2018 WAMI Award Winners Announced

After a rain check (read: snow check), the 2018 WAMI Awards were given out last night at the Fox Valley Peforming Arts Center in Appleton. Say what you’d like about the WAMI’s, but they are a reminder that there is more than just great music coming out of Milwaukee. That being said, here are your winners:

Artist of the Year: GGOOLLDD

Album of the Year: Tre Principesse – “Getting To Know You”

Song of the Year: Altered Five Blues Band – “Charmed and Dangerous”

New Artist of the Year: Tre Principesse

Male Vocalist of the Year: Kyle Megna

Female Vocalist of the Year: Abby Jeanne

Singer/Songwriter of the Year: Tom Thiel

Rising Star of the Year: Lokke and Jaid Ruffing (Tie)

Best Alternative Rock/Rock Artist: Kyle Megna & The Monsoons

Best Bluegrass/Americana Artist: Ordinary Heathens

Best Christian/Gospel Artist: John Paul Larson

Best Blues Artist: Altered Five Blues Band

Best Country Artist: Bella Cain

Best Cover Artist: Vic Ferrari

Best Folk/Celtic Artist: Warrior Songs

Best Hard Rock Artist: Black Belt Theatre

Best Metal Artist: Beatallica

Punk Artist: Platinum Boys

Best Jazz Artist: Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston

Best Polka Artist: Val Sigal Polka

Best Pop/Rock Artist: Soul Low

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist: BLAX

Best R&B/Soul Artist: Porky’s Groove Machine

Best World/Reggae/Ska/Latin: Unity The Band

Best Club/DJ/Dance/Electronic Artist: NO/NO

Best Horn/Big Band Artist: Phat Phunktion

Best Tribute Artist: The Rush Tribute Project

Best Bassist: Evil Evans

Best Drummer: Adam Hatton

Best Guitarist: Bobby Evans

Best Keyboardist: Mark Chartre

Best Reeds/Brass: Al Falasci

Best Strings: Emily Knutson

Best Studio Engineer/Producer: Tom Washatka

Best Recording Studio: Rock Garden

Best Live Club/Venue: Gibson Music Hall

Best Live Engineer Sound/Lights: Mike Fleury

President’s Award: Ryan Vander Sanden

People’s Choice Award Winners

Southwest WI:

People’s Choice Artist/Band – Pat Watters Band

People’s Choice  Teacher: Brad Burril

People’s Choice  Radio: 97.1 WCOW

People’s Choice  Venue: Fawn Creek Winery

People’s Choice Fan: Mark Breunig

Northwest WI:

People’s Choice Artist/Band: Spicy Tie Band

People’s Choice Teacher: Brian McLaughlin

People’s Choice Radio: Rock 94.7 WOZZ

People’s Choice Venue: Hodag

People’s Choice Fan: Leanne Booher

Northeast WI:

People’s Choice Artist/Band: BoomBoxx

People’s Choice Teacher: Mark Budwit

People’s Choice Radio: Razor 94.7

People’s Choice Venue: Déjà vu Martini Lounge

People’s Choice Fan: Jaeden Pillar

Southeast WI:

People’s Choice Artist/Band: The Playlist

People’s Choice Teacher: Daniel Faustmann

People’s Choice Radio: 91.7 WMSE

People’s Choice Venue: The Saloon On Calhoun

People’s Choice Fan: Dan Goretski

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