Madison Area Music Association Annual Awards
On June 22nd, The Madison Area Music Association hosted it’s 11th annual awards show. The premier music event in Madison, WI is held each June and recognizes local talent. One hundred percent of the proceeds are used to buy instruments for kids. I have been involved with the The MAMA for 10 years and am so proud to be part of this incredible music community.
Please see the full list of winners at Madison Area Music Awards 2014 Winners.
The Jimmys, of Monticello, WI were the big winners of the night. They won 6 Madison Area Music Association awards in the Blues Perfomer, Blues Song, Bassist, Brass, Keyboardist and the big one, Artist of the Year. An 8-piece blues band featuring the brilliant keyboard chops of Voegeli, they have garnered worldwide praise for their powerhouse Chicago Blues style. The horn section is simply one of the best ever assembled anywhere. The rhythm section of John Wartenweiler and Mauro Magellan (Georgia Satelittes) is as steady as a metronome and guitarist Perry Weber is the definition how the blues should be played.
Sexy Ester, took home 4 awards. They are fronted by the sugar vocals of Lyndsay Evans whose command of the stage brings fans to their feet wherever they play. The band is extremely tight, the songwriting is outstanding and their crowds are getting bigger and bigger with each passing year. As Madison’s envoy in Bandswap, Sexy Ester traveled to Ft. Collins, Colorado last year and brought many new fans into their fold. They dominated the Alternative category winning Song, Album and Performer while adding a win in the Rock Song category with The Hotness.
Harmonius Wail is a contagious mix of gypsy swing and jazz who astonish their listeners with jaw-dropping vocal and instrumental performances. In addition to winning the first ever Best Packaging Award, they swept the Jazz category taking home the Song, Album and Performer trophies. Fronted by the captivating vocals of Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, the remarkable multi-instrumental skills of Sims Delaney-Potthoff and the versatile master bass playing of Jeff Weiss, they are regulars on NPR and many festivals around the world.
The multi-styled Graminy is known for their ability to play just about anything. They took home the awards for Classical Song, Classical Album, Speciality Instrument (Chris Wagoner) and Strings (Mary Gaines.) This group is one of the most well respected ensembles in the Madison area is known for their improvisation skills and rapid changes in their music. Their music is based on ecological themes and it’s not unusual to hear Copland, Gershwin, Celtic, native American and Klezmer selections in their song list.
Another 4 time winner at Sunday’s show was newcomer Annabel Lee. New to the Madison music scene, her style is a fusion of Electronic, R&B and Hip Hop and her stage performance is engaging and energetic. She recently won the Madison Area Music Association’s first ever Battle of the Bands competition earning her the right to perform at the annual show. Clearly a crowd favorite, she won the MAMA awards for Female Vocalist, Pop/R&B Album, Electronic Performer and Electronic Song. She is definitely a young artist to watch.
So much talent, so well deserved.
Congrats to everyone!
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