Who won in the 2019 SAMMYS? Check out the winners list

The 2019 Syracuse Area Music Awards saw a medley of local musicians and music-scene supporters once again honored for their dedication and service to the Central New York arts community. More than 600 people attended the annual, gala-like awards ceremony on March 8 at Eastwood's Palace Theatre to see who would take home the coveted black obelisk this year.

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Nominees were whittled down from about 111 submissions, and the SAMMYS committee announced their final decisions this weekend. See the full list of winners below:


2019 SAMMY Award Winners

Best Pop

  • Forgottensong, Forgottensong Vol. 1 and 2
  • Emma Jude, Pocket Full of Postcards
  • Screen Test, Through the Past Brightly

Best Jazz

  • Byron Kidd Cage, Platinum Healing Glove
  • Bob Holz, Silverthorne

Best Blues

  • Cloutier, Thunder N Lightning
  • Neil Minet and the Night Flyers, Shades of Blue
  • Steven D. Odum, Steve Odum Plays His Blues
  • Ron Spencer Band, Into the Blue
  • Tas Cru, Memphis Song

Best R&B

  • Apollo XXIII, Borderline
  • Jaquiel THEVOICE, The Natural Project
  • Irv Lyons Jr., Sisters & Brothers
  • The Ripcords, Live at Subcat Studios

Best Hip Hop / Rap

  • Big Nate MG, No Hooks Needed X Hook Line
  • G-Netics, Elevated
  • J.R. Lottary, Instant Win
  • Chris Mac, Go for Broke Project
  • MLA, Salute Me

Best Rock

  • Atkins Riot, Atkins Riot “Iguanas”
  • Climbing Stars, Ascension
  • Jukin’ Bone, Unfinished Business
  • Tony Touris, Ghost Town
  • The Trend, J. Marc Memorial Show

Best Hard Rock

  • Amerikan Primitive, Down to the Devil
  • Between Hope and Fear, Between Hope and Fear
  • Damon Larus, Crusade
  • The Last Divide, The Last Divide
  • One Step from Falling, Stuck

Best Alternative

  • The Amazing Shakes, 10X The Crash
  • The Beuchesnes, Twilight Interstate
  • Late Earth, Late Earth
  • Strange to Look At, Strange to Look At
  • Sympathy, For Everyone to See
  • Townhouse Warrior, Words, Unsaid

Best Americana

  • Joe Davoli, Golden Rule
  • Dennis McGuire’s One Man Band, Old Songs Rusty Strings
  • Ghost Town Ramblers, Ghost Town Ramblers
  • Eileen Nicholson Kalfass, Crossing Bridges

Best Country

  • Steven Cali, American Farmer
  • Follow the Muse, American Days
  • Moonshine River Band, Bad Habit
  • Lonnie Park, Stories of the Lost and Found

Best Other Style

  • Fritz’s Polka Band, Hey!
  • Emedin Rivera, Tropical Turbulence
  • Samba Laranja: The SU Brazilian Ensemble, Gurana

Best Jam Band

  • Count Blastula, Jive Honey
  • Ginbucket, On Ice
  • The Lightkeepers, Talking Man’s Blues
  • Mike Davis and the Laughing Buddha Episodes, Find Yourself Caterpillar
  • Sundrop Rise, Family Tree

Best Singer-Songwriter

  • Sydney Irving, The Halfmoon Sessions
  • Jess Novak, Fear is the Cage, Love is the Key
  • Rhiannon Payne, Folklore
  • Darryl Rahn, Making Strangers
  • Stephen Douglas Wolfe, Quixotic Symphony

Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist

  • Trench

People's Choice Awards

Favorite Band

  • Small Town Shade

Favorite Scholastic Band

  • Cicero-North Syracuse Marching Band

Favorite Venue

  • Homer Center for the Arts

Favorite Festival / Music Series

  • Taste of Syracuse

Additional Honors

Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Scott Dixon
  • Al Falso
  • Little Jan & The Radiants
  • Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

Music Educator

  • Melissa Gardiner

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Lou Reed
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