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The Jammies XI Recap: celebrating local music and community

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Donations from Jammies attendees

Donations from Jammies attendees /nicolelarae's iPhone

The 11th Annual WYCE Jammie Awards have come and gone, and there are so many great memories from the night.  Nearly 1,200 Grand Rapidians came together to celebrate local music and to give back to their community.

The awards ceremony did not change much from last year.  It was held again at The Intersection, there were 25 acts on 2 stages and many attendees dressed in their "jammies."  However this year, WYCE held a food and clothing drive to benefit Feeding America West Michigan and In The Image.  Nearly 70 bags of food and 100 bags of clothes were donated!  Thank you, Grand Rapids!

The talent was diverse and notable. Nominations and awards were given out to local musicians who released an album in 2009.  And the results are:

Best Local Album of 2009
Drew Nelson - Dusty Road to Beulah Land
Best Song
"Waiting for the Sun" - Drew Nelson
Best Contemporary Album
Sweet Japonic - Where My Devils Go
Best Traditional Album
An Dro - The Turn
Best Instrumental Album
Paucity - Deer Bird Bear Ship
Best Alternative Album
Chance Jones - The Incident at Primrose and West
Best Jam/Funk Album
Nomo - Invisible Cities
Best Male Solo Artist
Michael Riley - Michael Riley EP
Best Female Solo Artist
May Erlewine - Love Labor
Best Record Label
Earthwork Music
Best New Solo Artist
Greg Nagy - Walk That Fine Thin Line
Best New Group (tie!)
Cookie Bumstead
The Fainting Generals
Best Blues Album
Thirsty Perch Blues Band - Meet the Thirsty Perch Blues Band
Best Jazz Album
Groove Merchant - Groove Merchant
Listeners' Choice Best New Artist
Bowery
Listeners' Choice Best Album
Bowery - Our Love is a Ghost

Thank you to all who helped make The Jammies XI the best one yet!

 

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