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Steamtown Music Awards announce 2018 nominees

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Fronted by Aaron Ferranti, Clever Clever performs at the 2016 Steamtown Music Awards. The 2018 Steamtown Music Awards will take place Sept. 13 at the V Spot in Scranton.

Nominees have been announced for the fifth annual Steamtown Music Awards. The yearly award ceremony that honors area musicians and music industry professionals will take place Sept. 13 at the V Spot in Scranton.

According to a press release from SMA organizers, more details on the award ceremony, such as performers and award presenters will be announced next week.

Winners are voted on by a committee comprised of 50 local music industry professionals, venue owners, promoters, sound engineers and veteran (non-nominated) musicians, and 50 music industry professionals from across the country that have no ties to the area.

A select few awards, indicated with an * below, feature an online voting element. Online voting will take place via Facebook in the award ceremony’s official Facebook event: bit.ly/2mpwPIm. Online voting will only comprise 50 percent of the vote. The other half will be determined by the committee.

And the nominees are …

Best New Artist*

• Alex D Key

• Alpha Audio

• Always Undecided

• Lily Maiopolski

• American Ghost Buffalo

• Brighter Days

• CYR/S

• Ill Ray the Menace

• J Merrick

• JBONAX

• Joe Lombardo

• Local Concern

• Piece of Mind

• Shamrock Duo

• iEnvy

• The Boastfuls

• KP

• Sweetness

• The Holtzman Effect

The “Jackson Vee” Acoustic / Solo Artist of the Year Award

• Alex D Key

• Bret Alexander

• Chris Shrive

• Patrick McGlynn

• Jay Luke

• Sweetnest

• Jordan Ramirez

• Lily Maiopolski

Blues Act of the Year

• Clarence Spady

• Crossroad Duo

• Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen

• Ed Randazzo

• JP Williams Blues Band

• The Soul Shakers

Country Act of the Year

• Big Country

• Dani-elle

• Flatland Ruckus

• Mike Elward

• The Wells River Band

• The Tommy Guns Band

DJ of the Year

• DJ Cryptic

• DJ Quoth

• JBONAX

• Wifimami

• DJ Evil Bee

• Jay Velar

Duo of the Year

• Always Undecided

• Dem Guyz

• Erich & Tyler Music Co.

• Tiffany & Johnny D

• Shamrock Duo

• The Frost

Electronic Act of the Year

• 8 Bit Panda Strike

• Gary Goblins

• Newphy Hundo

• Rouge Chimp

• ISOBE

• Concious Pilot

Folk / American Act of the Year

• American Buffalo Ghost

• The Charming Beards

• Zayre Mountain

• Black Sage Project

• The Dishonest Fiddlers

• Christopher Kearney

Hip Hop Act of the Year

• Alpha Audio

• J Merrick

• Lucas Hex

• Mercy Gang

• iEnvy

• KP

Indie Rock Act of the Year

• University Drive

• Black Hole Heart

• Esta Coda

• Jung Bergo

• Kali Ma & the Garland of Arms

• The Cryptid

Jam / Funk Act of the Year

• Elephants Dancing

• Half Dollar

• Kluster Funk

• Static in the Attic

• Mother Nature’s Sons

• Young Lion

Jazz / Classical / Big Band Act of the Year

• East End Vipers

• Mark Marcinko Jazz Band

• Tyler Dempsey Electric Trio

• West Third Street

• Gary Rixner

• Madd Kat

Metal Act of the Year

• Behind the Grey

• Dour

• Earthmouth

• The Aegean

• Toothless

• Traverse the Abyss

Pop / Top 40 Act of the Year

• Black Tie Stereo

• Flaxy Morgan

• Light Weight

• Vine Street

• Nowhere Slow

• Facing the Giants

Punk / Hardcore Act of the Year

• Royal Hell

• Talon Co.

• Dreamers, Like Us

• Stay Loud

• Alma Mater

• Death Wish Birdie

Rock / Alternative Act of the Year

• E57

• Eye on Attraction

• Idol Hands

• Graces Downfall

• Three Imaginary Boys

• Destination West

Tribute / Cover Act of the Year

• Dance Hall Devils

• Project 90’s

• No Memories

• Reach for the Sky

• DRIVE

• The Molly Pitcher Path

Male Vocalist of the Year

• Chris Shrive

• Stephen Murphy

• Patrick McGlynn

• Angelo Maruzzeli

• Dom Vito

• Ed Couzzo

• Tony Malec

• R.J. Scouton

Female Vocalist of the Year

• Alecia Powell

• Amanda Rogan

• Cierra Cellerari

• Jami Kali

• Katie Kelly

• Jen Fracas

• Katie Blake

• LeahBeth Evans

Guitarist of the Year

• Dustin Douglas

• Mark Yanish

• Jesse Mower

• Michael “Duds” McDonald

• Neil Nicastro

• Rob Husty

• Mike White

• Christian Gratz

Bassist of the Year

• Aaron Kovalich

• Grant Williams

• James Simon

• Joe Quincy

• Mike Capwell

• Lisa Dieterrich

• Wayne Kopacz

• Rob Santoro

Drummer of the Year

• Andrew Merkle

• Anthony “Shiny” Montini

• Greg Lynch

• Tyler Dempsey

• David Sarday

• George Pachucy

• Greg Ewasko

• Jules Borosky

Aux Musician of the Year

• Christian Gratz – Piano

• Edward “Eddie the Harp” Czarkowski – Harmonica

• Frank Gruden – Keyboard

• Patrick Cadden – Keybord / clarinet

• Ryan Lamaroux – Tuba

• Shannon Marsyada – Piano

• Tom Martin – Harmonica

• Brandon Rodriguez – Saxaphone

Video of the Year

• Black Tie Stereo – “The Artist”

• Grant Williams – “The Flood”

• Half Dollar – “Gettin’ By”

• Nate Williams – “Black Sheep Freestyle”

• Jay Like “Side Effects”

• J Merrick – “Wilkes Burial”

• Toothless – “Red”

• Traverse the Abyss – “Dead Weight”

Song of the Year

• Alma Mater – “Speechless”

• Dani-Elle – “Jokes on You”

• Black Tie Stereo – “Run Jamie Rub”

• The Charming Beards – “Shining Star”

• Traverse the Abyss – “Dead Weight”

• Mercy Gang – “Road to Hell”

• The Cryptid – “I’m Just Tired”

• Aaron Fink – “Wolves & Butterflies”

Recording Studio of the Year*

• After Image Studios

• JL Studio

• Saturation Acres

• SI Studio

• Side B Studios

• TwentyFiveEight Studios

• Werley Bird Studio

• Windmill Agency

Publication / Blog of the Year*

• Better than the Weekend

• DirectAcess Worldwide

• Electric City / Diamond City

• NEPA Scene

• The Weekender

• BDP4Life

Music Journalist of the Year*

• Alan K. Stout

• Matt Mattei

• Pat Kernan

• Rich Howells

• Patrice Wilding

• Justin Adam Brown

• Joey Graziano

Photographer of the Year*

• Alex Seeley

• Brittany Boote

• Juliana Soroka

• Keith Perks

• Lisa Petz

• Tom Bonomo

Radio Station of the Year*

• Alt 92.1

• 88.5 Kings

• 91.7 VMFM Marywood Radio

• 97.9x

• 98.5 KRZ

• 105 The River

• Rock 107

Podcast / Program of the Year*

• NEPA Scene Podcast

• Podder than Hell

• 25/8 Studios Podcast

• Music ont he Menu

• The Up and Coming Drummer Podcast

• F’n Millenials Podcast

• Alt Natives

Radio Personality of the Year*

• Alan Stout

• Johnny Popko

• Duffy

• Freddie Fabbri

• Hoover

• Lissa & Rocky

• Prospector

• PK

Virtual Performer of the Year*

• Chris Langan

• Mark Yanish

• Ed Couzzo

• Patrick McGlynn

• Jon Higgins

• John Nasser

Live Performer of the Year

• Graces Downfall

• Traverse the Abyss

• Lucas Hex

• Tie Stereo

• Tommy Guns Band

• DJ Hersh

Artist of the Year

• Black Tie Stereo

• The Charming Beards

• Eye on Attraction

• Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen

• University Drive

• Tyler Dempsey

Steward of the Scene Award

• Karl Hall

Lifetime Achievement Awards

• Joseph “Wiggy” Wegleski

• The Glass Prism

Fronted by Aaron Ferranti, Clever Clever performs at the 2016 Steamtown Music Awards. The 2018 Steamtown Music Awards will take place Sept. 13 at the V Spot in Scranton.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_awards21.jpgFronted by Aaron Ferranti, Clever Clever performs at the 2016 Steamtown Music Awards. The 2018 Steamtown Music Awards will take place Sept. 13 at the V Spot in Scranton.

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