36th Annual REVIEW Music Awards Performance Schedule & Itinerary

Tickets Now on Sale for May 15th Celebration Happening at The Vault!

Posted In: Arts & Entertainment, ,   From Issue 929   By: Robert E Martin

28th April, 2022     0

All of us at The Review are excited and busily preparing for our 36th  Annual Review Music Awards Celebration that will be happening on Sunday, May 15th at The Vault (110 Florence St) in Saginaw from 5:00 - 11:30 PM, with doors opening at 4:00 PM. Tickets are only $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door and available by clicking this link.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, enjoy, and celebrate with 200 of their favorite regional musicians who have been nominated at this year’s 2022 festivities, spanning multiple genres of music ranging from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, and Alternative.

This annual celebration will also serve a dual function to commemorate the 43rd Anniversary of publishing Review Magazine, which delivered its first edition back on April 4th, 1979; which since its inception has kept 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 are only $15.00 in advance, and $20.00 at the door, or you can purchase a block of six table tickets for $70.00.  A Food Truck will be in service from Wonder Burger.    

36th  Annual Review Music Awards Program 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 35 years of The Review Music Awards.

5:00 - 5:10 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.

5:10 – 5:45 PM • The Robert Lee Revue 

Legendary award-winning guitarist/songwriter Robert Lee Balderrama (aka Bobby Balderrama) and renowned keyboardist Frank Rodriguez along with the formidable musicianship of Tom Barsheff on saxophone, wife Amy Balderrama on percussion, son Nick Balderrama on Rhythm Guitar, Jack Nash on bass, and Rudolph Levario on drums comprise the Robert Lee Revue - an amazing amalgamation that explores a dynamic range of musical nuance in the realm of ‘Smooth Jazz’. Since their inception the band has made amazing inroads showcasing their artistry and musicianship

5:45 - 6:00 PM • Jazz Awards

Best Male Vocalist • Best Female Vocalist • Best Jazz Songwriter • Best Jazz Musician • Best Small Combo • Best Big Band

6:00 - 6:35 PM • Carrie Westbay & Limelight

Carrie Westbay and her band Limelight, which features Thomas Rose (lead guitar), Pat Manke (bass), and John Kissel on drums, create and perform both classic and original Rock Music, Blues, and Americana with an edge. This year she released her new album, Nostalgia, which has earned rave reviews.  Known for her gritty and passionate original material coupled with faithful renditions of roadhouse favorites that she makes her own through claiming the layers of life’s experiences that have colored the texture of her powerful voice and focused her musical sensibilities, Carrie is a true ‘Journeywoman’ who works the four corners of Michigan

6:35 -  6:50 PM •  Country Awards

Best Country Video • Country Female Vocalist • Country Male Vocalist • Best Country Musician/Instrumentalist • Best Country Songwriter • Best Country Band

6:50 - 7:20 PM • MIZNXN

Singer/Songwriter Kora Nixon, who goes by the stage & professional name of MIZNXN, recorded her debut album of original compositions, titled 1220 with recording engineer Andy Reed in the midst of the Pandemic and has performed only a handful of shows in Saginaw and Bay City.  Her deeply confessional songs resonate with an austere and breathtaking beauty that sets the audience upon a journey to explore and untangle the deepest mysteries pulsating within the recess of her wounded, yet open and inviting heart, as she invites us to accompany her along for the ride.

7:20 - 7:45 PM • Miscellaneous Awards

Best Solo Artist • Best New Single Release • Best New Artist of the Year • Best Multi-Instrumentalist • Most Innovative Artist • Best Music Video • Best Live Streaming Performance • Best Duo • Best Weekly or Monthly Streaming Musical Series • Best Band Website • Best Recording Studio

7:45 - 8:20 PM • Odd Shaped Puzzle

With a new album of original material titled Odd Shaped Puzzle and armed with a fresh alliance of talent to render it, musician Aaron Johnson has created one of the most impressive and engaging listening experiences to emerge out of the local, regional, and national musical scenes over the past 18 months.  Johnson played lead guitar and was front-line vocalist with the band Sprout and the Orange for over 20 years. During that time he also maintained a solo career while doing performances with dozens of musicians across Michigan and has consistently won over the years several Review Music Awards, including Most Innovative Artist and Best Guitar Player.  Enlisting the talent of drummer Erik Friday and Justin Mangutz on bass, along with Barbarossa Brothers keyboardist Loren Kranz, with his newest outing Johnson has crafted together an amazing musical synergy with divergent tempos and textures - pieces of a puzzle that all  fit together to form an impressively breathtaking musical experience.

8:20 - 8:45 PM • Miscellaneous Awards Continued

Best Radio Station • Best Musical Fundraising Project • Best Sound Technician • Best Videographer • Best Live Streaming Production • Best Metal Band • Best New Album or CD Release • Best Alternative Band • Best Variety Band • Best Original Band

8:45 - 9:20 PM • The Rhett Yocom Blues Band

Rhett Yocom started playing guitar at age 15 when he got his first guitar from Larry McCray. Having spent many hours with his grandparents, he grew to love the sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s. But after hearing the Blues, he knew what he wanted to do. Featuring James Maarcet on Bass, Scott Causley on Drums, and Denny Fisk on Keyboards,  the group was voted Best Blues Band at last year’s 2021 REVIEW Music Awards and in 2020 Yocom was voted ‘Best Instrumentalist’ and ‘Best Vocalist’ in the Blues Division.

9:20 - 9:35 PM • Blues Awards

Best Blues Video • Female Blues Vocalist • Male Blues Vocalist • Blues Songwriter • Blues Instrumentalist • Best Funk Band • Best Blues Band

9:35 - 10:10 PM • LOXODON

Founded in 2018, Loxodon has quickly gained a foothold in the thriving Midwest music scene by providing their brand of old-is-new, new-is-no-limits rock fusion to audiences who have been starving for a hero to fill a void in an otherwise bleak cookie cutter musical landscape. With influences drawn from the well of vibrant and technical prog rockers such as Rush to the often more sentimental leanings of The Beatles to the driving hooks and harmonies of Queen, the band maintains a sound that is somehow familiar, yet fresh and exciting to every audience they perform for. Singer/guitarist Monty Day states, “Loxodon isn’t a band that stays still musically for very long.” Rounding out the remainder of Loxodon’s lineup is Joe Neminski on drums, bassist Rhett Yocom, and keyboardist Colton Ray. All four members are seasoned veterans in their respective music communities with the scars to prove it. Through their passion for the music as well as their bond with each other as a thriving bombastic musical juggernaut, Loxodon is poised to become the next reference point for other bands walking in their heavy footprints.

10:10 - 10:30 PM • Rock Awards

Best Rock Video • Best Rock Keyboardist • Rock Female Vocalist • Rock Male Vocalist • Best Rock Songwriter • Best Rock Drummer • Best Rock Bassist • Best Rock Guitarist • Best Rock Band

10:30 - 11:05 PM • We, the Infamous

Originating as the brainchild of frontman and guitarist William Patrick [Hystad] and Keyboardist Keenan J. Smith, who also serves as the band’s chief engineer, in the late summer of 2017, the pair had just left a different project and resolved to start anew. The  band soon added Deshawn ‘Spoon’ Witherspoon on Bass and Anthony ‘Tony B’ Burkhart on drums and the fire was ignited. The four piece would soon start playing shows locally and opening up regionally for some bigger names across Michigan blending a heady mix of Blues-infused Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul, Funk, and Hard Rock. Their influences include names like Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Bros, Otis Redding, The Black Crowes, and newer artists like Highly Suspect, MGMT, and The Marcus King Band.Since their inception they have recorded 2 Studio EPs, an unreleased full-length album and the band began recording a new studio LP in the winter/spring of 2022.

11:05 - 11:15 PM • Hip Hop Awards

Best Rap/Hip Hop Video • Best Promoter • Best DJ • Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year • Best Rap Hip Hop Songwriter 

 

 

 

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