ROCKFORD — Rockford Area Music Industry Inc. recently announced the 2017 RAMI Award winners.
The People’s Choice awards and winners are: Radio Station, Real Rock Radio 104.9 The X; Special Event, Byronfest; Artist of the Year, Back Country Roads; Favorite Venue, Whiskey’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill.
The Association awards and winners are: Acoustic Rock/Folk — Cover, Three Good Men; Acoustic Rock/Folk — Original, Paul Bronson; Blues, tie between Harpo’s Revue and Justin “Boots” Gates; Christian/Gospel, Tania Nicholson; Classic Rock/Retro, Shifty Shafer; Country/Bluegrass, Olivia Dvorak; Female Vocalist — Jazz, Funk/R&B, Gina Meeks; Female Vocalist — Rock, Pop, Country, Melissa Ridgeway; Funk/R&B, Can’t Touch This; Hard Rock/Metal — Cover, KillBourn; Hard Rock/Metal — Original, On My Six; Indie/Alternative, Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts; Lighting Technician; Laura Walton; Live Sound Engineer, Russ Kutak; Male Lead Vocalist — Jazz, Funk/R&B, Arik Jenkins; Male Vocalist — Rock, Pop, Country, Zach DeCarlo; Music Teacher — Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (Pop/Rock), Jill Tartaglia; Music Teacher — Strings, Horns, Vocals (Jazz/Classical), Joel Ross; Pop, Minimal; Rap/Hip Hop, Xen; Recording Studio, The Midwest Sound; Rockabilly, Dirty Fishnet Stockings; Stagehand/Rigger, Jamie Veldman; Stage Manager, Chris Smith; Studio Sound Engineer, Daniel James McMahon; Traditional Jazz, tie between Frank Calvagna and The Groove Hotel; and Tribute Band, Sunset Strip.
Two albums earned the Critic’s Choice Album of the Year Award: “Heavy Metal” produced by Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts and recorded at The Midwest Sound; and “Grain of the Sky” produced by Starlite Radio and recorded at Vibehouse Productions.
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