Nominees (And 1 Winner) Announced for the Capital Area Live Music Awards

Rich Ortiz

Rich Ortiz


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The folks from Tier One Talent have announced the nominees for the inaugural Capital Area Live Music Awards, slated to take place at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, November 22.

NOTE: At least we’re calling them the Capital Area Live Music Awards because that was the first title of the event that we saw. (Elsewhere on the event’s website, they are also referred to as “Capital District Live Music Awards,” “the Jammys” and “the Jammy’s.”)

The event is described as “an evening of awards honoring music artists from all genres who perform in the greater Albany, NY region.” Fans submitted nominations, and the top four nominees in each category became the final nominees. The winners in each of more than two dozen categories will be chosen by an “anonymous panel comprised of radio DJs, members of musical community that represent each genre listed, promoters, venue owners, live audio engineers and select non-partisan live music fans.”

Rich Ortiz leads all nominees with a total of four nominations: Best Acoustic Solo, Best Country Singer-Songwriter, Best Pop Artist Solo/Band and Best Indie Solo. But the only real winner so far is Ill Funk Ensemble, who are guaranteed to walk off with a trophy. Why? Because they’re the only nominee in the category of Best R&B Solo/Band.

The awards show will be hosted by Mike the Enforcer and will also feature performances by a number of Local 518 bands and performers, including Skeletons in the Piano, Bway, Lock Nine, Second Heat, Probing Digit, Big Sky Country, Santa & the Effects of Clause, JJ Savage, Mark Slavin and others…

Here’s the list of nominees in each category:

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BEST ROCK BAND (ORIGINAL MUSIC)
Eastbound Jesus
The Erotics
Greg Nash
Wild Adriatic

BEST ROCK BAND (COVER)
Hairband Riot
Jet Crash Billy
Poor Dead Molly
Project Retro
Second Heat

BEST METAL/HARDCORE BAND
Lock Nine
Mordwolf
Stigmata
Ton of Bricks
Incontinence

BEST SOUTHERN/BIKER ROCK BAND
Cardiac Noose
EB Jeb
Inner Bred Chicken Herders
3 Wheel Drive

BEST JAM BAND
Capital Zen
Eastbound Jesus
The Stone Revival Band
Timbre Coup

BEST COUNTRY BAND (ORIGINAL MUSIC)
Chelsea Cavanaugh
87 Northbound
Beth Zaje

BEST COUNTRY BAND (COVER)
Big Sky Country
Skeeter Creek
True Grit Outlaws
Beth Zaje

BEST COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER
Chelsea Cavanaugh
Mike Meneely (True Grit Outlaws)
Rich Ortiz
Mark Pierre (Big Sky Country)

BEST ACOUSTIC SOLO
Phil Camp
Molly Durnin
Rich Ortiz
Sean Rowe

BEST ACOUSTIC BAND
Court E
Flakjacket
Sugar Pill
Swerve
Yellow Dog

BEST JAZZ BAND
The Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble
The Brian Patneaude Quartet
The John Savage Band
The TS Ensemble

BEST POP ARTIST SOLO/BAND
Margo Macero Project
Greg Nash
Rich Ortiz
Sirsy

BEST WEDDING BAND
Cryin’ Out Loud
New York Players
The Refrigerators
Soul Session

BEST PARTY/DANCE BAND
Audiostars
Jet Crash Billy
The Refrigerators
Skeeter Creek

BEST TRIBUTE BAND
British Steel
Kisstory
Sludge Factory
Stronger Than All
Walpurgis

BEST BAND UNDER 18 YEARS OLD
Court E
Frozen Sun
No. 2
Time Machine

BEST HIP HOP PERFORMER
Ill Funk Ensemble
Bway
Mel Peezy

BEST R&B SOLO/BAND
Ill Funk Ensemble

BEST HIP HOP DJ
DVDJ Dread
Nick Papa Giorgio

BEST INDIE BAND
Flakjacket
The Joe Nacco Band
Greg Nash
Sirsy

BEST INDIE SOLO
Joe Nacco
Rich Ortiz
Olivia Quillio
The Duke Western

BEST ALT BAND
The Charlie Watts Riots
Court E
Skeletons in the Piano
The Velmas

BEST BLUES BAND
Jimy Graham
Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band
Sly Fox & the Hustlers
Charlie Smith Blues Band

In addition, honorary awards will be presented in the following categories:

BEST ONLINE WEB RADIO
CRUMBS.net
Metal Madman Radio Show
NVM Radio
UNIR1 Radio

MOST SUPPORTIVE LOCAL MUSIC JOURNALIST
Cathy DeDe (The Glens Falls Chronicle)
Wanda Callagy (Capital Region Blues Network, Nippertown, etc.)
Joyce Jackey (EXIT 97.7FM)
Bill Ketzer (Metroland)

MOST SUPPORTIVE MUSIC VENUE
Bogies, Albany
Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany
Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub, Clifton Park

MOST SUPPORTIVE MUSIC STORE
Drome Sound, Schenectady
Parkway Music, Clifton Park
Payette’s Music Traders, Scotia
Rocky’s Music Studio, Rensselaer

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12 Responses to “Nominees (And 1 Winner) Announced for the Capital Area Live Music Awards”

  1. BT says:

    “MOST SUPPORTIVE LOCAL MUSIC JOURNALIST.”

    They seem to be missing a nominee in this category.

    Rhymes with “Peg Shames.”

    AKA “Marge Grotto.”

  2. Herb says:

    Pretty funny because 87 Northbound is Herb Carter’s original song

  3. Kirsten says:

    What BT says.

    Also, note “most supportive music venue.” No Valentine’s? That’s a foul.

  4. This could make a real interesting festival: it’s too many categories for a concert. Justifying the entrants and the categories could be amusing. I mean, most supportive music store? What the hell else are they going to do, sell donuts? You’ve got wedding bands and Hip Hop DJs, but what about wedding DJs? Didn’t Southern Rock beget Jam Band Music and when did it change into biker music? Do some journalists cover local music because they can’t get free tickets to big shows? (I’m just saying…) And what is Indie music? Does it have a particular sound, chord progression or rhythm variation like many (but not all) of the other categories. And where is Reggae, Latin and Jazz? And where is the category and nomination for nippertown?

  5. Kim says:

    They missed out on a huge part of what goes on in our local music scene. Leaving Valentines off of anything that is concerning talking about supporting live local music is a dead giveaway these people don’t know what’s goin on. We should maybe leave our local music coverage to fine folks like yourselves here at Nippertown (and Metroland, All Over Albany, etc).

  6. Ed Conway says:

    There are several notable omissions. As stated above, Nippertown, Bryan Thomas and Jim Gaudet should definitely be nominated, to name a few. Not to take away from many of the performers above, such as Sean Rowe, but it is an incomplete list. Thanks Stanley for making me laugh.

  7. Ed Conway says:

    Oops I left out local music photographers like Rudy Lu, and Andrzej, or Mr Reidy who covers more shows in a week than most of us see in a month.

  8. Ed Conway says:

    and now that I have used up my allotted comments I left out Stanley on my above comment.

  9. Jam Head says:

    This is a joke, right?

  10. Bolan Navarro says:

    This should be a riot.Nothing to get upset about. Just a musical clique in the area getting together to pat themselves on the back.

  11. Jam Head says:

    So why is there a Best Tribute Band category? Because the organizer plays in one, maybe? Now guess what? Yep: nominated!

    A category for both best Wedding Band and Party/Dance Band? What? How about no category instead?

    Why is there even a Best Cover Band category? Have they never heard the saying “being the best cover band is like winning a gold medal in the Special Olympics”. I agree.

    Supportive Music Store? I defer to the previous commentator.

    So why is Trickshots nominated? Oh yeah: it is hosting the big event and its organizers are involved in the venue.

    Where the hell is Nippertown on here–someplace?

    I’m just getting started here. But do I really need to continue?

  12. KevBrock says:

    This show shouldn’t be supported and I wish Nippertown would stop supporting it. Hey Greg, you don’t have to keep promoting this stupid event ’cause Dan Coler wants you to. This event is a joke and doesn’t deserve the publicity.

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