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