through 1972. If you can help, please email: dcmusic@wamadc.com.

The Washington Men's Camerata and Music Director Frank Albinder are in an hour-long show on XMSirius Satellite Radio on Wednesday, December 15th at 9:00 pm. The show will feature excerpts from the Camerata's Christmas CD, Sing We Noel, along with a conversation between host Robert Aubry Davis and Frank Albinder.

Tina Lundelius has just been selected to write and perform a new original song for the opening of the 54th session on the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in March. www.tinalundelius.com

The Annual Rock n' Shop will be held at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC on Sun. Dec. 19th at 8 pm. Free.

Video Views

Bill Harris "I am the Blues"
September 07, 2007 —

"This promotional video was produced by Jeff Krulik for bluesman Bill Harris shortly before his death in 1988 at the age of 63. Bill Harris was a classical guitar virtuoso and consumate blues musician based in Washington D.C. In the 1950s, he was a member of the legendary vocal group The Clovers, who had a string of R&B hits throughout that decade. He also had a prolific solo career and released several albums. Harris owned and operated Pigfoot, a restaurant-nightclub-art gallery in Washington D.C., which is featured in the video. Narrated by Joe Pinkney. He was a founding WAMA Board member and is in the WAMA Hall of Fame."

Online Resources

Quincy Jones: Tools For Success
by Quincy Jones on December 8, 2010
http://blog.discmakers.com/2010/12/quin ... r-success/
Excerpted from Q on Producing by Quincy Jones (with Bill Gibson), published by Hal Leonard.

"My daddy used to say to my brother, Lloyd, and me, “Once a task is just begun, never leave it ’til it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” Every day he said that. That has stuck with me through everything I’ve done...There’s nothing in the world worse than having an opportunity that you’re not prepared for. Good luck usually follows the collision of opportunity and preparation – it’s a result of that collision. You’ve got to be prepared. So, make your mistakes now and make them quickly. If you’ve made the mistakes, you know what to expect the next time. That’s how you become valuable."


Library of Congress Annual Stradivari Anniversary Concert
and Pre-Concert Lecture

Sat. Dec. 18th
6:15 pm lecture, 8 pm concert
at The Library of Congress Whittall Pavilion
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/1 ... html#dec18

The string quintet Sybarite5 will be performing at the annual Stradivari Anniversary Concert, for which the group is allowed to play on the great Italian instrument maker's creations from the library's collection. The group will play some older music, some contemporary music and some arrangements of songs by Radiohead.

At 6:15 pm, there is a pre-concert presentation: "The Future of Music" – Tod Machover, composer; Director, MIT Media Lab

Ukulele Group Classes with Maureen Andary

Saturdays, January 8 - February 12, 2011
Beginner: 12:00-1:00 pm
Beginner 2: 1:00-2:00 pm
Beginner 2 (alternate session): Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm starting January 12
at House of Musical Traditions' lessons studio, 7010 Westmoreland Avenue Takoma Park, MD
Fee: $160 for each 6-week session
Contact HMT to register at lessons@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090.

Beginner Ukulele: Learn the basics of ukulele: how to hold it, several strumming and picking techniques, and songs like Happy Birthday, but also pop classics. The repertoire will be picked on the first day of class. This class is designed for complete beginners to the uke - no experience is necessary.

Beginner 2 Ukulele: Learn all your favorite '60s pop tunes from The Beatles to Otis Redding while working with Jim Beloff's '60s Uke-In book (available to purchase at HMT), which has extensive chord charts. Explore musicality with an array of new strumming & picking techniques, and also learn some basic jamming skills, and scales to get you playing instrumentals. The Beginner 2 level is appropriate if you already know some basic chords and strums. Indicate your preference for Saturdays or Wednesdays when registering.


Promote Your Band, Business or Event

"January is On Tap Magazine’s annual Local Music Compilation Issue featuring 2010’s best DC area bands, free music downloads and tons of local music content---it’s our dedicated music issue. Want to get your band, business or event noticed locally in content directly related to the DC/VA/MD music scene and in our music calendar?---please contact Nick Hardt. mailto:nick@ontaponline.com All WAMA members and their friends can receive our yearly 20% discounted rate on all print ad packages. Deadline 12/20 for booking so contact us today, . Be sure to also post your events and gigs for free at http://www.ontaponline.com/events"

Selected Events

Master of the Mix 7th Episode
Wed. Dec. 15th
8 pm
at Jin, 2017 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC
Free, with RSVP

Three DJs remain: DJ Stylus, DJ Phaze and Jerome Baker III.

It Came Upon a Midnight Beer: Rock & Roll Christmas Show
Weds. Dec. 15th
8:30 pm
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

Featuring Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, Marah and Richard Bacchus. The bands will be collecting toys at the show for Toys For Tots, so please bring a new toy to donate.

SAW Songwriters' Toolbox
with guest artist, Karyn Oliver

Sat. Dec. 18th
at the home of SAW member Caron Dale: 3501 Rodman Street, NW Washington, DC

As well as being a performer, Karyn Oliver is an active contributor to the acoustic and Americana music scene in the Baltimore-DC area, as a past President and current board member of the Baltimore Songwriters Association, and the host of WLOY radio’s “The Mobtown Couch” since 2005.

The SAW Songwriter’s Toolbox is a monthly songwriting workshop series. Come prepared to write, contribute, share and be challenged. For those who attend the SAW Toolbox sessions, we’re offering your songs to be critiqued by a panel of songwriters.

Studio News

From Airshow at Takoma Park

"Airshow’s Takoma Park studios hosted two successful events in November. Partnering with the AES DC section, Airshow Chief engineer Charlie Pilzer and SIA Acoustics’ Sam Berkow presented an overview of the design and construction considerations in opening the new facility.

The following week Airshow brought in Washington Professional Systems and Apogee Electronics to demonstrate the studio’s tracking room in collaboration with an A/D converter shootout using Apogee’s new Symphony I/O system. Both events were well received by engineers and musicians alike who had a first chance opportunity to experience the facilities' top notch sound and features.

If you missed the event and would like to see the studio, contact Toni Goldberg, Takoma Park’s studio manager."

New Releases

Beasts of No Nation
has released their debut 7-inch, and is celebrating on Sat. Dec. 18th at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street, NE, Washington, DC at 8 pm, along with Police & Thieves, Give and The Regents. $10. http://www.myspace.com/beastsdc

Stacy Brooks' song, "Don't wanna be alone for Christmas," is now available for purchase. This single is dedicated to the family members that are missing their Military loved ones for Christmas due to deployment. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stacybrooks1.

WAMA Hall of Fame Flashback:

Meshell Ndegeocello

(Mih SHELL en-DAY gay-o-CHEL-lo) is a multi-talented musician; she is a composer, bandleader, arranger, singer-songerwriter and rapper, and while she plays a number of instruments, she is best known for playing bass. Her music incorporates a wide range of styles, including funk, soul, hip hop, go-go, reggae, R&B, rock, neo-soul, and jazz. She has been nominated for ten Grammy awards and is a provocative artist who is constantly pushing the boundaries of music and politics.

Meshell was born Michelle Lynne Johnson on August 29, 1968 in Berlin, Germany. She was raised in Washington, D.C., where she attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Oxon Hill High School. She adopted the surname Ndegeocello when she was a teenager.

Self-taught on the bass, guitar, keyboards, and drums, Meshell honed her skills on the D.C. go-go circuit in the late 1980s with bands including Prophecy, Little Bennie and the Masters, and Rare Essence. She went solo in 1993, and was one of the first artists to sign with Madonna's Maverick Records, which released her debut album, "Plantation Lullabies." The album, which included "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," which was a Billboard Hot 100 hit, and "Outside Your Door," received three Grammy nominations. Bass Player Magazine named her Bassist of the Year; she was the first female to win that award.

Meshell's next two albums, "Peace Beyond Passion" (1996) and "Bitter" (1999) received four more Grammy nominations. She released “Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape" in 2002, followed by "Comfort Woman" in 2003, "The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel" in 2005, and "The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams" in 2007 on Decca.

Her biggest commercial success was a duet with John Cougar Mellencamp on a cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night," which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1994. She had a Dance #1 hit in 1996 with a Bill Withers tune, "Who Is He (and What Is He Saying to You)?" which was briefly featured in the film "Jerry Maguire. She had Dance Top 20 hits with "Earth," "Leviticus: Faggot," "Stay," and "If That's Your Boyfriend." She also sang backing vocals on Madonna's I'd Rather Be Your Lover," on the album "Bedtime Stories."

Meshell's music has been featured in film soundtracks including "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Lost and Delirious," "Batman and Robin," "Love Jones," "Love & Basketball," "Talk to Me," "The Best Man," "Higher Learning," and "Down in the Delta." She has been on recordings by Basement Jaxx, Indigo Girls, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. She played bass on the Rolling Stones' "Saint of Me" on their 1997 album "Bridges to Babylon," and on Alanis Morissette's "So Unsexy" and "You Owe Me Nothing in Return" on her 2002 album "Under Rug Swept."

She is also in the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," singing The Miracles' "You've Really Got a Hold on Me." In the late 1990s, she toured with Lilith Fair. She also did a remake of the song "Two Doors Down" on the 2003 release, "Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton."
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