The Syracuse Area Music Awards honored CNY’s favorite musicians on Friday night (see photos, winners)


The Syracuse Area Music Awards honored some of the area’s favorite musicians during the awards ceremony at the Crouse Hinds Theater on Friday night.

This followed a ceremony on Thursday night, where SAMMYs inducted a new class into its hall of fame and presented the lifetime achievement award to Tom Kenny, best known as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants.

The Friday night event featured performances from four bands: Jon Rogalia & The Swamp Boys, Letizia, The Real Raw Breed, and Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas.

Between performances, awards were handed out in a handful of categories, including the popular People’s Choice Awards. More than 168,000 ballots were cast online to choose the winners in these categories.

Here are the winners of Best Recordings, People’s Choice Awards and Hall of Fame Inductees.

Best Jazz: The Pietra Group, “People Chain”

Best American: The Ripcords, “unmasked”

Best Other Styles: Fritz’s Polka Band, “The Hands of Time”

Best jamming band: Count Blastula, “Strange Mutations”

Best Pop: River Westin, “Candy Cigarettes”

Best Hard Rock: Less than hate, “Less than hate”

Best R&B: Free Boody Institute, “The Feeling (Myths, Legends, and Hard Truth)”

Better alternative: Trauma Cat, “Prepare to Apologize”

Best Rock: Not Robots!, “Not Robots”

Best Hip-Hop/Rap: VinnyVeg, “1104 Vol.2 The True Hush Leader”

Best Country: Jon Rogalia, “Twenty-Eight”

Best Public Artist or Group: Bryan Syrel

Audience Choice for Best Academic or Musical Organization: Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers

Audience Choice Best Music Event or Series: John McConnell’s Virtual Tuesdays

People’s Choice Best Venue: Colloca Wine Estate

Best New Artist: Sydney Irving

Jack O Bocchino Award: Brian Cornish

Community Spirit Award: Raymond (Ray Ray) Darby Jr.

Founders Awards: The Blacklites

Hall of Fame inductees:

  • J. Avery Head (music teacher)
  • Los Blancos
  • Russ Tarby
  • Jeff Stockham
  • Robert “Bobby T” Tousignant

Achievement for life: Tom Kenny


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