Get your red carpet outfit prepared: The 2018 San Diego Music Awards kick off in a matter of days! The 27th annual gala (we'll overlook 2016's weird absence) takes place on March 19 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 live performances by P.O.D., Trouble in the Wind, Whitney Shay, Berkley Hart, the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, and the Parker Meridien.
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."
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. 23, and now we wait with fingers crossed to find out who the winners will be on March 19.
This year's nominees include some familiar names such as the Verigolds, Switchfoot, the Schizophonics, Earthless, Hirie, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters (who play our next SoundDiego LIVE party on March 30), and our own J. Smith aka 10-19 (among others). There are also some fresh faces, too, up for honors like Bad Kids (who we tapped for our new SoundDiego TV theme song), Sights & Sages, Ariel Levine, Wish & the Well, and Aviator Stash (just to name a few).
The 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.