The afterparty is still going on as I write this, but, while we assess what happened last night at the 12th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards event at the Emery Theatre — the first sold-out show and quite possibly the best show in CEA history — here's who won what last night.
The enormity of having Bootsy Collins and some legendary James Brown cohorts as well as Ralph Stanley performing at the CEAs hit me when I drove up to the Emery in the afternoon to drop off scripts and the CD with winner's music. When I pulled up to the venue, I was behind Ralph Stanley's tour bus, maneuvering the tight turns of Over-the-Rhine. When I walked into the Emery, Bootsy and his famous colleagues were sound-checking with a mini-set that seemed already perfect.
I was blown away by the bookended performances. This truly represented the history of what would become Rock & Roll. It was almost surreal to watch. We should be so proud of Cincinnati's place in music history.
(Click here for more photos than you can shake a stick at; a visual documentary of the event)
If I can put my feelings into words, I'll write more. In the meantime, here's who won the awards last night:
BEST LIVE ACT
BEST MUSICAL AMBASSADOR
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Sonny Moorman Group
Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar
Jake Speed & the Freddies
The Seedy Seeds
Knife the Symphony
Daughters and Sons
500 Miles to Memphis
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Martin Moore
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Barkinghaus, The Sundresses
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(Photo of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys by Sean Hughes; click on it to enlarge)