It is hard for me to fathom that 30 years have literally flown by since The Review presented its very first Music Awards Ceremony, hosted at historic Fordney Hotel, that featured performances by a then unknown Larry McCray, country artists Romeo Ridge, the classic jazz combo Silk, and The Mick Furlo Band, featuring drummer Donny Brown, who later went on to international fame with The Verve Pipe.
Since our first ceremony in 1987, the Review Music Awards have evolved into one of the premier cultural events in the Great Lakes Bay Area and beyond, awarding trophies in over 60 categories of Rock, Country, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Folk and Alternative.
Over the years this event has traveled many halls & theatres throughout the Tri-cities, and this year we are pleased to be presenting our landmark 30th Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration on Wednesday, April 20th at LumberBaron’s Brewery in their beautiful Genevieve Ballroom, located at 804 E. Midland Street in Bay City from 6:00 PM – 1:00 PM, with doors opening at 5:00 PM.
The diversity & scope of the RMA Awards truly makes this ceremony a regionalized version of the 'Grammy Awards'. The top five groups and musicians in each category were nominated by fans and the general public through an online ballot process over a three-month period from January through March. This year over 8,482 total votes were cast, with over 948 musicians throughout the region nominated The final round of voting witnessed over 1000 votes the first weekend alone!
For me what remains eternally exciting is the fact that the music we value and honor with this event has reached and branched out in so many amazing directions, solidifying the stature of talent we are fortunate to have, cultivate, and nurture here in the Great Lakes Bay area.
Obviously, many changes have occurred in the Music Scene over the past three decades. Apart from the
explosion of the Internet and the empowerment of musicians through venues such as Facebook, one thing that remains consistent is the need for artists to have venues to perform live and reach the flesh & blood of audiences; another is for them to receive this well-deserved recognition from their peers and fans.
This awards ceremony is the only one of its kind that connects people, audiences and artists together insofar as the public at large determines the winners. But in the final analysis, every musician nominated is a ‘winner’, for how can there truly be a ‘loser’ when it comes to the gifted pursuit of creativity.
The single purpose of this ceremony is to bring greater community, statewide, and national recognition to local talent, which we feel has a rich history of being one of the strongest in the state, and giving it the proper notoriety and attention that it deserves. Guest personalities, cultural, and community leaders will assist in handing out awards the night of the ceremony, while a strong list of regional performers will headline this year's show with live performances.
Tickets for this special ceremony are only $15.00 in advance, and $20.00 at the door, or you can purchase a block of six table tickets for $60.00. A dining menu will be available for all attending and advance tickets are now on sale at the following locations: SAGINAW: Review Magazine, White's Bar, Records & Tapes Galore, Oppermann's Cork 'n Ale, Mac's Bar & Counter Culture. BAY CITY: Lumberbaron's Brewery/The Stables, Herter Music & Electric Kitsch. MIDLAND: Boychuck's State Farm Insurance • Mid Michigan Music & Fulkerson Music Studios.
Tickets may also be purchased online by going to eventbrite.com.
The following is the Program Itinerary & Schedule for this year’s ceremony, which promises to be a memorable and high-spirited evening of unparalleled entertainment that showcases famous artists from the past that have made their mark over the decades, along with newcomers that are blazing exciting new musical trails.
If you have any questions about the ceremony, feel free to phone us at 989-780-4162.
30th Annual Review Music Awards Schedule & Itinerary
5:00 – 6:00 PM. Video Highlights of Previous Awards Ceremonies
A retrospective of musical history in the making, spanning 29 years of performances and highlights from the Review Music Awards.
6:00 - 6:10 PM • Opening Remarks
Review Magazine publisher & editor Robert E. Martin welcomes nominees and attendees and recaps the voting procedure.
6:10 - 6:30 PM • COUNTRY AWARDS
6:30 - 7:00 PM • Jen Cass & the Lucky Nows
This high energy husband and wife team, featuring singer-songwriter Jen Cass and multi-instrumentalist Eric Janetsky, combine for a folk and blues blend of Americana roots rock that has helped them win a diverse audience all over the country. Some of the best musicians in Michigan sit in with The Lucky Nows, so you never know who’s going to be a part of the shows. Tonight they are joined by Andy Rogers.
7:00 - 7:20 PM • MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS
7:20 - 7:40 • Andrew Kitzman
Andrew Kitzman is trying to blow your mind like a Rockstar on a Singer/Songwriter’s budget. His style is still evolving but could be described as bare bones songwriting. His new album Try TRy TRY is available on AndrewKitzman.com
7:40 - 8:00 • Melissa May & Brian Coonan
This talented duo consists of vocalist, guitarist, and violinist Melissa May, whom over the past 12-years has performed with such notable groups as The Banana Convention, The Thunderchickens and is also currently involved with Black Flower Blossom. Guitarist Brian Coonan has been on the scene for nearly 3 decades and also currently performs with Slick Jimmy. Together since November, 2015, this duo will focus tonight on turning the spotlight upon several of their strong original compositions.
8:00 - 8:20 • MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS Continued
8:20 - 9:00 • Brush Street Featuring Julie Mulady w/Horns & Strings
Michael Brush & Brush Street have won numerous honors at the Review Music Awards over the 30-year expanse of this ceremony. Tonight the group consists of vocalist Julie Mulady, bassist Terry Newman, drummer Chuck Edwards, and Archie Sawyer on trumpet, Vickie Bowden on alto, and Scott Tuttle on tenor. The set will include older and more recent songs that Mike has written, from “Exposed” (1985) to “Pieces” (2013). The arrangements have all been tweaked to incorporate slightly different instrumentation.
9:00- 9:15 PM • JAZZ AWARDS
9:15 - 10:00 PM • LARRY McCRAY & MATT BESEY
We are incredibly honored to have the immensely talented Larry McCray and Matt Besey joining together for a remarkable set of cutting edge ‘rockin’ Blues. Larry and Matt have both received numerous honors at this ceremony since its inception; and each have earned broad acclaim for their talents. They are also expected to feature several surprise guest performers joining them for this musical celebration.
10:00 - 10:20 PM • BLUES AWARDS
10:20 – 10:50 PM • ADABOY!
This newly formed quartet of talented rockers consists of Mike Richards (vocals, guitar, percussion); Josh Sampson (guitar & vocals); Conner Peil (drums & vocals) and Bill Killips (bass & vocals). Focusing upon the genres of Alternative Rock & Pop, tonight they will also showcase many original compositions from their debut CD release.
10:50 – 11:05 PM • ROCK AWARDS
11:05 - 11:35 PM • The Chase Engel Band
This group is looking to change what you think about when you come see a live rock band. Their new live video for their original song “Michigan” has been doing just that. The Chase Engel Band wants to prove you can still come see a rock band play and be entertained.
11:35 – 11:50 PM • RAP/HIP-HOP AWARDS
11:50 PM - 12:30 AM • Redburn
This band delivers a sound of hip-hop fused with rock melody. Their messages are deep and soul felt. The music is melodic and the lyrics reflect struggle, death, depression, and pain felt issues. They have toured with the band “Rehab” in their first national journey since their birth a year ago and continue to play numerous national venues with bands such as Powerman 5000, Saving Abel, Saliva, Uncle Kracker, Papa Roach, Hinder and so on. Ladies and Gentleman .... REDBURN.
12:30 – 12:45 AM • The Final Four
Best Alternative Band • Best Metal Band • Best Original Band • Best Variety Band