2011 NAMAs @ George’s Majestic Lounge
HashBrowns recently made a move from Dallas to the NWArkansas area. And this year’s Northwest Arkansas Music Awards happened just in time to celebrate her homecoming. It was the perfect way to reintroduced her to the delicious local music scene of NWA. Here’s her review of the night.
Welcome back, HashBrowns! -Café Con Leche.
Thursday night was a perfect summation of Northwest Arkansas music. Glitter mixed with overalls mixed with fedoras on a beautiful clear night after a record week of rainfall. George’s Majestic was the obvious host with it’s NWA music history, and the garden was a cozy and intimate setting.
The 2011 NAMAs kicked off without much fanfare, just a rousing performance by Artist of the Year and Best Folk / Bluegrass Winner Cletus Got Shot. Cletus felt like a rawer version of Trampled by Turtles. They incorporate a lot of different influences, and are well-deserved of both awards.
That’s how the entire night felt. Nominations were enough recognition that the artists seemed to be content to just be there. The winners mostly kept their speeches short, and I remember hearing a distinct lack of thanking god, which always feels insincere on those big stages anyway. My personal favorite came from Perpetual Wolf (Best Metal / Hard Rock Band), who thanked Lord Vader, the Ninja Turtles, and satan – in that order.
Continue reading for the rest of the review, winners, and more photos.
Black Pearl performs at the 2011 NAMAs.
2011 marked the first year a Latin category was included. Neta Band took home the win, and immediately thanked the NAMAs for including this rather large sect of Latin music here in NWA.
Randall and Benjamin del Shreve performed acoustically together, as a memorial for several members of the community who passed away since last year’s awards. It was starkly different from their regular (separate) shows, and was hauntingly beautiful. Their voices quieted the room, and it was easily the most powerful performance of the evening.
Messy Sparkles (Best New Artist) ended the award show. He incorporated live audio into electronic beats, and started off great with some African influences. After that it went downhill. I’m giving this pant-less college kid the benefit of the doubt. He seemed to be having an off night, and definitely cleared the house for a smoke / beer break. I’ll have to catch him again and see if he deserved this award.
The night was a diverse community coming together to support each other. I’m proud to be a part of it again.
Winners of the NAMAs
BEST FEMALE SINGER/SONGWRITER Candy Lee
BEST MALE SINGER/SONGWRITER Jeff Kearney
BEST JAZZ BAND Fayetteville Jazz Collective
BEST LATIN BAND Neta Band
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Candy Lee (from Candy Lee and The Sweets)
BEST MALE VOCALIST Randall Shreve (from Randall Shreve and The Sideshow
BEST SPOKEN WORD PERFORMER Zac Henderson
BEST DJ DJ Shortfuze
BEST BLUES BAND Kory Montgomery Band
BEST COVER BAND [tie] Leah and The Mojo Doctors and LaFuSo
BEST INDIE / ALTERNATIVE BAND Memphis Pencils
BEST METAL / HARD ROCK BAND Perpetual Werewolf
BEST PUNK / HARDCORE BAND The Plaid Jackets
BEST JAM / FUNK BAND 1 Oz. Jig
BEST FOLK / BLUEGRASS BAND Cletus Got Shot
BEST COUNTRY BAND Sarah Hughes Band
BEST ROCK BAND Randall Shreve
BEST HIP HOP / R&B [tie] The Commoners and SoundChild Crew
BEST NEW ARTIST Messy Sparkles
BEST ALBUM ART John Moore
BEST PRODUCER / STUDIO Adam Putman of Insomniac Studios
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Cletus Got Shot
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Benjamin Del Shreve for “Sleeping Sweetly”