Get ready to rub shoulders with some of our local music scene's best and brightest: The 2019 San Diego Music Awards take place on March 11 at House of Blues San Diego -- and we're giving away four tickets to one lucky winner!
The event, which is basically the San Diego music scene's biggest party of the year, will feature special performances by Java Joe's All-Stars (Jason Mraz; Gregory Page; Billy Galewood, aka Bushwalla; and others), the Redwoods Revue, Vokab Kompany, Veronica May, Ariel Levine, the Casey Hensley Band (which warmed our cold hearts with a bit of onstage romance at the Belly Up a few days ago) and Shane Hall.
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For nearly three decades, the SDMAs have honored some of San Diego's hardest working musicians in more than 20 categories. While nominees are determined in advance by the San Diego Music Academy (which includes members of the music community, music media and talent buyers), the winners are chosen by the public (except for album categories, which are voted on solely by academy members). Voting officially closed on Feb. 17, and now we wait with fingers crossed to find out who the winners will be on March 11.
This year's nominees include some familiar names such as Hot Snakes, Jason Mraz, P.O.D., Slightly Stoopid, the Frights, Switchfoot, Trouble in the Wind, and others. There are also some fresh faces up for honors too -- like the Havnauts and the Color Forty Nine (both of whom we invited to play recent SoundDiego LIVE parties), Crucial Blend, Coral Bells, Babydoll Warriors, Pocket Hole, and Tularosa (just to name a few).
As always, proceeds from the event will go to benefit the San Diego Music Foundation’s Taylor Guitars for Schools program, which has put instruments into the hands of over 55,000 students across San Diego County in an effort "to enrich San Diego’s diverse and creative music community through music education for youth, professional development for current and emerging industry professionals, live performances for the San Diego public and recognition for San Diego artists of exceptional merit or service."
The 28th annual gala promises to be an incredible party and we can't wait to celebrate with all our friends. Enter now for your chance to win, and if you'd prefer to lock in your tickets now -- they're currently on sale here.