Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

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The Ram Jam TV Show has been away for a little while. I have been dealing with a family emergency for a few months that resulted in my being taken away from my proper duties. Let’s start this blog off with a great band I had the pleasure of inviting in the studio, The Slade Rhythm Band. Led by Boo Jones and consisting of some incredible musicians such as singer/ sax player Jazzy Steve, Guitarist Willie C, Percussionist Mark Pratt,  Base player Larry Carter, Drummer Terry Page and Female vocalist Yonni Soul. The Slade Rhythm Band are a newly formed band from the DMV bringing their brand of GO- GO music to a welcoming audience, belting out covers and original songs that keep the audience grooving throughout their set. It was great having them in the studio and even the film crew managed the get their boogie on while the played.

CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE HERE: http://youtu.be/aNKLvOs1zaA

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I know things have been tough since the Zimmerman trial and I must say I am at a loss for words other than my prayers go out to the Martin family, no parent should have to bury their children and say goodbye too soon.TRAYVON_MARTIN_NEW_PHOTO_1

I just want to say I for one will be glad when things like this will end in our society, when the violence and stereotypes will no longer be an issue so we can stay focused on the things that really matter in life which is to live in harmony and peace.

I love all my Ram Jam fans out there and pray for each and every one of you to be kept safe and blessed.

Until then Keep your heads up and reach for the stars.

Happy Jamming!!

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What up my Ramtourage peeps!  Ok let me just say this one thing, THIS WEEK HAS BEEN AWESOME!! Let me explain.

Last week on Wednesday I was at my day job, (Yea that’s right, I too am trying to come up like the artist we feature) anyway we are renovating a major high school in Washington, DC and we were told Mayor Gray was touring the site Friday morning. Of course all the other workers throughout the entire dusty job site kicked it into gear about two speeds quicker. The general contractors are known to walk around and check on the progress and if necessary jump up in a guy’s a** to get quicker results.  Me being a Audio Visual tech was more worried than the trash detail,concrete workers,plumbers,voice and data techs and drywall installers.

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About the only one’s as worried as me were maybe the electricans, but as a AV tech our work was to be on full display.  So we got our butts moving installing ceiling speakers, talk back speakers and call switches while my counterpart was to be installing the smart boards. Well at the end of the day the speakers were up and we were all ready to split when one of the General Contractors  informed us that the smart boards were not all up and the guy who was to install them was going to be out for the next few days. “Uh-oh” I thought to myself as he went on to say that two additional rooms was going to be on display, but me being ever the believer simply told him “No problem”. But there was a problem, we needed two more smart boards on site which we did not and hardware. That day me and two other techs hustled out to our warehouse more than 70 miles away, picked up two more smart boards and made it back to site. By the end of the additional four hours to my work day I came home, ate dinner,kissed the kids and crashed. In the end everything worked out, we installed the smart board and projector and wall switches, the Mayor and my own project managers were impressed with the new renovations to the school and I was able to see my work being apperciated on the news. Not bad for a Friday.

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On this blog I have the pleasure of introducing to you the newest members of The Ramturouge, J-Rob of WGIV 103.3 Radio, Lyrical mastermind Celzius and the homie Citi. Let me say this, I love running into people who are not waiting for a big break or lady luck to buy them a drink but who are making their dreams and goals a reality through hard work. J-Rob,Celzius and Citi are three guys doing the thang’.  Not only does J-Rob manage these two very skilled MC’s he is also quite the singer and song writer. J-Rob shares the same vision of throwing the spotlight on the unsigned artist and doing it with class, if you don’t believe me then tune in live stream on WGIV103.3 at 8:pm and check out The Hype Show and you will see how they get down – we had a blast on air with them. Celzius I gotta say is one of the most gifted artist I have met in a long time. What convinced me was his zeal for hip hop as he told us of different colabs’ he has coming up in the near future. Then he sealed the deal by dropping a freestyle live in the VIP and respecting our younger viewers, never spit a curse at us .(Real skills). Citi was not what I expected, at first look at his blue Miami baseball cap with matching blue rimmed glasses of some expensive name I can not say nor write, crowned on top of his dreads like straight out of Swag Magazine I just knew he was the super hype one. In fact Citi was just the opposite, the mello yet confident flow of his freestyle interwove in and out of the track as if things had reversed and the music was inspired to give it’s best to such words that froze , picked up another clever verse, rolled it like dice in a hustlers palm before hitting for the whole pot.  J-Rob clued us on his radio show “The Hype Show” then turned the tables on us and interviewed us, let me say this to any artist I have ever interviewed and felt you could have done better. Forgive me now, I know how you feel. To check out the entire interview with J-Rob and the crew see the full episode on youtube.

To jam click here: http://youtu.be/9rIyjB40e3Q

 Well I am exhausted and need a little rest, so for all my unsigned artist, keep grinding and Ram Jam believes in you.

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PS This is Kendra, just wanted to chime in and say we have some truly exciting opportunities and events coming up over the summer months.  We had a brief glitch but promise to bring you awesome new episodes featuring Josh Urban with some behind the scences footage.  Just in time for his upcoming release – keep on jamm’in Josh!  Also I wanted to s/o to the latest additions to our crew, JWash of the DMV and makeup extroidnare Ms. Tracey Medley also of the DMV.  We are excited to have them onboard, as they bring their talents of radio from JWash’s own XM show featured in South Carolina.  Ms. Medley has extensive makeup practice in theater and bridals and now on tv.  She does a really cool monster scar.  And of course we can never forget our ever lovely, Lucy Cox who will also be joining us in the summer (it promises to be a HOT one).  Now let’s see if the three can hold it up in front of the camera -wink-.  Seriously though a great big THANK YOU to Lucy,  JWash and Ms. Tracey.  Welcome aboard.

Until next time,

Happy Jamm’in

 

Random Acts of MusicThe Mosaic District is an urban retail district featuring top fashion boutiques located just outside of Washington, DC and is all you’ve ever dreamed of in shopping! Inspiring retailers wow you with just enough of the hottest trends in everything from homes to home design. Explore all there is at the Fashion Night Out, an evening of fashion, style and film. From casually window shopping with friends or total closet transformation, they’ve got you covered. The night ends with two showings of “Lucy” at the outdoor theater of Angelika’s Film Center and Café. Accessible from the Dunn Loring Metro Station or parking is effortless and free. Join us!

Fashion Night Out

Mosaic District

2910 District Avenue

Fairfax, VA 22031

Tuesday November 13, 2012 6pm-8pm

Featured Artist: Inna

Genre: Pop

Location: Romania

Website: http://www.inna.ro

Connect:            www.facebook.com/Inna

www.twitter.com #Inna

Congratulations! I’m sad but very happy to say that this is the last time we will be featuring Inna both on the blog and on the show. Inna has just recently been signed to Universal Music Group. We wish Inna a successful career and the best of luck! Remember, you saw her here first. Are you the next one we can gladly bid farewell?

Until next time,

Happy Jamm’in

KJ

 

Random Acts of Music

Audio: Eye on the Artist

Featured Artist: Dunson

Genre: Rap

Location: DMV

Website: http://dunsonmusic.com/

Connect:    www.facebook.com/Dunson

http://www.twitter.com/KentonDunson

Blog:    www.dunsonmusic.com/blog

 

Video: Featured Artist

Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction

Location: Washington, DC

Genre: Jazz

Connect:    http://www.jazzfaction.com/

http://www.facebook.com/mikemarolda

www.twitter.com/saxxymike

One of our most challenging shoots and also one of our favorites Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction redefined the sound of Washington, DC in our studios recently. Bringing his jazz quartet to RAM Jam, making them the first to perform on the stage, the fun four included Cam Towner on Bass, Clif MaCall on Keyboard, Marty Risemberg on Percussion and the man himself Mike Marolda on Saxophone.

Mike began playing various instruments in the sixth grade; he is now highly trained in jazz music, fluent in classical, rock, funk, r&b, and anything else that swings. As a free-lance musician in Washington, D.C. Mike formed the Jazz Faction from a group they also play in, The DC Transit Band.

Cam Towner has traveled the world playing music while serving in the US Navy and has been playing since the late seventies. Cam’s laid back, cool demeanor really helped us during the most hectic times as we fought our way through the technical issues of that day.

Clif McCall currently studies at George Mason University, but we are sure happy that being a student doesn’t stop him from performing live! Clif was also inspired to play music at an early age. He has mastered his skill through church, studying and having influences like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderly. Clif aspires to perform music professionally.

Marty Risemberg is a native of Virginia and has studied everything percussion but found his love for Jazz after one year of classical training at George Mason University. Marty’s hidden talent is rap and he’s awesome, but shh, you didn’t hear that from us!

With this group, hints of the classics can definitely be distinguished.

Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction are available for booking over the holidays and I’m here to witness, it will be an unforgettable event.

 

GOOD NEWS

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Just recently a very dear friend of mine lost her battle to breast cancer. Gail was my first coach without either of us knowing it. When I was first starting out in corporate America, she showed me how to negotiate and not negate my skills. Through her sense of style and budding personality she defined flavor. Gail had the strongest constitution of just about any woman of that day; she knew how to take care of herself and was never afraid to show anyone with a desire to want to know. That’s why it devastated me to find out about this condition that we bring to the forefront every October, but is important to know all year round, breast cancer overcame my friend.

FACTS AND STATS

Can I prevent breast cancer?

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood.

Although it is clear that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen and other factors play an important role. Because no one knows exactly what causes breast cancer to develop in a certain person at a certain time, there are no sure ways to prevent it.

However, there are steps that you can take that may reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine, limiting alcohol intake and postmenopausal hormones, and breastfeeding if you can. For women at higher risk, taking tamoxifen or raloxifene may reduce the risk of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer.

Your best defense

The best way to find breast cancer early is to get screened. Talk to your health care provider about what screening tests is right for you.

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer early. A mammogram can find cancer in its earliest stages, even before a lump can be felt. All women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. If you are younger than age 40 with either a family history of breast cancer or other concerns, talk with your health care provider about when to start getting mammograms or other screening tests, like MRI, and how often to have them.

A clinical breast exam is done by a health care provider who checks your breasts and underarm areas for any lumps or changes. Many women have a clinical breast exam when they get their Pap test. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at age 40.


It is very important to know the risk factors and prevention, self-breast awareness, early detection and screening and that this is a condition that can affect men as well. Each blog update for the remainder of this month will be dedicated to my friend and breast cancer awareness. Find out more at http://ww5.komen.org/ and http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org. We encourage you to do your research and be well informed.

A Word from the Coach:

There are some exciting developments in the Radical Success Womens Conference coming up in March 2013 Farnosh Tarobi, Lisa Nichols, Jillian Michaels, just to name a few have been confirmed and are ready to help you to “A Powerful, Transformational and Educational Experience!” I attended earlier this year and the transformation is still happening. You will connect with entrepreneurial, lifetime and successful women for three days straight. It’s something you don’t want to miss. Find out more and reserve your place at http://getradicalconference.com/.

Until next time,

Happy Jamm’in,

KJ

Audio: Eye on the Artist

Feature: Kayo Guevarra

Genre: Hip-Hop/Positive Rap

Website:

Connect: Youtube Channel

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Buy it here: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-myth/id395394108

Video: Featured Artist

Maggie Anderson

Location: DMV

Genre: Acoustic Rock

Connect: Facebook/Maggie Anderson Music

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Maggie Anderson from Chantilly, Virginia was our first acoustic artist in the studio. Maggie brought the sunshine in with her and left us with a new appreciation to the beautiful song of a guitar. Maggie’s sound was on point as was her attitude. The outline of a true music professional, she is currently studying music business. She is interested in performing at venues throughout Washington, DC. Maggie performed three original songs for us, all of which share a haunting melody, a pleasant remembrance. Connect with Maggie on Facebook and support her music. But remember where you saw her first – This is RAM Jam!

Singer/Song writer

Climbing the stairs of stardom

  

 

 

 

 

Coming soon! A new website for RAM Jam that will provide detailed information about our show, artist’s links, merchandise and more. But the things we are most excited about are FULL EPISODES. Finally after all this time our Twitter followers will be able to SEE what I’m always going on about. We are passionate about our unknown artists but if we have it our way, they won’t be “unknown” for too much longer!

GOOD NEWS

Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc. provides companionship and an improved quality of life to Fairfax area residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities through regular pet visitation by trained volunteers and their approved pets. The program benefits both residents and the visiting volunteer teams. The Residents benefit from the medically-proven calming effect of touching animals. The Volunteers add a new dimension to their own lives and discover that sharing a pet and an hour or two of their time on a regular basis can provide deeply satisfying rewards. Pets enjoy the extra attention and can make new friends by participating in group visits. Find out more information about Fairfax Pets on Wheels. How you can volunteer and who should volunteer at fpow.org.

A Word from the Coach

Doreen Rainey, Success Coach,

Founder Radical Women’s Conference

 

Dress for Success!

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.

Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women around the world. Each year we reach more than 50,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland and the West Indies.

On her initial visit, a woman receives a suit appropriate for the industry in which she is interviewing and, if available, accessories. After a woman finds a job she returns to Dress for Success for additional clothing that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing her with the foundation for a professional wardrobe.

While we may be best known for providing suits to women, it is our employment retention programs that are the cornerstone of the organization. Soon after Dress for Success was founded we came to recognize that finding work is only one step in a woman’s journey towards economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient.

Suits and Blouses Ready For Clients

To meet the need for services that would help women both find and keep jobs, they established the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program, which offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and prosper in the mainstream workplace. Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world and can benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs.

Dress for Success also has developed Career Center, an initiative that promotes confidence and professionalism by providing women career guidance, the chance to acquire technology skills and assistance in their job searches.

“RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL – by defining success for themselves and having the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at http://www.doreenrainey.com.”

© 2012 Doreen Rainey

 

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Until next time,

Happy Jammin’!