RAMI Awards recognizes the best in the scene
By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer
Since 1991, when the RAMI Awards first premiered, the term has become a common reference among area musicians as the recognition for serious bands and performing artists. The 12th year in running, the 2003 RAMIs, Thursday, April 17, recognized this years recipients in the same style as always, with proper dues and appreciation. Organized by Howard Hall (of Dr. DeciBel) and Sharon Hall (of Illinois College of Medicine), the ceremony went off as well as usual this year at the Tebala Shrine Temple. Performances by Big Daddy Woo Woos Funk Revival, Cardenas III Generacion, 420, Jerusalem Baptist Choir, Jasmine Howell, Ladies of Jazz, Saya Cong OHara and Silver Creek with Dan Pitney graced the ceremony with live recognition for musical work.
And the winners are…
Harmony Riley New Rock
Agent Zero Hard Rock/Metal
Acoustic Millennium Band Acoustic Rock
Toad Soup Oldies
Clutch Cargo Classic Rock
Magnum Opus Punk/Ska
Orange Jam Band
Adrien Rivera Rap/Hip Hop
DJ Justin DJ
Jonathan Kuss and The Corporation New Act
Robin Banks RAMI for Pop/Retro
Ron Rainwater Folk/ Solo Pop
Thunder Heart Country/Bluegrass
Blues Hawks Blues
Big Daddy Woo Woos Funk Revival Funk/R&B Dan Volls Combo Loco Contemporary Jazz
Cardenas III Generacion Latino
Anavox Contemporary Christian.
Jodi Beach Trio Traditional Jazz.
New Royal Travelers Gospel.
City of Rockford Pipe Band World Music
Becky Asher Classical Instrumentalist
Rockford Area Youth Symphony Classical Ensemble.
River City Sound Chorus Choral Group.
Andy Fiduccia Lighting Technician
Joel Geist and Dwayne Barker (tie) Studio Sound Engineer.
Chris Mentzel Live Sound Engineer
Chip Messinger Stage Manager
Studio Zoom Recording Studio
Rockford Symphony Orchestra Musical Outreach Organization
Dorothy Paige Turner Lifetime Acheivement
My Song is You, by Jodi Beach and Jalisacas Lament by Cozmic Donkey nabbed (in a tie) the Song of the Year Award. Beachs trio can be caught at Cliffbreakers Martini Room every Friday night, and Cozmic Donkey plays at almost every bar or venue in this town, especially Marys Place. Check the music calendar. Which reminds me, when will there be a RAMI for the best music venue in town? My vote would go to either Big Cities for their versatility in selection, or Kryptonite for being the one club in town able to snatch up international acts while promoting the local scene.
Hours and Ours by Ken Curtis and Plus Tax (Joel Geist & Jimmy Johnson, engineers; and Rick Pemberton, producer) received the Album of the Year Award, while Harlan Jefferson and Studio B Digital Recording were announced as the new Hall of Fame Inductees. E. Faye Butler, Stephen Powers and The Phantom Regiment were awarded for Outstanding Achievement. TRRT boss-man Frank Schier was recognized by the Critics Choice for Community Service as partial atonement for not accrediting him earlier, since he stepped down from the committee as co-founder of the RAMI awards. Pete Satchmo Gianquinto, also known as Quinto, won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the performance and promotion of local music.
The 2003 scholarship winner was Karen Craig, a senior at Guilford High School who plans on becoming a high school orchestra director. The 2003 AM Music Scholarship was awarded to Kristen Richards, a senior at Lutheran High School who plays the piano and oboe. She intends on using the money received to attend Northern Illinois School of Music.
As always, there were some groups in town that somehow didnt receive the vote count they should have had. Perhaps next time around, more people can submit their ballots and actually make an attempt to support the scene. Regardless, not a single winner recognized at the ceremony didnt deserve their award, and The Rock River Times would like to congratulate every RAMI Award winner for their dedication and hard work in the local music scene. Good, job everyone, keep it coming!