The Cammys Are Coming! The Cammys Are Coming…
Last year, Dan Coler of the Tier One Talent Group launched the Capital Area Live Music Awards, honoring Local 518 musicians and bands with an inaugural awards show at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park.
The event was described by the organizers as “an evening of awards honoring music artists from all genres who perform in the greater Albany, NY region. Our area’s version of the Grammys, we like to call the Jammys.”
Well, they’re coming back for a sophomore year… with several changes.
First of all, the name of the event has been shortened to the Capital Area Music Awards (although it is not related to the Capital Area Music Association, which operated in the Local 518 for several years in the mid-to-late ’90s). Secondly, the nickname has been changed from the Jammys to the Cammys. The awards show has also relocated from Trick Shot Billiards to The Linda in Albany. And the date of the event has been pushed back from November to Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 5pm.
The nomination and selection processes have changed, as well. Last year, fans were invited to submit nominations and then the winners were selected by an anonymous panel. But this year, the bands/musicians themselves are being asked to submit their own nomination, a panel will select the finalists for each category, and the fans will vote to select the winners.
Here’s how it’s slated to work:
Beginning on Wednesday, October 15, bands and musicians can submit a link or a music sample directly to the official Capital Area Music Awards website for consideration by the Nomination Panel, which will consist of “local promoters, venue owners, talent buyers, media, and self-described music nuts. Only bands/musicians based in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Warren counties are eligible. The deadline for for nomination submissions is Sunday, November 30.
The Nomination Panel will then determine the final nominees in each of the 14 different musical genre categories (down from 27 categories last year).
On Monday, December 15, the final ballots will be posted to the website, and fans will be invited to vote for their favorite in each category. Fans can also vote for two People’s Choice Awards – Favorite Artist/Band and Favorite Music Venue. The deadline for fan voting is Sunday, January 15.
Held at 5pm on Sunday, January 25, the awards show will feature live performances by six bands and musicians from the Local 518, a multi-media projection show and, of course, the awards ceremonies, which will also include honorary awards for Lifetime Achievement and the Hall of Fame. Tickets for the awards show are $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door. In addition, there will be a pre-show sushi dinner reception, as well as an official after-party.
GO HERE for a recap of the 2013 Capital Area Live Music Awards show, as well as a complete list of last year’s nominees and award winners…