No Pickets At Wammies 'Ceremony'
The Show Goes On
FALLS CHURCH, Jan. 16 -- Striking Hollywood writers said Friday they will not picket the upcoming Wammies.
The Writers Guild of America issued a brief statement saying it had given the Washington Area Music Association its assurance that writers would not protest outside the State Theatre where winners will be announced. An anonymous representative of Writers Guild asked, "You call the Wammies script, writing?"
The event has not been scaled down from the traditionally glitzy ceremony. All artists have been advised that they will not be crossing the picket lines of striking Hollywood writers. Mike Schreibman, WAMA President said, "the Wammies will be even more exciting than the Golden Globes.
"Access Hollywood" anchors Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush stated, "they would not attend no matter how much they were paid." Later, out of camera range, Bush was overheard saying that he was looking forward to the Pre-Wammies Party.
You're Invited to a WAMA Pre-Wammie Party!
DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2008
VENUE: Austin Grill-Rockville (in the balcony room)
36 Maryland Avenue, Unit A
Rockville, MD 20850
Mix, mingle and network with WAMA Board members and other members of the music community for an informal Pre-Wammie Party. Chips and salsa will be provided. There will be several great prizes including a chance to win a Limousine Ride for Four (courtesy Professional Livery) to the upcoming 22nd Annual WAMMIE Awards at the State Theater on Sunday February 17, 2008! (from one pick-up location)
Bring your press kits, CDs and lots of business cards. Please RSVP to: Janine Wilson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fan's Favorite Award
Cast your vote for your favorite band or artist by Monday, February 4, 2008, for the "Fan's Favorite" Award. You don't have to be a WAMA member to vote for the "Fan's Award," or to win a Wammie!
* Area's First 2008 Baby Clocks In at 12:02 A.M.
By Michael Tunison
Melanie and Justin Jones expected their first child in time for Christmas, but their baby waited out the holiday and the rest of 2007, plus two minutes.
* Susie Mudd publisher of Music Monthly had a heart attack on Thurs. Jan. 3rd, and just got out of the hospital. Susie is going to a cardiologist next week to schedule bypass surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.
* Red C Records' artist Mambo Sauce has just cracked the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B charts with their new single "Welcome to DC." The song is also the official intro song for all Washington Wizards home games at the Verizon Center. Mambo Sauce will perform at the Wammies in February. Check out the song and the remix @ www.myspace.com/mambosauce.
* Link to Linda Parker's photos of the Nick Lowe Tribute at the Barns at Wolf Trap can be seen at http://lindaparker.zenfolio.com/
* The Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band announces the return of the African dance party, The AfroFunk Forum, on Friday, Jan. 18th at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St NE, DC, (202)388-ROCK. Time: 8PM Tickerts: $10. Featured performers are: Chopteeth, DJ Thick, and Malian ngoni wizard, Cheick Hamala Diabate as a special guest. Diabate was recently nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award in the World Music-Traditional category. For more info: www.myspace.com/afrofunkforum
* "Fresh Air" on the local Austin, TX NPR station, KUT 90.5 FM is doing a profile on Nils Lofgren in conjunction of the release of his older recordings: http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/r ... p?prgId=13 Nils Lofgren, On the Side and Out in Front, by Milo Miles
* Chris Richards, aka Ris Paul Ric, formerly of Q And Not U, and a music writer and columnist for The Washington Post, starts a new job as executive editor of Fader magazine next Monday. Fader is an 8-issues-a-year magazine based in New York.
* The Brooks Tegler Big Band celebrate the release of the new CD, "That's It!" on Sun. Jan. 27th from 12 noon to 3 P.M. at James Hoban's Irish Restaurant and Bar, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC. 202-223-8440. For more info: www.jameshobansdc.com or www.capitalcombinations.com Brooks: 703-777-7173
* The Velons have released a new CD, "The Velons and their Diva's". The Velons are home grown doo-wop talent who, in 2008, will celebrate their 50th year of singing music together, and "their Divas" are: The Jewels, Baby Washington and The Clickettes. For more info: www.velons.com.
* Sony has released Parthenon Huxley's new guitar loops library, "Parthenon Huxley's Six String Orchestra", a collection of about 800 two-to-three-seconds-long guitar samples that producers can use in their recordings. Sony is also sponsoring a Remix Contest to promote the library. Sony has taken raw individual tracks of his song, "My Friend Hates Me", from his new album, Kiss The Monster, and made them available on a website where remixers can create whole new songs from the raw tracks. Here's the page where you can listen to the remixes: http://www.acidplanet.com/music.asp?M=1 ... 280&t=4897 Here's the page describing PARTHENON HUXLEY'S SIX STRING ORCHESTRA: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/loo ... p?spid=498
* "Big Daddy"Stallings won the D.C. Blues Society Competition and will represent The D.C. Blues Society at The 24th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2008. Recently "Big Daddy's" new CD "Blues Evolution" was nominated by The D.C. Blues Society to The Blues Foundation in "The Best Self- Produced CD" category. The CD is available at www.cdbaby.com/stallingsc2, www.cdmojo.com, www.bandvillage/bigdaddystallings.com.
Performance Opportunities, Song Exchanges, Workshops, etc.
Voices of the Earth
Jezic Ensemble Earth Day Concerts is looking for participants for Voices of the Earth, a collection of choral compositions sharing a common insight: nature is our solace, inspiration, and responsibility. Concerts to be held on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at Paint Branch Unitarian Church, in Adelphi, MD and Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, MD. In addition to composer Friesen on cello, guest artists will include Glen Velez, percussion, and Howard Levy, piano and harmonica (Trio Globo). The deadline for sign-up to sing in the choir is Jan 21, 2007. Rehearsals will be held in Ellicott City, Maryland on Thursday evenings. More details www.jezic.org, or email the director, Margie T. Farmer email@example.com
SAW Song Xchange
The next Songwriters' Associaton of Washington Song Xchange will be on Sat. for January 26, at The Lab, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA, with guest artist, Steve Warner, a highly accomplished songwriter and instructor from West Virginia. Steve teaches and coaches songwriting at Summersongs, an annual song camp in New York. He�s conducted songwriting workshops, been a judge and coordinator for the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival, been published in Nashville, and had songs covered by several indie artists, including a cut of his song "Your Cheatin� Heart (Is Gonna Miss Me When I�m Gone)" that features original members of Hank Williams� Drifting Cowboys. Visit Steve's website, http://www.stevewarnermusic.com, for song clips and more info, and www.saw.org for more info and directions.
SAW Performance Workshop
Have you determined who you are on stage? What led you to perform or whether performance is your thing? You've got questions, we've got more questions, and some answers to boot! Please come out on Feb. 9th to pick the brain of Bernie Muller-Thym, formerly of the national performance-driven act, Da Vinci's Notebook. He has also been artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, made appearances on Comedy Central, The Today Show, and PBS.
Bring yourself, your guitar, a song, some gumption and the willingness to fail (but eventually succeed).
Date: Saturday, February 9th
Time: 12:30-4:00 pm
Place: The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA. (Take the Shirlington exit off of I-395 and follow the signs to Quaker Lane, then take the second left on Crestwood Drive. The Lab is the first building on the left (large brick building), with the entrance facing Crestwood Drive) Cost: $30 (SAW/WAMA/BSA/NSAI members) in advance; $35 at the door $40 non-members in advance; $45 at the door Special offer for non-SAW members: Become a new SAW member with your workshop registration and pay only $60 for a one year SAW membership and your workshop registration (new members only).
There is an online workshop registration form at www.saw.org. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve your slot. Walk-in registrations will be accepted, but space is limited.
Fellowships and Internships: Arena Stage
Deadline: March 1, 08. Arena Stage, an award-winning regional theater, seeks summer interns and full-season interns and Fellows. The Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program was established to increase participation of people of color in professional theater. The Internship Program is designed to cultivate the next generation of theater professionals. Disciplines include arts administration, artistic, technical production, and community engagement. Undergraduate or graduate students and career changers are encouraged to apply. Deadlines are March 1 for summer and May 1 for full-season. Weekly stipend provided. No housing. For more info and application instructions, visit www.arenastage.org.
From Find Art information bank:
Residential Live/work Lofts: Riverviews Artspace - VA Commercial and/or Residential live/work lofts in a community built around art and art revitalization on the riverfront. Spaces from 400-2400sqft. Call or email for availabilities 434-847-2678 email@example.com
Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Winners Showcase
The Songwriters Association of Washington presents the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Winners Showcase and SAW Benefit at 7:30 p.m. Mon. Jan 21st at the Institute of Musical Traditions at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Tickets are $17 at the door, $14 in advance, and $12 for SAW members. Proceeds after expenses go to SAW. For more info or to purchase tickets: 301-754-3611 or visit www.imtfolk.org.
Performers are: Rupert Wates, UK via Brooklyn NY, Winner of 2nd Place overall & Gold in Contemporary Folk for "After The Rains";Thomas Scott Pearce, Greenville, NC, Winner of 3rd Place Overall & Gold in Gospel/Inspirational/Christian for "Rings In The Water"; Laura Baron, Bethesda MD, co-writer Pat Quinn, Gold in the Vocal Jazz /Blues Category for the song "Winter Don't Own Me"; Rick & Audrey Engdahl, Hyattsville MD, Gold in Children's Music for "Caterpillar"; Patty Reese, Takoma Park MD, Silver in Rock for "Just Friends"; Gretchen Witt, Brooklyn NY, Silver in Folk/Acoustic for "Sun On My Back"; with special guest Jean Bayou, SAW President and emceed by Siobhan Quinn.
Memphis Gold Fundraiser
The DC Blues Society is hosting the Memphis Gold Fundraiser on February 9 at Chick Halls. Memphis Gold, a great Blues singer and guitarist who has played at Westminster several times had a serious accident and is in the Kernan Hospital. He fell about 30 feet from a tree breaking his back and puncturing a lung. He is out of the most the most serious trouble but now has a long road to recovery. He wants everyone to know he appreciates the thoughts and wishes. If anyone can donate a laptop while he is in the hospital, it would be greatly appreciated. When he is not in therapy for these next 8 weeks, he needs to keep his mind busy. If you can help, please contact: Stacy Brooks at Memphisgoldbenefit@yahoo.com.
There are also plans to have a semi concert series featuring maybe 2-3 acts per month at different venues all the way into the summer months, to be called the Memphis Gold Benefit Concert Series, for all musicians in need for this area. If you are a venue or musician who would like to donate their space and time, please contact Stacy Brooks at Memphisgoldbenefit@yahoo.com. http://www.memphisgoldprod.net/
Former sound engineer, Maxine Blank, has just endured very complicated, dangerous and costly surgery.Although she has some insurance, it is not nearly enough to cover her portion of the costs. A Benefit event to raise money to assist her: "Max-Aid" will be held on Sun., Feb. 10th at El Boqueron II, 1330 E. Gude Dr., Rockville, Md. 20852. Cover Charge: $15pp, 2 tickets for $25, and will be not available in advance, only at the door. Time: 4 PM until 10 PM:
Max started her music sound career with her first gig as sound engineer for DC101's Adam Smasher's Smash Band in 1980. That first gig led Max to a colorful career as House Engineer at one of the most loved and missed venues in our area - The Twist and Shout in Bethesda. Max provided sound and lighting to many of the local music venues, festivals and benefits in the Washington DC area through her company, "Maxx Sound and Lighting." After the Twist and Shout closed, Max and company moved to Tornado Alley in Wheaton for 4 years as house engineers. Although Max has been retired for the past 7 years, she still has many friends in the business and has a current association with the Nighthawks.
Please also consider these other ways to help:
1) "Gifts of assistance" (not tax deductible) in the form of check (made out to Maxine Blank) , which should be mailed to:
Matt Spielman, 10724 Saint Margarets Way, Silver Spring , Md 20902
2) If you want to volunteer during the event, contact Mike at: Mattador48@aol.com
3) donations of items to be auctioned off at the silent auction during the event: Auction Item Coordinator is; Marianne Capacchione Work 301-594-4519 and cell 301-318-2199 and her email address is MCapacchione@hrsa.gov Any tangible items: Instruments, CDs, prized possessions, can be dropped off by coordinating with : Tim & Vicki Powers: at RingBellandLouLou@comcast.net (cell) 301-938-3066, (home) 301-774-9507, (Vicki's work) 301-827-4646
Jerry Dallman, the DC area rock n' roll star who had a 1958 hit with "The Bug", and played in the band called Jerry Dallman and the Knightcaps, has passed away. John Waters' later include "The Bug" in his 1988 movie, Hairspray. Jerry is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4lll Penn,Ave., Suitland, Md. 20023, lot 579 Section 27. Through the main gate, straight up the hill, on the left hand side, under a big tree.
Debbie Kent, Jerry's younger sister, who lives in Frederick, MD, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-663-4627, and would be glad to hear from any of Jerry's friends.
Multi-instrumentalist Drew Glackin, one of New York's finest musicians died of cardiac arrest after collapsing in a hospital emergency room on January 3.
Glackin played virtually every fretted instrument ever invented, and also played keyboards. He was the bass player in the Silos and also the lapsteel player in the Jack Grace Band. He also played or recorded with innumerable other bands and artists including Tandy, Susan Tedeschi, Graham Parker, the Hold Steady, Maynard & the Musties, the Oxygen Ponies, Willard Grand Conspiracy, Mary McBride, and the Crash Test Dummies. He made a lot of musician friends in the DC area, as well as sitting in with many local groups, like Last Train Home and Little Pink.