Thinking About the Wammies™
Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about the Wammies
again. The 21st Annual Wammie Awards will be held in early 2007 (date
and location TBA) recognizing outstanding achievement by Washington
area musicians between October 1, 2005 and September 30, 2006. Start
thinking now about which artists had the most significant career gains
during the past year, excel at their craft, and represent the best of
Washington area music. Nomination ballots will be sent out in the
coming weeks with final ballots to follow.
Additionally, the WAMA Board of Directors is always looking for
suggestions on ways to improve the Wammies. Last year, we added the
Emeritus Award and, by all accounts, it was a positive step forward.
The award allows WAMA to recognize artists who have become the royalty
of their genre while also paving the way for the successors in that
category's musical lineage. Maybe you have the next great idea that
could help shape the future of the Wammies. Please email us at
email@example.com with any suggestions you have and keep an eye out
for the ballots in your mailbox or inbox soon.
Singer-songwriter Chris Trapper, frontman for the Push Stars, will be releasing his third solo album on October 10, 2006.
Elke Baker, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, has just released her new CD, Caledonian Muse, along with Liz Donaldson on piano and Ralph Gordon on bass and cello, as Terpsichore. For more information contact: Bakerez1@aol.com or visit www.elkebaker.com.
The Joker’s Wild would like to thank their fans that voted for them for The National's contest "Vote for your First National Pastime" on Sunday Oct 2nd. Their song won, "The Nationals' Swing", by receiving over 7,000 votes. They also have a new CD, "The Joker's Wild, Live in DC!!!" For more information visit: www.thejokerswild.net or www.myspace.com/thejokerswild.
Sharon E. Dawson’s CD "Another Shade Of Blue" is now available on Burnlounge. For more information email: Yubw8nrecords@yahoo.com, or visit: www.burnlounge.com/yubw8nrecords.
Hungry for Music News
New CD Release - Diamond Cuts IX: Complete Game, the ninth installment of the Diamond Cuts series of baseball songs will be officially released on October 17. Order before October 20th and will receive $3.00 off. We are also offering $3.00 off all Hungry for Music CDs until October 20th.
Hungry For Music Benefit on Sunday, November 12th for a screening of Martin Scorcese’s film "Lightning In a Bottle" at Arlington Cinema & Draft House. After the film there will be a special performance by The Nighthawks. The theater doors will open at 7pm and the film will start at 7:30pm. The Nighthawks, http://www.thenighthawks.com, will perform immediately after the film. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. To purchase tickets online go to: http://www.arlingtondrafthouse.com/?page=event&eid=203.
Hungry for Music will be releasing a second volume of Chanukah music this year. A Chanukah Feast, Vol. II will be released on November 28. This eclectic compilation will include both original and traditional songs celebrating Chanukah.
All of the proceeds from the concert and the CDs will benefit Hungry For Music. Hungry for Music's mission is to inspire underprivileged children (and others) by bringing positive musical and creative experiences into their lives. Since becoming a non-profit in 1994, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to thousands of people through its musical instrument donations, concerts, and workshops. We support our programs through memberships, benefit concerts and events, raffles, and the sale of Hungry for Music produced compact discs. www.hungryformusic.org.
Orange Line Special's Lynn Healey is the newest member of the Blue Moon Cowgirls, the DC-area group featuring Karen Collins, Ann Porcella, and Ira Gitlin. For more info, email Karen at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.bluemooncowgirls.com or www.orangelinespecial.com.
New Open Mics
* The Songwriter’s Association of Washington (SAW) and Focus announce a new Montgomery County Open Mic at Mario's House of Steak and Cheese, 240-314-0200, at 15209 Frederick Rd., Rockville, MD 20850, every Friday night. Sign ups start at 7 p.m., and the open mike will start between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Mario is very supportive of live, local music and is anxiouss get an open mike started. He has hosted acoustic songwriters at his place in the past, and has now purchased the ASCAP music license. The first one was last Friday, October 6th and was hosted by Michelle Murray. Don Bridges will host the third. Tomy Wright is hosting on October 27. If SAW/Focus member is interested in getting involved in hosting this open mike, the second Friday (Octoboer 13) is still open. Hosts will receive a small stipend for their time.Please contact Michelle Murray for more details. 301-570-3159 email@example.com
* Starting Friday night, October 20th, Bill Mulroney and some of the Second Wind Bandits will begin hosting an open mic at American Legion Post 86 to be held on the 3rd friday of each month., from 8pm until12am or so. The Legion is serving a lasagne dinner for $7.95 for anyone who gets there between 5pm and 8pm, which includes salad, bread, and dessert. The Band will be available to back up performers, and there will be no smoking in the area of the open mike, although there is smoking in the bar room. No cover, but there is a recommended donation of $5. All types of musical performers are welcome - acoustic artists, bands (electric and acoustic), instrumentalists. For more information contact Bill Mulroney at: LawMusicMan@aol.com.
* A DC BMore Hip Hop Explosion #1, A Benefit show for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD on Sunday, Sept 24th, 5-9pm @ 5 Seasons, 830 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD, featuring, Brother MANIAC, Storm the Unpredictable, Noyeek the Grizzly Bear, Mr. Whitefolks, Ay-One, 20 Bello, Hevewae, Porche 911, ShellBe Raw, Youngstar, Double Duece, Killion, and more. For information call Brother MANIAC Music at 1-888-961-0111 or visit: www.brothermaniac.biz.
* A DC BMore Hip Hop Explosion #2, A Benefit show for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, Oct 18th, 9pm @ Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW, Washington, DC, featuring, D en D Productions, Ay-OneBrother MANIAC, Storm the Unpredictable, Noyeek the Grizzly Bear, Mr. Whitefolks, 20 Bello, Hevewae, Porche 911, ShellBe Raw, Youngstar, Double Duece, Killion, and more. For information call Brother MANIAC Music at 1-888-961-0111 or visit: www.brothermaniac.biz.
* LL Cool J Tribute and Benefit Show, A Benefit for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America on Thursday, Oct 26th, 7:30pm @ Cada VEZ 1438 U St NW Washington, DC. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
This show will feature live performances by: Porche 911, Jimmy Black, D en D Productions, 20 Bello, Durty Dianna, Marcus G, Brother MANIAC, Storm the Unpredictable and others.It will also feature performances of LL Cool J Hits(by DC Artist)(LL Cool J and Def Jam Recordings are the Special Invited Guest), DJ's Kash Monee(the mix tape king) and (DJ SE of D en D Productions)will DJ the after party. There will also be a Special Performance from Gina Rose and Will Star. For information call Brother MANIAC Music at 1-888-961-0111 or visit: www.brothermaniac.biz.
* The Colours Arts in Education Program will present two Concerts on February 23rd and 24th, 2007 that will feature the SPLATT! Blues Orchestra and other area student and adult musicians Through the “Back to the Delta” project to raise money for students in the New Orleans and Mississippi regions. Also, being developed is a curriculum on how to start a student BLUES band, the history of the BLUES in world, and a traveling student production.
* Also, Colours is participating in the Booz Allen Hamilton Redskins Yards for Youth program. Yards for Youth is a fundraising program that enables area nonprofit like the Colours Arts in Education Program to benefit from your support when you make a pledge to donate money for every offensive yard gained by the Washington Redskins during this 2006-2007 football season. For more information or to pledge online visit: www.yardsforyouth.org/Colours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, financial support to: or send
Jason Cook @ Northwestern High School 7000 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782
Make checks payable to: Northwestern High School/Delta Fund
2006 DMV Awards Show
The DMV Awards...(District, Maryland and Virgina) announces nominees for the 2006 DMV Awards Show on December 7, 2006. For a complete list, visit www.brothermaniac.biz or www.myspace.com/brothermaniac. This year is primarily for the underground hip hop/R&B genres, but they will expand next year to incorporate other underground areas of music.
It is also a benefit show for Bright Beginnings inc. and organization that helps, homeless children and families.
Nominations were generated through membership of the DC_MD_VA Raplist, and Hip hop network and nominee ballots were also at various venues where hip hop & R & B artist performed or had shows. Once the nominee list was all tallied each category is narrowed to top 6 0r 7 nominees, and a 15 member Panel of Music industry professionals in the DC, MD, VA will research and vote for the nominated artist and declare a winner in each category.
Airplay at WLFR FM 91.7
Dorian Gilmer, the on-air Jazz program personality on non-commercial WLFR FM 91.7 (also webcasting at www.wlfr.fm), located at The Richard Stockton College Of New Jersey, just outside of Atlantic City, NJ. would like Contemporary and Classic Jazz bands to contact him by forwarding their latest cd package for airplay on his show, and possible booking in the future. The CDs will be featured in their entirety.
Dorian is on air Tuesday 4-8pm & Thursday 4-6pm EST, The studio phone number is 609-652-4917. email@example.com
Mail CDs to:
P.O. Box 1502
Atlantic City, NJ 08404-1502, USA
3rd Annual IAMA
The 3rd Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries. IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and XM Satellite Radio.
Entrants get a chance to win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$10,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Winning songs will be given radio airplay courtesy of the radio partners. Winners and runner-ups will be featured on IAMA's compilation CD.
Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition and originality. Winners are selected by a panel of established artists and industry professionals. Past years winners include: Jen Foster, David Francey (Canada), April Verch (Canada) and Millish.
All songs submitted must be submitted must be original and submitted on CD, the artist may perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. All entries must be postmarked by November 9 '06 or earlier. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.inacoustic.com.
Call for Musicians to Join the Squeaky Wheel Tour
“GINA for Missing Persons”, the internationally acclaimed concert series to raise awareness for those who go missing every year, announces The Squeaky Wheel Tour, October 17-November 4, 2006. This worldwide tour will feature several hundred artists performing in 150 events throughout the 50 states and eight countries. The focus of the events is to gain attention for over 150 missing people in the effort to bring at least one home.
The Squeaky Wheel Tour will have its kick-off event in Lincoln, NE on October 16, 2006 and officially conclude with an event in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 4. In addition, pre-and post- “Squeaky” events are currently taking place and began September 6 with a Web cast concert In Hollywood, CA. A daily updated list of the musical artists, locations, dates and most importantly the missing to be profiled are posted at www.411Gina.org.
Florida musicians and WAMA members, Carey Colvin and her husband, Granger Helvey, will be performing as part of the Squeaky Wheel Tour at the Greater Good Music, Art, and Children’s Festival on October 14 and 15 in Davisville, FL. www.greatergoodmusicandart.com. For more information on supporting the Squeaky Wheel Tour with your own gig, contact Carey at: email@example.com. For more information about GINA for Missing Persons, contact: Jannel Rap at: Jannel@411GINA.org or visit: 411GINA.org.
Walter Salb, renown drummer and drum teacher of Olney, Maryland, died about 3 ½ weeks ago. Walter was one of the best-known musical personalities in the DC area. He has tutored many generations of musicians, and his former students include some of the best musicians ion the jazz scene today. There was a wake for him on Saturday August 26th. For more information contact: Joe Jackson, Trombonist/Director, USAF Airmen of Note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Gallo passed away very suddenly a couple of months ago leaving behind his wife and two small children. His son is very musical and likes to sing and dance. My brother played in a local band for several years called “Astral Travels” (I think in the late 80s early 90s). I believe they were kind of new-age rock. They were small and I doubt played anywhere of note. I am trying to see if I can track down any other members or anyone who might know them to try and get a recording. His wife never got to hear him really play and would love to. He was a phenomenal drummer but didn’t really have the personality for the music business. I doubt they were members of any association or anything but thought you may know of someplace that might have old listings for area music or ways to search for them. Any help would be much appreciated.
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