Boston Music Awards at the Avalon Ballroom on September 27

A Review of the Boston Music Awards at the Avalon Ballroom on September 27

, Editor-in-Chief

We are very fortunate to live in a city that is rich in culture and steeped in music history that continues to evolve today. The 19th annual Boston Music Awards were held last Wednesday night at Avalon, celebrating the extraordinary depth of talent that the city encompasses in all facets of music. Unfortunately, it seemed that either no one cared or those that were in attendance were more concerned with socializing at the bar.

In all, 27 trophies were awarded on the night (a complete list is available below). The big winner on the night was cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls, who walked away with “Act of The Year” as well as “Best Pop/Rock Act.” In addition, singer Amanda Palmer was named “Best Female Vocalist” and drummer Brian Viglione was in great form through the night, as he enjoyed the show dressed in bear costume. The only other band took notch multiple awards was Aberdeen City for “Local Album Of The Year” (The Freezing Atlantic) and “Best Local Rock Band.”

Intertwined in the ceremony, which ran in smooth fashion for just over two hours, were 12 performances that spanned the city’s diverse talent. Opening the festivities was the World Beat Pop Lab, who draped in their lab coats drummed their way through the Avalon crowd before taking stage with the female rap duo, EJ Labb. Melissa Ferrick – “Best Female Singer/Songwriter” winner – delivered a passionate rendition of “Inside”. She then teamed up with The Slip – winners of “Best Live Act – to pay tribute to hometown legends The Pixies with a cover of “Wave of Mutilation”. The Slip followed with “Eisenhower” which proved they deserved their victory in the “Best Live Act.” Other standout performances included The Dents and Damone who rocked out the “Song of The Year” winning “Out Here All Night.”

Gang Green, the legendary hardcore outfit from Braintree, were inducted to the BMA Hall of Fame. They showed no rust as they energetically delivered a handful of old favorites including “Let’s Drink Some Beer” and “Have Fun.” Former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf accepted the “Unsung Hero” award on behalf of winner Duke Levine, whom he referred to as “one of our crown jewels.” The genuine highlight of the night was when Peter Gammons – who recently recovered from a brain aneurysm – took stage to accept his award for “Best Blues Act.”

Other notable winners included the Dropkick Murphys for “Best Punk Act” and Guster for “Album of the Year -Major Label” (Ganging Up On The Sun). Jake Brennan took home “Best Local Male Vocalist” while Sarah Borges did the same for “Best Local Female Vocalist” – perhaps the first couple to do so at the BMAs. Sadly, none of the performances or for that matter, few of the acceptance speeches garnered anything more than a golf clap from the lethargic crowd. In fact, in some cases the crowd’s chatter drowned out the award presenter.

The show turned ugly when comedian/wanna be rocker Robby Roadsteamer took stage to present “Local Song Of The Year.” I guess show organizers should have expected what they were going to get from the guy – considering he was someone nominated for the same category – but what would have sounded funny on his local radio stint the following day was just plain pathetic in person. After spouting a chorus of f-bombs chastising the BMAs, Roadsteamer walked off with the trophy (literally, and even still has it in his hands today…) that was supposed to be handed over to the Snowleopards for “Stuck In The Middle.” At least the true comedian on the night, Ken Reid, was indeed very funny.
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The BMA’s closed out with a rousing performance by Bang Camaro that included “. The hard rock/80’s metal style super group led by a choir of lead singers (15 or so from an array of local bands) and is truly one of the best and most indescribable experiences in town. It was only their third live performance but word is they are working on a full-length debut album. Meanwhile, be sure to check these guys out on their MySpace page and stay tuned for another live show (we hope soon!).

The BMAs were set up to be another great night to celebrate the city’s best, but to say that the lack of respect amongst those that were in attendance was disappointing, would be an understatement. One can only hope that next year’s ceremony goes better.

The 2006 Boston Music Awards Winners

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &
Gang Green & & &

HARD ROCK BAND
Godsmack & & &

LOCAL ROCK BAND
Aberdeen City

UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Duke Levine & & &

PUNK BAND
Dropkick Murphys& & &

BEST NEW LOCAL ACT
Humanwine

ACT OF THE YEAR
Dresden Dolls & & &

AMERICANA
Lucky 57& & &

LOCAL PRODUCER
Matthew Ellard

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (MAJOR)
Guster – Ganging Up On the Sun& & &

FUNK OR JAM BAND
Parker House and Theory& & &

LOCAL MALE VOCALIST
Jake Brennan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Indie)
Misson of Burma – The Obliterati

BLUES ACT
Peter Gammons &
The Hot Stove All Stars& & &

LOCAL FEMALE VOCALIST
Sarah Borges

LOCAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Aberdeen City – The Freezing Atlantic& & &

JAZZ ACT
Hiromi

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls)

LOCAL DEBUT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Campaign for Real Time – Yes… I Mean No& & &

RAP/HIP-HOP ACT
Mr. Lif

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Josh Ritter

SONG OF THE YEAR
Damone- "Out Here all Night" – Out Here All Night& & &

WORLD MUSIC ACT
Boston Afrobeat Society& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &

LOCAL SONG OF THE YEAR
Snowleopards "Stuck in the Middle" (Self-Release) & &

FOLK ACT
Antje Duvekot

MALE SINGER/SONGWRITER
Will Dailey

OUTSTANDING POP/ROCK BAND
Dresden Dolls& & &

LIVE ACT
The Slip

FEMALE SINGER/SONGWRITER
Melissa Ferrick

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