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: