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Western Music Association Annual Convention

November 7, 2018 – November 11, 2018 all-day
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104



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PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE – Check Back Often – Last Updated 10/21/18

WEDNESDAY, November 7

12:00 noon-6:00 pm                           Western Wear Consignment Boutique accepting items to sell or donate Download Guidelines

3:00-6:00 pm                                        Performers CD Check-In

3:00-6:00 pm                                        Vendor Set Up – THIS YEAR’S VENDORS INCLUDE: Abbie Caplin(Western Art & Gifts), Donna Bauer (Photography), Ca*Be*Ju (Western Clothing), Crocheted Creations & Collections,  R. Wade Brown (Art),  Victoria Mauldin (Art), Tony & Wilma Purley (Indian Arts & Crafts), Fred & Noemi Resler (Jewelry), John Saunders (Art), Tandy Leather

5:30-6:30 pm                                        So You Think You Can’t Dance? Swing Dance Workshop –  Instructor: Jim Calvert of the High Desert Dancers

7:00-10:00 pm                                      Swing Dance Spectacular & Dessert – Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse SwingAlex Dormont & The Hot Texas Swing Band3 TRAILS WEST

THURSDAY, November 8

7:00-10:00 am                                     Vendor Set Up

8:00 am–7:00 pm                                Member Registration & Ticket Sales

8:00 am-5:00 pm                                Western Wear Consignment Boutique accepting items to sell or donate

8:00 am-5:00 pm                                 Performers CD Check-In

8:30 am-5:00 pm                                 Professional Development Workshops
8:30-9:45 am                                   Coffee with the DJs facilitated by Marvin O’Dell. A time for you to get to know the DJs and lean how to present your music for maximum airplay.    

10:00-11:00 am                               Rivers, Trails & Public Lands of the American West: It’s All Yours! presented by Jane Leche. There is no place on earth like the American West. From majestic peaks, spectacular rivers and canyons, aird deserts and wide open prairies to push green forests, beautiful islands and miles of coastline. It is no wonder that people come to visit by the millions every year or want to call the West “home.” These lands and all they have to offer have inspired singers, songwriters, novelists, poets, playwrights, producers, and screenwriters for more than a century. Join “Ranger” Jane Leche in celebrating the awe inspiring lands of the American West that have been set aside in the public domain for all Americans to conserve, preserve, protect and enjoy. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Learn why this is important to you, Western music and poetry and especially to future generations.

11:15 am-12:30 pm                        The Business of Music presented by Lynn Marie Rusaw, Music XRay.

1:00-2:30 pm                                    Telling Your Story in Song facilitated by Jim Jones; Panelists: Mary Kaye, Mikki Daniel, Allan Chapman. A panel of experienced songwriters will discuss topics including: Determining what your personal “story” is and putting it to work for you; Remaining true to “traditional” Western music while making your songs accessible to the contemporary listening public; Developing melodies/chord progressions that support, enhance and help tell your story; Adapting poetry to song; Choosing your song structure- benefits and drawbacks of various forms. This workshop is sponsored by the IWMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter.

    1:00-2:30 pm                                     Prose Workshop facilitated by Vic Anderson. So, yuh got a story stuck in your craw and can’t get it out. Yuh just can’t get ‘er spit out on paper. Come on in t’ the Prose Workshop today. There’s be a few of us there who write pretty regular. Who know, maybe b’tween us, we can help. This workshop is sponsored by the IWMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter.

2:45-4:00 pm                                      Focus on House Concerts! facilitated by Joy Burns. Panel and audience discussion covering tribulations and trials of holding your own house concerts. Experienced hosts and performers will relate insights, experiences and recommendations to help you understand what is involved AND the rewards you can reap from hosting your own concert!

2:45-3:45 pm                                    Harmony Workshop presented by Judy James & Jeanne Cahill. Do you like to hear harmony but don’t know how to sing it? This workshop is for you! You will learn the building blocks of harmony singing, all in a fun workshop.

4:00-5:00 pm                                     What Is A Poetry P.H.D.? presented by Sam DeLeeuw. In one hour of your time, you will receive a Poetry P.H.D. and will take home with you techniques for maximum stage presence and performance. Come to learn what P.H.D. stands for. This workshop is sponsored by the IWMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter.

     4:00-5:00 pm                                     National Day of the Cowboy Panel Discussion – Facilitated by Bethany Braley, Executive Director-National Day of the Cowboy. Panelists: Barb Richhart, Colorado.

12:00 noon-5:00 pm                            Western Wear Consignment Boutique OPEN and accepting items to sell or donate

12:00 noon–5:00 pm                          CD Mercantile OPEN

12:00 noon-5:00 pm                           Vendor Area Open

10:00 am-4:00 pm                              Showcase Performances Featuring: 3 Trails West, A-C Cowgirl Friends (Caroline Grace Wiseman & Abby Payne), Kerry Grombacher & Aspen Black, The Hanson Family, The High Country Cowboys, Jim Jones, KG & The Ranger, James Michael, Miss Devon & The Outlaw, Duane Nelson, Lauralee Northcott, Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing

6:00-9:00 pm                                        Crisis Fund Dinner & Concert  with Jon Chandler & Friends featuring Ernie Martinez & Johnny Neill and Featured Performance by Dry Branch Fire Squad

10:00 pm-12:00 midnight                  Midnight Pajama Showcase Featuring:  A-C Cowgirl Friends (Caroline Grace Wiseman & Abby Payne), Vic Anderson, John Bergstrom, Alice Black, Grace Clark & Swingitude, The Gypsy Cowbelle-Miss V, The Hattons, Greg Khougaz, Carol Markstrom, Angela Meyer, Miss Devon & The Outlaw, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, A.K. Moss, Linda Nadon, Duane Nelson, Sonja Oliver, Dawn Anita Plumlee, Jazmine Saldivar, Jack Spurgin, Bob Thomas

FRIDAY, November 9

8:00 am-6:00 pm                                 Western Wear Consignment Boutique OPEN and accepting items to sell or donate

8:00 am-6:00 pm                                 CD Mercantile OPEN (reopens after the Western Opry)

7:30 am–6:00 pm                                 Member Registration & Ticket Sales

8:00-9:30 am                                        IWMA Chapter Officers Roundtable & Breakfast

8:30 am-4:00 pm                                 IWMA Youth Chapter Meeting, Workshop & Rehearsal Time
8:15 am                                    Breakfast served
8:30 am                                    Business Meeting
9:30 am                                    Icebreaker
9:45 am                                    Break
10:00 am                                  Listening Workshop
11:30 am                                  Break
11:45 am                                  Rehearsal Time
12:15 pm                                  Pizza Lunch
2:00 pm                                    Development Stage
5:00 pm                                    Rehearsal Time

12:00 noon–6:00 pm                          Vendor Area Open

9:45 am-1:45 pm                                 CampfireStage Featuring:  Troy Bateson, Marleen Bussma, Cisco Jim, PW Conway, Purly Gates, Eddy Harrison, Tom Hawk, What’s Left of Paul Kelly, Gary Kirkman, Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry, Doug Muchmore, Sonja Oliver, Donnie Poindexter, LeeLee Robert, Coyote Joe Sartin, Catherine Thompson

2:15-5:00 pm                                       Development Stage Featuring: Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin, Pegie Douglas, Paula Erlene, A.K. Moss, Linda Nadon, Dennis Russell, Saws & Spurs (David Sawyer & Jack Spurgin), Jenna & Kacey Thunborg, Ed Wahl

10:00 am – 5:00 pm                           Showcase Performances Featuring:  Almeda Bradshaw, The Cowboy Way, Juni Fisher, Belinda Gail, The Gypsy Cowbelle-Miss V, Steve Jones, Mary Kaye, Dan McCorison, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Notable Exceptions, Jean Prescott, Leah Sawyer, Tom Swearingen, KR Wood, Joyce Woodson

1:00-3:45 pm                                        Instrument Workshops
1:00-1:45 pm                                        Banjo Workshop with Miss V & Karen Gogolick
2:00-2:45 pm                                        Harmonica Workshop with Jennifer Epps & Judy Coder
3:00-3:45 pm                                        Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Ernie Martinez

7:00-9:00 pm                                       IWMA Friday Night Western Opry hosted by Judy James and featuring: 3 Trails West, 43 Miles North, Almeda Bradshaw, Jon Chandler with Ernie Martinez, Juni Fisher, Belinda Gail, The Gypsy Cowbelle-Miss V, The High Country Cowboys, Steve Jones, KG & The Ranger, Mary Kaye, Daryl Knight, Peggy Malone, Carol Markstrom, Syd Masters, Dan McCorison, Miss Devon & The Outlaw, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry, Duane Nelson, Lauralee Northcott, Notable Exceptions, Donnie Poindexter, Jean Prescott, LeeLee Robert, Dennis Russell, Simple Gifts-The Sawyer Family Band, Tom Swearingen, Barry Ward, KR Wood, Joyce Woodson


SATURDAY, November 10

7:00-8:30 am                                        Veterans Appreciation Breakfast & Program – Hosted by Jerry Hall

8:45-10:00 am                                     IWMA Membership Meeting

10:00 am-5:00 pm                              Western Wear Consignment Boutique OPEN and accepting items to sell or donate

10:00 am-5:00 pm                              CD Mercantile OPEN (will reopen after Awards Show)

10:00 am- 6:00 pm                             Registration & Ticket Sales

10:00 am-5:00 pm                              Vendor Area OPEN

10:15-1:45 pm                                     Harmony, Yodeling & Poetry Contests

1:45-3:00 pm                                        IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

3:00-3:25 pm                                        Corral Chorale Showcase – For the first time ever, a 40-voice chorus of IWMA members will be featured in a showcase at the annual convention.  The singers will perform brand new commissioned arrangements, crafted for the group by Jeanne Cahill and Judy Coder.  Look for cameo appearances by some fine instrumentalists, as well as a group of young singers.  Come early to get a good seat!

3:30-3:55 pm                                        Songwriter Showcase sponsored by IWMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter

4:00-4:45 pm                                        Cowtown Opry Buckaroos Showcase & Workshop

4:15-5:30 pm                                        IWMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter Meeting

7:00-10:00 pm                                     IWMA Awards Show Hosted by Sam DeLeeuw
Pre-show with Alex Dormont & The Hot Texas Swing Band begins at 6:30!
SUNDAY, November 11

7:00 am-12:00 noon                           Western Wear Consignment Boutique OPEN

9:00 am-12:00 noon                          CD Mercantile OPEN

9:00 am-12:00 noon                          Vendor Area Closed

9:00-11:00 am                                     Sunday Morning Gospel Concert featuring: Vic Anderson, Mikki Daniel, Belinda Gail, Judy James, Barry Ward

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