2013 Sammies winners!

Who took home the prize at SN&R’s 22nd annual Sacramento Area Music Awards?

Awkward Lemon, featuring Alyssa Mattson (left) and Bryan Nichols, nabbed a Sammie in the Folk Rock category.

Awkward Lemon, featuring Alyssa Mattson (left) and Bryan Nichols, nabbed a Sammie in the Folk Rock category.

photo by Lisa Baetz

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The 22nd annual Sammies award show is now one for the history books. With nearly 1,000 people in attendance and three-dozen awards bestowed, the event¡ªorganized and hosted by local music promoter Jerry Perry¡ªfeatured a diversity of acts and presenters on two stages at Ace of Spades in Midtown.

Early in the night, a line wrapped around the R Street corridor. Inside, the show didn’t disappoint. Highlights included a tribute to the late Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who died in April, from his longtime friend Jonah Matranga. Matranga was accompanied by Cheng’s teenage son, Gabe. The young Cheng, who plays bass in the Sammie-nominated band A Mile to Dawn, spoke eloquently of his father as a “sweet” man and real “gentleman.”

Other noteworthy moments included a dynamic performance by Paper Pistols (who won the Sammie in the Electronic category), as well as a set from the charismatic Young Aundee (nominated in three categories, including Release of the Year and Artist of the Year).

Then, there was the heart-pumping set by Kill the Precedent. Dressed in scrubs and toting creepy baby dolls, the band charged the stage with such intensity and rocked out with such force (one onlooker described them as a “metal Beastie Boys”), that it was no wonder the hardcore band took home the prize for Live Performer.

Read on for a full rundown on the night’s other trophy takers.

Hall of Fame 2013

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

DJ Epik, https://soundcloud.com/djepikmusic

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

DJ Whores, www.facebook.com/djwh0res

The Nibblers, www.thenibblersband.com

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

Autumn Sky, www.facebook.com/autumnskymusic

Tribe of Levi, www.tribeoflevi916.com

Harley White Jr. Orchestra, www.harleywhitejr.com

Zuhg, http://zuhgmusic.com

Kill the Precedent took home the award for Live Performer.

photo by Lisa Baetz

Artist of the Year

James Cavern, www.jamescavern.com


Rachel Steele & Road 88, www.road88music.com


Christian DeWild Band, www.christiandewildband.com

Club Deejay

DJ Billy Lane, www.facebook.com/djbillylanespage

Cover Band

Apple Z, http://applezband.com

Dance Night

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


DJ Roger Carpio, www.facebook.com/recordclubsacto


Paper Pistols, www.facebook.com/paperpistolsmusic


Dog Party, featuring singer-drummer Lucy Giles, and, of course, Giles’ sister Gwendolyn on guitar and vocals (not pictured), earned Sammies in the Teen Artist and Post-Punk categories.

photo by Lisa Baetz

Century Got Bars, www.centurygotbars.com


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

Folk Rock

Awkward Lemon, www.facebook.com/awkwardlemon


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


White Minorities, www.facebook.com/whiteminorities

Hard Rock

Fair Struggle, www.fairstruggle.com


California Bear Gang, www.facebook.com/californiabeargang

Hip-hop Producer

DJ Epik, www.facebook.com/djepik1


Musical Charis, www.musicalcharis.com

The FreeBadge Serenaders, nominated in the Americana/Alt Country category, showed off their old-timey sounds.

photo by Lisa Baetz


Jim Martinez Quartet, www.jimmartinez.com


Rey y Kaye, www.reverbnation.com/reyykaye

Live Performer

Kill the Precedent, www.facebook.com/killtheprecedent


FallRise, www.facebook.com/fallriserock

New Artist

Stevie Nader, www.facebook.com/stevienader


Hero’s Last Mission, http://heroslastmission.com


Dog Party, www.facebook.com/dogpartylive


BlackEyed Dempseys, www.facebook.com/theblackeyeddempseys


Gabe Cheng (left) pays tribute to his father, the late Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, with help from singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga.

photo by Lisa Baetz

James Cavern, www.jamescavern.com

Recording Studio

UpRock Audio, www.uprockaudio.com


Element of Soul, www.elementofsoul.com

Release of the Year

Stevie Nader, 333


Walking Spanish, www.facebook.com/walkingspanish

Rock Producer

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


The Infamous Swanks, www.facebook.com/theinfamousswanks


Stevie Nader, www.facebook.com/stevienader

Teen Artist

Dog Party, www.facebook.com/dogpartylive

Tribute Band

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


Mike Colossal, www.soundcloud.com/mikecolossal