The 16th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards take place at the Madison Theater in Covington this Sunday. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The CEAs are a party, first and foremost, for local musicians (nominated or not), but also for the fans that nurture and support them.
The “ceremony” part of the awards show mostly entails the doling out of trophies to the winners, primarily chosen by the artists’ fans via online voting. But this isn’t some stuffy, self-congratulatory snooze fest. The CEAs have featured some great, unique performances in their history and this edition is no different.
This year’s CEA performances include short sets from nominees like Indie Pop duo Bad Veins, Punk Rock faves The Dopamines, soulful vocalist Jess Lamb and her band, eclectic Hip Hop/Rock band Gold Shoes and Boogie Woogie Blues pianist Ricky Nye (who will be joined by some special guests).
The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation has also organized an all-star jam of sorts, with a performance featuring several local Roots artists — including Mark Utley of Magnolia Mountain and David Rhodes Brown — who participated in the Come Play the Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams at Herzog sessions. The CUMHF re-recorded four songs from the 2011 compilation, The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, which featured artists like Bob Dylan and Jack White performing newly written songs based on lyrics found with Williams at the time of his death in 1953. The all-star crew assembled downtown at CUMHF headquarters in the same space Williams recorded some of his biggest early hits (when it was Herzog studios) and released the results as a four-song EP. The CEA VIP tickets — available at CincyTicket.com for $50 — benefit the non-profit CUMHF; VIPs receive a membership to the organization and other goodies.
The after-party includes the awarding of the Fashion Trashies, The Fairmount Girls’ funky version of a red-carpet fashion show. Look your best on the red carpet before the CEAs and you might just receive one of the coveted, handmade trophies at the post-show soiree.
The after-party will also feature funny first-time CEA ceremony host Ted Clark of late-night live talk show Ted Clark After Dark. Clark will present his talk show at The Loft as part of the festivities. There will also be free food and drink specials.
As a refresher, the following are are this year’s CEA nominees:
Rock: Buffalo Killers; Mad Anthony; The KillTones; The Harlequins; Lemon Sky; Mangrenade
Folk/Americana: The Tillers; Magnolia Mountain; Shiny and The Spoon; Young Heirlooms; Josh Eagle and the Harvest City; The Kentucky Struts
Electronic: You, You’re Awesome; Playfully Yours; Moonbow; Freekbot; Skeleton Hands; Skeetones
World Music/Reggae: Orquesta Kandela; The Cliftones; The Pinstripes; Baoku Moses; Tropicoso; Junya Be
Hard Rock: Valley of the Sun; The Mighty Swine; Chakras; Atlantis Becoming; Specyphi; Total Dudes
Country: Kelly Thomas; Jeremy Pinnell & The 55’s; Tex Schramm & The Radio King Cowboys; Mason James; Dallas Moore Band; Ryan Broshear
Alternative/Indie: Wussy; The Seedy Seeds; Automagik; Bad Veins; Why?; The Yugos
Bluegrass: Rumpke Mountain Boys; Comet Bluegrass All Stars; Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers; Hickory Robot; Rabbit Hash String Band; Rattlesnakin’ Daddies
Singer/Songwriter: Pete Dressman; Mark Utley; Zak Morgan; Josh Eagle; Jeremy Pinnell; Kelly Thomas
Punk: Switchblade Syndicate; The Dopamines; Swear Jar; Mixtapes; Horsecop; Martin Luther and the Kings
Hip Hop: J Skillz; Those Guys; The Natives; Gold Shoes; Eclipse; Santino Corleon
Blues: Noah Wotherspoon Band; Ricky Nye; Leo Clarke Band; Natalie Wells; 46 Long; Grooveshire
Metal: Beneath Oblivion; Grey Host; Winterhymn; Scarangella; Pulse 8; Livid
R&B/Soul/Funk: The Cincy Brass; Los Honchos; Sassafraz; Jess Lamb; The Guitars; The MJ’S Blues
Jazz: The Faux Frenchmen; Blue Wisp Big Band; Us, Today; William Menefield; John Zappa; Jamset
Best Live Act: Foxy Shazam; 500 Miles to Memphis; The Newbees; Why?; Walk the Moon; Automagik
New Artist Of the Year: Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s; DAAP Girls; Ohio Knife; The Natives; R. Ring; Public; Heavy Hinges
Album Of The Year: Bad Veins – The Mess We’ve Made; Buffalo Killers – Dig.Sow.Love.Grow; Culture Queer – Nightmare Band; The Happy Maladies – New Again; Hickory Robot – Sawyer; The Pinstripes – I; Rumpke Mountain Boys – Trashgrass; Wussy – Strawberry
Artist Of The Year: Alone at 3AM; Bad Veins; Foxy Shazam; The Pinstripes; Pomegranates; Walk the Moon; Why?; Wussy
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