Benefit Concert Will Support Veterans
By: Nicole S. Colson
By: Nicole S. Colson
CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – The electrifying and award-winning Shana Stack Band is coming to Arrowhead's “Summerfest Concert Series” on Sunday, July 3. Tickets are on sale now at the Summerfest Concert Series website. The upcoming show adds to an already-busy summer for the band. The list of awards this band has accumulated over their still-rising careers is impressive and seemingly endless; “Band of the Year” by the New England Music Awards, “Country Artist of the Year” by Limelight Magazine, “Country Band of the Year” and “Fans Choice Award” by the Independent Country Music Association, “Country Act of the Year” by the New England Music Awards and “World's Best Indie Band” by Wiles Magazine... and I could go on.
“The band has been extremely busy already this summer, Shana Stack said in an exclusive, Standing Room Only interview. “We have over 30 shows booked right through Labor Day and are adding shows weekly. We will play all over New England this summer, from Williston, Vermont and Portland, Maine, to Gorham, New Hampshire and south to North Attleboro, Ma. The schedule includes a wedding, birthday party, several outdoor summer concerts and even a fair in Acton, Maine.”
The Shana Stack Band features multi-national award winning vocalist Shana Stack and Nashville Songwriter's Association International member, Ed Leavitt, the male vocalist and songwriter of the group. Peter Henault plays lead guitar, Kurt Ekstrom plays drums and Alec Derian lays down the bass. The group focuses on current country and the original music written by Leavitt, and one of Ed's songs titled "Let it Go" has been featured in the movie Compliance, which was released nationwide in the summer of 2012 by Magnolia Pictures.
The band has opened for such mega stars as Reba McEntire, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Chuck Wicks, as well as performing before Travis Tritt on the Main Stage at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway prior to a Nascar Sprint Cup Race. They have performed shows across New England at a variety of venues including Turning Stone Casino, Lake Sunapee Yacht Club, Tupelo Music Hall, Meadowbrook Pavilion, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Toby Keith's Bar & Grill and the Big E Fair! They also opened for the “Vocal Group of the Year” by the Country Music Association, Little Big Town and later the same month, opened for Craig Morgan and Aaron Parker at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Their second full-length original CD released in 2012, What You See Is What You Get, was nominated for “Album of the Year” by the Independent Country Music Association and the follow-up album, Every Now and Then, was released in 2013. The band's fourth album titled Then and Now was released in July 2014 and they are currently working on material for their next release.
The band's musical director, Ed Leavitt, currently focuses the band on performing mostly current/modern country songs such as Luke Bryan's “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”, Chris Janson's “Buy Me A Boat” to the current smash hit by newcomer Maren Morris, “My Church”... However, they also perform a wide range of music from Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass” to ZZ Top's “Sharp Dressed Man” and a lot in between. The band has also arranged a traditional medley consisting of legends such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline.
Without a doubt, The Shana Stack Band hits the stage with one goal in mind, to engage their audience and leave them wanting more... and they are excited to perform at Claremont's Arrowhead Recreation Area. “Summerfest posted on the What's Up Claremont Facebook page and our band manager, Conrad Farnham, who also lives in Claremont, saw the post and responded," Shana added. "Our guitarist, Ed Leavitt, also lives in Claremont, so it was a great way for a local guy in a nationally recognized, award-winning group to give back to the community."
To learn more and order tickets for the show on Sunday, July 3, visit the Summerfest Concert Series website at www.claremontsummerfest.com. To learn more about The Shana Stack Band or to book a show, contact the band through their website at ShanaStack.com or by calling 603-558-2381.
The Shana Stack Band wins Live Act of the Year
and Ed Leavitt wins runner-up for Male Vocalist of the Year
8th Annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards
Plymouth, MA, Saturday, April 16, 2016: The Limelight Magazine Music Awards, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, announced today the winners of their 8th Annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards.
Founded in October 2006, Limelight Magazine is one of the leading online destinations for coverage of the New England music scene and beyond, providing readers with exclusive interviews with musicians from all genres of music.
After five years of publication, including 12 issues, the print version of Limelight Magazine moved its operations completely online, while always reserving the right for another print issue.
Besides its online efforts, Limelight Magazine is committed to supporting the local music scene of New England with its annual music awards ceremony in the late winter/early spring. Each year dozens of musicians have been recognized for their immense creativity and talent.
The Shana Stack Band, comprised of all New Hampshire and Vermont musicians (Shana Stack, Ed Leavitt, Kurt Ekstrom and Alec Derian and Peter Henault), was nominated in the Live Act of the Year category and the male vocalist, rhythm guitarist and the songwriter of the group, Ed Leavitt was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. The Limelight Magazine Music Awards received hundreds of perspective nominations and narrowed the field down to 16 categories and chose only 8 artists/groups to be represented in each category. They also chose Shanna Jackman to receive their Unsung Hero Award. Jenna Lotti was the Master of Ceremonies for the awards show assisted by Chris Facey.
At the awards ceremony presented at The Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, NH, Saturday evening, Ed Leavitt was named runner up for Male Vocalist. Later in the evening The Shana Stack Band was announced as this year’s Live Act of the Year for the 8th Annual Limelight Magazine Awards. The Shana Stack Band members were thrilled about the news. Shana Stack Davis and Ed Leavitt accepted the award on the bands behalf. Shana spoke to the audience with sincerity with “Thank you for everyone that voted. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winner from the 8th Annual Limelight Magazine Awards." Ed Leavitt had to jump in quickly and recommend the restaurant down the street with the amazing pretzels. The audience all laughed and clapped for their newly named Live Act of the Year.
The list of awards The Shana Stack Band has won over the last few years range from Country Band of the Year and the Fans Choice Award by the Independent Country Music Association, to Wiles Magazine's World's Best Indie Artist to their awards for Country Act of the Year by the New England Music Awards and Country Artist of the Year by Limelight Magazine. The band was also named Band of the Year by the New England Music Awards in 2015. The band never takes these awards for granted and realize it is the fans and their family that are the drive behind their success. "Winning awards is great, but what these awards really show, is that our fans and the music industry really approve of what we are doing. The fans are really what make this adventure fun, exciting and sincerely rewarding. We look forward to doing what we love, making music, for years to come.”
The band has released 4 albums in the 5 years they have been together, "Then and Now" 2014, "Every Now and Then" 2013, "What You See Is What You Get" 2012 and "You Can't Make Me Fall" 2011. The band is entering the studio this upcoming weekend to prepare songs to release as a digital download cd. The band is looking forward to another successful year, traveling all across New England to perform for their fans. They have opened for Country Superstars such as Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Travis Tritt, Rascal Flatts the Band Perry and Little Big Town. The opened on the main stage at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in 2015 for Toby Keith.
You can view their website and order their latest CD by visiting www.ShanaStack.com
Congratulations again to The Shana Stack Band on their latest award and their continued success as a band to watch in New England.
David's House, a non-profit organization is very near and dear to Ed Leavitt and The Shana Stack Band. Please watch the video and consider donating to David's House.
David's House is the dream of a little boy named David Cyr who passed away in 1984 after a long struggle with acute lymphocytic leukemia.
During David’s frequent visits to the children’s hospital, at that time in Hanover, NH, his father, Dick, met many parents who slept in their cars or in chairs in their child’s hospital room, unable to afford any length of stay at a nearby hotel and unwilling to leave their child’s side. Likewise, each time David was discharged, he begged his parents to take the other kids in the pediatric departments with them to their safe, comfortable home in nearby Vermont.
For three years life went on this way. Dick met frustrated, exhausted parents and dealt with David’s illness the best he knew how; for his part, David helped. In and out of the hospital, Dick tells us, David never lost his love of life or his ability to brighten the days of those he met.
It was 1984 and David’s doctor told the Cyrs that David had just months left to live. The boy’s parents had heard this before, but this time, Dick could feel that it was true. Their home was nearby – a twenty minute drive – but in such times, any distance is too far. Exasperated, overwhelmed, and feeling the frustration he had seen in so many other parents, Dick asked the doctor, “Why isn’t there a place for families like ours to stay?” There had been talk of such a place, the doctor told them, but nothing had ever come of it.
"We're going to build a place," Dick said,
"and we're going to call it David's House."
Within a week of David's passing, the Cyrs and their friends and family had already begun raising money for David’s House. The seed money from which this wonderful organization has grown was David's own $300.78 (in spare change, allowances, and birthday money stashed around the house). Whenever Dick had asked him what he was saving for, David replied, "For a special reason, Dad." David's House opened its doors to guests on January 20, 1986 and since then, that "special reason" has served over 13,500 families from around the world!
When the hospital's pediatric services moved from Hanover to Lebanon in 1991, the Board of Directors of David's House decided to launch a capital campaign to build a new home on land that the Medical Center agreed to lease for $1 per year. On May 9, 1994, the current David's House welcomed its first guests. A two-minute walk from DHMC’s doors, David’s House was designed specifically to not look like an institutional building and instead feels like a cozy house with short hallways, welcoming colors, and soft lighting.
Launched in June of 2011, the Keeping David's Promise campaign was a two-year, $4 million effort that added a much-needed cottage-style addition to the house (four bedrooms and other spaces, bringing our total bedrooms to 20), strengthened our operating support, and helped build a long-term endowment strategy. Learn more about Keeping David's Promise.
David's House is a grassroots organization that receives no state or federal funding; because of the support we receive from our community, we are able to provide support for families 365 days/year without ever charging any fees.
Since the doors of David's House opened...
...on January 20th, 1986, nearly 13,000 families from 42 states and 25 countries have called David's House their home-away-from-home. Countless others have used the house on a day-guest basis--for a shower, a nap, a meal, or any other service we provide apart from an overnight room. We provide so much more than a bed to sleep in, a kitchen to eat in, and quiet areas to find respite in – we are a safe, peaceful, home environment filled with compassionate staff and volunteers, and we foster connections among families that can result in lifelong friendships and support networks.
By Rachel Favors
October 1, 2015
For her friends, Summer Hammond ’17 was the essence of positivity, especially in difficult situations. She was a person who not only preached it, but truly lived it. Hammond died in July following a period of treatment for cancer. On Wednesday, members of the Dartmouth community gathered in Rollins Chapel for a memorial service to honor and celebrate her life.
Shortly after her death, an intimate memorial service held at Occom Pond was organized by Hammond’s close friends Jennifer Cunnigham ’17, Aliyah Gallup ’17 and Tanya Budler ’15.
“Although it was mainly just sophomores on campus, we did not want to wait until the fall term to remember [Hammond],” Gallup said. At the first memorial, friends shared stories about Hammond and walked a lap around Occom with lighted sparklers in remembrance of her, Gallup said.
Budler, Cunningham and Gallup attended the Hammond family’s memorial service in Colorado this summer, and they were inspired to organize something similar for the Dartmouth community.
Budler said that she loved the memorial in Colorado because it was an embodiment of Hammond’s spirit. She said that Hammond was as close to a saint as anyone could be and her legacy was one that was worth recognizing.
For Budler, the goal of the campus memorial was to represent the various parts of Hammond’s life and to bring the positive spirit of the service in Colorado to campus, particularly for those who could not attend.
“This memorial is a launching point and an opportunity for us to reflect on who she was and for us to start living that way,” Budler said.
Similarly, Gallup said she hoped that the memorial would be a positive celebration of Hammond’s life with a respectful amount of time for mourning, solace and memories.
“I really hope that everyone can come together and completely forget about all of our busy lives and recognize how important this is for [Hammond],” Gallup said. She deserves so much respect and honor for what she did in this life.”
At the memorial, Hammond’s fellow members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority wore blue ribbons in their hair in honor of Hammond. Photos of her were mounted along the chapel’s interior.
Hammond’s freshman trip leader Anoush Arakelian ’14 opened the service by welcoming the Dartmouth community and Hammond’s family. Arakelian encouraged everyone to incorporate Hammond’s excitement and positivity into their lives, which is something she said that Hammond would have wanted.
College President Phil Hanlon followed with a reflection on Hammond’s life and her impact on the Dartmouth community. Hanlon stressed that though he could not precisely tell her friends and family how to cope with Hammond’s loss and how to understand her death, her brightness will continue to shine and her eternal optimism in the face of struggle will be remembered.
After Hanlon’s remarks, several of Hammond’s college friends came up to share memories and reflect on her life.
Budler described Hammond as an ideal role model, regardless of her class year.
For Budler, the question was about what to do now that their mentor is no longer physically present in their lives.
“There is a hole where [Hammond once was],” Budler said.
Moving forward, Budler added that the way to fill in those holes is remembering Hammond’s legacy and holding on to the words of wisdom that she imparted while alive.
Throughout Hammond’s time at Dartmouth, she was a member of Kappa and the women’s club soccer team. She also traveled to Argentina on a foreign study program, raised money for the annual Prouty fundraiser for cancer research and participated in Relay for Life.
Hailey Carter ’17 and Rachel McKee ’17 spoke on behalf of Kappa and shared Hammond’s impact on their respective lives.
“[Hammond] valued her words and never engaged in empty conversation,” McKee said. “She spoke with purpose. [Hammond] was bold and wasn’t afraid to say that you could be better.”
Hammond’s club soccer teammate Amanda Flugstad-Clarke ’15 remembered her as the most dedicated, positive and passionate member of the team. Regardless of whether Hammond had chemotherapy treatments, she attended every practice she could, Flugstad-Clarke said.
“Even when she was at her weakest, [Hammond] was still the strongest person I ever met,” Flugstad-Clarke said. “True courage is having the strength to be brave when your future is uncertain.”
Dick’s House director of clinical medical services and assistant professor at the Geisel School of Medicine Ann Bracken and assistant dean of undergraduate students Larissa Hopkins both said that the Dartmouth community will now ask themselves “what would [Hammond] do” when making hard choices.
Bracken added that one of the reasons why Hammond was able to accomplish everything that she did was because of the support of her “amazing” parents. Hammond’s parents did not make her feel limited in what she could accomplish, Bracken said.
Following Bracken and Hopkin’s reflection, Ben Colello ’18 and Lloyd May ’18 performed Passenger’s “Let Her Go” (2012).
Gallup and Cunningham were the last students to speak at the service.
“I am eternally grateful for the two years I had to get to know this special girl,” Gallup said. “There was something about her that made you feel so special when you were with her.”
Cunningham recited Maya Angelou’s poem “When Great Trees Fall,” and called for a moment of silence to honor Hammond. She encouraged everyone to use the silence to appreciate their lives and their friends.
Hammond’s mother Sharon Hammond offered concluding words for the memorial service and thanked the Dartmouth community on behalf of her daughter.
“[Hammond] would be grateful for your friendship and treasured times,” Sharon Hammond said.
She added that Hammond would also remind everyone that there should not be any crying in a celebration of life.
Immediately after the service, a reception was held in Collis Common Ground that included a slideshow, light refreshments and memory letter writing. The culminating part of the reception was line dancing to music from The Shana Stack Band — inspired by Hammond’s love for country music and pulling her friends onto the dance floor at parties.
At the reception bracelets were distributed by Kappa members, which were printed with the words, “Forever Positive — Summer’s Way.”
It’s not Taylor Swift or Zac Brown Band, but a local version of Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium’s blockbuster summer concerts happens when Craig Morgan appears at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The performer of country hits like “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “This Ain’t Nothin’” and “International Harvester” will be joined by Aaron Parker and local favorites Shana Stack Band.
The Shana Stack Band is having an amazing year thus far.
The band was named the 2015 New England Music Award, Band of the Year and the 2015 Limelight Magazine Award, Country Artist of the Year.
The band opened for Toby Keith and Aaron Lewis on the CruCon Cruise Outlet Main Stage at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on Saturday, June 13. This weekend the The Shana Stack Band will take the stage to open for Little Big Town, David Nail and Ashley Monroe on the Magic Hat Stage at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on Saturday, September 5.
The band has just learned they will now be performing their first stadium show.
Presented by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Palace Theatre, The New England Music Awards Band of the Year, will be opening for Craig Morgan and Aaron Parker at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Friday, September 25.
The Shana Stack Band takes the stage at 7:00 PM.
Get your tickets today by visiting: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=147247#.VempqpcnXVK
On Saturday, April 18, the New England Music Awards sold out Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro. Bands and musicians from all over New England were there to perform and celebrate the fact that no matter what, each and every one of them had been recognized for their contribution to the music industry.
Special awards were given to Chris DeSimone who received the Scene Award which is given to a person or organization for their dedication to the New England music scene. The Grassroots Award was given to Grace Morrison who has shown a dedication to humanitarian causes. The Decade Award was given to Chip McCabe who has been a staple of the New England music industry.
Comedian, Dave Russo was the evenings host and there were live performances by the Willie J. Laws Band, Little Ugly, We Were Astronauts, Amy and the Engines, Sarah Barrios, Joey Batts and Them, Ben Knight, and Pat and the Hats.
Here are a list of the winners, but I say, every one of them are winners.
Band of the year - The Shana Stack Band
Album of the year - National Throat by artist, Will Dailey
Song of the year - Sunken Ship by artist, Will Dailey
Producer of the year - Brian Coombes
Songwriter of the year - Elison Jackson
Male performer of the year - Dan Blakeslee
Female performer of the year - Anna Lombard
Live act of the year - Aldous Collins Band
New act of the year - West End Blends
Roots act of the year - Dusty Gray Band
Country act of the year - North of Nashville
Pop act of the year - Pat and the Hats
Rock act of the year - We Were Astronauts
Jazz act of the year - Los Sugar kings
Blues act of the year - Mr Nick and Dirty Tricks
Hip Hop act of the year - Lady Essence
Metal act of the year - A Simple Complex
Best in States:
Massachusetts - High Hopes Band
Maine - Hilton Park
Rhode Island - The Rare Occasions
New Hampshire - Gretchen and the Pickpockets
Vermont - The Vacant Lots
Connecticut - The Meadows Brothers
By Bill Copeland on April 20, 2015
The New England Music Awards is now running like a well oiled machine. Held at Showcase Live at Patriot’s Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts last Saturday night, performers and presenters were on and off the stage without hardly a glitch. This gave the performers a comfortable setting to strut their stuff between speakers and presentations. Showing what the whole event was all about, the bands who performed last night gave it their all as they presented their music to a six state audience.
Joey Batts & Them opened the show with their catchy chorus, rap-rock number “Bestie.” Their song was a joyful romp through today’s fixation on social media and trendy expressions. Next up, Sarah Barrios, last year’s New Act winner, showed she had staying power. Accompanied only by her acoustic guitar, her voice seemed to remain elevated, suspended in the air, as if held up by a mysterious power. Soon after, Ben Knight came on to conclude the brief opening portion of the awards ceremony with his keyboard and horn driven rock and roll abandon. His rhythm section locked into a solid groove and the rest of the band just let it rip.
Blues Act nominee Willie J. Laws Band came on strong with their thick, pulpy groove beneath WJL’s as he belted with the heart and soul of a true, down and dirty blues man. His voice was loaded with richness, experience, and he projected it with the smooth confidence of a southern gentleman. He made his song “Can’t Let Got” and his recent title track “Cornbread Moan” come alive by riffing his way into the stratosphere with a sweet guitar sound. His rhythm section pumped out something huge that a singer-musician like Laws needs to launch those mighty vocal belts and those heavenly guitar leads.
Little Ugly went up next to do their acoustic roots thing, singing together beautifully with a depth of feeling in their words and music and a great sense of rustic charm. Michael Sanford Day’s banjo and Kaia Pazdersky’s fiddle added plenty of natural beauty to their songs, which were already blessed with their uniquely matched vocal harmonies. Little Ugly had a calm, quiet stage presence, but they made every note count with their flinty, gritty picking and bowing styles.
We Were Astronauts played smooth, flowing pop-rock tunes that moved through their changes at a graceful pace. Melodic but also danceable, WWA showed their potential for mass appeal with a vocal melody that fit the music like a velvet glove. It also helped that a whirl of keyboard notes wrapped it all up in a sweet confection of sound.
Amy & The Engines featured dual female vocalists and a fresh modern sound. They had magic coming out of every singer and player and they made that magic happen on numerous levels. Very engaging and very involving, their twisty, multi-dimensional music created a party vibe that matched the energy level in the venue.
Next band, Pat And The Hats were catchy, melodic, and their lead vocalist, Patrik Gochez, sang with a unique timbre, one that could be distinguished enough from a million others singers, a voice that could get the band attention from record companies. They also had a special guest join them on stage, Greg Hawkes, keyboardist from the legendary Boston band The Cars. Hawkes made his mysterious, eerie sounds effective and chilling as he joined Pat And Hats for a special rendition of “Moving In Stereo.”
Master of ceremony, comedian Dave Russo, was a hoot with his one liners, zingers, and stories. His highlights included his banter with a Connecticut music scene official, his spoof on NEMA chief Joe Graham’s communication devices, and a brief display of his break dancing abilities. Yes, Russo can, in fact, break dance, but that part of his act isn’t meant for the whole family.
Project manager LeAnne Piepiora and her production crew kept things running smoothly. A slick production inside a hip, modern function room symbolized the growing sophistication of the New England Music Awards as it heads toward becoming this region’s largest, most diverse music awards show. There was a limited number of names from their previous awards shows which indicates how far and wide NEMA casts its nets to be as inclusive as possible. That a small rural state like New Hampshire had won nine out of the 26 awards presented on the same night Boston’s Will Dailey won two shows the extent of this awards organization’s outreach in the New England music scene.
We will likely see NEMA outdo themselves each coming year. The winners are listed below.
And the award goes to:
Band of the Year: The Shana Stack Band
Album of the Year: National Throat/Will Dailey
Song of the Year: Sunken Ship/Will Dailey
Producer of the Year: Brian Coombes
Songwriter of the Year: Elison Jackson
Male Performer of the Year: Dan Blakeslee
Female Performer of the Year: Anna Lombard
New Act of the Year: West End Blend
Live Act of the Year: Aldous Collins Band
New Act of the Year: West End Blend
Roots Act of the Year: Dusty Gray Band
Country Act of the Year: North of Nashville
Pop Act of the Year: Pat & The Hats
Rock Act of the Year: We Were Astronauts
Jazz Act of the Year: Los Sugar Kings
Blues Act of the Year: Mr. Nick & The Dirty Tricks
Hip Hop Act of the Year: Lady Essence
Metal Act of the Year: A Simple Complex
Best in State/Massachusetts: High Hopes Band
Best in State/Rhode Island: The Rare Occasions
Best in State/New Hampshire: Gretchen & The Pickpockets
Best in State/Maine: Hilton Park
Best in State/Vermont: The Vacant Lots
Best in State/Connecticut:The Meadows Brothers
2015 NEMA Honor Award Winners
The Scene Award ~Winner Chris DeSimone
Presented annually to an individual or organization for their outstanding dedication, involvement and contribution to the New England music scene.
The Grassroots Award ~Winner: Grace Morrison
Presented annually to an individual or institution who through music and performance has demonstrated a dedication to humanitarian causes.
The Decade Award ~Winner: Chip McCabe
Presented annually to an individual who over the last ten years has distinguished him or herself as a celebrated staple of the New England music industry.
Those who attend will hear Latin, rock, country, folk, pop, hip hop, reggae and more by artists who call New England home.
There were a number of smaller, regional awards programs: the Connecticut Music Awards, the Boston Music Awards, the Worcester Music Awards, and the Limelight Music, said Joseph Graham, one of the awards program organizers. But not one that involved all of New England.
Graham and partners John Fleming and Mike Flynn set out to change that four years ago with the first New England Music Awards night.
A New Hampshire band, Pat and The Hats, will be one of the featured live performances of the evening. The group is nominated for best pop act of the year. Last year, they were named best band in New Hampshire at the awards.
The band features front-man and songwriter Patrik Gochez on guitar and keyboard, Brendan Harisiades on bass and vocals, Bobby Rice on drums and vocals, Scott Solsky on guitar and Brittany Laine on vocals.
The band has been promoting its first album Fake it ’til you Make a Hit, which features accompaniment from Greg Hawkes of The Cars. Hawkes will join them at the New England Music Awards, too.
The band will give an unofficial pre-party concert Friday at Bull McCabe’s Pub in Somerville, Mass.
Other featured performance acts at the awards include Joey Batts and Them, Sarah Barrios, Ben Knight, We Were Astronauts, Amy and The Engines and the Willie J. Laws Band.
Boston comedian Dave Russo will host the award ceremony.
Musical artists can be nominated in a variety of categories all year on the website.
Then, a committee of music industry experts including journalists from music publications, radio personalities, talent buyers, event planners and record label executives narrow down the nominations for each category, trying to represent a variety of genres and states, Graham said.
Once, narrowed down, voting takes place on the website.
The nominees for best in state for New Hampshire this year are Tan Vampires, Best Not Broken, Gretchen and the Pickpockets, Blacklight Ruckus and the Jandee Lee Porter Band.
New Hampshire musicians are represented in almost every category.
The Shana Stack Band, a country music group, is a nominee for band of the year.
“Bad Decisions” by Manchester singer Josh Logan was nominated for song of the year.
Brian Coombes of Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield was nominated as producer of the year. American Idol finalist and Mont Vernon singer Alex Preston was nominated as male performer of the year.
Roots of Creation and the Aldous Collins Band were nominated for best live act of the year.
In the genre categories, Concord-based Dusty Gray Band and Four Legged Faithful were nominated for roots, the Rory Scott Band was nominated for country, Emmarie and Pat and The Hats were nominated for pop, Crushed Out was nominated for rock, Mr. Nick and The Dirty Tricks was nominated for blues, Cameen was nominated for hip hop, and A Simple Complex was nominated for metal.
Lizzy Marella, a 15 year old New Hampshire native was nominated for new act of the year.
The awards ceremony starts at 7 p.m. at Showcase Live in Foxboro, Mass. Seats are sold out for the concert, but a livesteam can be viewed at nemusicawards.com.
The fourth annual New England music awards will take place on Saturday, April 18 at Showcase Live, Patriot Place in Foxboro. David Russo, Boston Comedy Festival winner will be the host. There will be live performances by We Were Astronauts, Amy & The Engine, Pat & the Hats, The Willie J. Laws Band, Ben Knight and Sarah Barrios.
The categories for the NE Music Awards are for band of the year, album of the year, song of the year, producer of the year, song writer of the year, male performer of the year, female performer of the year, live act of the year, new act of the year, roots act of the year, country act of the year, pop act of the year, rock act of the year, jazz act of the year, blues act of the year, hip hop act of the year, metal act of the year, and best in state for Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.
There are six bands nominated for band of the year. They are Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet who masterfully blend reggae and funk and like to say they play three dimensional music. The band is: Brook Jordan on skins, Zdenek Gubb on low end, Ryan Dempsey on ivories and Mihali Savoulidis on axe. More info: http://twiddlemusic.com/
Kung Fu a funk, rock and fusion band who are home based in Connecticut. The band features Tim Palmieri on guitar, Robert Somerville on tenor sax, Todd Stoops on keyboards, Chris DeAngelis on bass guitar and Adrian Tramontano on drums and percussion. It has been said the quintet's live show is explosive and musically mesmerizing. For more info: http://www.kungfumusic.com/
Girls Guns and Glory, a country rock and roll band are nominated in two categories: Band of the Year and Album of the Year. At the Boston Music Awards they were the first band of its genre to win Act of the Year. They also took home Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards. Rolling Stone magazine has listed Girls Guns and Glory as one of the “10 New Artist's You Need To Know." The band is: Ward Hayden on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Josh Kiggans on drum kit, Chris Hersh on electric guitar, banjo and vocals, and Paul Dilley on upright electric bass and vocals. For more band info: http://girlsgunsandglory.com/
The Shana Stack Band is a top 40 country/pop band who mixes it up with original music. They have received awards for Independent Country Music Association's Country Band of the Year and a Fans Choice Award, country act of the year at the at the New England Music Awards and most recently named World's Best Indie Band by Wiles Magazine. The band's second full-length original CD, "What You See Is What You Get" was released in the summer 2012 and was nominated for Album of the Year by the Independent Country Music Association. For more info: http://www.ShanaStack.com/
Quilt is a Boston based psychedelic, indie-rock, pop, folk band founded in 2009. The band is Anna Fox Rochinski on vocals, guitar and organ, Shane Butler on vocals and guitars, and John Andrews on vocals and drums and Keven Lareau on vocals and bass. To date they have two full length albums, the latest "Held in Splendor" was released in January 2014.
The final band of the year nominee is a roots, folk rock and americana band, The Jason Spooner Band who hail from Maine. The band is award winning song writer Jason Spooner on guitar, vocals and harmonica, Adam Frederick on bass and vocals and Reed Chambers on drums and percussion. Some recent band highlights are taping an episode of “FoodNation with Bobby Flay”on the Food Network which featured song clips and performances by Spooner and his band throughout the episode. For more band info: http://www.jasonspooner.com/
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