Crosstown Jam is Back!
Spirit of the Jam Remains as its Structure Evolves
As many of you know, Crosstown Jam had its genesis as a multi-day
event spread over the Washington, D.C. area during which 100-150
bands, both established and up-and-coming, were showcased at several
of the clubs. Its objective was to provide maximum exposure for
bands, clubs, and audience members to each other. The fundamental
philosophy of the Jam was to showcase a fairly deep and representative
cross-section of the diverse musical genres represented in this
area, and to enhance appreciation not only for the more commercially
successful acts, but also the equally talented but lesser-known
acts. Over the years, however, logistical difficulties, as well
as disappointment in certain quarters with turnout, combined to
create growing dissatisfaction with the Jam, and a feeling that
by trying to be all things to all people, the Jam was not accomplishing
any one objective.
After much contemplation, WAMA has concluded that the original
objectives of the Jam are best achieved by reducing the number of
bands and venues, and centralizing the location so that the Jam
is more accessible to a greater number of people. Since WAMA exists
to serve primarily the performance community, WAMA felt it was most
appropriate to make changes that ultimately result in more effective
showcasing of acts. Therefore, the Crosstown Jam has been redesigned
in the spirit of the earlier Jams, but streamlined so acts can be
experienced at one time and place. The `Crosstown' flavor has been
retained with a smaller, but still representative, array of acts
that highlight the musical diversity this region offers. Although
this regretfully reduces the number of acts and venues that can
participate in the Jam, it increases the visibility of the acts
that do perform.
WAMA will present three events designed to bring Washington-area
artists and audiences from all across town together in a single
location to celebrate the collective talents of DC's diverse music
community. WAMA will present two free festival-length concerts,
`Crosstown Jam in the Park,' on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday,
August 5th at the historic, 4,000 seat Carter Barron Amphitheater
in Rock Creek Park through cooperation with the National Park Service.
In September, WAMA will cap off the Crosstown Jam with a two-day
event that will delve deeper into the Washington music community
by showcasing a wide spectrum of performers on multiple stages in
a single venue as well as providing an opportunity for musicians
and music appreciators alike to connect with the behind-the-scenes
community of the business of music in Washington.
Washington, DC is a city with a rich and vital musical past and
present. WAMA invites Washington to experience it together through
the 2001 Crosstown Jam.
Montgomery County Breaks Ground on Strathmore Concert Hall
Montgomery County will break ground on the new Concert Hall
and Arts Education Center at Strathmore Hall in April 2001.
The facility, which has garnered unprecedented cooperation
between the county and state governments to fund its 88.9
million dollars in capital costs, is scheduled to open in
Designed by William Rawn Associates, architects, Lawrence
A. Kirkegaard, acousticians and Theater Projects Consultants<@151>
a team famous for its widely acclaimed achievement, the Seji
Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood<@151> The Music Center at Strathmore
promises to offer audiences and performers the highest quality
musical experience. Moreover, it will provide unprecedented
opportunities for study, refinement and artistic exchange
among our area's most talented musicians. It will be a showcase
for established performers and those just beginning their
Following a three-year construction period, The Music Center
at Strathmore is scheduled to open its doors to the public
in September of 2004.
`We are all rightfully proud of the quality of life we enjoy
in Montgomery County,' said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan,
`and this world-class arts facility will further enhance the
cultural amenities of our community. This groundbreaking marks
an important beginning not only for the arts community, but
for everyone in the area who enjoys both the performing and
Music and Sex Advice
Richard Koris hosts "Love and Money," a talk show that airs
on Fairfax Public Access and DC Public Access. That's right,
musical guests and sex advice - what a concept. Koris is seeking
musicians to feature as guests on the show. The guests would
talk about their projects, "and probably do a musical number,
probably with a guitar." The show would be interested in musicians
who also act, write, or make films. Contact Richard
Koris or check out the website,
Area Musicians Receive Grammy Nominations
Washington area musicians who received nominations for Grammies
this year include Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer for Best Recorded
Music For Children for Pillow Full of Wishes (Rounder Records);
Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi for Remixer of the Year for
Madonna's Music; Sweet Honey In The Rock for their Still The
Same Me; Smithsonian Folkways' The Best of Broadside 1962-1988:
Anthems of the Underground From The Pages of Magazine; Baltimore's
Sisquo who received three nominations including Best New Artist;
Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters; and Richmond's D'Angelo.
The Winners include:
They don't all live here anymore, but we haven't forgotten
Best Rock Album
There Is Nothing Left To Lose
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
He Wasn't Man Enough
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Best R&B Album
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Asleep At The Wheel
Best Contemporary Folk Album
Red Dirt Girl
Best Short Form Music Video
Learn To Fly
TMOTTGoGo 3rd Annual Internet Go-Go Awards 2001
The following artists were awarded Internet Go-Go Awards.
Congratulations to them all! For more information, visit the
website at http://www.tmottgogo.com/gogoballets2000.html
- Leaders of the New School - Suttle Thoughts
- Best Comeback - Junkyard Band
- Best Fusion of Go-Go - Northeast Groovers
- Most Unfairly Slept on Band - Optimystic Tribe
- Most Unfairly Slept on Album - Uncalled 4 Band - "We Got
- Tightest New Act - Suttle Thoughts
- The Chuck Brown Hall of Fame Award
- Buggs; Little Benny; Sugar Bear
- Tightest Go-Go Single
- Little Benny & The Legends - Go-Go Thong Song
- Tightest Go-Go Album - Rare Essence - RE 2000
- Tightest Pocket - Backyard Band
- Band of the Year - Backyard Band
Bus of Monkeys Concert Series
Bus of Monkeys Music has begun a monthly concert series
in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. The shows kicked off in January
with Sam Shaber (from NYC) and Rachel Cross (from DC) for
her CD release show. If you'd like to receive monthly notification
of these shows, please see the website for more details: www.busofmonkeys.com/concerts.html.
The website has detailed information about showtimes, parking,
ticket sales, etc. Each concert will feature a local performer
and a touring performer.
Mayor's Arts Awards
The city of Washington, DC recently honored its outstanding
artists and patrons of the art community at the annual Mayor's
Arts Awards ceremony at the Lincoln Theater. Hosted by News4
anchor Jim Vance, the event honored Washingtonian's G. Byron
Peck for Excellence in Artistic Discipline; Nestor Hernandez,
Jr. and Sowende Tichawonna for Outstanding Emerging Artist;
Malik M. Lloyd for Innovation in the Arts; The Shakespeare
Theatre and Karen L. B. Evans for Excellence in Service to
the Arts; Folger Shakespeare Library and Life Pieces to Masterpieces,
Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education; and Special Recognition
Awards were presented to Chuck Brown and D.C. Council member
Charlene Drew Jarvis.
Singer/Songwriter Phil Flowers Sr. Dies at 66
Phil Flowers Sr., a Washington area singer and composer,
died of cancer January 22 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
in Gaithersburg. Flowers wrote hundreds of ballads, rock,
blues, and gospel songs, with artists such as Glen Campbell
(I May Never Pass This Way Again) and the Chartbusters (Slippin
Through Your Fingers) recording his songs. Flowers was born
in North Carolina and began his professional singing career
in the Washington Area in the 1950s, while serving in the
Air Force and performing with the Air Force group, Tops in
Guitar Innovator John Fahey Dies at 61
Guitarist John Fahey, whose eccentric acoustic stylings influenced
a generation of musicians, died after undergoing a sextuple
bypass operation. John Fahey was born on February 28, 1939
in Takoma Park, MD. John spent his youth raising wood turtles
and fishing in the Susquehawa River and upper Chesapeake Bay.
On Sundays the family went to the New River Ranch in nearby
Rising Sun, MD where they heard the top country and hillbilly
groups of the day, like Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers.
After getting a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from American
University, Fahey moved to Berkeley, CA in 1963, where he
established his own label, Takoma Records, and began his long
recording career. The following year he moved to Los Angeles,
got an M.A. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA, and was instrumental
in the rediscovery of blues artists Skip James and Bukka White.
He expanded the Takoma label to include fellow guitarists
Leo Kottke and Peter Lang, among many others, and New Age
pioneer George Winston was another whose early career was
nourished by the quirky innovator.
In recent years the Takoma catalog has been purchased by
Fantasy Records of Berkeley, CA, and Fahey's Takoma LPs are
now being reissued on CD.
WAMA News erroneously reported that the latest release from
Cravin' Dogs, Roots Rock Paper Scissors, was their first full-length
CD. It is actually their 6th full-length release.
Because of the ongoing generosity of Mars Music of Springfield,
VA as well as individual donations, Hungry for Music (HFM)
has received and distributed over 100 instruments in the past
year. Most of the instruments are distributed in the DC Maryland
Virginia area, but last year HFM donated a keyboard to a child
in Michigan and recently donated violins to the Tierra Caliente
Project. The Tierra Caliente Project provides musical instruments
to poor Mexican communities. HFM has received musical instrument
donations from across the country. If you have a musical instrument
to donate to HFM, please contact Jeff Campbell at 703-549-4831
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wampus Aquires LocalMusicStore.com
Wampus Multimedia purchased LocalMusicStore.com, the online
retailer in the indie CD market. The acquisition gives Wampus
access to a targeted database of indie music enthusiasts --
the fans who care the most about independent music. Dedicated
to the support and promotion of independent music, Wampus
Multimedia is home to Arms of Kismet, Mancini, Wampeters,
Kowtow Popof, and, soon, to a growing roster of indie artists.
For artists who have marketed their work in the past through
LocalMusicStore.com, Wampus is developing new programs to
help them reach their audience. Wampus is interested not only
in signing and producing new artists, but in marketing and
distributing the existing work of artists seeking broader
exposure. Wampus will announce details of its new signature
and affiliate programs later this spring. For more information,
Wammies House Band
WAMA would like to extend a big thank you to the members
of Groovy for stepping in at the last minute to handle the
pit band chores at the Wammies. They did a superb job.
- Long time local musician and songwriter David Kitchen
recently had a song picked up by Paramount for a
movie, `Black Iris,' to be aired on Showtime in the near
future. David secured this deal through attorney and former
DC area bass player, Eric Zukoski. When not out with
his own band, The Demolition or as a member of American
Song, he contributes his studio talents to other local
songwriters. The song, Mystery to Me has also been
included in two roots rock samplers locally and is available
on David's self released CD Low Falutin. Contact:
email@example.com or send $15
to P.O. 4093 Alexandria VA 22303.
- Dulcie Taylor is one of the three finalists in
the country category of The Chris Austin Songwriting
Contest at Merlefest 2001, the festival in Wilkesboro,
North Carolina. Dulcie will be performing her song Pillow
Like A Stone at the festival. To check out Merlefest,
go to www.merlefest.org.
- Fairfax band, Smartbomb recently signed with Razor
and Tie Records.
- Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer signed a three-book deal
with RedLeaf Press of St. Paul, MN for educational
books to accompany their recordings, Help Yourself, Nobody
Else Like Me and Changing Channels (all on Rounder Records).
- An excerpt of a song from Suzanne Brindamour's
CD, Dear Sevda was played on the TV show `Popstars'
on the WB (Channel 50).
- Four-time Wammie nominee David A. Alberding has
been awarded a 2001 Individual Artist Award for Music Composition
by the Maryland State Arts Council.
- Modern Yesterday is now Rotoglow. For more
info and updates on shows, you can check out the band's
website at www.rotoglow.com .
- Eva Cassidy's Songbird topped the British
charts knocking the Beatles' `1" out of first place. The
album has now sold one million copies.
- Pete Papageorge has been moonlighting as an actor
lately. He has played a deputy sheriff in America's Most
Wanted - the story of Catalino Morales; a `shady looking
dude in dark business suit and sunglasses' in the film Traffic;
a police officer and a shopper at Union Station in the film
Hannibal; and will be portraying a prison guard in the HBO
film Shot in the Heart about Gary Gilmore's last days in
- Rah recently took the stage as lead rapper for
the newly created group 911, ending his stint with
Northeast Groovers. For more information, visit http://www.tmottgogo.com/rah911.html.
- Scooter Scudieri and his wife Kelly welcomed
their new daughter Sophia Adara Scudieri on January
22 at 7:42 p.m. Little Sophia weighed in at 4 lbs, 7 oz
and has a full head of hair. You can see photos of the new
Scudieri at www.scudieri.com.
- Willy Paul, lead singer and songwriter for the
DKGB Band, has been named for the 2000 contest, 'runner-up'
in the World Category of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting
Contest. For more information, please visit the website
- Pat McGee Band performed for President and Mrs.
Clinton at a White House Farewell party hosted by Chief
of Staff John Podesta honoring White House staff and guests
at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. The party, termed `I
Survived the Clinton White House' drew around 1,500 invited
guests. Pat asked how the White House had selected the band
for this show so he asked. A White House staffer involved
with the booking told him she had seen the band perform
at the Kennedy Center Open House several years earlier on
the WAMA Stage.
- Albright Green announced the newest member of the
AG family, bassist Stephen Vielbig. Stephen takes
over for bassist Spencer Jamieson, who left in December.
- Hot Soup is among the most-played artists on Folk
Music and Bluegrass radio internationally in the year 2000.
The Folk and Bluegrass DJ List reported the following: The
vocal trio Hot Soup placed #55 out of all artists played
on folk and bluegrass radio programs, based on frequency
of reported airplay. Hot Soup's March 2000 CD release `Soup
Happens' was #23 of all CDs played on folk and bluegrass
radio programs, based on frequency of reported airplay.
`(Don't Know What Was) The Last Thing On My Mind,' on Hot
Soup's CD `Soup Happens,' was #33 of all songs played on
folk and bluegrass radio programs, based on frequency of
- The Choral Arts Society of Washington recently
launched a national radio series produced in partnership
with WETA-FM. Hosted by Martin Goldsmith,
and distributed by WFMT of Chicago, IL, the programs
feature music by the Choral Arts Society with commentary
by Music Director Norman Scribner.
- Esmirelda showcased at the Rockrgrl Conference
in Seattle, WA.
- Greg Berger and Renee became parents to
- Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) and the Friday
Morning Music Club recently celebrated the 35th
anniversary of Concerts in Schools. Sharing a culturally
diverse spectrum of music, dance, and spoken word, the program
reaches students from kindergarten through high school.
For more information, call 202-533-1863.
- Dan Mazer released his new CD, Old Stuff.
The album gets its title because the music was recorded
between 10-15 years ago. There are four original songs and
instrumentals on the CD, and covers of bluegrass and traditional
tunes, as well as a couple of jazz standards and a transcription
of a Chopin prelude. Many players and singers make guest
appearances, including Mike Auldridge, Jimmy Gaudreau
and Moondi Klein (recorded several years before Chesapeake);
Tom Gray, Ben Eldridge, Dave Giegerich,
Jim Queen, and more.
- Benjie Porecki is contemplating the future on his
second recording for Severn Records, The Rest
of My Life. Assisting on the album are Keter Betts
and Steve Gomes who share bass duties, Robb Stupka
and Alejandro Lucini on drums, and guitarist Dan
Leonard. He's also rounded up some very special guests:
Chuck Brown and saxophonist Skip Pruitt. The
result is a ten-song CD featuring a mix of jazz, funk, and
even a little reggae.
- Mary Byrd Brown's 5th recording, Live at House
in the Woods, is now available. A limited edition, 6-song
release, it is not available in retail stores. Recorded
live at Ilene White Freedman and Phil Freedman's House in
the Woods House Concert Series in Adamstown, Maryland, the
CD also features Andrew McKnight on guitar and harmony
vocals and was mastered by Bill Wolf. For more information,
contact Mary Byrd Brown Productions, PO Box 301, Severna
Park MD 21146 or visit the website at www.marybyrdbrown.com.
- Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer's latest CD, All Wound
Up (Rounder Records) is now available. The recording
is a collaboration with Brave Combo, the Grammy-winning
polka/Latin/indescribable dance band from Denton, Texas.
The CD is available at record stores or from Community Music
at 301-891-1228 or toll-free at 1-800-669-3942.
- Nomad Records announced the release by Norway's
Mensen. This limited edition (500 copies, first 100
on lemon wax) release features two exclusive songs Man
From Outer Space and Dead Moon's Kicked Out,
- Fear of Commitment, recently released its debut
CD, Paper Dolls & Plates (Dren Records). Produced
by Niall Hood (Sixty Acres) with Bruce Falkinburg,
the CD features guest appearances by Eric Brace (Last
Train Home) and Matt Felch (Sixty Acres).
- Songwriter Janet Saadian (Fire and Stars Music)
has just released her first solo CD Weather the Storm.
Produced by Heidi Gerber (Bias Recording Studio)
Weather the Storm features guest artists Paul
Bell, John Jennings, Robbie Magruder, Wade Matthews, Casey
O'Neal, Akira Otsuka, Charlie Pilzer, Mike Crotty, Mike
Griffith and Heidi Gerber. For information or a copy
of the CD visit www.geocities.com/janetsaadian
or e-mail Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- James Jelasic's band released their first recording
of Latin & American Jazz/Swing, Enter Club Havana.
- The new CD, Yesterday's Child, from The Michael
Fath Group, is now available from M.A.C.E. Music.
This record features 11 original instrumental tracks; mostly
progressive rock/fusion, including a be-bop tribute to Jimmy
Bruno, a country burner nodding to Danny Gatton, an obvious
Hendrix remembrance in a ballad. The CD features Andy
Hamburger on drums and Chris Neubauer on bass.
To order, visit the website at www.angelo.com/cd__product_list.html.
- Celtic Cafe (Maggie's Music), a CD featuring Irish,
French & Flemish music and featuring Karen Ashbrook &
Paul Oorts was recently released. The album was recorded
at Bob Read Studios in Charlottesville, VA. For ordering
information, contact Maggie's Music , PO BOX 490, Shady
Side, MD 20764, (410)867-0642 or visit the website at www.maggiesmusic.com.
- Daniel Clarke released his first CD, Danny C
and His Musical Review (Courthouse Records). Recorded
live, the CD was produced by Danny.
- Radio King Orchestra's swing Christmas CD, Put
A Little Boogie In My Stocking, has been released. The
title track was written by the band's vocalist, Robin
Gordon, and arranged by Dave Bandman. Recorded,
mixed, and mastered at Omega Recording by Dave
Cannon, sound bytes and ordering information are available
on the website at www.rkoswing.com
or by calling 301-330-8622.
- The guitar ensemble Tone have released their new
CD, Structure (Dischord Records). The album
was produced by Robert Poss (Band of Susans, Nicholas
Collins), recorded at WGNS in Washington, DC, engineered
by Charles Bennington, and mastered at West West
Side by Alan Douches. For more information, contact
703-644-1926 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Jay A. Turner has released his 3rd solo project
called Celebration Day. Go to www.jayaturner.com
- Rumba Club has recorded a new CD at Phase Studio
in College Park, MD that will be released by Palmetto
Records in June 2001.
- Dandelion Wine's Gregory Lygon will start
recording a solo contemporary folk album soon.
- David Bach has been very busy with the final tracking
of his CD. For more information, visit the website at www.davidbachmusic.com,
- Angela Taylor's new album Songs for Strong Girls
is at the plant being pressed.
NCSA 21st Annual Songwriters Conference
September 8-9, 2001
Northern California Songwriters Association (NCSA) is making
history with its long-running organization and their annual
conference for songwriters. The Early Bird registration deadline
is June 9th. Members and volunteers receive an
even lower registration rate. NCSA also offers special airfare
and car rental discounts through their transportation sponsors.
Contact: (650) 654-3966 firstname.lastname@example.org,
2001 USA Songwriting Competition
The USA Songwriting Competition has announced the launch
of the Year 2001 songwriting event sponsored by MARS Music
Superstores, Mackie, Guild Guitars, D'Addario Strings, E-mu
Ensoniq, Mix magazine, Onstage magazine, Music Connection
magazine, Audio Technica, Superdups, ASN, Performing Songwriter
magazine, Sonic Foundry, Event Electronics and Acoustic Cafe.
With a grand prize of over $50,000 in cash, merchandise,
and exposure, winners' songs will be featured on a nationally
syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US
and Canada, courtesy of a new sponsor - Acoustic Cafe (www.acafe.com).
Judges of the songwriting competition include representatives
from record labels and music publishers such as Warner/Reprise
Records, SONY Music, Epic Records, Mars Music Records and
Songs may be entered in 15 different categories including
Pop, Rock and Country. It is aimed at promoting excellence
in the art of songwriting among writers, composers, bands,
singer/songwriters and solo artists in an international forum.
Entries are accepted from now through May 31, 2001. For more
information visit the website at www.songwriting.net
or call (toll free) 1-877-USA-SONG.
Noon-Time Brown Bag Series Debuts
DC Commission Offers Networking for Art Community
In an effort to foster relationships between local artists
and arts organizations, the Arts Commission is initiating
the Noon-time Brown Bag Series. These casual meetings are
intended to create a forum for open dialogue on current art
events. These gatherings will also provide an opportunity
for collaboration among artists and serve as a forum to present
questions to the Arts Commission staff on relevant issues.
The series will take place the second Friday of every month
from 12-1:30 p.m. The series will be held in the Commission's
conference room at 410 8th St., NW, Fifth Floor. For more
information, call 202-724-5613.
Summersongs Songwriting Summer Camp
Ashokan Conference Center, Olivebridge, NY August 5-11, 2001
A songwriting camp will be held in Olivebridge, NY with workshops,
marketing, music business, performance skills, and more. The
faculty includes Bob Franke, Tom Prasada-Rao, David Roth,
Sloan Wainwright, Freebo, Penny Nichols, and Jason Blume.
The camp costs $599.00 and a $200 deposit is due by June 1,
2001. For more information, call 845-246-0223 or visit the
website at www.summersongs.com.
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts presents
E-Commerce Survival Guide
Co-Sponsored by: D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law
Section; D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Section; D.C.
Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section; Washington
Area Music Association
E-Commerce and Business Basics
May 8, 2001
Overview of E-Commerce Landscape; Napster, MP3, Gnutella
and the Changing Face of Copyright; Surfing, Linking, Framing,
Spidering; Copyright Liability: DMCA Safe Harbor & AntiCircumvention;
Trademarks: Metatags, Keywords, Framing, Linking; Domain Name
Disputes and Alphabet Soups ICANN, UDRP, ACP; sucks.com
Critical, Parody and Commentary Sites; Business Formation
and Corporate Basics; VCs, Angels, Friends and Family Counting
Coup for Cash; The Exit Strategy
Session 2: Intellectual Property and Contracting Considerations
July 10, 2001
Copyright Protection for Websites, Music, Graphics, Articles
and Art in the Digital Domain; We're Online! Is the Band Name
a Trademark?; Rights of Publicity; Software and Business Method
Patents; Databases <@150> Sony v. Connectix and the Gamers'
Revenge; Content Licensing Agreements for the Digital World;
Website Development Agreement; Software Development Agreement;
Website Hosting Agreement
Session 3: Alliances and Sales
September 11, 2001
Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances; Co-Branding, Co-Marketing
and Linking Arrangements; Privacy Online; Data Mining, Cookies
and Profiling; Terms of Service (TOS) Agreement; E-Sign Act,
UETA, UCITA, Shrinkwrap and Clickwrap Agreements; Payment
Systems; Fulfillment Requirements and FTC's Mail Order Rule
The following information applies to all sessions:
Time: 6:00 <@150> 8:45 p.m.
Place: Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, 1200 Nineteenth
Seventh Floor, , Washington D.C.
Alan R. Lewine, Esq., Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe and attorney,
musician, President of Owlsong Productions
Other presenters TBA. CLE: WALA is an Accredited Pprovider
of continuing legal education in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Each session is worth 2.5 credits.
Credit for other jurisdictions may be available on request.
Fees: Attorney members of WALA or co-sponsoring organization
$60 per session; $165 for series
Student and Artist members <@151> $35 per session; $90 for
Non-members <@151> $70 per session; $195 for series
($10 surcharge applies to payments not received at least one
day prior to the workshop date.)
SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.
Call Maureen Cohen Harrington, WALA Director of Education,
at 202-393-2826 ext. 23.
Beyond the Region
Richard Isen has released his debut CD, Let It Fall
(Clearsong Records). The CD features all original material with
one cover of Joni Mitchell's Willie. For more information, visit
the website at http://clearsong.com.
Debra Farris recently released her second music CD,
a live show recorded in Santa Barbara's Club SOhO, and is
an unedited version of the Debra Farris Band set list that
evening. The CD contains 15 songs, seven of which have never
been recorded, and others with new arrangements written for
a full live band. To order the CD, please contact Debra care
of Share The Ride Music, P.O. Box 4021, Santa Barbara, CA
93140 or e-mail DfarrisCA@aol.com.
The brand new Rocket From The Crypt studio album,
Group Sounds, is in stores now. The new record is also
available online at www.rftc.com
Massachusetts' Peter Janson recently had his recording,
Across The Bridge, reviewed in Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
The CD received the 2000 NAV Music Award for Best Acoustic
Instrumental Album of the Year Finalist. In the meantime,
Janson has recorded a new album, Sometimes From Here (Eastern
Woods Music) which has a release date of May 15, 2001. For
more information, visit the website at www.EasternWoodsMusic.com.
Singer/guitarist Mark J. Bradlyn's second independent
CD, Lighthouse Keeper, was released on his label, Gentle
Wednesday Records. Supporting musicians include folk legend
Mary McCaslin, prize-winning fiddler Dennis English,
cellist Kris Yenney, bassists Stan Poplin and
Matt Bohm, and drummer/percussionist Rick Walker.
In the months since its release, songs from the album have
been played on folk radio shows across the USA and in Australia
and Europe. For more information, please visit the website
About our Members Outside the Washington Area
I have been very dissatisfied with my WAMA membership, but
I have decided to give WAMA a second chance and renew my
membership. When is WAMA going to get it's act together?
AskMike is glad that you have asked that question and heartened
that you renewed your membership. As AskMike thinks about
the question, he wonders who is this WAMA that has not done
enough for this musician? The answer is that WAMA is an
all volunteer organization. There isn't a full-time staff
at some suite of offices in a high-rise with a panoramic
view of the city of Washington. When the members don't volunteer,
WAMA's services decline. Let AskMike repeat his often used
paraphrase of John Kennedy and also The Kennedys, "Ask not
what your WAMA can do for you, but what you can do for your
AskMike would like to remind you of some of the things
WAMA has done over the past year. WAMA produced the
Wammies, which includes processing and verifying the nomination
ballots and the final ballots, sending out invitations and
organizing the awards show. WAMA presented quite a few educational
workshops, printed the 112-page membership directory, published
WAMA News, and issued countless bar codes for it's members.
Additionally, WAMA receives and responds to some 50-100
emails and voice mails per day. As we speak, WAMA is planning
two Crosstown Jam in the Park events featuring 28 artists
at Carter Barron Amphitheater and another larger Jam event
for this coming fall at another location.
All of these projects are big jobs even for organizations
with large budgets and paid employees. WAMA is its volunteers.
By volunteering you also enrich your knowledge of and expose
yourself to your fellow musicians, all the while giving
back to the community. So, if you can, donate some time
to the only organization dedicated to recognizing the musical
talent of our region. And if you don't have time, possibly
you have resources to contribute.
And remember . . . if you don't know something... AskMike.
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