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2021 REVIEW Music Awards Happening Sunday, May 16th!

Over the expanse of this past difficult year filled with empty stages and both audiences and artists yearning to connect and engage once again in a live physical environment, The REVIEW is both pleased and excited to announce that this year’s 35th Annual REVIEW Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration will be happening this year at the newly opened live concert venue The VAULT on Sunday, May 16th! Doors will open at 4:00 PM and the Awards Celebration will run from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

 

With two floors,  a 32 foot stage, in-house state-of-the-art sound & light system, over six service bars, and the ability to accommodate over 700 people, we will be able to safely conduct this year’s awards ceremony in a socially distanced manner by limiting attendance to the current restricted capacity of 300 attendees.

 

This annual celebration promises to be the entertainment extravaganza of theyear where we celebrate and gather to honor the expansive range of musical artistry populating the Great Lakes Bay Region with their creativity and talent.

 

Since its inception, the Review Music Awards has brown in both stature and recognition throughout the state of Michigan, presenting an exceptional evening where we turn the spotlight on our area’s top musical artists in genres of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Hip-Hop and Alternative music as determined by readers and fans throughout the region.

 

The nomination and voting for the 2021 Awards Celebration was conducted between January & February of this year and a total of 584 musicians & groups in the Great Lakes Bay Region were nominated with a total of 2,854 people casting their votes.  Only the top five nominees in each division moved on from the nomination round to the final round, where the winners will be announced at this year’s awards celebration.

 

Invitations for this year’s awards celebration will be going out to nominees around the middle of April and approximately 150 tickets will be available for purchase.

 

In addition to local personalities and guest presenters handing out trophies to the winners of over 60 different categories, guest performers at this year’s 35th Annual REVIEW Music Awards will consist of the following:

 

• The Legal Matters. This dynamic Power Pop Trio isn’t just a band, it’s a meeting of the minds of three notable figures: Keith Klingsmith, Andy Reed, and Chris Richards. After first coming together back in 2013, the group is poised to release their third album of original material titled Chapter 3, which also features the talents of their unofficial 4th member, Donny Brown, former co-founding member of The Verve Pipe. Possessing strong vocal harmonies and influences ranging from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, and even the Everly Brothers, the group distills all these influences in a manner that is still original and distinct, possessing a group sound that is anything but derivative, therefore forging a new creative sound in the process.

 

The D.A.B. Band. David Asher Band is the Roots Reggae Rock project of former co-founder of The PROCESS, vocalist/songwriter/guitarist David Asher and Friends. It is the culmination of years honing the sounds and soul of island music that has been embraced by music fans across the globe for decades. Asher has worked with numerous Reggae Legends over the years including Adrian Sherwood, Dub producer The Scientist, Lee Scratch Perry, Little Axe and many other musical luminaries. DAB's new album features two mixes done at On-U Sound studios in England, and the CD includes two additional bonus tracks mixed by Adrian Sherwood. It also features guitarist David Ivory, drummer Derrick Davis, and bassist William Petzold,

 

• Marsupial Creampie. Consisting of Amelia Jo on vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, and bass; vocalist and trumpet player Andy Hahn; Lennard Zimmerman on electric guitar; and drummer/percussionist Terry Poirier, this award-winning group first formed together as a band seven years ago when they converged to nurture and incubate a unique mix of musical ideas that created an innovative hybrid sound that blends Electro-Acoustic Reggae Pop infused lyrically with an expressive and tasty blend of Soul and Hip-Hop sensibilities. Their debut album Pass It On was just released in 2020 and is up for several awards at this year’s ceremony.

 

• Kalysta. With a message and focus that reach beyond her youthful age, newcomer Kalysta Sylvester is revitalizing a soulful reflection of American musical history. This 21-year old songstress finds her inspiration in the deep grooves of Motown Era Funk and Soul, while also embracing the elegance and class of the ‘Big Band’ era; infusing the entire mix with the passion and energy of Latin and Pop crossover, while keeping her heart beating to the expressiveness of contemporary R&B.   She recently signed a management contract with Grammy Award winning Greta VanFleet’s former long-time manager, Michael Barbee, which has fueled her career with calendar tour dates she is set to perform across the Midwest, while she is also preparing for production of her upcoming EP.

 

• Konebra Kai. When it comes down to women who know how to rock, this all-female rock and roll posse and truly the leaders of the pack. Consisting of Nikki Lynn on vocals, Cheryl Lyons on guitar & vocals, Amber Foster on drums, and Robyn Grimsley on bass and vocals, this group secured last year’s honor as ‘Best Rock Band’ at the 34th Annual Review Music Awards, so we are proud and happy be showcasing them at this year’s celebration.

 

• The Family Tradition Band. This group was formed in 2015 and is one of Michigan's Premier Country Rock Bands. Their members are spread across the whole great state of Michigan from Bay City all the way down to down river Detroit and features former/current national touring musicians. The band lineup also consists of many of the original country elements that gives country music its "pulse" including fiddle, banjo and slide guitar. This mixed with their new aged guitar driven sound with classic country roots, true 3 part vocal harmonies and a rock solid rhythm section, gives them that authenticity that can't be replicated

 

• Haley & the Sound Poets. Formed two years ago and featuring the talents of songwriter & vocalist Haley Ann Dorian, guitarist Jeff Scott, drummer Bill Link, and REVIEW publisher Robert Martin on keyboards, collectively this group deliver an eclectic musical experience; with the combination of ear-catching originals and favorite covers spanning multiple genres and ages.  Their original Grey Skies was nominated for ‘Best Single’ and ‘Best Video’ in the 2021 awards and the group is also up for ‘Best New Artist’.

 

A ‘Brush’ with Jazz & Blues. This special collaborative segment will feature the talents of multi-award winning composer, pianist, and vocalist Michael Brush, along with drummer/vocalist Tom Dolson and a star-studded litany of guest musicians.

 

Tickets will be only $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, or you can purchase a table of six tickets for $70.00.  Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 12th, and be available online through Eventbrite.com as well as at the following physical locations:

 

SAGINAW

Review Magazine • White’s Bar • Records & Tapes Galore • Oppermann’s Cork & Ale (Bay City & Midland) • The Listening Room • The Vault

 

BAY CITY: 

Electric Kitsch • Herter Music  • Puff Dispensary • Voodoo Tattoo

 

MIDLAND:

Lil’ Bighorn Music • Radio Wasteland • Tim Boychuck’s State Farm Insurance

Here is the list of nominees.  If you were nominated be sure to send your mailing address to robert.review@gmail.com so your invitations can be sent.

Miscellaneous

Best Metal Band
Nominees : 3
A Silver Lining
Silverspork
Orc

Best Musical Fundraising Project
Nominees : 3
Echoes - Remembering the Music of Tom Petty
Hidden Harvest Carols - 3rd Street Star Bridge
Caspa da Ghost

Best Sound Technician
Nominees : 4
Robyn Bailey-Grimsley
Carey Limberg
Kari Pride-Helm
Mike Mariucci

Best Live Streaming Production
Nominees : 3
Andy Dalton
SessionsLive.com/KrisPrideMuaic
Pickin’ In The Kitchen

Best Videographer
Nominees : 10
Don Hessell
Kari Pride-Helm
Amelia Jo
Thor Rasmussen
Jason Baker

Best Radio Station
Nominees : 10
WUCX 90.1 FM
Classic Rock I-92 - 92.1 FM WIDL
94.5 The Moose
106.3
Z93! The Rock Station

Best Recording Studio
Nominees : 11
Papa Doc Studios
Reed Recording Company
Kris Pride
Flatlander Audio Recording
Maddog Entertainment

Best Band Website
Nominees : 11
www.scottbakermusic.com
www.kalystaofficial.com
www.toddmichaelband.com
www.DonaldBenjaminOfficial.com
www.thefiresidewake.com

Best New Album or CD Release
Nominees : 12
Marsupial Creampie - Pass It On
Brightyn Jude- Synesthesia
Amy Petty - The Darkness of Birds
In The Light- Winaschnitzel
Silverspork - Con

Best Weekly or Monthly Streaming Musical Series
Nominees : 13
The No Request Hour with Andy Dalton
Mary Jane Thomas
Pickin’ in the Kitchen
Kris Pride
Todd Michael Band

Best Alternative Band
Nominees : 13
Loud Thoughts
Audrey Burne
Winaschnitzel
The Songbirds
The Mercurials
The Fireside Wake

Best Duo
Nominees : 14
The Bonnevilles
The Songbirds
Melissa May & Brian Coonan
Todd Michael and Pete Johnson
Winaschnitzel

Best Live Streaming Performance
Nominees : 14
Bob Hughes Music
Scott Baker
Mary Thomas
Kris Pride
Kalysta
Andy Dalton
Winaschnitzel

Best Variety Band
Nominees : 14
Electric Machete
Road Dawgz Band
The Songbirds
Catfood Sandwich
KoneBra Kai
Marsupial Creampie

Best Music Video
Nominees : 15
Gray - Matt De Heus
Pay Check - The Fireside Wake
Gone - Matt de Heus
Can’t Get Enough (feat. Fling) - Kalysta
Grey Skies - Haley & the Sound Poets (Directed by Amelia Jo)
Water Is Life by Kris Pride

Most Innovative Artist
Nominees : 15
Donald Benjamin
Todd Michael Band
Kris Pride
Andy Dalton
The Mercurials

Best Multi-Instrumentalist
Nominees : 15
Tyler Hughey
Kris Pride
Andy Dalton
Brightyn Jude
Steven Schnettler

Best New Artist of the Year
Nominees : 16
Haley & the Sound Poets
Brightyn Jude
Kalysta
Tyler Hughey
Piano With Mary Thomas

Best New Single Release
Nominees : 16
Out of Time - The Mercurials
Just Friends - Kalysta
Gone - Matthew de Heus
Perfect Storm by Kris Pride
Grey Skies  - Haley & the Sound Poets

Best Original Band
Nominees : 17
Scott Baker Band
Barbarossa Brothers
The Songbirds
Winaschnitzel
Donald Benjamin Band
The Mercurials

Best Solo Artist
Nominees : 23
Andy Dalton
Randy Badour
Amy Petty
Kris Pride
Kalysta
Donald Benjamin
Brightyn Jude

Rock

Best Rock Video
Nominees : 4
Pay Check - The Fireside Wake
Jeff Yantz - It's Christmas
Bad Moon Rising 2029 (Pride-Helm Productions)
Torn Away- Made of Stone

Rock Keyboardist
Nominees : 5

Jaron Jock
Wesley Knust
Bob Holtzapple
Loren Kranz
Stephanie Noel

Rock Female Vocalist
Nominees : 12
Tana Michaels
Levi/Sharron Brand
Shannon Schnettler
Nikki Lynn
Mary Jane Narducci Thomas (aka: MaryOkeKaraoke)
Kris Pride

Best Rock Songwriter
Nominees : 15
J D Dominowski
Scott Baker
Kris Pride
Andy Dalton
Shannon Schnettler
Kalysta
Brian Carson

Rock Male Vocalist
Nominees : 16
Andrew Prime
Andy Dalton
Jeff Yantz
Joe Gibson
Brian Carson

Best Rock Band
Nominees : 16
Electric Machete
Hedge Row
KoneBra Kai
The Fireside Wake
The Mercurials

Rock Drummer
Nominees : 17
Dan Verhaeghe
Doug Hetherington
Amber Foster
Steven Schnettler
Andy Dalton
Dan Fish

Rock Bassist
Nominees : 18
Matt Nyquist
Paul Alcorn
Bramwell Miller
Bruce Lafrance
Robyn Bailey-Grimsley
Austin Willet
Allison Scott

Rock Guitarist
Nominees : 20
Josh Corrion
Jon Asel
Rob Atha
Cheryl Lyons
Kurt Dahlberg
Andy Dalton
Todd Walraven
Joe Gibson

Rap/Hip Hop

Best Rap/Hip Hop Video
Nominees : 2
Never Hear Me On The Radio - Saginaw Flare
Mike Spitz

Best Promoter
Nominees : 3
Ken Shelton
Jeff Poirer
Paul Koch

Best DJ
Nominees : 3
MaryOkeKaraoke - Mary Jane Narducci Thomas
Derek Dixon
Jay Glysz/Shawn MacDonald

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Nominees : 4
Caspa da Ghost
Saginaw Flare
Barry Forster
Mike Spitz

Best Rap/Hip Hop Songwriter
Nominees : 4
Jonny Domingo
Caspa Da Ghost
Mike Spitz
Tim Burgess

Country

Best Country Video
Nominees : 10
Flip Flops (Campfire Edition) - Rebel Line
Gone - Matthew de Heus
Outlaws & Outsiders (Cover) - Todd Michael Band
Bad Moon Rising - Kris Pride/Pride-Helm Productions
Steve Armstrong & 25 Cent Beer Band

Country Female Vocalist
Nominees : 10
Nikki Lynn
Kris Pride
Melissa Lee
Mandi Layne
Mary Jane (Narducci Thomas)

Best Country Musician (Instrumentalist)
Nominees : 12
Steve Armstrong
Tyler Hughey
Pete Johnson
Darrell Boger
Kevin Rousse

Best Country Band
Nominees : 12
The Bonnevilles
25 cent Beer Band
Donald Benjamin Band
Todd Michael Band
The Family Tradition Band

Country Songwriter
Nominees : 12
Steve Armstrong
Matthew de Heus
Tyler Hughey
Todd Michael
Donald Benjamin

Country Male Vocalist
Nominees : 13
Steve Armstrong
Matthew de Heus
Tyler Hughey
Todd MIchael
Donald Benjamin

Jazz

Best Male Jazz Vocalist
Nominees : 2
Mike Brush
Tom Dolson

Best Small Combo
Nominees : 2
Straight Eights
Mike Brush

Jazz Songwriter
Nominees : 2
Mike Brush
Monique Ella Rose

Best Big Band
Nominees : 3
23 North
The Eddy Band
Baytown Big Band

Best Jazz Musician (Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, Horns, Guitarist)
Nominees : 4
Scott VanDell
Darin Scott
Bryan Rombalski
Dennis Gotlieb

Female Jazz Vocalist
Nominees : 4
Kalysta
Monique Ella Rose
Kristine Goodwin
Kris Pride

Blues

Best Blues Video
Nominees : 2
Pay Check - The Fireside Wake
Soaring — FOR Collective/Rosco

Best Blues Band
Nominees : 2
23 North
Rhett Yocum Blues Band

Male Blues Vocalist
Nominees : 2
Rick Gellise
Brody—Eric Braeutigam

Blues Songwriter
Nominees : 3
Rosco Selley
Andy Dalton
Brody—Eric Braeutigam

Blues Instrumentalist
Nominees : 3
Rosco Selley
Darin Scott
Rhett Yocum

Best Funk Band
Nominees : 3
Soul Xpress
F.O.R. Collective
23 North

Female Blues Vocalist
Nominees : 4
Kris Pride
Mary Jane Narducci Thomas - MaryOkeKaraoke
Michelle Spitz
Kristine Goodwin


 

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