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Date: 8/4/2015 11:36 PM UTC

                Managing Last Minute Orders

        There are lots of reasons why bridal couples don't book their wedding music until the very last minute.  By that we mean 2-3 weeks before the wedding or event.  Some of those reasons could be confusion about who was supposed to be handling the music in the first place, last minute proposals, choosing to include some special music not originally planned for, or someone just fell down on their job.  It happens!

More often than not, they have no clue where to start their search, and get scared and panic, since it really IS the last minute! Couples in the know book their music 6- 12 months before the wedding.  What if YOU don't?


At Northwest Artist Management, (NWAM), our job is to make finding your special occasion music easy, cost-effective and fun, even if you DO call us
at the last minute. 

We are a professional agency that has been in business for over 26 years, so there is no need to panic or "call out the cavalry", (enlist the help of lots
of friends, relatives, or perhaps even your old piano teacher!).  We've got
the knowledge, experience, and connections to help you find exactly what you are looking for.  You can trust us with this crucial part of the wedding agenda. 

       Your job is to give us as much information as you can about the music you want, even if it might be drum music from West Africa, tango music from South America, or something even more esoteric yet, out of respect for your family's roots.

       NWAM will have several ideas about musicians to call,  can help you negotiate the price, and handle the banking transactions, so you can relax, and cross one more extremely important, but stressful item off your "Do List".   Whew! 

        Don't Panic.   There is no need to be embarrassed that you don't have a clue where to start.   Call NWAM today to find out about how easy it is to find and book the music you REALLY want for your wedding celebration, and, at the available budget you have to spend.

Ask for Nancy!  503-774-2511  nancy@nwam.com www.nwam.com.

 

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Date: 3/6/2015 12:24 AM UTC

           Celebrating our 26th Anniversary on March 8th

The ancient Greek poet, Sophocles, c496 - 406 BC, understood it way back then :              "Success is dependent on effort". 

                 This year, I am truly amazed that another year has whizzed by!

One trend we noticed in 2014:  We booked many more Polka Bands than ever before.   We are pleased the word is out that we represent a number of excellent  Polka bands.  Please call us as soon as you select your date.  This music is so much fun, these groups tend to get booked up many months ahead of time. Many Polka bands travel to Oktoberfest celebrations out of state.  Chicken Dance anyone??

 2015 is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Ol' Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board himself,
Francis Albert Sinatra.  The actual date was December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, N.J.  However, we plan to celebrate his birthday all year, because of the lasting effect he had on the contemporary music of the 20th century. We're sure you've all heard of "The Great American Songbook"??  We've got soloists, and small and large bands, that specialize in his songs that have become forever woven into the fabric of our hearts and memories.  Call us soon with your requests!

Did you know we book the Lion Dancers from the Lan Su Chinese Gardens?  They are particularly appropriate for wedding receptions because of the symbolism of their moves, which wish long life and happiness to the couple.  Who knew a head of lettuce had such power?!  Call us to find out why.

Perhaps you've heard a Zydeco Band is a wonderful party band, but thought Mardi Gras was the only time of year you could book one.  That is just not so!
                                  
Call us soon so you can "Let The Good Times Roll"!
 
  We will conclude by reminding you what Abraham Lincoln said about taking "No Short Cuts".  
         "If I had 6 hours to cut down a tree, I'd spend four hours sharpening my axe."
 

             Northwest Artist Management     Nancy Anne Tice     503-774-2511
                                     
Professional Musicians for All Occasions

                      www.nwam.com        nancy@nwam.com        503-333-1507

                                                              

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Date: 2/6/2015 9:08 PM UTC

                              Beating The Black Dog

Sir Winston Churchill called it the "Black Dog".  It never failed to visit him during times of deep psychological distress...such as when he was Prime Minister of Great Britain, in the thick of fighting WWII.

     During the past six months, I have had to confront my own "Black Dog" who arrived completely uninvited.  My partner of 23 yrs., Loren Nutter, passed away on August 11, 2014 of Prostate Cancer.  We met as board members of the Jazz Society of Oregon in the summer of 1992.

    My loss was nothing like the life and death struggles Sir Winston** faced when the world was at war.   However,  there have been some extremely rough patches which were very difficult for me to manage, while still trying to remain my usual cheery self.  That is why I may have seemed a little scarce during this time.

   I am happy to report that as we embrace a brand new year, that "old black dog" of mine, got stuck in the old year, and for the most part, has ceased nipping at my heals! 

   Thanks to the love, assistance, and help of many dear friends, family, and musical colleagues, I am enjoying a new sense of energy, ready to tackle new and exciting projects, and booking all kinds of  new and interesting gigs.

     Have you ever wanted a fire juggler to provide sizzling entertainment at your next summer picnic?  What about graceful acrobats suspended from the ceiling, making all of your guests gasp in disbelief?  Or, what if a good friend passes and you want to host a good, old fashioned Irish Wake in their honor, complete with corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and beer? ... and all the jigs and reels you can possibly manage? 
                           Give us a call, we can help!

   You may expect regular bi-monthly blogs, monthly e-newsletters, (sometimes, more often), and news of new artists.  We will also offer suggestions for theme parties we hope you will want to book, for the very best summer parties and weddings ever! 
                          Please contact us soon!
                                                       
                             
                    Northwest Artist Management  Nancy Anne Tice
                   503-774-2511  www.nwam.com  nancy@nwam.com
** The most wonderful  thing I ever did was persuade my beautiful wife to marry me!"
                                                  Sir Winston Churchill.
 

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Date: 7/15/2014 9:21 PM UTC

34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, July 18 - 20th

   The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is the longest-running, free Jazz Festival west of the Mississippi.  Located under the piers of the iconic St.  John's Bridge in north Portland, Oregon.  They have an outstanding line-up planned again this year.

The Jazz Society of Oregon put out the call, in the eleventh hour, to a group of volunteers affiliated with the Jazz Society of Oregon.  They jumped in with gusto, and filled all of the committees with excited neighborhood, and jazz-loving volunteers, to ensure the festival would happen. 

Special kudos go to Arthur Marx for his untiring efforts in making sure the 2014 festival would fly high!!  Huge thanks also, to the Central Hotel at 8608 N. Lombard for sponsoring After Hours events and fund-raisers.

Friday, July 18th is Blues Night,   Roosevelt High School Band opens the show at 5pm.  Blues night features 3 professional bands including the DK Stewart Sextet with the Soul Survivor Horns at 6:20 pm. 

Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th, boasts many of the absolute finest, Portland-based jazz artists.  Some of these All-Stars include the Mel Brown Sextet, Tom Wakeling, Randy Porter, and David Evans Trio, Bobby Torres Latin All-Stars, Farnell Newton, Devin Phillips, Louis "King Louis" Pain B3 Trio, featuring Renato Caranto and Micah Kassell. 

 The Battleground Washington High School Band will lead off the action at noon on Saturday on the main stage. Portland Youth Orchestra sets off the downbeat at noon on Sunday.

An expanded beer garden and food booths will again be available, as well as other vendor booths, as in years past. They will be re-located to the bottom of the hill on N. Crawford St., so there will much more room in the bowl to spread out blankets and low, beach chairs to enjoy the music.  Concert-goers are also invited to bring their own picnics and sunscreen.  All ages welcome.

              More information at www.cpjazz.com

      Northwest Artist Management  www.nwam.com
                         nancy@nwam.com

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Date: 5/15/2014 7:19 PM UTC

John English, "The Voice",
    Sings a Tribute to Frank Sinatra.
        Returns from his East Coast tour, August 1st.

                                                                       
     John English, "The Voice" left Portland on April 1st to fly to Philadelphia to perform a series of gigs.  For the second year in a row, he sang at the "Philly Showcase of Wine and Cheese" which benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.  He had performed for the Portland Showcase of Wine and Cheese for seven years.

     He was also invited to perform at the Kick Off Summer celebration at the Philadelphia Airport, "Just Plane Fun".  Mr. English had performed at the Portland, Oregon airport for many years, and was given a sterling recommendation by them.  They are looking forward to having back to sing for them again when he returns on August 1st.

     John English brings Sinatra's romantic ballads and dance music to life.  He says, "I don't try to be Sinatra, I try to bring Sinatra's music to life".  In addition to the Sinatra material, John also sang in the Portland Opera Chorus for a season and a half.  His rich baritone voice was an asset to the Opera, like Sinatra, who sang in the "Italian Bel Canto" style.

      John English's warm and stylish entertainment style has earned him many loyal and enthusiastic fans.  He sings over 200 of Sinatra's most popular hits, as well as all the "Rat Pack" favorites from his Las Vegas years.

      He has performed for numerous corporate events, festivals, clubs, anniversaries, fundraisers, weddings, casino parties, and social gatherings of all kinds.

Call Nancy soon for quote and availability:  503-774-2511
nancy@nwam.com

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Date: 4/3/2014 9:44 PM UTC


   We've added another fine artist to our roster:
                   

                       Eric John Kaiser
                  Portland's French Troubadour

Eric John Kaiser was born and raised in Verrieres-le-Buisson, in the suburbs of Paris.  He sings in French, and accompanies himself on guitar.  He plays solo, or in a Duo with accordion, or in his 5pc rock band, in which he sings in French and sometimes in English.

He moved to Portland in 2006, and has subsequently traveled 10,000 miles annually, via air, land and sea.  He has explored the USA, traveled across Canada, and down through the South as far as New Orleans, and up to Washington D.C., where he performed as an "Artist In Residence" at the Smithsonian Museum.

 Eric John Kaiser has shared the stage with the Welsh super stars the Sterophonics, toured with French star, Tete (who has also appeared as a featuring artist on is album,  ("French Troubadour") and the French band Revolver.  French Rapper Fefe from the band Saian Supa Crew, also appeared on Eric John Kaiser's album "L'ODydssee".
 
Please check out his page on our website, www.nwam.com.  His is listed on the alphabetical Roster page, and also on the Search By Style page under French.
 
Please contact us soon for a quote for your next French-inspired special event.
There are two excellent videos on our website.


 Nancy Tice

503-774-2511  nancy@nwam.com  www.nwam.com

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Date: 3/19/2014 6:36 PM UTC


Misty Mamas: Home-Style Bluegrass
                   Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel, Folk,
                      Country and Original songs
.

     Misty Mamas,
(formerly Misty River) together since 2007, have become a very popular band in the Portland/Vancouver acoustic music scene.  Misty Mamas serve up Home-Style bluegrass filled with powerful harmonies, traditional and original songs, as well as tasty instrumentals combining the American genres of bluegrass, old time, gospel, folk and country music.  Family friendly, the band can include interactive songs that engage the younger set.

Eager to connect with their audience, the Misty Mamas tailor performances that not only entertain, but educate as well.  You might hear historical secrets and local lore woven into the music.  Timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics are laced together creating a musical experience, rich with history, steeped in tradition and performed with character and exuberance!

    Misty Mamas include Carol Harley, Katherine Nitsch, April Parker, and Eileen Rocci.  With decades of experience singing rich, tight harmonies, they also play a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass, accordion, and upright acoustic bass.

            Their 2009 release, "Wild Rose of the Mountain",
                     has received rave reviews
such as:
        "don't listen until you are ready to fall in love."  Katie Naylor.

 
"I love songs that create word images and evoke real feelings, and I especially appreciate fantastic, true to pitch harmonies that tell those stories..."
                      Sharon Sandgren Bluegrass Event Producer

 

                                                           

            Contact Nancy soon for "Quote and Availability"
              503-774-2511  nancy@nwam.com  www.nwam.com

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Date: 3/6/2014 10:30 PM UTC


   Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary   March 8, 2014
  

We were so focused on launching our new business in early March, 1989, that we really weren't thinking about where we'd be 25 years hence.  It has been a wonderful journey, made possible, and yes, thrilling, by the outstanding musicians we have had the privilege of representing.

We have expended lots of "Blood, Sweat, and Tears", and many late nights, but it has all be worth it, building a roster of "A List" stars in the Portland area. 

A few of the achievements of which we are the most proud, include being named Associate Producer of the PDX Jazz Summit, a 7-part live jazz series that was broadcast on OPB in the late summer of 1991.   We won a grant proposal from the Oregon Arts Commission that became a seminar for the Oregon Jazz Society called "The Gist Of Jazz".  We wrote a monthly column in Jazzscene magazine for 21 years.

Other projects include two concert productions.  One was called "Sentimental Journey" featuring Oregon's Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada, 2006-2010, who read his award-winning poetry with live jazz accompaniment.   The other was a benefit concert for the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, aka, "Piano Hospital" called "Out of Sight Salsa" featuring Ramsey Embick's Cuban Salsa Band, Ramsey Y Los Montunos.  They are the only school in the world that teaches blind students to tune and repair pianos.

              We are proud to have successfully booked 1000's  
   of weddings and events and have never missed a single one.
                  We are extremely proud of our record!
         We only work with artists that make us look good!!

                    We invite you to contact us soon
             to get a quote on your next special event.

                www.nwam.com nancy@nwam.com
                              503-774-2511

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Date: 2/24/2014 7:43 PM UTC

  Our New Video Is Posted On Our Website
                       
www.nwam.com

After 25 years in business, our clients and colleagues have changed, so we wanted to give you an updated look at how we can help you make finding your special music easier, more cost-effective, and fun.

We will shortly be adding two exciting new Blue Grass Bands, a beautiful, and talented Hawaiian/Tahitian music and performance ensemble, and a Native American musician and dancer, who appears in full regalia.  He is a member of the Apache Nation.  He is also a member of a much larger performing troupe we book.

The Native American artist is very popular for convention entertainment, when the client wishes to create a "Northwest Theme", with a salmon barbeque.  The Hawaiian entertainers are a great fit at a Luau dinner.  They can also provide fresh flower leis.

            Contact us soon for quotes and availabilities.

          nancy@nwam.com, 503-774-2511, www.nwam.com

         Our "official" 25th Anniversary is March 8th, 2014.
                 
More on that auspicious occasion soon!

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Date: 1/31/2014 7:48 PM UTC


     50th Anniversary of  
                 Beatles "Landing" in USA

 It was 50 years ago, that the Beatles were first introduced to screaming fans in the Ed Sullivan Theater in the USA.  They "stormed the battlements" as it were, and soon became in international sensation that still continues today.  Only Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr survive, but they just played together at the Grammy Awards on January 26th.

 We are so fortunate that here, in the Rose City, we have our very own Classic Rock and Beatles Tribute Band, Blackbird.  They play all of their famous hits, plus other classic rock favorites that are so much fun to dance to.

 They are very popular for weddings, corporate parties, festivals, and anywhere you need a polished, experienced band to help you dance the night away.

        Contact Nancy soon for availability and Quote.
 
                             503-774-2511  www.nwam.com 
                                    nancy@nwam.com
 

 

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