The 16th Annual Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards Ceremony takes the stage at Tebala Shrine Temple, 7901 Newburg Rd., Thursday, April 12. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $7 at the door, $5 in advance, available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St.; The Postal Shoppe, 1643 N. Alpine Rd., No. 104; and The Postal Shoppe, 2205 S. Perryville Rd.
The event will include live performances, the presentation of the Rockford Idol competition winner and an introduction by Frank Schier, editor & publisher of The Rock River Times and Rockford Area Music Industry co-founder (along with Bruce Hammond and Gary Wilmer). More info: ramiawards.com.
Performers include Bare Bones, Missing Links, Los Dragones, City of Rockford Pipe Band, Sweet Vermouth, The Sensations, Inspector Owl, Tres Elliott, Kelsey Wild and the 2007 Idol winner.
2007 RAMI award nominees
Acoustic RockAndy Spitson, Mike Owens, Ron Rainwater
BluesBarstool Bob Blues Band, Basement Blues Band, Brother K, Doug Furze, Ernie & the Po Boys, Steve Ditzell & Blue Lightning Band
Cabaret/BroadwayMy Time with Dennis Johnson, Broadway Bound, Mike Williamson Trio, Swing Productions
Choral GroupBach Chamber Choir, Kantorei, Mendelssohn Chorale, River City Sound Chorus, Rock Valley Choral, Womansong
ChristianCalvary Praise Band, Christian Fellowship Band, Faith Center Praise Band, m28, Sapphire Song, Silver
Classic RockHigher Ground, Midnight Hour, Presumed Innocent, Professional Noise, River City Band, The Crunchy Frogs, The Edge, The Newport Project, The Rockford Funk, The Sensations
Classical EnsembleKishwaukee Valley Concert Band, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Mendlessohn Chorale, Rockford Chamber Players, Rockford Chamber Players Brass Quintet, Rockford College Music Academy, Rockford Wind Ensemble
Classical InstrumentalistAminida Asher, Greg Sisler, Katherine Yun, Katie Schultz, Rebecca Asher
Contemporary JazzDean Moriarty Jazz Band, Frank Calvagna & Opan Jii, Laura Bayliss Jazz Trio, Rick Burns & Harlan Jefferson, Salva Me
Country/BluegrassChip Messiner, Hot Rod Hank & the Hollowbodies, Juelane & Gid-E-Yup, Silver Creek, Southern Heritage, Steve Stapler, Thunderheart
DJDJ Hype, DJ Jake the Snake, DJ Tre, Howard Bailey-Murray, Jason Healey, Mark Medina, Spinner, Steve Shannon
Folk/Solo PopBruce Hecht, Ken Curtis, Miles Nielsen, Ron Rawhoof, Sarah Ambramowitz, Starlite Radio
Funk/R&Bmaryann, Too Deep, Tres Elliot, Whalebone
GospelCarl Hanserd & Friends, Christian Jubilee Singers of Beloit, New Royal Travelers, Prime Minister, Renee Kent, Uneek, Visionzz of Love
Hard Rock/MetalAgnus Jackson, Hyde, Jaws of Life, One Little Sin, Reamer, Thunderpants
LatinoDragones, Escape, Galaxia, Los Aires de Guanajuato
Musical Outreach OrganizationBach Chamber Choir, Crossroads Blues Society, Keith School Music Department, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Phantom Regiment, Rockford College Music Academy, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra
New ActBurntside, Cocktail Party, DV8, DVS, Headtrip, Iron Cross, Nervous Kombine, Second Wind, Southview, The Aardvarks, The Usual Suspects, Vintage Vinyl, Without Return
New Rock7th Street Allstars, Chett, HMS, Spinderson, X51
OldiesMoon Dogs, Tabby & Mixed Company, Toad Soup
Pop/RetroCammis NRG, Fat Elvis, Prime Time Live Band, Radio Stars, The Stevee Nix, Trash 80s, U.S. Radio
Punk/Indie RockBikes Not Bombs, Egans Rats, Enter, Killer Apathy, Popeye Jonesin, The Braves, The Butcher the Vet, The Felix Culpa, The Moment
Rap/Hip-HopChris Sims, Horns & Halos, Hubblequest (Jeff Williams), Mutinous Mutt (Cullen Balch), Paradise, Problem Addict, Splitendz
Traditional JazzBill Doll Jazz Trio, Jodi Beach Trio, Ken Stein, Maxine Holler, Sweet Vermouth
World MusicJah Volunteers, One Drum, Pipes and Drums of Clan MacAlpine
from the April 11-17, 2007, issue