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2014 Limelight Magazine Music Award Winners

It was a fun time at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, Mass., last night! Once again, we increased our attendance over the previous year, making it the most attended music awards show ever! If you weren’t there, you missed some really cool performances from Krista Baroni, Brian Carroll and Ian Fitzgerald, Brianna Grace, Jilly Martin, Jay Psaros, Ten Foot Polecats, 21st Century Fugitives, and Weld Square. We’d like to thank all of the nominees, the staff of South Shore Music Hall, the radio DJs who helped promote the event, and everyone who attended. We’d also like to offer an extra special thanks to Theresa Andrewski and Matthew Almquist, of Beautiful Tuesday, for co-hosting the awards ceremony. You are two amazing people! It means so much to us that you took time out of your schedules to make it such a special night for everyone!

~ Jay & Katie, Co-Owners, Limelight Magazine/JKB Entertainment Group

Theresa Andrewski and Matt Almquist
Theresa Andrewski and Matt Almquist of Beautiful Tuesday

Here’s the final run down of all the nominees, including the winners and runner ups. Congratulations to everyone listed on this ballot!

Legend Award

EXTREME

Statement from Gary Cherone:

“On behalf of EXTREME, we are honored to receive the Legend Award from Limelight Magazine. We are a bunch of local boys who slugged it out in the clubs, doing what we loved doing. When we started out, the labels were focusing on bands from L.A. but Boston had their own special scene going on with a lot of great bands that got overlooked. It took a while to make some noise but the labels finally came knocking. The rest is history. It’s been years of hard work and dedication, but the most important thing has always been the fans for us. We are so lucky and fortunate to do what we love doing and being recognized for our efforts really makes it all worthwhile. Thanks again to Limelight Magazine for recognizing our efforts and for bestowing this honor for us.”

Extreme
Extreme

Unsung Hero Award

Ayla Brown

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Ayla Brown (center) with Jay and Katie

Service Award

Jessica Botelho

Jessica Botelho
Jessica Botelho

Young Performer of the Year

Jessie Chris

Closer Than We Appear

Four Noble Truths

Emily Hodges (Runner Up)

Nolan Leite

Esmeree Skye

21st Century Fugitives (Winner)

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Tribute Band of the Year

All Heart (Heart)

The American Who Sensation (The Who)

Beatles for Sale (The Beatles) (Runner Up)

Clock Strikes Ten (Cheap Trick)

Fire Lake (Bob Seger)

Forever Young (Neil Young) (Winner)

Power of Love (Huey Lewis & the News)

Young Rust (Neil Young)

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Live Act of the Year

The Aldous Collins Band (Runner Up)

Bigtalkahh (Winner)

Daddie Long Legs

Patrick DeCoste

Freevolt

Richard James and The Name Changers

A Simple Complex

Weld Square

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Female Vocalist of the Year

Susan Cattaneo        

Brianna Grace (Winner)     

Dorian Havers

Lisa Markovich

Amanda McCarthy  

Ilene Springer (Runner Up – tie)

Natalie Turgeon (Runner Up – tie)

Eva Walsh

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Male Vocalist of the Year

Daniel Byrnes

Jeff Conley

Greg Lato (Runner Up)

Joe Merrick (Winner)

Sean O’Loughlin

Andrew Smith

Jonah Tolchin

Kevin Williams

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Song of the Year

Dalton and the Sheriffs – “Cheap Guitars”

Shaun England – “Tied to the Tracks”

Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying” (Winner)

The McGunks – “Working On A Hangover”

Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters – “If You Need Some (Come and Get Some)” (Runner Up)

Fil Pacino – “Death By Lions”

Jessica Prouty Band – “Set Me Free”

Brian Sances Band – “Driving Home”

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Album of the Year (Group)

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove – Self-Titled

Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose (Winner)

The Cranks – Orange (Runner Up)

Elcodrive – The Long Way Home

For The Love of Sloane – Curses, Spells & Charms

Propergander – Wide Open

21st Century Fugitives – Regret Nothing

Glenn Yoder & the Western States – Javelina

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Album of the Year (Solo)

Rich Antonelli – Voiceless

Sarah Blacker – Precious Little Things

Lisa Couto – Not Going Under (Runner Up)

Julie Dougherty – In This Place

Ian Fitzgerald – No Time To Be Tender

Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo (Winner)

Adam Jensen – Behold the Man

Ashley Jordan – Nothing In Doubt

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Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore Act of the Year

Along Came the Flood

BlackLight SunRise (Runner Up)

Centerlink

Carnivora

Hellspeak (Winner)

Matalon

Red Equals Meltdown

We Stand In Awe

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Country Artist of the Year

Houseton Bernard

Country Mile Band

Brianna Grace

Britt Hill (Winner)

Shanna Jackman

Erin Ollis and the Whiskey Rye Band (Runner Up)

Joe Macey

Jilly Martin

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Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Blocks of Seven

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove

Closer Than We Appear (Winner)

Empire Street (Runner Up)

Jesse Hanson

House On Cliff

One Time Mountain

Michael Spaulding

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Video of the Year (Group)

Aurora – “Little Traps”

Blocks of Seven – “I Can’t Take It Anymore”

Centerlink – “Distant Voices”

Mostly Commons – “Let It Go By”

The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War” (Winner)

Paryah – “Stay Away” (Runner Up)

Red Equals Meltdown – “What is Dead May Never Die”

Stay Seventeen – “On My Mind”

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Video of the Year (Solo)

Krista Angelucci – “Like You”

Tiffani Dawn – “Fever”

Katlyn Evans – “Royals”

Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down” (Winner)

Ashley Jordan – “If I Had You”

Jilly Martin – “I’m Getting There” (Runner Up)

Jay Psaros – “The Orphan”

Will Evans – “Wishin’ Well”

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Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Krista Baroni (Winner)

Brian Carroll

Jesse Hanson (Runner Up)

Adam Jensen

Alastair Moock

Kevin G. Moore

Dietrich Strause

Joe Young

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Band of the Year

The Can’t Nots

The Field Effect

Mean Creek

Grace Morrison and the RSO (Winner)

Nemes

A Simple Complex (Runner Up)

The Ten Foot Polecats

Torn Shorts

Extreme to receive Legend Award

Extreme
Extreme

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that Extreme will receive the Legend Award at this year’s sixth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, Mass, on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Founded in Malden, Mass., in 1985, Extreme has released five groundbreaking studio albums and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The band had their greatest success with their 1990 album Pornograffitti, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified multi-platinum. The album featured the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the United States. The subsequent single, “Hole Hearted”, another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same popular music chart.

The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger, and drummer Kevin Figueiredo. They released their latest studio album, Saudades de Rock, in 2008. They are currently gearing up for a tour of Europe where they will play Pornograffitti in its entirety plus some of their biggest hits.

“We’re very pleased to present this award to Extreme this year,” said Jay Kenney, who co-founded Limelight Magazine in October 2006. “Their music isn’t easy to classify since it transcends genres, but that’s what makes them such a groundbreaking band. They have definitely left their mark on the New England music scene and beyond.”

The Legend Award is presented annually to a band or musician from New England who has been around for at least 25 years and is still going strong today. Past recipients of this award include BOSTON (2013), The Fools (2012) and MASS (2011).

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by Matthew Almquist and Theresa Andrewski of the Cape Cod-based band Beautiful Tuesday. Performers scheduled to appear include Krista Baroni, Brian Carroll, Brianna Grace, Jilly Martin, Jay Psaros, Ten Foot Polecats, 21st Century Fugitives, and Weld Square.

South Shore Music Hall is located at 1515 Hancock Street in Quincy. The venue has a full bar with a limited food menu. Parking is free.

Tickets for the awards show are $10 in advance and $13 day of show. They can be purchased online at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555722.

Limelight Magazine started out as a quarterly print publication, but has since moved its operations online, with the exception of an annual summer issue. Visit their website at www.limelightmagazine.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/limelightmagazine.

Ayla Brown to receive Unsung Hero Award

Ayla Brown (Photo by Amanda Van-Sandt)
Ayla Brown (Photo by Amanda Van-Sandt)

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter, Ayla Brown, will receive the Unsung Hero Award at this year’s sixth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards Ceremony that will take place at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, MA, on March 22nd.

Brown, who placed among the top 16 finalists on season five of American Idol, has supported a number of charitable causes over the years. Most recently, she released a country music, patriotic-inspired solo album titled, “Heroes & Hometowns,” and donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the first 2,000 CD’s sold to a military non-profit based out of Massachusetts called, Hugs for Heroes, Inc. This past Veteran’s Day, Brown presented Hugs for Heroes, Inc. with $5,000.00 live on FOX25. Still to this day, it is the largest one-time donation made to the organization. 

Furthermore, Brown has appeared in concert at Fenway Park on multiple occasions to help the Boston Red Sox and the players with their charitable endeavors including “Life Is Good At Fenway,” “Hot Stove, Cool Music,” “Jimmy Fund” with WEEI radio, and the “Beckett Bowl.” She also offers her vocal talents and time to the organization, “Songs of Love,” where she is currently a spokesperson, as well as singing and recording songs for ill-stricken children. 

The Unsung Hero award is given to a musician from New England who has made a significant contribution to the lives of others without asking for anything in return. Brown is the second recipient of this award. Last year, it was presented to Lisa Guyer who founded the Lisa Guyer Music Empowerment Program.

Katie Botelho, co-owner of Limelight Magazine, said it’s an honor to present this award to Brown this year.

“If anyone deserves this award it’s her,” said Botelho. “Her generosity and kindness is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.”

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by Matthew Almquist and Theresa Andreski of the Cape Cod-based band Beautiful Tuesday. Performers scheduled to appear include Krista Baroni, Brian Carroll, Brianna Grace, Jilly Martin, Jay Psaros, Ten Foot Polecats, 21st Century Fugitives, and Weld Square.

South Shore Music Hall is located at 1515 Hancock Street in Quincy. The venue has a full bar with a limited food menu. Parking is free.

Tickets for the awards show are $10 in advance and $13 day of show. They can be purchased online at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555722.

Limelight Magazine started out as a quarterly print publication, but has since moved its operations online, with the exception of an annual summer issue. Visit their website at www.limelightmagazine.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/limelightmagazine.

The complete list of nominees:

Young Performer of the Year

Jessie Chris

Closer Than We Appear

Four Noble Truths

Emily Hodges

Nolan Leite

Esmeree Skye

21st Century Fugitives

 Tribute Band of the Year

All Heart: Tribute to Heart

The American Who Sensation: Tribute to The Who

Beatles for Sale: Tribute to The Beatles

Clock Strikes Ten: Tribute to Cheap Trick

Fire Lake: Tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Forever Young: Tribute to Neil Young

Power of Love: Tribute to Huey Lewis & the News

Young Rust: Tribute to Neil Young

Live Act of the Year

The Aldous Collins Band

Bigtalkahh

Daddie Long Legs

            Patrick DeCoste

Freevolt

Richard James and The Name Changers

A Simple Complex

Weld Square

Female Vocalist of the Year

Susan Cattaneo          

Brianna Grace

Dorian Havers

Lisa Markovich

Amanda McCarthy    

Ilene Springer

Natalie Turgeon

Eva Walsh

Male Vocalist of the Year

Daniel Byrnes

Jeff Conley

Greg Lato

Joe Merrick

Sean O’Loughlin

Andrew Smith

Jonah Tolchin

Kevin Williams

Song of the Year

            Dalton and the Sheriffs – “Cheap Guitars”

Shaun England – “Tied to the Tracks”

            Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying”

The McGunks – “Working On A Hangover”

Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters – “If You Need Some (Come and Get Some)”

Fil Pacino – “Death By Lions”

Jessica Prouty Band – “Set Me Free”

            Brian Sances Band – “Driving Home”

Album of the Year (Group)

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove – Self-Titled

Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose

The Cranks – Orange

Elcodrive – The Long Way Home

For The Love of Sloane – Curses, Spells & Charms

Propergander – Wide Open

21st Century Fugitives – Regret Nothing

            Glenn Yoder & the Western States – Javelina

Album of the Year (Solo)

Rich Antonelli – Voiceless

Sarah Blacker – Precious Little Things

Lisa Couto – Not Going Under

Julie Dougherty – In This Place

Ian Fitzgerald – No Time To Be Tender

Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo

Adam Jensen – Behold the Man

Ashley Jordan – Nothing In Doubt

Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore Act of the Year

Along Came the Flood

BlackLight SunRise

Centerlink

Carnivora

Hellspeak

Matalon

Red Equals Meltdown

We Stand in Awe

Country Artist of the Year

Houston Bernard

Country Mile Band

Brianna Grace

Britt Hill

Shanna Jackman

Erin Ollis and the Whiskey Rye Band

Joe Macey

            Jilly Martin     

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Blocks of Seven

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove

Closer Than We Appear

Empire Street

Jesse Hanson

House On Cliff

One Time Mountain

Michael Spaulding 

Video of the Year (Group)

Aurora – “Little Traps”

Blocks of Seven – “I Can’t Take It Anymore”

Centerlink – “Distant Voices”

Mostly Commons – “Let It Go By”

The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War”

Paryah – “Stay Away”

Red Equals Meltdown – “What is Dead May Never Die”

Stay Seventeen – “On My Mind”

Video of the Year (Solo)

Krista Angelucci – “Like You”

Tiffani Dawn – “Fever”

Katlyn Evans – “Royals”

Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down”

Ashley Jordan – “If I Had You”

Jilly Martin – “I’m Getting There”

Jay Psaros – “The Orphan”

Will Evans – “Wishin’ Well”

Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Krista Baroni

Brian Carroll

Jesse Hanson

Adam Jensen

Alastair Moock

Kevin G. Moore

Dietrich Strause

Joe Young

Band of the Year

The Can’t Nots

The Field Effect

Mean Creek

Grace Morrison and the RSO

Nemes

A Simple Complex

The Ten Foot Polecats

Torn Shorts

Nominees revealed for sixth annual music awards

We are pleased to announce the nominees for this year’s sixth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards. Like prior years, the nominating process was completely fan driven, with the exception of “Song of the Year” which was nominated by radio DJs who support the local music scene. We received so many nominations for “Video of the Year” that we were able to break down the category into two separate ones, “Video of the Year” (Solo) and “Video of the Year” (Group). Furthermore, we added one new category: “Young Performer of the Year.”

As to how the nominees were selected, we simply took the top eight artists who received the most nominations by e-mail and placed them in each category. Some bands received as many as 40 nominations. Anyone who won an award in a specific category last year is ineligible to be nominated for that same award this year, unless it’s for new music being released (such as a song, album, or video). Public voting begins today and ends at 11:45 PM on Friday, Feb. 7.

An all-ages awards ceremony will be held at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, Mass., on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., where the winners will be revealed. Advanced tickets can be purchased online HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of show.

Like last year, eight artists will be randomly selected from all the nominees and asked to perform at the awards show. Performing at the ceremony does not mean that artist has won an award.

Check out the list of nominees below and be sure to vote in our poll HERE.

Young Performer of the Year

Jessie Chris

Closer Than We Appear

Four Noble Truths

Emily Hodges

Nolan Leite

Esmeree Skye

21st Century Fugitives

 Tribute Band of the Year

All Heart: Tribute to Heart

The American Who Sensation: Tribute to The Who

Beatles for Sale: Tribute to The Beatles

Clock Strikes Ten: Tribute to Cheap Trick

Fire Lake: Tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Forever Young: Tribute to Neil Young

Power of Love: Tribute to Huey Lewis & the News

Young Rust: Tribute to Neil Young

Live Act of the Year (complete)

The Aldous Collins Band

Bigtalkahh

Daddie Long Legs

            Patrick DeCoste

Freevolt

Richard James and The Name Changers

A Simple Complex

Weld Square

Female Vocalist of the Year

Susan Cattaneo         

Brianna Grace           

Dorian Havers

Lisa Markovich

Amanda McCarthy   

Ilene Springer

Natalie Turgeon

Eva Walsh

Male Vocalist of the Year

Daniel Byrnes

Jeff Conley

Greg Lato

Joe Merrick

Sean O’Loughlin

Andrew Smith

Jonah Tolchin

Kevin Williams 

Song of the Year

            Dalton and the Sheriffs – “Cheap Guitars”

Shaun England – “Tied to the Tracks”

            Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying”

The McGunks – “Working On A Hangover”

Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters – “If You Need Some (Come and Get Some)”

Fil Pacino – “Death By Lions”

Jessica Prouty Band – “Set Me Free”

            Brian Sances Band – “Driving Home”

Album of the Year (Group)

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove – Self-Titled

Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose

The Cranks – Orange

Elcodrive – The Long Way Home

For The Love of Sloane – Curses, Spells & Charms

Propergander – Wide Open

21st Century Fugitives – Regret Nothing

            Glenn Yoder & the Western States – Javelina           

Album of the Year (Solo)

Rich Antonelli – Voiceless

Sarah Blacker – Precious Little Things

Lisa Couto – Not Going Under

Julie Dougherty – In This Place

Ian Fitzgerald – No Time To Be Tender

Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo

Adam Jenson – Behold the Man

Ashley Jordan – Nothing In Doubt

Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore Act of the Year

Along Came the Flood

BlackLight SunRise

Centerlink

Carnivora

Hellspeak

Matalon

Red Equals Meltdown

We Stand in Awe 

Country Artist of the Year

Houston Bernard

Country Mile Band

Brianna Grace

Britt Hill

Shanna Jackman

Erin Ollis and the Whiskey Rye Band

Joe Macey

            Jilly Martin

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Blocks of Seven

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove

Closer Than We Appear

Empire Street

Jesse Hanson

House On Cliff

One Time Mountain

Michael Spaulding 

Video of the Year (Group)

Aurora – “Little Traps”

Blocks of Seven – “I Can’t Take It Anymore”

Centerlink – “Distant Voices”

Mostly Commons – “Let It Go By”

The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War”

Paryah – “Stay Away”

Red Equals Meltdown – “What is Dead May Never Die”

Stay Seventeen – “On My Mind”

Video of the Year (Solo)

Krista Angelucci – “Like You”

Tiffani Dawn – “Fever”

Katlyn Evans – “Royals”

Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down”

Ashley Jordan – “If I Had You”

Jilly Martin – “I’m Getting There”

Jay Psaros – “The Orphan”

Will Evans – “Wishin’ Well”

Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Krista Baroni

Brian Carroll

Jesse Hanson

Adam Jensen

Alastair Moock

Kevin G. Moore

Dietrich Strause

Joe Young

Band of the Year

The Can’t Nots

The Field Effect

Mean Creek

Grace Morrison and the RSO

Nemes

A Simple Complex

The Ten Foot Polecats

Torn Shorts

2013 Limelight Magazine Music Award Winners

What an amazing awards show last night at The Rock Junction in Coventry, RI! Can’t believe that we increased our attendance by well over 100 people from the previous year. Fortunately, we moved to a bigger venue. If you weren’t there, then you missed stellar performances from Sam Bowen & Blue Cat Groove, Brianna Grace, Fly Kite Canvas, Carlin Tripp, Jeff Bryd and Dirty Finch, Satellites Fall, Ashley Jordan, and The Great Escape: A Tribute to Journey. We’d also like to thank the following people for all of their help in making this awards show such a success (in alphabetical order): Lisa Azizian (of Almost Famous), Sarah Blacker (who hosted the show), BOSTON, Jessica Botelho, Jose & Dorothy Botelho, Nichole DeClercq, Lisa Guyer, Brian & Susan Kenney, Gail Parenteau (of Parenteau Guidance), Kristen Pierson (of Kristen Pierson Photography), Henry & Rick Ottaviano and the gracious staff at The Rock Junction, John Shea (of Almost Famous) Gorette Sousa, Cat Wilson (of The Cheap Seats), and to everyone who has supported us along the way since Limelight Magazine was founded in October 2006. – Jay & Katie, Co-Owners, Limelight Magazine/JKB Entertainment Group

Here’s one final run down of all the nominees, including the winners and runner ups. Kudos to every single one of these great musicians for making the local music scene vibrant in New England!!!

Legend Award

BOSTON

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From left, Gary Pihl and Tom Scholz of BOSTON

Unsung Hero Award

Lisa Guyer

Lisa Guyer
Lisa Guyer (center) with Jay and Katie

DJ Most Supportive of the Local Music Scene

Lisa Azizian & John Shea (of Almost Famous)

N.E. Tribute Band of the Year

Beast over Boston: Tribute to Iron Maiden

The Great Escape: Tribute to Journey (winner)

Gun Powder Gelatine: Tribute to Queen (runner up)

Holy Diver: Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Human Clay: Tribute to Creed

Klassik Kiss: Tribute to Kiss

Lotus Land: Tribute to Rush

LoveSexy: Tribute to Prince

Live Act of the Year

Awesome Express (winner)

Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch

Indiana Handshake

Tony Jones & The Cretin 3

Lansdowne (runner up)

Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde

Fly Kite Canvas (previously Scarlet)

Thurskills Vision

Female Vocalist of the Year

Lauren Bateman

Keturah Burgess

Dorian Havers (runner up)

Tammy Laforest

Erin Elizabeth Ollis

Jessica Prouty (winner)

Jessica Scalese

Jenny White

Male Vocalist of the Year

Corey Amaral

Joseph L. Auger

Walter Barlow

Norman Bishop

Mark Cutler (runner up)

Steven Scott Haidaichuk

Spogga Hash

Jesse Liam (winner)

Album/EP of the Year By Group

Closer Than We Appear – Evaluating Expressions (winner)

Fall and Bounce – Kickknack Avalanche

The Few – Headstock

Hemlok – A Cautionary Tale

Omega Reign – Arise

Satellites Fall – Lines On The Road (runner up tie)

A Simple Complex – Come Undone (runner up tie)

We Own Land – The Plan

Album/EP of the Year By Solo Act

Chris Allen – The Power of Chris Compels You

Sam Chase – Every Time I’m Home

Ian James – Grand Delusions

Brian Jarvis – Beautifully Broken

Ken Macy – Outline

Jay Psaros – Simply (runner up)

Hayley Reardon – Where The Artists Go

Sarah Swain – Every Little Bird (winner)

Metal Act of the Year

Bigtalkahh (winner)

A Dying Breed

The Folly of Man

Fuel of War (runner up)

Nothing Left to Give

Omega Reign

Santagata

To Die This Night

Country Artist of the Year

Krista Angelucci

Dalton and the Sheriffs

Kiley Evans

Brianna Grace (runner up)

Highway Ghosts

Shanna Jackman

Ashley Jordan (winner)

Erin Ollis

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Closer Than We Appear

Consuelo’s Revenge

Tammy Laforest (runner up)

Nymphidels

popALERT (winner)

Carlin Tripp

Weld Square

Zanois

Video of the Year

Krista Angelucci – “C R E E P” (winner tie)

Birch Hill Dam – “Fathom’s Below” (winner tie)

Sarah Blacker – “Knocked the Winds” (runner up)

Brad Byrd – “On My Way Down”

Ashley Jordan – “Fading Away”

J. Kelley Band-“Shake You”

Greg Lato – “Help You Out”

PopALERT – “I Don’t’ Deserve It”

Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Joseph L. Auger

Samuel Bowen

Nick Duane (runner up)

Joanne Lurgio

Amanda McCarthy (winner)

Danielle Miraglia

Hayley Reardon

Carly Tefft

Song of the Year

“Only Human” by Bigtalkahh

“One More Spin Around” by Kiley Evans

“Second Time Around” by Brianna Grace

“Wicked” by Sara Leketa (winner)

“Won’t Ever Quit” by Joanne Lurgio

“I Don’t Deserve It” by popALERT (runner up)

“One Night” by Satellites Fall

“Silver Wishes” by Jenn Zapata and the Dan Kirouac Band

Band of the Year

City of Squares

Dead Nobodies

For the Love of Sloane

J. Kelley Band

Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde (winner)

The Mighty Good Boys

Grace Morrison and the SRO

Naked Stills (runner up)

A packed house!
A packed house!

BOSTON to receive Legend Award

From left, Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl from BOSTON (Photo by Jon Viscott/www.GonnaHitchARide.com)
From left, Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl from BOSTON       (Photo by Jon Viscott/www.GonnaHitchARide.com)

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that BOSTON will receive the Legend Award at this year’s fifth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at the Rock Junction in Coventry, R.I., on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Founded in 1976 by guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer and engineer Tom Scholz and the late Brad Delp, BOSTON is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Their best known songs include “More Than A Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Foreplay/Long Time,” “Rock and Roll Band,” “Smokin’,” “Don’t Look Back” and “Amanda,” among others.

BOSTON has released five studio albums and one compilation album, selling over 31 million copies in the United States. Their self-titled debut album has sold over 17 million copies and is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. The band toured the United States last summer and is expected to release a new studio album in the near future.

There have been numerous talented musicians touring with BOSTON over the years, but the one constant alongside Tom since 1985 has been Gary Pihl, whom Tom views as indispensable to the band’s live performances.

“Among the many great bands that originated in New England, BOSTON is more than worthy to receive the Legend Award,” said Jay Kenney, who co-founded Limelight Magazine in October 2006. “When we solicited nominations for the Legend Award in early January, the overwhelming majority recommended BOSTON. We are very pleased to present this award to them this year.”

“We are very excited to present the Legend Award to BOSTON at this year’s music awards,” added co-owner Katie Botelho.

Past recipients of this award include MASS and The Fools.

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker. Performers scheduled to appear are Samuel Bowen and Blue Cat Groove, Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch, Fly Kite Canvas, Brianna Grace, The Great Escape: A Tribute to Journey, Ashley Jordan, Satellites Fall and Carlin Tripp.

The Rock Junction is located at 731 Centre of New England Blvd. in Coventry, R.I. The venue has a full bar and dinner menu. Parking is free.

Tickets for the awards show are $10 each and $12 day of show. They can be purchased online through http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

Limelight Magazine started out as a quarterly publication, but has since moved its operations online. Visit their website at www.limelightmagazine.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/limelightmagazine.

“It seems each year, the award show gets bigger and better and we wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Botelho.

Lisa Guyer to receive Unsung Hero Award

Lisa Guyer
Lisa Guyer

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Lisa Guyer will receive the Unsung Hero Award at this year’s fifth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards that will take place at the Rock Junction in Coventry, R.I., on March 16, 2013.

Guyer, who is the front woman for the band Mama Kicks and a vocalist on Sully Erna’s solo album Avalon, founded the Lisa Guyer Music Empowerment Program this past summer in New Hampshire for young adults between the ages of 13 and 18 to help them find their own “it” factor through music, movement and motivation. The five-day program encouraged participants to explore their own innate creativity by giving them access to the tools necessary to nurture their inner artist.

Limelight Magazine co-owner Jay Kenney felt that Guyer was the ideal person to be the first recipient of this award.

“By definition, the unsung hero award is given to a musician from New England who has made a significant contribution in the lives of others without asking for any reward in return,” said Kenney, who co-founded Limelight Magazine in 2006. “Lisa and her team touched the lives of many young adults this past summer, enabling them to become better people through music. I wish there was a program like this when I was growing up.”

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker. Performers scheduled to appear are Samuel Bowen and Blue Cat Groove, Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch, Fly Kite Canvas, Brianna Grace, The Great Escape: A Tribute to Journey, Ashley Jordan, Satellites Fall and Carlin Tripp.

The Rock Junction is located at 731 Centre of New England Blvd. in Coventry, R.I. The venue has a full bar and dinner menu. Parking is free.

Tickets for the awards show are $10 each and $12 day of show. They can be purchased online through http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

Limelight Magazine started out as a quarterly publication, but has since moved its operations online. Visit their website at www.limelightmagazine.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/limelightmagazine.

The complete list of nominees:

N.E. Tribute Band of the Year

Beast over Boston: Tribute to Iron Maiden

The Great Escape: Tribute to Journey

Gun Powder Gelatine:Tribute to  Queen

Holy Diver: Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Human Clay: Tribute to Creed

Klassik Kiss: Tribute to Kiss

Lotus Land: Tribute to Rush

LoveSexy: Tribute to Prince

Live Act of the Year

Awesome Express

Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch

Indiana Handshake

Tony Jones & The Cretin 3

Lansdowne

Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde

Fly Kite Canvas (previously Scarlet)

Thurskills Vision

Female Vocalist of the Year

Lauren Bateman

Keturah Burgess

Dorian Havers

Tammy Laforest Schneider

Erin Elizabeth Ollis

Jessica Prouty

Jessica Scalese

Jenny White

Male Vocalist of the Year

Corey Amaral

Joseph L. Auger

Walter Barlow

Norman Bishop

Mark Cutler

Steven Scott Haidaichuk

Spogga Hash

Jesse Liam

Album/EP of the Year By Group

Closer Than We Appear – Evaluating Expressions

Fall and Bounce – Kickknack Avalanche

The Few – Headstock

Hemlok – A Cautionary Tale

Omega Reign – Arise

Satellites Fall – Lines On The Road

A Simple Complex – Come Undone

We Own Land – The Plan

Album/EP of the Year By Solo Act

Chris Allen – The Power of Chris Compels You

Sam Chase – Every Time I’m Home

Ian James – Grand Delusions

Brian Jarvis – Beautifully Broken

Ken Macy – Outlines

Jay Psaros – Simply

Hayley Reardon – Where The Artists Go

Sarah Swain – Every Little Bird

Metal Act of the Year

Bigtalkahh

A Dying Breed

The Folly of Man

Fuel of War

Nothing Left to Give

Omega Reign

Santagata

To Die This Night

Country Artist of the Year

Krista Angelucci

Dalton and the Sheriffs

Kiley Evans

Brianna Grace

Highway Ghosts

Shanna Jackman

Ashley Jordan

Erin Ollis

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Closer Than We Appear

Consuelo’s Revenge

Tammy Laforest Schneider

Nymphidels

popALERT

Carlin Tripp

Weld Square

Zanois

Video of the Year

Krista Angelucci – “C R E E P”

Birch Hill Dam – “Fathom’s Below”

Sarah Blacker – “Knocked the Winds”

Brad Byrd – “On My Way Down”

Ashley Jordan – “Fading Away”

J. Kelley Band-“Shake You”

Greg Lato – “Help You Out”

PopALERT – “I Don’t’ Deserve It”

Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Joseph L. Auger

Samuel Bowen

Nick Duane

Joanne Lurgio

Amanda McCarthy

Danielle Miraglia

Hayley Reardon

Carly Tefft

Song of the Year

“Only Human” by Bigtalkahh

“One More Spin Around” by Kiley Evans

“Second Time Around” by Brianna Grace

“Wicked” by Sara Leketa

“Won’t Ever Quit” by Joanne Lurgio

“I Don’t Deserve It” by popALERT

“One Night” by Satellites Fall

“Silver Wishes” by Jenn Zapata and the Dan Kirouac Band

Band of the Year

City of Squares

Dead Nobodies

For the Love of Sloane

J. Kelley Band

Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde

The Mighty Good Boys

Grace Morrison and the SRO

Naked Stills