Sammys Nominations

Who are your favorites in the local music scene? Be sure to place your votes for the “People’s Choice” categories.

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As Donna Colton serenaded the assembled newshounds, familiar names and newbies were among the nominees revealed during the Syracuse Area Music Awards (Sammys) press conference held Feb. 2 at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre.

The upcoming festivities include the Sammys Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which takes place Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m., at Upstairs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St. The honorees include a much-anticipated reunion of the 1970s rock band Jam Factory; British blues pioneers Savoy Brown; veteran keyboardist George “Li’l Georgie” Rossi; and gospel favorites Bells of Harmony. Jazz instrumentalist Mark Copani will be honored as Educator of the Year, while late jazz singer Mark Murphy, who passed away in October 2015, will received a posthumous Sammys Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets are $25; mail payments to SAMMY, P.O. Box 11196, Syracuse 13218.

The Sammys Awards ceremony take place Friday, March 4, at the Palace, 2384 James St. Advance tickets are $20, available at There will be live performances by Jam Factory, Carolyn Kelly Blues Band, Joe Driscoll, Ohne-Ka and the Burning River and Savoy Brown.

Here are the nominees:

Best Pop: Bill Mott, Elizabeth Canino, Emma Jude, Jason Bean, The Guise

Best Country: Chris Taylor, Dirtroad Ruckus, Lonnie Park, Mick Fury, Moonshine River Band

Best Jazz: Andrew Carroll, Bob Holz, Jimmy Cox

Best Hip Hop or Rap: Mafiosa, Steve Cook & Cyph, Street Rock Mafia, Tone Atlas, World Be Free

Best Americana: Early Bird Trio, John Cadley, Molly and the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys, Rabbit in the Rye, The Brothers MacRae

Best Alternative: The Action!, Department, Mountains & Valleys, Professional Victims, Trespassers

Best Rock: Chris Eves, Golden Novak Band, Honor Bright, Joe Whiting, Lonesome Crow

Best Hard Rock: After Earth, Fall of Humanity, One Step From Falling, Terror Byte, Wagner 3000

Best Jam Band: Barroom Philosophers, Jam Factor, The Lightkeepers

Best Folk: Allison and Zoe, Austin MacRae, Colleen Kattau, Gina Holsopple, Greg Pier

Best Other Style: Jason Kessler, Josh Dekaney, Nick and Noah, The AdVentures, Yazell/Richardson  SNT


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