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Date: 7/16/2013 6:33 PM UTC

                  Introducing our newest roster member:

                          Whispering Roses

 
We recently attended a monthly dinner meeting of a professional wedding network group we belong to, NW Wed Pro, at the Grey Gables Estate in Milwaukie.
 
It is a stunning venue, nestled among trees and waterfalls in a park-like settling, complete with twinkling lights all over the grounds. 
 
We thoroughly enjoyed the outstanding entertainment provided by Whispering Roses, a four-piece classical/Celtic ensemble, perfect for weddings and special events.
The instruments played by four sisters include violin, harp, recorder (several kinds of wooden flute), and keyboard. They can play in many different instrument combinations: as Soloists, Duos, Trios, or full Quartets.
They offer a gorgeous and unique interpretation of the elegant, traditional, classical pieces many brides choose for their wedding ceremony. They are happy to play requests whenever possible.
They can wear tartans when playing Scottish/Irish music, or Renaissance costumes when playing music of that era. Their music is particularly beautiful during the holiday season!
Call us soon for a quote and availability for your next wedding or special occasion!
                                 503-774-2511 nancy@nwam.com

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Date: 6/25/2013 9:46 PM UTC

               Our Mobile Website Has Been Updated


Our Mobile Website, www.nwam.mobi, has been updated to include several new artists/bands, and more current photos of some of your favorites. We hope you will want to check them out soon! 

 Once on the site, all you have to do is click on the artist photo and you will be forwarded to a short descriptive paragraph about their music.

  If you want to learn more about them, just click on "take me to the website" and you will be forwarded to their page on www.nwam.com.  

 You may reach the mobile site by putting in the address, or scan the QR code on the back of our business card with your smart phone. 

 Two of the new bands are Everything's Jake and Midnight Serenaders.  They both play the exciting music of the "Roaring Twenties": aka "The Jazz Age" when "The Great Gatsby" was set. 

 The Dennis Costi Trio also plays this dance 'til you drop music.  He has recently added vocalist/pianist John Gilmore, (whose father was record producer for Frank Sinatra) to his band, for a greater variety to their sound. 

 If you are planning a Gatsby party this summer, call us for a quote and availability.  We can provide a background acoustic Duo, or a full-on dance band.

              Nancy 503-774-2411   nancy@nwam.com

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Date: 5/22/2013 5:57 PM UTC

You Never Know When a Networking Contact Will Pay Off!

      We recently drove down to check out the J. Wrigley Vineyards off Hwy 18 near Sheridan.  We had been asked by a bridal client to recommend her reception band, based on the positive experience her fiance's sister had had, booking her reception band with us in 2009.

        We like to see the performance space, and verify the mileage for the band, so we can make the most accurate recommendations to our clients.  J Wrigley Vineyards, www.wrigleywines.com, is a stunning location, right on the top of a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding Yamhill county.  The tasting room has rustic furniture and wall coverings of re-claimed wood, a large fireplace, plenty of windows, and a nearly complete bride's bedroom/changing room and private bath. 

        After seeing the space, we were able to recommend a slightly smaller sized band for our client, to better fit the available space, allow for the dance floor, and acceptable volume level.

          The vineyard outside, has several areas suitable for holding ceremonies, and also for setting up outside tables for the party. 

         We were pleased we were able to recommend Tracy Amos, 503-481-4449, owner of One-Of-A-Kind, Classic, Vintage Furniture Rentalswww.classicvintagerentals.com.  We had met her the week before at a NW Wed Pro monthly Wedding Network Group dinner at The Aerie At Eagle Landing.   Tracy's furniture would be perfect for their bride who wanted to create an elegant, but rustic ambiance, so we recommended her right away. 

       Watch this Blog next week for news of our updated Mobile website, www.nwam.mobi.   About half are returning favorites, and that other half are exciting new groups we hope you will want to book this summer!  

Call us soon, to find out who:
       Nancy Tice   503-774-2511,   nancy@nwam.com
          

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Date: 5/7/2013 6:47 PM UTC

              Great Gatsby "Over-The-Top" Party Style
                       Influences Summer Events

We went to a press screening of the new Great Gatsby movie with a movie critic friend last night. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, and was written and produced by Baz Luhrmann.  Filming was done in Australia.
  
As we suspected, the party scenes were lavish, flamboyant and visually dazzling in every way. (Filmed in 3D).  The women wore the period costumes of the Roaring Twenties: cloche, (close-fitting) hats, with Art Deco trim, some feathers, flapper dresses with lots of sparkles, danced the Charleston, and drank lots of champagne, late into the night.  The men wore evening dress, or navy blazers and white trousers.

The only thing that was not true to the era of the1920's was the music, which produced by Jay-Z.  Some songs were even sung by Beyonce.

The exciting, early jazz that IS authentic of the period is played by several of the outstanding bands on our roster.  They all have many fans that follow them around to their various gigs so they can dance to this wonderful music.

We suspect many of you will want to host a "Gatsby-esque" -themed party or wedding reception this summer, so please call us soon for information and quotes on these outstanding ensembles.

          Nancy:  503-774-2511    nancy@nwamn.com

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Date: 5/2/2013 10:06 PM UTC

  Website Home Page has a Bright New Look with New Photos.
 
                  Other Headings have been Improved as well!

We've been hard at work changing our roster to reflect the most current list of the most talented artists and musicians in the area.
In many cases, we've updated existing member's  pages with new photos, and promo information which reflects their more recent activities.

We've updated our  list of valued Clients that we are so proud to work with year after year.  They represent many of the very finest companies, firms and venues in the area.

Our Links list has also greatly expanded with vendors we have come to know and value, and are pleased to recommend to you. They come mostly from our work in the wedding business, but many of their services are applicable to other kinds of events and special occasions.

Nancy has updated her bio page, making it more friendly with a
"Meet Nancy" greeting, and a fun new photo from a delectable Sunday Brunch at the London Grill Restaurant in the Benson Hotel, alas, no longer there.

We will be adding a new category to the Roster page of Dance Instructors:  Latin Salsa, Country Line Dance, and Ballroom, which includes many other kinds of popular dances including swing, tango, and Lindy-Hop that have many devoted fans around the city.

We hope you will continue to check in to see what other areas have been improved, as websites, including ours, are always an ongoing "work in progress".   

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Date: 4/10/2013 10:56 PM UTC

                   We Are Updating Our Website!

         It is amazing how quickly things change in the world of technology, and websites are no exception!  We are excited to announce we are making major changes to our Home page to make it easier to understand and navigate, and reflect our current business associations.  The other categories at the top of the page are getting spruced up and edited as well.  We hope to have the Home page changes completed before the end of April.
        We are also editing our roster list, adding some exciting new artists, refreshing "old" images, updating performing experiences and references, and remembering dear friends who have left us way too soon.  They include Obo Addy, Master Drummer from Ghana, West Africa, and violionist, Timoteus Racz, teacher, and leader of the Oregon Chamber Orchestra, and Oregon Chamber Quartet.  We hope to have these changes completed by the end of May.
       With summer rapidly approaching, we remind you we've got lots if ideas for theme parties where the music, food and decorations and all coordinated.  What about a "Parrot Head" party with the band playing all the Jimmy Buffet hits, or pool party with Hawaiian or steel pan band music, or a country band to accompany your next Barbeque or family reunion?  What about a Mariachi band or hot, Latin group? 
        We still have many excellent choices still available for wedding music including both live music, and DJ's.  Soloists, small ensembles, large bands, we've got them all!
       Please give Nancy a call soon, and she will be happy to help you make your vision for your upcoming event come true!

                503-774-2511    nancy@nwam.com

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Date: 2/25/2013 11:31 PM UTC

                            "Out Of Sight Salsa"

                 Benefit Concert, March 9, 2013

  at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, 8pm, 3017 SE Milwaukie.

                                           Questions Call:

          Nancy Tice  503-774-2511  nancy@nwam.com, or cell: 503-333-1507

          Jeff Lann     360-693-1511  jefflann@pianotuningschool.org

 
 The School of Piano Technology For The Blind, aka "Piano Hospital", in

 Vancouver, WA, announces their Second Annual Benefit Concert on March

 9th, 2013, at 8pm, at the Aladdin Theater in Portland.  3017 SE Milwaukie

 They are the only school in the world that trains blind students and the visually impaired, older than high school, to become piano tuners and technicians.  This allows them the dignity of earning their own living after graduation from the 2 yr course.  Students come from 15 countries.  There have been 300 graduates  since the school was founded by Emil Fries in 1949.
                        www.pianotuningschool.org  501c3

 The revenue raised from this event will be used to bridge the gap between the cost of the school and the tuition they are able to charge.  Tuition only covers 20% of the cost.  The school offers a highly individualized, hands-on education, and one-on-one instruction, that  allows students the optimum environment  in which to learn the intricacies of piano tuning. 

 69.6% of graduates of this school find careers in the music industry.  About 70% of the legally blind are unemployed or underemployed, and rely on SSI benefits.

           Just  imagine learning your job as a blind person???

 The concert will feature hot, sizzling Salsa Music, played by Ramsey Embick's 9pc Salsa Orchestra,  "Ramsey Y Los  Montunos".  The Oregonian says they are "one of Portland's hottest musical acts".  Also on the program will be an exciting salsa dance exhibition from the Gemini School of Salsa Dancing, featuring award-winning performers such as "Javier and Holly".

Tickets are $50.00, $35.00 and $25.00 plus S/C, and will be available from                   www.aladdin-theater.com, or www.TicketFly.com
 
                                
 
The students are funny, smart, dedicated, confident, and undaunted by their handicap.  Graduates have gone on to tune pianos for Elton John, Johnny Cash, Dave Brubeck, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, and Harry James among countless others.
 
 
Produced by
   Northwest Artist Artist Management, www.nwam.com,
   in Association with Norwood Brown

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Date: 11/19/2012 10:47 PM UTC

Please Save this date: March 9, 2013.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Save this date for an exciting benefit concert 3-9-13...tell your friends... 


Northwest Artist Management is proud to have been selected to produce and promote an exciting benefit concert on March 9, 2013 at the Aladdin Theater. The beneficiary is the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, aka, the "Piano Hospital" in Vancouver, (a 501C-3 non-profit organization).

They are the only school in the world that trains blind students and the visually impaired, older than high school,  to become piano tuners and technicians.  This allows them the dignity of earning their own living after graduation.
 
 About 70% of the legally blind are unemployed, or under-employed.
 
 69.6 of % of graduates of this school find careers in the music industry.
 
 80% of students complete the 2 year program on time.
 
Their students come from 15 countries around the world, even from as far away as South Africa.

Graduates are able to live independent and self-sufficiant lives. The pay taxes, buy homes, and put their children through college. By comparison, many blind people rely on SSI payments. Just imagine doing your job as a blind person!

They have had 300 graduates since the school was founded by Emil Fries in 1949. Graduates perform quality tuning, regulation, and repairs to the actions, and on other working parts of both vertical and grand pianos.

The concert will feature exciting Salsa music, played by Ramsey Embick's 9pc Salsa Orchestra, "Ramsey Y Los Montunos", which appeared on a recent episode of Leverage ,the popular cable
TV show filmed in Portland, staring Timothy Hutton.  Also on the program is a sizzling salsa dance exhibition from the Gemini School of Salsa Dancing, featuring performers such as "Javier and Holly".


They are raising funds to replace an instructor, a graduate of the school himself, who is retiring, and to hire a new teacher so they can teach more students.

Tickets will be $50.00, and are tax deductable. They will be available from Ticket Tomato in December.

Photos below:

      Ramsey Y Los Montunos, and Javier and Holly.


                                    
Please stay tuned to this Blog for further information, coming soon!

  

 


 

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Date: 11/15/2012 12:11 AM UTC

Greetings All!

We'd like to add the following information to our last blog about hot wedding trends in 2013:

   

The popular Art Deco movement in jewelry, furniture, and building design, began in earnest in the mid-1920's.

It represented "luxury, glamour, and exuberance". 

 It's unique features are still popular in the 21st century.

 Combine Art Deco design elements into your "Great Gatsby-esq." wedding decor to create a distinctive and truly elegant ambiance!

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Date: 10/29/2012 8:32 PM UTC

             We are pleased to share a few of the Hottest Predictions for 2013.
     Source BridalTweet, and Elvira DeCuir, Wedding & Event Planner from 3D-Memoirs.

Mint Green will be the color of choice for brides in 2013.

Birds are everywhere, and are expected to be big part of wedding decore, as well as Paper
Lanterns.

For Rustic-themed events, expect to see Chicken Wire taking over from burlap as an inexpensive decorating material, as well as Bark, even encircling the cake!

Braids will be seen in every upcoming, summer movie, and will be big for hairstyles in 2013.

The glitzy decade of the 1920's, aka, the "Roaring Twenties" will be back in fashion due to the release of the upcoming, The Great Gatsby movie.  Gatsby, in the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, is known for his lavish and glittering parties on Long Island...despite Prohibition, (1920-1933), the champagne flowed freely, and everyone danced the Charleston and tangoed 'til dawn.  Glamor and elegance will be the highlight of many dazzling wedding celebrations in 2013.

This is particularly good news for us at Northwest Artist Mgmt because we've got at least two excellent dance bands, who play the exciting music of the 1920's. 

Contact Nancy soon, to find out who they are, and get a quote for your next celebration!
             nancy@nwam.com,  503-774-2511  www.nwam.com

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