Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The MAMAs - Madison Area Music Association June 22nd, 2014 by Roy Elkins

The Madison Area Music Association Annual Awards
June 22nd, 2014 Capitol Theatre, Overture Center
Madison, WI
by Roy Elkins

June 22nd, 2014Capitol Theatre

This Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin, the Madison Area Music Association hosts it's annual awards show in the Capitol Theatre. This high energy and diverse show recognizes local talent and, at the same time, raises money to buy music instruments for kids.  Over the years the association has purchased and/or donated over $50,000 of instruments for organizations, school music programs or an individual who just wants to play music. The MAMAs (themamas.org) show, includes over 150 volunteers and is the premier annual musical event in our great city.

The MAMA (themamas.org) was founded by Rick Tvedt, a local Madison musician, who has a deep passion for helping musicians and kids succeed. In it's 11th year, the MAMAs continues to thrive. In the second year of the MAMAs, I got involved as Rick's commitment to the music community is infectious. His dedication to this organization is unmatched and it may be years before the community ever realizes the positive impact that this one individual has had upon it. Beth Kille, one of the best performers and songwriters in Wisconsin, is producing the show and has put together an amazing event.

Kyle Henderson
This year's lineup at the show will include:  RIP - great hip hop songwriter, producer and performer / The Dang-Its - a phenomenal country bluegrass band with great instrumentalists / Annabel Lee - winner of the Battle of the Bands which earned her a spot at The MAMAs / Modern Mod - A very talented group of young musicians who describe themselves as a garage band surf pop. Very talented group that could a have a big future / The unique sound of Son Contrabando. A collection of musicians from Wisconsin, Venezuela & Peru / the amazing Kyle Henderson.  Kyle is was the front man and bass player of the 80s Pop sensation The Producers.  His killer vocal is legendary and he now fronts his own blues band made up of some of the best players in Madison / And a very special performance from the Madison Music Makers Youth String Ensemble.

Madison Music Maker
Every year, the MAMAs (themamas.org) presents the lifetime achievement award to a resident of Madison and who has dedicated their life to music and the community. Past winners have included Clyde Stubblefield (Legendary drummer for James Brown), Jan Wheaton (Jazz Singer extraordanairre), Ben Sidran (Highly acclaimed Jazz keyboardist, writer and producer), Richard Davis (World class versatile bassist with with Mingus, Gillespie and Springsteen), Jim Fleming (Long time morning anchor of Wisconsin Public Radio's Morning Classics and the nationally syndicated To The Best of Our Knowledge), Pro Arte Quartet (Founded in 1911, one of the longest running and most respected Classical Quartets in history), Doc DeHaven (Trumpet virtuoso in the Chicago and Madison scene for 50 years), Marv Rabin (Founder of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra) and Michael Leckrone, (Well respected conductor of the Wisconsin Badger Marching Band.)

This year the award will go to Leotha Stanley, who has been the music director at Mt.Zion church for 30+ years. His career has been legendary, as he was invited to the Olympic Trials (long jump), made the national team in 1987 and won a silver medal at a meet in the UK. He later became a paramedic and has helped scores of kids and adults become better musicians. He is truly a deserving individual. Jonathan Overby of Wisconsin Public Radio and one of Lee's closest friends will present his award to him.

Besides the great lineup of talent, numerous awards will be handed out to Madison's best. The red carpet is rolled out at 5 and the show will start at 6 PM.

I and Broadjam are honored and proud to part of this great organization.

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