Capital Area Music Awards Are Cancelled

The 2014 Cammys are cancelled.

The Capital Area Music Awards – trying out the new nickname “the Cammys” – are no more.

After an inaugural celebration at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park in November of 2013 (back when they were nicknamed the Jammys), the second annual event was scheduled to take place at The Linda in Albany at 5pm on Sunday, January 25.

“We’re working hard to present a night of musical community,” the event’s organizer Dan Coler said on the Cammys’ website.

But on Wednesday night (December 17) – two days after the nominees had been scheduled to be announced – Greg Gamache, another of the Cammys’ organizers, posted the following on the event’s Facebook page:

Due to a lack of support from our music community, it is with a heavy heart that we announce this years 2014 Capital Area Music Awards, scheduled for January 25, 2015, has been cancelled. We truly appreciate the support of so many people in the development stage. It is our sincere hope that someday we may join together for a night of musical community and unite as one! If you have purchased advanced tickets, refunds are available where tickets were purchased.

  1. Jam Head says

    Small loss..this was a pretty self serving effort–especially be one of the organizers in particular.

    Now for a history question:
    There used to be a LEGIT local music awards event every year…right?
    Refresh my memory on what that was called?

  2. Alan Kaiser says

    This is pretty sad…but not unexpected, considering the fierce completion among most bands and musicians who are constantly vying for a venue. I hate to say this, but I will. Unfortunately, the majority of fellow musicians I know tend to feel that each one of them is the best at (instrument, song written, etc.) and it reminds me of a bunch of cats and dogs fighting. The more venues that close up, the greater this problem becomes. I’ve made a ton of videos of bands’ gigs, and only ONCE did a member of a band even buy me a beer. Yes, they don’t make a fortune, but gee, if every band member chipped in, wow…they’d each have to pull 50-75 cents out of their own pocket. They moan how much they have invested in equipment, BUT I do, too! No more freebies for them. I’m done.

  3. Capital Area Musician says


    This thing was an absolute joke from the get-go. This nonsense couldn’t possibly be more of a self-serving self-aggrandizing masturbatory experience for the massive egos who expect you to show up.

    Glad to see it’s cancelled due to lack of interest.

  4. Vinny N. says

    The Terrorists Win!!!

  5. Kev Brock says

    Yeah, that’s real professional to publicly blame everyone else in the first sentence of Gamache’s post. They have no one else to blame but themselves. Most bands around this area don’t have time for silly award shows. They are all out there doing their own thing. Playing their music and their gigs. I’m glad this area did the smart thing and ignored this silly event. Good riddance. Rock on!!!! \m/



    In my hotel room here in Boston, I watched the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions yesterday. It was an interesting and wonderful affair. It’s interesting to note that one of the Kiss members threw out that the nominations should be by the public and not by committee. A very democratic approach, but flawed. The most popular bands or individuals of the moment, if that is the case, will always win- often with huge publicity machines pushing it through. It’s not often the case in award ceremonies that those that really have something to say or are the most deserving of acknowledgement win. If there was a committe of people in the local “industry” that are not working musicians- club owners, press, stage hands, lighting directors, club managers, radio DJs, etc. who each filled out a computerized ballot and chose the 10 best regional artists/bands as nominations then we could select the 10 groups, bands or individual performers in several catagories by the most votes and they would be awarded something. That’s flawed too, but less so. (Metroland has been doing stuff like that for years in two catagories, public and critics polls.) The last thing is that an organization needs to host it at a place with merit. Then it might work.

  7. Jam Head says

    Well put Mr P
    A good case study of how this works well is the Boston Music Awards.

  8. Greg says

    Jam Head,

    In response to your original question, I’m not sure if this is what you’re referring to, but there was a non-profit organization back in the mid-’90 called the Capital Area Music Association. They never hosted a best-of-the-year awards ceremony, but they did host two CAMA Hall of Fame Induction Awards shows.

    The inaugural event was held at The Egg in 1995 inducting Blotto, Nick Brignola, Lena Spencer, Charlene Shortsleeve, John F. Carabella and Ernie Williams. The second induction ceremony was held at the College of St. Rose’s St. Joseph Auditorium, and the inductees were Eddie Angel, Rory Block, Craig Dory & Brian Levine, Ruth Pelham, the McKrells and Lee Shaw.

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