LMF: VEER Music Awards Wrap Up

February 14th, 2013 at 11:44 am by under THRS Live Music

Well I think I’m fully recovered from the sleep deprived, rock and blues induced hangover from Tuesday night.  I’m sure some of you are thinking “What is he talking about?” but for those few that must have been hibernating, Tuesday was the night that the Hampton Roads musical community joined together under one roof to celebrate the fantastic year that they have conquered.   I’m talking about the 2nd Annual VEER Magazine Local Music Awards.  An epic night and one of the ages that had a little taste of everything imaginable:  An enthusiastic SOLD OUT house, live performance collaborations that previously only occurred in your dreams, a non-planned medical emergency intermission and a really vocally passionate brewmaster (Can I get a Booyah?).  It really was a great awards show and a great showcase for our not-so-little-anymore music scene.  Tons of highlights to go through and little tidbits that you might have known and if you missed the show or what to relive it, I have all of the performances below.  So let’s get started.  I arrived to the red carpet of The Naro around 6:45p and the excitement was brewing hard outside with cameras flashing, musicians hanging out and the hoards of people waiting to see if any tickets were left (There were not).  I was able to walk into the theater with my wife, which was the biggest highlight of the night for me.   She knows the hard work I put into and how passionate I am about promoting local music but rarely gets to see the fruits of it, so it was great for her to meet and mingle with the incredible talent that I get to work with and and honored to call friends.  We sat on the left side of theater with the talented and award winning, Gina Dalmas and Christopher  May.  It was great to catch up with them and the will be heading into the studio to record the follow up to Yee-Haw, Etc.  It should be out early summer and you’ll be able to catch them on the show when it’s released.

The night got off to a rockin’ bluesy start with an awesome performance from Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot and Miss Jackie Scott.  If you missed it, I got you covered with this video courtesy of Mitch Kirsner:

The first award of the night went to Russel Scarborough and his Music World for Best Music Instrument Retailer.  A true testament that the little guys finish first, as he defeated the giants Guitar Center and Alpha Music.  It was great to see the Live Music Friday family take home some bling and really great to see a lot of LMF clips used for some of the award videos.  The Dharma Initiative took home Best World Beat for the second year in a row.  Zach, Megan and Michael are currently on tour in Florida and heard the news from Megan’s sister, Jenn, who (and here is your random LMF tidbit of the day) is married to Jeff Pierce, bassist extraordinaire for The Pawn Shop Lifters, who took home Best Rockabilly and Album Of The Year.  The Aragona Project picked up Best IndiePop for the year #2 and Gina and the boys picked up the Best Country award for the second year in a row.   Other LMF alumni to win (Click on their name to see their appearance on the show): The Last Bison (Best National), Jae Sinnett (Best Jazz), The Fuzz Band (Best R&B, Best Live Performer), Broken Mouth Annie (Best Rock), J Pharaoh (Best Hip Hop), Longfellow St. Music Collective (Best Americana), Skye Zentz (Best Acoustic/Folk), D*Nik (Best Emerging Artist, Song Of The Year) and Logan Vath (Best Busker).  Logan’s debut album comes out Friday, March 8 and you can see him on The Hampton Roads Show that very same day.

Overall it was a great night and the performances were second to none.  A big round of appalause goes to Jeff Maisey and the staff of VEER Magazine for making this all possible.  Thanks Jeff! and a shout out goes to Paul Shugure and Out Of The Box for winning Best Broadcast Media.  I like to think of all of us in the Best Broadcast Media category as a big family with one goal and that’s to take the great music that area produces and deliver it to the masses….and if your wondering, yes, Crizti and I took our loser’s shot.  Here are the rest of the performances courtesy of Mitch Kirsner and Christopher Samulski:

Crissy Babe and The Dastards with Grant Austin Taylor

D*Nik and Chidori Matsumoto

Broken Mouth Annie with Skye Zentz

The Mirrors with Patrick Walsh

SICMaN Of Virginia with K’bana Blaq

Best Music Instrument Retailer
Russell’s Music World

Best Metal
Freedom Hawk

Best Gospel
Dee Dee Gee

Best Garage/Punk
The Bottle Babies

Best Busker
Logan Vath

Best Open Mic Night
Fuzzy Wednesdays

Best Americana
Longfellow St. Music Collective

Best National Artist
The Last Bison

Best Digital Media
Sam McDonald’s blog “Soundcheck”

Best Rockabilly
The Pawn Shop Lifters

Best Acoustic/Folk
Skye Zentz

Best Hip Hop
J Pharaoh

Best Country
Gina Dalmas and The Cow Tippin’ Playboys

Best Classical
Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s 8th Symphony

Best Cover Band
The Deloreans

Best Emerging Artist

Best Blues
Jackie Scott and The House Wreckers

Best Music Venue (Major/National)
The NorVa

Best World Beat
The Dharma Initiative

Best Experimental

Best Music Venue (Small/Indie)
Jewish Mother Hilltop

Best IndiePop
The Aragona Project

Best Jazz
Jae Sinnett

Best R&B
The Fuzz Band

Best Broadcast Media Program
Out of the Box, WHRV-FM, Paul Shugrue

Best Music Video
Karl Werne, “Love and Fear”

Best Rock
Broken Mouth Annie

Best Live Performer
The Fuzz Band

Song of the Year
D*Nik, “Day & Night”

Album of the Year
The Pawn Shop Lifters, “Seven Songs of Sam”


One Response to “LMF: VEER Music Awards Wrap Up”

  1. Randy Williford says:

    So glad to see the Virginia Symphony didn’t get knocked off as Best Classical this year. Oh yeah, I forgot, they’ve been the only nominee for two years. Veer should drop the category if they can’t do better than that.

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