It was a solid showing at the 24th Annual San Diego Music Awards. Hordes of people meandered into the gates as the sun cast an epic (and epically Instagrammable) sunset over the bay at Humphrey's By the Bay.
SD Music Award veterans the Burning of Rome had a standout showing, taking back-to-back awards for best live band and best alternative album (for their release "Year of the Ox"). Rad enough, amiright?! For some, maybe. But San Diego's need for these musical mavens just can't be satiated. Those deviants of death pop came back for a third win when SoundDiego's own Dita Quinones presented them with the second-to-last award of the night, Song of the Year, for their "God of Small Things" composition. Play on, troubadors. Play on.
Jason Mraz was the evening's runner-up, winning both Best Music Video and Artist of the Year. Since he's on tour, he had to come in via the big screen to say a big ol' gracias to us all. No, no. Thank you, Jason.
Also, do we know how to pick 'em, or what?! The headliners for our SoundDiego LIVE Halloween Party at the Office on Oct. 31 nabbed the Best Alternative award -- huzzah, Dead Feather Moon! (Get on the guest list HERE for the free party)
Boy wonder Cody Lovaas scored Best New Artist, beating out Prayers and Triumph of the Wild, among others. In his words, "This is sick!" We agree. Triumph of the Wild weren't left out to freeze, however. The coo-voiced crew bagged Best Local Recording for their self-titled release.
As the night waned on, and the booze flowed in, the crowd shifted from active listening to active involvement, shouting out their preferred nominees. They couldn't stay in their seats as band after band took the stage -- a tribute to the SD music scene itself. The man, the myth, the 2014 SD Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tomcat Courtney, who first brought his bluesy tunes to SD back in '72, purred the breakfast-in-bed blues. Other performers took home the metal as well, including the Donkeys (Best Rock Album), Robin Henkel (Best Blues) and the Midnight Pine (Best Americana Album, "Buried"). The night's final winners were Little Hurricane, whose "Gold Fever" nabbed the Album of the Year award, handed out by SoundDiego host Daye Salani.
We laughed, we drank, we mispronounced a few names ("Tundo Mundo," anyone?), and we left Humphrey's by the Bay fat and happy with musical love.
And the winners are...
Best World Music Album
Tribal Seeds, "Representing"
Best New Artist
Best Hard Rock
Trouble in the Wind
Best Cover Band
Best Jazz Album
Nathan Hubbard, "Encinitas and Everything After"
Best Pop Album
Gayle Skidmore, "Sleeping Bear"
Best Local Recording
Triumph of the Wild, "Triumph of the Wild"
Best Blues Album
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, "Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact"
Dead Feather Moon
Best Club DJ
Best Rock Album
The Donkeys, "Ride the Black Wave"
Best Hard Rock Album
Eukaryst, "Dreams in the Witch House"
Best Live Band
The Burning of Rome
Best Alternative Album
The Burning of Rome, "Year of the Ox"
Best Hip-Hop Album
Lyrical Groove, "Spoken Soul"
Best Americana Album
The Midnight Pine, "Buried"
Best Music Video
Jason Mraz, "Love Someone"
Best World Music
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
The Burning of Rome, "God of Small Things"
Album of the Year
Little Hurricane, "Gold Fever"