The Fox Valley and surrounding region was well represented among award winners at one of the great annual celebrations of Wisconsin music.
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry honored the state’s best during its 39th Annual Awards Show on April 14. Len Nelson of WAPL hosted the show amid an electric atmosphere at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom.
Awards were given in 37 categories.
Appleton jazz vocalist Erin Krebs was named female vocalist of the year for 2019 after taking home a WAMI last year in the jazz category.
Oshkosh’s Star Six Nine and Green Bay’s Project Pink took home the awards for cover artist and tribute artist, respectively.
Luma Knotty, out of Green Bay, won in the World/Reggae/ska/Latin category.
Appleton’s Noah Harmon was named keyboardist of the year while Chris Hanaway of Green Bay was named the state’s top bassist.
Parker Collar, 15, of Appleton, was named 2019’s Rising Star.
People’s Choice Awards for Northeast Wisconsin went to RPM for band of the year and Mark Budwit for teacher of the year. WAPL-FM 105.7 won the People’s Choice Award for radio station. Stone Toad Bar & Grill received the award for venue and Doris Budwit was named the region’s fan of the year.
People’s Choice Awards were based on the vote of the general public.
2019 WAMI winners are as follows:
Artist of the Year: Lex Allen
Album of the Year: “Women at War: Warrior Songs Vol. 2,” Warrior Songs
Song of the Year: “Only in Dreams,” Amanda Huff and Peter Thomas
New Artist of the Year: The Docksiders
Male Vocalist of the Year: Andre Beaudot
Female Vocalist of the Year: Erin Krebs
Singer-Songwriter of the Year: Keith Pulvermacher
Rising Star of the Year: Parker Collar
Alternative Rock/Rock Artist: Amberstein
Bluegrass/Americana Artist: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Christian/Gospel Artist: Spirited Strings
Blues Artist: Jay Edward
Country Artist: Buffalo Gospel
Cover Artist: Star Six Nine
Folk/Celtic Artist: Reilly
Hard Rock Artist: Lords of the Trident
Metal Artist: Revolution-X
Punk Artist: The Cherrypops
Jazz Artist: Jerry Grillo
Polka Artist: The November Criminals
Pop Rock Artist: Well-Known Strangers
Hip-Hop/Rap Artist: Zed Kenzo
R&B/Soul Artist: The People Brothers Band
World/Reggae/Ska/Latin: Luma Knotty
Club/DJ/Dance/Electronic Artist: Luxi
Horn/Big Band Artist: Extra Crispy Brass Band
Tribute Artist: Project Pink
Bass: Chris Hanaway
Drummer: Jim Winter
Guitarist: Angie Swan
Keyboard: Noah Harmon
Reeds/Brass: Michael Clobes
Strings: Joe Ketchum
Best Studio Engineer/Producer: Steve Hamilton
Best Recording Studio: Tanner-Monagle Inc.
Best Live Club/Venue: Shank Hall
Best Live Engineer Sound/Lights: Jason Lueck
President’s Award: Beth Kille
People’s Choice, Southwest: Cherry Pie (best band); Jan Baker (best teacher); WGLX-FM 103.3 (best radio station); Hollyrocks (best venue); Jaeden Piller (fan)
People’s Choice, Northwest: The Dweebs (band); Brian McLaughlin (teacher); WIFC-FM 95.5 (radio station); Schuggy’s (venue); Leanne Booher (fan)
People’s Choice, Northeast: RPM (band); Mark Budwit (teacher); WAPL-FM 105.7 (radio station); Stone Toad Bar & Grill (venue); Doris Budwit (fan)
People’s Choice, Southeast: Almighty Vinyl (band); Jim Walski (teacher); WHQG-FM 102.9 (radio station); The Saloon on Calhoun (venue); Bradley John (fan)
Hall of Fame: Paul Cebar, the Chordettes, Realm