All of us at The Review are excited and busily preparing for our 33rd Annual Review Music Awards Celebration at LumberBaron’s Brewery, which will be held on Sunday, April 14th from 5 PM – Midnight and staged in their beautiful Genevieve Ballroom, which is located at 804 E. Midland Street in Bay City. Doors will open at 4:00 PM and the public is welcomed to attend and celebrate the talents of hundreds of regional musicians spanning multiple genres of music!
This annual celebration will also serve a dual function to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of publishing Review Magazine, which delivered its first edition back on April 4th, 1979; and is focused upon honoring the creative, talented and committed musical artists & individuals that cultivate the creative spirit and nurture the musical soul that defines and distinguishes the unique musical sound of our region.
It is the only awards ceremony of its kind that connects people, audiences and artists together insofar as the public at large determines the honorees & recipients. But most importantly, the single purpose of this ceremony is to bring greater community, statewide, and national recognition to local talent, which we feel has a rich history of being one of the strongest in the state, and giving it the proper notoriety and attention that it deserves.
Guest personalities, cultural, and community leaders will assist in handing out awards the night of the ceremony, while a strong list of regional performers will headline this year’s show with live performances.
Tickets for this year’s 33rd Annual Review Music Awards are only $15.00 in advance, and $20.00 at the door, or you can purchase a block of six table tickets for $65.00. A dining menu will be available for all attending and advance tickets are now on sale at the locations noted on the back page display ad in this edition of The Review. Plus, you can order tickets online at Eventbrite.com by clicking this link:
33rd Annual Review Music Awards Schedule & Itinerary
4:00 – 5:00 PM – Video Highlights • Journey Through the Past
A retrospective of musical history in the making that spans performance highlights and special moments from the past 32 years of The Review Music Awards.
5:00 - 5:15 PM – Opening Remarks
Review Magazine Publisher & Editor Robert E. Martin welcomes nominees and attendees and recaps the voting procedure utilized for this year’s celebration.
5:15 – 6:00 PM • The Saginaw Elite Big Band
Comprised of musicians that are experienced veterans of local concert, variety and swing/ballroom dance bands that have performed in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region over the last 25 years, this remarkable group is a 15- piece band comprised of 10 horn players (saxes, trumpets & trombones) a 4-member rhythm section (bass, guitar, keyboard & drums) and our premiere vocalist Dena Pruitt. Each member of the band carries a semi-professional performing resume which includes the variety of ensembles mentioned above. The Saginaw Elite Big Band will cover and perform music pieces ranging from jazz to high energy swing and ballroom dance standards.
The band was formed with the intent to provide only the best arrangements of music – performed by the best musicians in the area! The group consists of Alto Sax – Jon Van Regenmorter & Dan Smith; Baritone Sax – Tim Burgess; Trumpet - Archie Sawyer. Bill Howard, John Rickert; Trombone - Matt Wicke, Kristy Keenan, Lenny Benitez; Keyboard – Troy Kiel; Guitar – Matthew Corrigan; Bass – Terry Newman; Drums – Jordan 'Chuck' Edwards
6:00 - 6:15 PM • Jazz Awards
Favorite Jazz Club • Best Male Vocalist • Best Female Vocalist • Best Jazz Songwriter • Best Jazz Musician • Best Small Combo • Best Big Band
6:15 - 6:50 PM • Billy Gunther
Formerly a member of the award-winning Country-Rock hybrid Tweed & Dixie, tonight Billy will be performing original material from his newly recorded project with producer Andy Reed. Accompanying Billy will be drummer Dalton Thomas; bassist Ricky Ford; and utility player Kevin Rousse.
6:50 - 7:15 PM • Country Awards
Best Country Video • Favorite Country Club • Best Country Musician • Male Country Vocalist • Female Country Vocalist • Country Songwriter • Best Country Band
7:15 – 7:50 PM • ADABOY!
This original Alternative Pop/Rock band strives to perform music that moves you through emotion, mind and/or spirit. ADABOY! is comprised of Steve Bennett on drums, Joe Balbaugh on bass, Jake Voisine on lead guitar and Mike Richards on Rhythm Guitar. Former Recipients of the 2016 RMA for Best New Band and Best Album Release, this group is made up of musicians from different backgrounds, but with a commonality of creating something new and exciting.
7:50 - 8:15 PM • Miscellaneous Awards
Best Bartender • Best Waitress • Best Recording Studio • Best Videographer • Best Music Video • Best Band Website • Best Sound Technician • Best Radio Station • Best Music Festival • Best Live Event of the Year
8:15 – 8:50 PM • The FOR (Friends of Rosco) Collective
Rosco Selley has been a fixture on the mid-Michigan music scene for a few decades now, working with such notable groups as Blues Controversy and Maybe August. Tonight’s line-up consists of Donny Brown (drums); Loren Kranz (keyboards); Mike Robertson & Scott VanDell (guitars); Andy Reed (bass); Jen Cass, Amy Petty, Michelle O’Neil and J.D. Dominowski (vocals) and harmonica (Rosco Selley). The FOR Collective grew out of Rosco’s desire to assemble a group of A-Class musicians and guest vocalists to match with original songs that he wrote, developed specifically with each vocalist in mind. The results have been outstanding, including an incredible original release, which is a stunning achievement. We hope you enjoy!
8:50 - 9:15 PM • Miscellaneous Awards Continued
Best New Artist of the Year • Best Concert/Album or Project • Most Innovative Artist • Best Solo Artist • Best Americana Duo • Best Duo • Best Multi-Instrumentalist • Best CD Release • Best Alternative Band • Best Metal Band • Best Variety Band • Best Original Band
9:05 - 9:40 PM • Soul X-Press
Soul X-Press is a rambunctious 7 piece funk/soul band that features a line-up of respected musicians, including: Scott VanDell (lead & rhythm guitars); Ron Stapleton (bass & vocals); Dan Lewandowski (sax & flute); John Rickert (trumpet, trombone); Clarence Dottery (drums & vocals); and Lavel Jackson (vocals). The bands’ mastery
of soul music stems from absorbing the real deal of years of experience. Members of the group have performed or
opened with artists such as the Commodores, KC & the Sunshine Band, Rare Earth, Otis Day & the Knights, War,
The Dramatics, Bobby Byrd, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, as well as Rock Legends such as Bad Company, Edgar Winter, Foghat and Davy Jones. Soul Xpress is an exciting live act that ignites crowds with their exceptional showmanship and funky grooves.
.9:40 - 10:00 PM • Blues Awards
Favorite Blues Club • Best Blues Video • Female Blues Vocalist • Male Blues Vocalist • Blues Songwriter • Blues Instrumentalist • Best Funk Band • Best Blus Band
10:00 – 10:35 PM • Audrey Burne
Audrey Burne began as a recording project between guitarist Rayce Ribble and vocalist Lilith Gates, when the two wanted to create post-punk influenced music. Ribble and Gates quickly realized their sessions could evolve into a full act, and brought on Piper LD on bass and Rob Conway on drums. The band replaced him with local metal drummer Kal Welser (also of Triangulations) and are now working on their full album inspired by 80’s and 90’s darkwave, goth, and alternative rock. Audrey Burne continues to play regularly in Michigan local venues, keeping live music thriving with their spooky sounds
10:45 – 11:05 PM • Rock Awards
Best Rock Video • Favorite Rock Club • Rock Keyboardist • Female Rock Vocalist • Male Rock Vocalist • Best Rock Songwriter • Rock Bassist • Rock Drummer • Rock Guitarist • Best Rock Band
11:05 - 11:35 PM • Spitzer
Mike Spitz (aka Spitzer) brings a unique raw emotion and real life perspective into his work that is difficult to find in the manufactured mythology of today’s music industry. With this latest release (Best You Never Heard) Spitzer achieves a much deeper intensity of understanding, placement, and wisdom with his music, which weaves a connection to salvation through lyrics that map a musical odyssey grounded by fundamental values of family, self-respect, and faith in those that shape worlds looking beyond that of narrow self-interest. Joining him will be co-creators, Shawn Yancer, Kyle Mayer and Cory Peterson.
11:35 - Midnight • Rap & Hip-Hop Awards
Best Promoter • Best Rap/Hip Hop Video • Best Producer • Best DJ • Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year • Best Songwriter • Best Performer
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