2013 Sammies nominees: Vote for your favorite 22nd annual Sacramento Area Music Award nom at www.Sammies.com

SN&R's 2013 Sacramento Area Music Award nominees list celebrates the diversity of local music's ever-changing scene

Don’t let that fresh face deceive—veteran Autumn Sky is a multiple Sammies award winner and a Hall of Fame 2013 contender.

Don’t let that fresh face deceive—veteran Autumn Sky is a multiple Sammies award winner and a Hall of Fame 2013 contender.


Vote online at www.sammies.com.

What's the old cliché—the more things stay the same, the more things change?

OK, maybe that's not exactly how it goes, but it does seem apropos for the Sacramento music scene. Artists come, and artists go. Bands form, and bands implode. Venues open, and venues shut down.

One constant: For 22 years and counting, SN&R has highlighted the best in local music via the Sacramento Area Music Awards, a.k.a. the Sammies, an annual celebration of musicians who run the gamut of genres, including pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, rap, metal, hardcore, punk, jazz and experimental.

Cake, Chelsea Wolfe and C Plus. Tesla, Tribe of Levi and Track Fighter. Deftones, Death Grips, Dog Party and DJ Whores.

And that's just for starters.

Another constant? You.

Every year, countless Sacramento fans support their favorite local artists by going to gigs, buying merchandise and spreading the word.

They also get out the vote.

And, sure, playing your heart out on a stage—be it to 500 rabid devotees or to a handful of your closest relatives—isn't about some plaque you might get down the road, it certainly doesn't hurt to know that people like you—they really like you.

This year, thousands of votes were logged for hundreds of nominees in dozens of categories. The resulting nominations ballot represents a diverse spectrum of sounds and microscenes. There are heavy-metal bands that rock the suburbs, and punks who play grimy basement parties. There are deejays who whip up a frenzied dance party at the latest, hippest club, and reggae bands who lull fans into a peaceful calm. There are, of course, earnest singer-songwriters who toil away in Midtown coffee shops, and seasoned jazz musicians who could easily share the stage with any of the genre's most famous.

They're all here. And they're all pretty damn worthy.

For your consideration: the 2013 Sammies nominees. Check out the artists, visit their websites, listen to their tracks, buy their records (or whatever it is the kids do these days) and check out an upcoming gig.

Voting ends Wednesday, November 6 and the big show takes place Friday, November 8 at Ace of Spades (1417 R Street) with a 6 p.m. start time and a $10 ticket.

Listen. Like. Support. Whatever you do, just don't forget to vote.

Hall of Fame 2013

Autumn Sky, www.facebook.com/autumnskymusic

Be Brave Bold Robot, http://bebraveboldrobot.com

DJ Epik, www.facebook.com/djepik1

DJ Rated R, http://sleeprockers.wix.com/sleeprockers

DJ Whores, www.facebook.com/djwh0res

Harley White Jr. Orchestra, www.harleywhitejr.com

The Nibblers, www.thenibblersband.com

Pus Cavern Recording Studios, www.facebook.com/puscavern

Tribe of Levi, www.tribeoflevi916.com

Zuhg, http://zuhgmusic.com

Artist of the Year

C Plus, http://plusmoney.tumblr.com

James Cavern, www.jamescavern.com

Chuuwee, https://soundcloud.com/chuuweeoftus

Dog Party, www.facebook.com/dogpartylive

Doombird, www.doombird.com

Kill the Precedent, www.facebook.com/killtheprecedent

Sleeprockers, www.sleeprockers.com

Young Aundee, www.facebook.com/youngaundee

Young Aundee is up for the Artist of the Year, Experimental and Release of the Year Sammies awards.

PHOTO BY Steven Chea


50 Watt Heavy, http://tinyurl.com/50wattheavyband

Alkali Flats, www.thealkaliflats.com

The Carly DuHain Band, www.facebook.com/thecarlyduhainband

The FreeBadge Serenaders, www.facebook.com/discountjazz

JonEmery & the Dry Country Drinkers, www.drycountydrinkers.com

Richie Lawrence, www.richielawrence.com

Miss Maddy's F Street Stompers, www.facebook.com/fststompers

The Nickel Slots, www.thenickelslotsmusic.com

Rachel Steele & Road 88, www.road88music.com


Big Water Beat, www.facebook.com/bigwaterbeat

Bone Mac Donald Band, http://tinyurl.com/bonemac

Christian DeWild Band, www.christiandewildband.com

Dippin' Sauce Blues Band, http://tinyurl.com/dippinsauce

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, www.rickestrin.com

Tessie Marie & the Poor Man Band, www.tessiemarie.com

Kyle Rowland Blues Band, www.kylerockinrowland.com

Stillwood Sages, www.stillwoodsages.com

Two-Tone Steiny & the Cadillacs, www.twotonesteiny.com

Club Deejay

DJ Billy Lane, www.facebook.com/djbillylanespage

DJ Eddie Edul, www.eddieedul.com

DJ Gabe Xavier, www.facebook.com/gabexavierlive

DJ Oasis, www.djoasis.com

DJ Peeti-V, www.djpeetiv.com

Cover Band

Apple Z, http://applezband.com

Cover Me Badd, www.covermebadd.net

Funk.defied, www.funkdefied.com

Groove Thang, www.groovethangband.com

Hip Service, www.hipservice.com

Oh! The Band, www.ohtheband.com

Radio, www.radiobandmusic.com

Tragically White, http://tragicallywhiteband.com

Dance Night

FFFreak at The Press Club, every other Tuesday with CrookOne, Ben “Dogtone” Johnson and Boogalicious; www.facebook.com/916fffreak

Le Twist Tuesdays at LowBrau, every Tuesday; www.facebook.com/letwisttuesdays?directed_target_id=0

The Lipstick Weekender at Old Ironsides, first Saturdays with DJ Shaun Slaughter and Roger Carpio; www.theoldironsides.com

Play at The Park Ultra Lounge on Saturdays with DJ Peeti-V, www.theparkdowntown.com

2nd Sundays at District 30, every second Sunday with Jurts and various deejays; http://district30sacramento.com

Sunday Circus at MIX Downtown with DJ Gabe Xavier on Sundays, www.mixdowntown.net

Sunday Night Soul Party at The Press Club on Sundays with DJ Larry Rodriguez, www.facebook.com/thepressclub


DJ Lahn, www.djlahn.com

DJ Mike C

DJ Rock Bottom, https://twitter.com/djrockbottom

DJ Roger Carpio, www.facebook.com/recordclubsacto

Sam-I-Jam, https://soundcloud.com/sam_i_jam


Dibiase, www.bandmine.com/dibiasebeats

Genre Peak, www.genrepeak.net

Kwes the Bess, www.facebook.com/kwesthebess

Paper Pistols, www.facebook.com/paperpistolsmusic

Saint Solitaire, www.facebook.com/saintsolitaire

Emcee C Plus knows a Sammies nomination is better than a higher grade any day.



C Plus, http://plusmoney.tumblr.com

Century Got Bars, www.centurygotbars.com

Chuuwee, soundcloud.com/chuuweeoftus

Hennessy, www.thebeatknocks.com

Mahtie Bush, www.facebook.com/mahtiebush916

Nome Nomadd, www.facebook.com/nomenation

N-Pire Da Great, www.npiredagreat.bandcamp.com

Peso Harlem, http://pesoharlem.com

Soosh*E, http://sooshe.bandcamp.com

Task1ne, www.facebook.com/task1ne

Yung Gatlin, www.facebook.com/generalgatlin


DJ Oasis and InkdUp, www.facebook.com/inkdupdrummer?fref=ts

Egg, www.eggeth.com

ElectroPoetic Coffee, www.electropoeticcoffee.com

Gentleman Surfer, http://gentlemansurfermusic.com

Pregnant, www.danielispregnant.com

Young Aundee, www.facebook.com/youngaundee

Folk Rock

Awkward Lemon, www.facebook.com/awkwardlemon

Cave Women, www.cavewomenmusic.com

Honeyock, www.facebook.com/honyockband

Brianna Lea Pruett, http://briannaleapruett.com

Parie Wood, www.pariewood.com

The Westwards, http://tinyurl.com/thewestwards

Xochitl, www.facebook.com/xochitlofficial


Crossing the River, www.facebook.com/ctrmusic

Groovincible, http://groovincible.com

Hans! and the Hot Mess, www.facebook.com/hansandthehotmess

Ideateam, www.ideateamband.com

Isaac Bear, www.facebook.com/isaacbearmusic

Joy and Madness, www.joyandmadness.com

Rendezvous With Cool Beans, www.rwcbmusic.com


A Lot Like Birds, www.facebook.com/alotlikebirds

Color the Sound, www.colorthesound.com

Feral Coda, www.facebook.com/feralcoda

Havenside, www.facebook.com/havensideofficial

I Wish We Were Robots, www.facebook.com/iw3robots

Kill the Precedent, www.facebook.com/killtheprecedent

White Minorities, www.facebook.com/whiteminorities

Wreck and Reference, www.facebook.com/wreckandreference

Hard Rock

A Mile Till Dawn, www.amiletilldawn.com

A Single Second, www.facebook.com/asinglesecondsacca

Allinaday, www.allinadayband.com

California Riot Act, www.facebook.com/californiariotact

Dogfood, www.itsdogfoodbaby.com

Fair Struggle, www.fairstruggle.com

Journal, www.facebook.com/journalofficial

Long in the Tooth, www.littband.com

Misamore, www.misamore.com

Overwatch, www.facebook.com/overwatchtheband

Skin of Saints, www.facebook.com/skinofsaints

Some Fear None, www.somefearnone.com

Terra Ferno, https://twitter.com/terraferno

Track Fighter, http://trackfightermusic.com


Alumni, http://tinyurl.com/alumnirap

California Bear Gang, www.facebook.com/californiabeargang

Destructikonz, www.facebook.com/destructikonz

DLRN, www.facebook.com/dlrnmusic

Live Manikins, www.thelivemanikins.com

Project4Trees, www.facebook.com/project4trees

Sleeprockers, http://sleeprockers.wix.com/sleeprockers

Tel Cairo, www.facebook.com/telcairo

Who Cares, www.whocaresdiscorock.com

Hip-hop Producer

Tofu De La Moore

DJ Epik, www.facebook.com/djepik1

Goldfingaz, www.goldfingaz.com

Hippie Sabotage, http://hippiesabotage.com

J-Intell, https://twitter.com/ominalabs

Medl4, www.reverbnation.com/medl4

Chase Moore, http://chasemoore.bandcamp.com


Jon Reyes

Styles 1001


Cold Eskimo, www.facebook.com/coldeskimo

Contra, www.facebook.com/contraaband?directed_target_id=169754779893658

Doombird, www.doombird.com

The English Singles, www.facebook.com/pages/The-English-Singles/258438924560

Exquisite Corps, www.facebook.com/excorpsmusic

Freeport, www.facebook.com/freeportmusic

Musical Charis, www.facebook.com/musicalcharis

Saint Solitaire, www.facebook.com/saintsolitaire

The Speed of Sound in Seawater, www.facebook.com/thespeedofsoundinseawater

SunMonks, www.reverbnation.com/SunMonks


Elements Brass Band, www.facebook.com/pages/Element-Brass-Band/175446165835269

E-Squared, www.esquaredband.com

Alex Jenkins Trio, www.alexdrums.net

Jim Martinez Quartet, www.jimmartinez.com

Tony Passarell, http://tonypassarell.bandcamp.com

Shawn Raiford, www.saxual1productions.com

Derek Thomas Band, www.facebook.com/musicbyderek

Harley White Jr. Orchestra, www.harleywhitejr.com


Cura Cochino, www.curacochino.com

Dinorah, www.dinorahmusic.com

In the No, www.facebook.com/intheno

La Noche Oskura, www.facebook.com/LaNocheOskura

Mentes Diferentes, www.mentes-diferentes.com

Pro Ma–on, www.facebook.com/ProManon

Rey y Kaye, http://reyykaye.com

Ritmoz Latinoz, www.ritmozlatinoz.biz

Solsa, www.solsaentertainment.com

World Hood, www.facebook.com/pages/world-hood/160322720696374

Never heard of Stevie Nader? That’ll change soon. He’s up for Sammies awards in the Live Performer, New Artist, Release of the Year and Singer-songwriter categories.

Photo courtesy of stevie nader

Live Performer

Alkali Flats, www.thealkaliflats.com

Exquisite Corps, www.facebook.com/excorpsmusic

Kepi Ghoulie, http://kepiland.com

Kill the Precedent, www.facebook.com/killtheprecedent

Nickel Slots, www.thenickelslotsmusic.com

Stevie Nader, www.facebook.com/stevienader


Black Mackerel, www.facebook.com/blackmackerelsac

Chernobog, www.facebook.com/Chernobog916

Deadlands, www.deadlandsmusic.com

Drop Seven, www.facebook.com/dropseven

FallRise, www.facebook.com/fallriserock

For All Ive Done, www.facebook.com/pages/FOR-ALL-IVE-DONE/209551684799

In the Silence, www.facebook.com/inthesilence

Lifeforms, www.facebook.com/wearelifeforms

Plague Widow, www.facebook.com/plaguewidow

Prylosis, www.prylosis.com

Restrayned, www.facebook.com/Restrayned

Stepchild, www.reverbnation.com/stepchild

Zeroclient, www.facebook.com/zeroclient

New Artist

A Mile Till Dawn, www.amiletilldawn.com

Joy and Madness, www.joyandmadness.com

Stevie Nader, www.facebook.com/stevienader

Saint Solitaire, www.facebook.com/saintsolitaire


The Bell Boys, www.facebook.com/BellBoysMusic

Fate Under Fire, www.facebook.com/FateUnderFire

Hero's Last Mission, www.facebook.com/heroslastmission

Wrings, www.facebook.com/wrings


Charles Albright, www.facebook.com/charlesalbrightcharlesalbright

The Croissants, http://croissants.bandcamp.com

Dog Party, www.facebook.com/dogpartylive

G. Green, www.facebook.com/ggreenband

Ghostplay, www.facebook.com/ghostplay.music

Nacho Business, www.facebook.com/nachobusinessband

Pets, www.facebook.com/Petstheband?ref=br_tf

Screature, www.facebook.com/screaturesound

Sneeze Attack, www.facebook.com/sneezeattack


Avenue Saints, www.facebook.com/avenuesaints

The Bar Fly Effect, www.facebook.com/thebarflyeffect

Bastards of Young, www.facebook.com/youngbasterds

BlackEyed Dempseys, www.facebook.com/TheBlackeyedDempseys

Crude Studs, www.facebook.com/crudestuds

The Left Hand, www.reverbnation.com/thelefthand

Rad, www.facebook.com/rad.sacto

Rat Damage, www.facebook.com/pages/Rat-Damage/135457953288775

Union Hearts, www.unionhearts.net

Whiskey and Stitches, www.whiskeyandstitches.com


James Cavern, www.jamescavern.com

Tessa Evans, www.facebook.com/tessaevansmusic

Thai Nicole, www.facebook.com/ThaiNicoleMusic

Shadia Powell, www.soulsandsounds.com/shadiapowell.html

Rashell, www.facebook.com/RashellsFanPage

Recording Studio

Alley Avenue Recording Studios, www.facebook.com/AlleyAvenue

Fat Cat Recording Studio, www.fatcatrecording.com

The Formulation Room, www.theformulationroom.com

Omina Laboratories, www.ominamusic.com

Sound Cap Audio, www.soundcapaudio.com

Tanglewood Studios, www.tanglewoodstudios.com

The Track Shack, http://thetrackshack.com

UpRock Audio, www.uprockaudio.com


The Bennys, www.facebook.com/thebennysband

Eazy Dub, www.facebook.com/EazyDubBand

Element of Soul, www.elementofsoul.com

The Island of Black and White is up for another Sammie in the Reggae/Jam category.


Island of Black and White, www.islandofblackandwhite.com

JRas, www.soulifted.com

King Hopeton, https://soundcloud.com/king-hopeton

Massive Delicious, www.facebook.com/massivedelicious

Official Response, www.facebook.com/officialresponse

The Old Screen Door, www.facebook.com/theoldscreendoor

Simple Creation, www.simplecreationband.com

The Storytellers, www.facebook.com/sacstorytellers

Release of the Year

Bansky, Red

DLRN, Awakenings

Dog Party, Lost Control

Doombird, Cygnus

Stevie Nader, 333

Paper Pistols, Deliver Us From Chemicals

Ru, Rollr Coastr

Saint Solitaire, Full Artistic Control

Screature, Screature

Young Aundee, Fear in the Fold


Blue Oaks, www.blueoaks.bandcamp.com

The Diva Kings, www.facebook.com/thedivakings

Drive-Thru Mystics, www.facebook.com/DriveThruMystics

I'm Dirty Too, www.facebook.com/imdirtytoo

The Kelps, www.facebook.com/thekelpsmusic

Lite Brite, www.litebriteband.com

MindFlowers, www.facebook.com/mindflowersband

Odame, http://odamesucks.com

The Three Way, www.facebook.com/thethreeway

Walking Spanish, www.facebook.com/walkingspanish

Rock Producer

Charles Albright, www.facebook.com/charlesalbrightcharlesalbright

Dusty Brown, www.facebook.com/therealdustybrown

Tony Cale

Robert Cheek

John Glover

Joe Johnston

Ira Skinner, https://twitter.com/Iraisaudio

Sean Stack, www.facebook.com/pages/Sean-Stack-Producer-Recording-Engineer/166045893459336

Chris Woodhouse


The Infamous Swanks, www.facebook.com/theinfamousswanks

KB & the Slingtones, www.kbandtheslingtones.com

The Vintage Vandals, http://thevintagevandals.com

Hank Biggs and the Hardtops, www.hankbiggs.com/index


Sherman Baker, www.facebook.com/shermanbaker

Adrian Bellue, www.facebook.com/adrianbellue

Ricky Berger, www.facebook.com/rickybergermusic

Justin Farren, www.justinfarren.com

Stevie Nader, www.facebook.com/stevienader

Lindsey Pavao, www.lindseypavao.com

Mason Rex, www.masonrex.com

Kevin Seconds, http://kevinseconds.com

Teen Artist

A Mile Till Dawn, www.amiletilldawn.com

Dog Party, www.facebook.com/dogpartylive

Four Days Out, www.facebook.com/fourdaysout

Ugly Bunny, http://uglybunnytheband.bandcamp.com

Tribute Band

Cash Prophets (tribute to Johnny Cash), www.facebook.com/pages/Cash-Prophets/182247055162317

Chicago Tribute Authority (tribute to Chicago), www.chicagotributeauthority.com

Journey's Edge (tribute to Journey), www.atjourneysedge.com

Stellar (tribute to Incubus), www.facebook.com/stellartributeband

SuperHuey (tribute to Huey Lewis and the News), www.superhueylive.com


AmpOne, www.soundcloud.com/9ampone6

Mike Colossal, www.soundcloud.com/mikecolossal

DJ El Conductor, www.facebook.com/EL.C0NDUCT0R

DJ Mr. Vibe, www.facebook.com/djmrdotvibe

DJ Nocturnal, www.nocturnal916.wix.com/djnocturnal

Kodac Visualz, www.facebook.com/kodacvisualz