You knew it was coming, but you didn't know when -- or where -- until now. The 27th annual San Diego Music Awards are officially set to take place on Monday, March 19, at House of Blues San Diego.
After last year’s return ushered in some big changes, including new categories, new requirements and a move from Humphreys to House of Blues, the 27th iteration of the awards ceremony continues to look forward.
For the past few years, there’s been some grumblings about former San Diegans -- i.e., Andra Day, Little Hurricane -- being nominated for and/or winning awards and leaving current San Diegans empty-handed, which likely led to these new requirements: Band members must live in San Diego County and artists up for consideration must perform at least three live shows in San Diego County between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017.
The 2017 awards took place at the House of Blues after a brief hiatus and years of it being a Humphreys affair. Despite a small hiccup during the Schizophonics’ set (where Birdy Bardot, aka Emily Reilly, got nailed by smashed-bass guitar debris), the ceremony was a general success.
Let's hope the 2018 SDMAs are even better. This year’s entry deadline is midnight on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, and album submissions can be sent to 4876 Mt. Royal Place, San Diego, CA 92117. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number, and take note that albums must consist of at least five songs and at least 25 minutes of music to be eligible. In other words, no EPs. Good luck!
Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday, Jan. 26, and don't delay, because these babies go fast. Get 'em here.
Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.