ASSORTED DECLARATIONS BY STAFF WRITER TOM GRAHAM
And the award goes to…
The Steamtown Original Music Showcase recently announced the first ever Steamtown Music Awards. The event will be held on Sept. 1 at the Banshee in Scranton as part of the Seventh Annual Steamtown Original Music Showcase. It will honor musicians from northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas and feature an awards ceremony, live performances, a red carpet entrance and the presentation of a lifetime achievement award. John Phillips and Joe Caviston will be masters of ceremonies with special guests presenting various awards throughout the evening.
A portion of the proceeds from the music awards will be used to establish a scholarship for Lackawanna and Luzerne County high school students. College bound seniors will be given the opportunity to submit an essay and earn the first annual Steamtown Original Music Scholarship.
Fans were given the chance to nominate their favorite acts for awards via Facebook and e-mail. The 10 acts in each category that received the most nominations were compiled and are now posted on the award show’s Facebook and Tumblr, where fans can vote for their favorite act. A five-person academy has been established to help determine the award winners (they will also review the essays to determine a scholarship recipient). Fans’ votes will be equal to that of academy members’ votes. Tickets for the award show will go on sale July 15. You can vote for your favorite acts at www.facebook.com/SteamtownMusicAwards and www.steamtownmusicawards.tumblr.com.
My oh my July
There are some pretty tasty live releases and reissues coming out this July. Here are just a few to get you through the dog days of summer.
July 3, Jellyfish Live At Bogart’s — The disc features 13 tracks including five previously unissued performances. This set was recorded in 1991 at Bogart’s in Long Beach, Calif., while the band were on tour supporting their debut album, Bellybutton.
July 10, Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Berkeley — Jimi Hendrix put together a second version of the Jimi Hendrix Experience with Mitch Mitchell back on drums and newcomer Billy Cox on bass. This live recording of that version of the trio comes from a second show the group did at the Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., on May 30, 1970. Standout tracks include “Stone Free,” “I Don’t Live Today,” and “Machine Gun.”
July 17, Alberta Cross Songs of Patience — This new release comes off the amazing reception their debut, Broken Side Of Time. In order to clear their heads and concentrate, the band recorded tracks in an old, abandoned house near Woodstock, N.Y.
July 24, Sugar Reissues — The complete studio output of Bob Mould’s acclaimed post-Hüsker Dü trio Sugar (92’s Copper Blue, the Beaster EP and 1994’s sophomore album File Under: Easy Listening) will be reissued. Recently, Mould has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue by performing the album in its entirety.
July 31, Toadies Play.Rock.Music — Long gone are the days of their only hit, “Possum Kingdom,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the fifth studio album by Toadies. Tracks on the album include “Summer of the Strange” and “We Burned the City Down.”
Visit your local record store, drop some cash and help keep the music alive.