Capital Area Live Music Award Winners Announced

Greg Nash (photo by Leslie Jarvis)

Greg Nash (photo by Leslie Jarvis)

The folks from Tier One Talent held the inaugural Capital Area Live Music Awards at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park last Friday night (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,” “Capital Area 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 were 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.”

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No doubt about it, the big winner of the night was Greg Nash, who took home three individual trophies for Best Rock Band (Original Music), Best Pop Artist (Solo/Band) and Best Indie Band. And if that wasn’t enough, two of Nash’s bands also took top honors – Walpurgis for Best Tribute Band and Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band for Best Blues Band.

Other multiple award winners for the night included Rich Ortiz, the Refrigerators and Chelsea Cavanaugh.

In addition, an honorary Lifetime Music Support Award was bestowed upon Mike Valente of Brick by Brick, Bogies and Upstate Blacknblue Productions.

The awards show also featured performances by a number of Local 518 bands and performers, including Skeletons in the Piano, Lock Nine, Second Heat, Probing Digit, Big Sky Country, the Margo Macero Project, Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band, Court E, JJ Savage & Mark Slavin and others…

Here’s the complete list of all winners and nominees in each category:

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

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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9 Responses to “Capital Area Live Music Award Winners Announced”

  1. gregory nash says:

    thank you for noticing….looking forward to the negative commentary…always good for a laugh :)

  2. tim says:

    hope to see the best rock band play alot around Albany. and thanks to crumbs radio for making this area less crummy.

  3. mike says:

    Great idea!! Great opportunity to see all genres of local talent in one place. I felt it needed a larger room with 2 stages to keep things moving quicker and smoother. And last, more advertisement reaching out to the community of listeners. Not to say that those who took the “Jammy awards” weren’t deserving, but I don’t think there was enough outside involvement to truly give others a fair opportunity. (meaning: winners were musician driven, not fan driven) Overall, I would say…try it again. Involve more media. Thanks for the effort. Definitley recognized as so.

  4. Thurgood Brothaman says:

    First off let me begin by saying the area is flooded with musicians n bands and it’s nice seeing my fellow musicians acknowledged for their contributions to the Cultural scene in the Greater Capital region. Those nominated to the list and those who’ve won bust their stones and really work in crafting their talent.

    That being said when did Ketz last write a piece for Metroland and didn’t Molly Durnin move down south a few months ago?

    ;-p

    Congrats to all the winners!

  5. Cross pollination can sometimes lead to delicious fruit.

    I have yet to hear the vast majority of these acts/groups/artists play and sing. I can’t say that I know more than 5% of the names listed, which may be an indication of just how small my local world is.

    Congrats to the winners.

    Cheers…

  6. Djstantastic says:

    Nice list! Many of the bands on this list have played at my bar hotshots in Glens Falls. Were we considered for this list? Just wondering. Not complaining.

  7. Smokin Joe says:

    Hats off to an energetic Tier One Talent for creating an event that this area needs to fuel the local music scene. Congratulation to all the entrants and the winners !

  8. Congrats to the winners and all the nominees. I was able to attend a short time and was able to hear and see some new faces and different types of music that I haven’t had the opportunity to. I enjoy being around musicians and other artists that are true to themselves. I was just annoyed with myself as I did not have the proper lenses/filters to get clearer photos due to the ‘smoky’ stage. I will work on that. The venue was friendly, the staff open and polite, and I had a great vegetable quesadilla for my supper. I especially enjoyed seeing many of the young musicians there..the kids involved and having the opportunity to play is such a good thing, in my book.

    And, Gregory Nash…..you certainly have a gift…thanks for sharing! w

  9. tim says:

    Wanda if the stage is too smoky. you are unlikely to get a clear shot with a standard camera.

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