Area musicians honored at 14th Annual RAMIs

The Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI)Awards celebrated their 14th year April 21 at Tebala Shrine Temple in Rockford. The RAMIs recognize the outstanding achievements of area musicians and friends of music, as judged by their peers.

Following is a list of award winners honored at the April 21 event:

Lighting Technician—Paul Lindsey

Studio Sound Engineer—Jeff “Jeffro” Lackscheide

Live Sound Engineer—Chris Mentzel

Stage Manager—Chip Messiner

Recording Studio—Crooked Post and Studio Zoom (tie)

Musical Outreach Organization—Crossroads Blues Society

Choral Group—Kantorei Singing Boys of Rockford

Classical Ensemble—Rockford College Music Academy

Classical Instrumentalist—Michael Beart

New Rock—The Snaggs

Hard Rock/Metal—Agent Zero

Acoustic Rock—Mike Owens

Classic Rock—Clutch Cargo

Oldies—Moon Dogs

Pop/Retro—Robin Banks

Folk/Solo Pop—Miles Nielsen

Country/Bluegrass—Slick Nickel

Blues—Blues Hawks

Funk/R & B—Big Daddy Woo Woo

Traditional Jazz—Jodi Beach Trio

Contemporary Jazz—Rick Burns and Harlan Jefferson

Jam Band—Orange

Latino—Cardenas III Generacion

Rap/Hip-Hop—Split Endz

DJ—Steve Shannon

Contemporary Christian—The Assemblymen

Gospel—Prime Minister

World Music—City of Rockford Pipe Band

New Act—Brett Vogel

Best Song—Brett Vogel and Jonathan Miller, “No Grace in Goodbye”

Best Composer—Frank Calvanga, “A Journey Through Castolon”

Best Album—The Felix Culpa, “Commitment”

Outstanding Achievement—Sarah Kelly, Marin Mazzie, Jodi Benson

Community Service—Rockford Park District

Lifetime Achievement—Julian DeLuna, Richard “Dickie” Burgess, Lois Peterson.

The RAMI celebration featured performances by The City of Rockford Pipe Band, Cellobration, Los Aires de Guanajuato, Jodi Beach Trio & Friends, The Heavils & Co., Off Road with special guest Leina Ala, The Rockford Guitar Trio, Madeline Herdeman and Brant Cox. Harlan Jefferson & A Whole Lotta Soul were scheduled to perform, but did not appear. Beth Ann Veale filled in for the group.

For more information about the RAMIs, visit

From the April 27- May 3, 2005, issue

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