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 TechnicianPaul Lindsey
Studio Sound EngineerJeff Jeffro Lackscheide
Live Sound EngineerChris Mentzel
Stage ManagerChip Messiner
Recording StudioCrooked Post and Studio Zoom (tie)
Musical Outreach OrganizationCrossroads Blues Society
Choral GroupKantorei Singing Boys of Rockford
Classical EnsembleRockford College Music Academy
Classical InstrumentalistMichael Beart
New RockThe Snaggs
Hard Rock/MetalAgent Zero
Acoustic RockMike Owens
Classic RockClutch Cargo
Folk/Solo PopMiles Nielsen
Funk/R & BBig Daddy Woo Woo
Traditional JazzJodi Beach Trio
Contemporary JazzRick Burns and Harlan Jefferson
LatinoCardenas III Generacion
Contemporary ChristianThe Assemblymen
World MusicCity of Rockford Pipe Band
New ActBrett Vogel
Best SongBrett Vogel and Jonathan Miller, No Grace in Goodbye
Best ComposerFrank Calvanga, A Journey Through Castolon
Best AlbumThe Felix Culpa, Commitment
Outstanding AchievementSarah Kelly, Marin Mazzie, Jodi Benson
Community ServiceRockford Park District
Lifetime AchievementJulian 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 www.ramiawards.com.
From the April 27- May 3, 2005, issue