21st Annual WammiesTM
For the Wammies Winners and Nominees, click here
NEW - Alphabetical List of Winners 1985-2006, click here...
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For Cindy Kunst's photos of the Wammies, the reception at Cue Recording and the party at Irelands Four Provinces click here.
Photos by Connie Warner click here.
For the great review in the Washington Post, click here.
Schieffer Hosts, Griffith Rules At the Wammies
By J. Freedom du Lac
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 19, 2007; Page C01
Wammies Honor D.C. Area’s Best
The State Theatre in Falls Church, Va., was packed to the gills and rockin’ — despite the ice and snow…
From Church to Stage:
Black Opera Company Was The City's First
By Jacqueline Trescott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 24, 2007; Page C01
The first opera company in Washington was organized in the 1870s by African Americans.
The long-forgotten story of the Colored American Opera Company is being unearthed by a network of scholars, musicians and archivists led by the Music Center at Strathmore. The effort is to culminate next February in a program at Strathmore of the company's music called "Free to Sing: The Story of the First African-American Opera Company."
Inspired by an item in the WAMA Washington Music Timeline
Future of Music Coalition:
Radio Consolidation Hurts
FMC publicly released its report documenting the effects of radio station ownership consolidation on musicians and the public.
Data in the report shows that station ownership consolidation at the national and local levels has led to fewer choices in radio programming and harmed the listening public and those working in the music and media industries, including DJs, programmers and musicians.
To learn more click here:
WTOP's Places That Are Gone
A radio series about Washington area venues.
* <>Maryland house concert presenter and amateur musician, Gene Dawson's, band, circa, 1963, Memphis, Tennessee, The Imperials, is included in a book entitled, "The Memphis Garage Rock Year Book, 1960-1975", by Ron Hall, Copy 2003, Shangri-la, Inc., www.shangrilaprojects.com.
<>The 1955 Silvertone guitar Gene played in that band was just accepted into the private collection of Memphis Beale Street Blues Club, The Rum Boogie Cafe, and is hanging from the ceiling in the club with numerous other guitars from famous artists such as Elvis, Stevie Ray & Bo Diddly, and not-so-famous Memphis musicians, such as Gene. Quote: "It's great to be in the company of such greats!"
* <>Fools & Horses song "The Therapy" is an official selection on the
<>first Starbucks Entertainment partner music CD, "Off the Clock Vol. 1:
New Music from Up & Coming Starbucks Artists"
* <>“It’s Insane,” Ian Mackaye Testifies Against an All Ages Ban
* <><>A local source for hearing protection can be found online at www.lesnerhearingcenter.com.
<>Leslie Lesner, M.A.
Lesner Hearing Center
Cedar Run Song Workshops
A week-long program run by and for songwriters and singers. The inaugural program will be held July 8–13, 2007, at Seven Oaks Pathwork Center in Madison, Virginia. Staff members will include Pierce Pettis, Tom Kimmel, Sloan Wainwright, Brooks Williams, Kate Campbell, Mae Robertson, Cindy Novelo, and Eric Garrison.
"How to Present Yourself As a Musician: Creating a Basic Promo Kit"
If you want good gigs, you need a good promo kit. With that in mind, SAW will be offering the workshop, "How to Present Yourself As a Musician: Creating a Basic Promo Kit," on a continuing basis. If you are interested in attending, email Loralyn Coles at email@example.com, and once a minimum of 5-6 people have signed up, we'll schedule a time, date, and location. This is a 4 hour, hands-on workshop, so you'll be working on your promo kit in the class. The cost is $40 for SAW, WAMA, NSAI, or BSA Members, $45 for non-members. For a detailed description of the workshop as it was offered in July, 2006, go to: http://loralyn.net/lc/html/workshops.html.
NSAI workshop that we will be holding on Saturday, April 28th. Entitled “Thinking Outside the Box to Get Cuts…and More” it will be hosted by Bob Dellaposta of My3KidsMusic publishing.
When: Saturday, April 28th
Where: Betty's Morrell’s House in Nokesville, VA, which is just outside of Manassas.
* 9-9:30AM: Registration/Sign-in
* 9:30-11AM: Thinking Outside the Box to Get Cuts
* 11-12PM: How to Start Your Own Publishing Company
* 12-12:45PM: Lunch Break
* 12:45-1:15: What Makes a Song Commercial
* 1:15-6PM: Song Critiques
Registration Fee: Members of NSAI and SAW $50; non-members $60. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee and each attendee will also receive, at no extra charge, a CD from Bob with templates of contracts and licenses you can use when licensing you songs.
Attendance is limited so please send checks to me as soon as possible and make them out to NSAI DC Chapter and mail them to me at:
13967 Shalestone Dr.
Clifton, VA 20124
Kennedy Center Fellowship Program
The application period is January 1 to April 1. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Fellowship Program offers 10 highly motivated arts managers a structured blend of independent and collective learning experiences and the opportunity to work in one of the busiest and most artistically diverse performing arts centers in the United States. Fellowships are full-time and last 10 months (September - June). The program emphasizes excellence, creativity, problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and a commitment to new technologies. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $20,000. For additional information visit www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits and Tributes
A Tribute and Benefit for Departed Washington, DC Saxophone Legend Joe Stanley
Thursday, March 15, 2007
El Boqueron II Restaurant
(Behind Joe’s Record Paradise on Gude Drive in Rockville, Maryland)
Big Joe and the Dynaflows
The Billy Hancock Dance Band
The Joe Stanley Tribute-Saxophone Orchestra
For ticket info and details call Joe’s Record Paradise at 301 315-2235
Guitars Not Guns
An article about GnG VA in the March 8, 2007, Washington Post; Metro section page B3.
A link to the story on the Post’s website follows;
<> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... tml?sub=AR
Jazz Singer Ronnie Wells-Elliston, 64
Friday, March 9, 2007;
Washington Post, Page B07
Ronnie Wells-Elliston, 64, a versatile jazz balladeer and educator in the Washington area for more than three decades who co-founded the East Coast Jazz Festival in Montgomery County in 1992, died March 7 at Holy Cross Hospital. She had lung cancer.
Mrs. Wells-Elliston formed the East Coast Jazz Festival with her husband, pianist Ron Elliston, in response to area schools' reducing or eliminating their music programs.
On Sunday, March 25, 2007, in conjunction with the FMJS Quarterly Concert Series, FMJS will sponsor a Home Going Celebration for it's president and founder, Ronnie Wells. The "party" which Ronnie requested will be held at Sabang Indonesian Restaurant, 2504 Ennalls Ave., Wheaton, MD, from 4:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. featuring Nasar Abadey and his group Super Nova with a host of local and national jazz artists. The cost is $20.00 per person and all proceeds go to the FMJS Scholarship Fund, Ronnie's "baby."
Ronnie Wells touched the lives of numerous emerging jazz artist through the East Coast Jazz Festival and held jazz vocal workshops over the past several years privately and as a member of the University of Maryland staff. Anyone interested in performing should contact Ron Kearns at email@example.com.
and the Love of Music
By Bill Danoff
For me, Danny was about music. And the love of playing music well is a fine metaphor for Danny’s life.
There are three important aspects to those who play music:
touch, time and tone.