2011 NAMAs @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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NAMA 2011

Words by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon. Photos by B “Café Con Leche” Gutierrez.

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 performing at NAMAs 2011

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.

– HashBrowns


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”

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