SN&R’s 2018 Music Issue: The Winners
The musical diversity of the artists and bands represented in our 2018 Music Issue is no surprise—our 26 categories reflect the broad range of contemporary popular music.
What is surprising—mind-blowing, really—is that Sacramento, at this moment, is producing so much high-quality music of so many kinds.
For 26 years now, SN&R has documented the local music scene as it has evolved and, for the most part, grown. And, of course, there was a vibrant scene long before we got here.
The artists in these pages are part of a proud Sacramento history.
As many of you know, there are a bunch of deserving local artists and bands who chose not to be in these pages—they are boycotting this year’s SAMMIES. Most of these folks have been involved in years past, and I trust and sincerely hope all of them will be back.
To the winners: Congratulations. We know you worked hard to get here, and we’re glad you did.
Artist of the Year - Jessica Malone
Creative Achievement In Support Of The Music Scene - Girls Rock Sacramento
Blues -The Zach Waters Band
Country/Americana/Alt-Country - Amanda Gray
Cover Band/Tribute Band - Steelin’ Dan
Deejay - Dj Essence
Electronica/Experimental - So Much Light
Emcee - Mozzy
Folk/Bluegrass - Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks
Funk - Joy and Madness
Hard Rock - California Riot Act
Hardcore/Industrial/Post-Hardcore - Something Heartfelt
Hip-Hop/Rap - Lil Darrion
Indie - Flight Mongoose
Jazz - City Of Trees Brass Band
Live Performer - Peter Petty
Metal - Chrch
Music Video - Exiled From Grace
New Artist - Leigh Vaughnn
Producer Of The Year - Matt Thomas
Punk/Post-Punk - The Moans
R&B/Soul - Levi Moses
Reggae/Jam - Island Of Black And White
Release Of The Year - A Lot Like Birds
Rock - The Ghost Town Rebellion
Rockabilly - Frankie and the Defenders
Singer-Songwriter - Jessica Malone
Teen - Knockout
World Music - Yolo Mambo