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The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 5
The New Times Music Awards honors the best local musicians as five fight to be crowned Best Live PerformerBattle royale!
By GLEN STARKEY
Maybe Fialta, the band that grew out of Sherwood, the SLO-based act discovered by Tom Anderson of Myspace and signed to the Myspace label. They toured the world and released three albums before breaking up in 2012. Fialta’s breezy, lush, summer sounds might wow the judges: Bruce Howard of Otter Productions, Inc.; Tim Reed of Vina Robles Amphitheatre; and Michael Antonette of New Times.
Or maybe it will be Cassidy “Taktical” Wright, a member of Public Defendaz, whose gritty, smooth rhymes have made him a local hip-hop favorite. He comes from a musical family and used his percussion skills and a Boss DR-5 drum machine and began writing rhymes. Now he’s a local legend.
Of course, you can’t discount rocker Travis Warren, who when Blind Melon decided to revive itself after the death of Shannon Hoon was tapped to replace Hoon as lead singer. You may recall Warren from his days fronting popular local rock act Rain Fur Rent or the duo The Lookout Kids.
Or maybe it will be dark horse Vincent Bernardy, who often plays under the name St. Vincent Folk. It’s hard to explain his diverse, textured sound, but let me put it this way: He’s up for awards for the Americana/folk/country genre, the rock/alternative genre, Songwriter of the Year competition, and Album of the Year.
Other artists who will be on hand to collect their awards are Group Home Music, Erin Inglish, James Kaye, Klockwyze, Cheyenne McDonald, MC Risk, The Mother Corn Shuckers, MD 2020, Smokin Joe Pilloud, Jimmy Riggs Band, The Tipsy Gypsies, and We Were Superheroes. And you’ll also find out who won the Readers Choice Award.
Come witness our amazing and diverse local music scene in action, and pay tribute to this year’s winners! I’ll be there to cover it all, and if you miss it, you can read all about it in next week’s Art Bash! column.
Glen Starkey takes a beating and keeps on bleating. Keep up with him via twitter at twitter.com/glenstarkey, friend him at facebook.com/glenstarkey or myspace.com/glenstarkey, or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.