The sixth annual Madison Area Music Awards were held before a buzzing audience of local musicians and supporters at the Barrymore Theatre on Saturday night. Performing for the show were Blueheels, Jentri Colello, Rising Gael with the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Lucha Libre, Whore du Jour, Jazz West featuring Tierney Chamberlain, and Clyde Stubblefield. Amidst the music, winners were announced for nearly 50 categories for local artists, albums, songs, and other various music-related endeavors.
Supporting music education for younger students in the Madison area is the charitable focus of the MAMAs, with this awards show serving as the organization's primary annual fundraiser. The 2009 awards were determined through a three round process of submissions, nominations, and the final vote, with local musicians sharing their own and voting on their peers' entries through an online system donated and operated by Broadjam, a music promotions company based in Madison.
The big winner of the night was The Lucas Cates Band, which won four separate song categories as well as Pop Performer of the Year and Artist of the Year. Following closely behind was Natty Nation with five awards, including a solo nod for its lead singer JAH Boogie. Other multiple MAMA winners this year included Queenie and the Blue Cats, Kristy Larson, Sensuous Enemy, Josh Harty, Harmonious Wail, Gladstone, Felicia Alima, and Art Paul Schlosser. Additionally, Dr. Marvin J. Rabin, Emeritus Professor of Music at UW-Madison was awarded the 2009 Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award.
A list of the winners announced at the show follows.
Artist of the Year
Lucas Cates Band
Performer of the Year
Queenie and the Blue Cats
The Blue Olives
The Lucas Cates Band
Youth Ensemble of the Year
Youth Vocalist of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year
Lewis DeVille of The deVillebillies
Kia Karlen of Yid Vicious
John Doing of Houses in Motion
Mike Adams of the Sharp & Harkins Band on harmonica
Julia McConahay on violin
Vocalist of the Year
Song of the Year
Fedora -- "Lucy"
Jeff Larsen -- "Mini Suite for Two Guitars"
Rowdy Prairie Dogs -- "That's Why"
The Lucas Cates Band -- "Love Broke Her Heart"
Sensuous Enemy -- "Over"
The Lucas Cates Band -- "Candlelight"
Harmonious Wail -- "I Like to Feel My Bones"
The Lucas Cates Band -- "All the Pieces"
The Lucas Cates Band -- "Lives With Demons"
Art Paul Schlosser -- "Have a Peanut Butter Sandwich"
Natty Nation -- "Greed"
Natty Nation -- "Reincarnation"
Album of the Year
Queenie & the Blue Cats -- Another Blue Day
Bratfest 2008 Music
Sensuous Enemy -- Fragments
Josh Harty -- A Long List of Lies
Harmonious Wail -- Resist Temptation
Gladstone -- Paper Sky
The Kissers -- Live Candy Ratz
Art Paul Schlosser -- Leftovers
Felicia Alima -- Trade
Natty Nation -- Reincarnation
Video of the Year
Sunspot -- "Sweet Relief"
Live Music Venue of the Year
High Noon Saloon
Recording Studio of the Year
Live Sound Engineer of the Year
Local Music Record Store of the Year
Local Music Radio Station of the Year
WORT 89.9 FM
Local Music Radio Personality of the Year
Rockin' John McDonald
Wish You Were Here Album
Planet of 9 -- Abduction from the World E
Wish You Were Here Song
Alakrity -- "Wait Up
The party continued after the awards show, meanwhile, with seven after-party that ran through Saturday night and on into Mother's Day morning. Whore du Jour and Aniv de la Rev played at the Frequency; Blueheels and Jentri Colello & the Clouds played at Cafe Montmartre; DJ Amos Smith and DJ Mike Carlson performed at the Great Dane Hilldale; glassGhosts and Cemetery Improvement Society performed with more DJs at the Inferno; Know Boundaries, Stink Tank, dumate, and Lucha Libre played at the Majestic; and Baghdad Scuba Review played at Mr. Roberts.
Rich Albertoni and Kristian Knutsen contributed to this report.