- Here are all of the winners of the 2018 San Diego Music Awards, which took place Monday night at the House of Blues.
- Trouble in the Wind won two awards, including Artist of the Year.
- Performers included POD, Whitney Shay, The Farmers, Berkley Hart, Whitney Shay, Parker Meridian, Surefire Soul Ensemble and surprise guest The Farmers.
- Since its inception in 1991, the San Diego Music Awards have raised over $ 600,000 to support the Taylor Guitars for Schools program.
Trouble in the Wind was the big winner at the 27th Annual San Diego Music Awards, held Monday night at the House of Blues in San Diego.
The five-man group from Carlsbad won two of the three categories in which they were nominated, most notably for Best Country or American Album, for “Pineapple Moon”.
Trouble in the Wind also took home the night’s most coveted award – Artist of the Year – beating fellow nominees The Schizophonics, Casey Hensley Band, Parker Meridien, Gilbert Castellanos and The Redwoods Collective.
“We are very grateful and very flattered,” Trouble in the Wind lead singer Robby Gira said later that night.
“We were in the same (category) as very good musicians. Winning is very inspiring.
Trouble in the Wind was also nominated in the Best Live Performer category, which was won on Monday by The Creepy Creeps, an 18-year-old group whose members traditionally perform with masks.
Dia de los Creep (real name Aaron Zepeda) accepted the award – unmasked – and later said it was an honor to be recognized by the San Diego music community.
“A lot of times when you go to see a band that made an album in the studio, it’s a bummer,” he said. “We take great pride in our live shows, taking the energy and the time and putting all our hearts into it for our fans.”
The album of the year award went to Little Hurricane for “Same Sun, Same Moon”. The duo, who have won several times in the past in various categories, seemed generally delighted with their victory on Monday.
“We love you San Diego!” There is no better place in the world, ”said Little Hurricane thresher Celeste“ CC ”Spina.
Champion garage-rock group The Schizophonics – which won the award for best rock last year and was up for three awards this year – returned home empty-handed, but won some of the loudest cheers in the night when their name was announced as a candidate.
Birdy Bardot won the award for best pop. She passed out at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, after being punched in the head by a piece of Schizophonics member Brian Reilly’s electric bass guitar, which he shattered to pieces at the climax of The Schizophonics performance. . Fortunately, she was unharmed when she accepted her award on Monday.
Rock trio The Paladins received the Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award.
Together since 1980 with very few line-up changes since then, the group has toured the world extensively, recorded a series of memorable albums and supported a loyal fan base.
Their praises were sung on stage by Casbah owner Tim Mays, who led The Paladins for several years early in the band’s career. On hand to accept were bassist Thomas Yearsley and Diane Gonzalez, the mother of the band’s fleet-fingered guitarist, Dave Gonzalez.
“We would like to thank the families who supported us as we did our job … on the road about 300 days a year for about 30 years,” said Yearsley, co-founder of Paladins, who thanked his late ex-wife , Candye Kane, and her musician son, Evan CalebYearsley.
“She’s Dave’s mom,” Yearsley said. “She was there the first day when I met Dave in high school and we decided to go over to her house and play guitar, and that’s where it all started.”
“I’m their # 1 fan!” Diane Gonzalez was exulting. “Years ago Dave came to me and said, ‘Mom, I have to go on tour with the Paladins. I told him: ‘Follow your heart’.
The San Diego Music Awards are presented under the auspices of the nonprofit San Diego Music Foundation.
Over the past year, the annual awards raised $ 595,600 for its Taylor Guitars for Schools program, which provided free instruments and lessons to more than 55,000 San Diego County students over the past three decades.
This year’s awards show raised over $ 19,700, according to awards founder Kevin Hellman, who proudly noted that Monday’s event was going exactly as planned.
Best of all, it was the most streamlined edition of the San Diego Music Awards in years, starting just 16 minutes past the scheduled 7 p.m. start time and ending at just two hours and 14 minutes.
Like most years in the past, some of the most memorable moments came during the live performances.
Monday’s highlights included heartbreaking PODs of fierce versions of “Soundboy Killa” and “Youth of the Nation,” award-winning Best Blues winner Whitney Shay, and her band, delivering an accelerated Memphis-style rendition of “Midnight Special”. “from Leadbelly and the association of Best Rock award winning Berkley Hart and The Farmers for a high octane version of the Beat Farmers chestnut,” My Baby’s Liquored Up. ”
Best Blues Album winner Robin Henkel accepted his award with a statement that was surely shared by all of the other nominees and winners. “It’s a privilege,” he said, “just to play music.”
2018 San Diego Music Awards Winners
Artist of the Year – Trouble in the Wind
Song of the Year – Ariel Levine, “Sunshine Part 2: On My Color TV”
Album of the Year – Little Hurricane, “Same Sun, Same Moon”
Lifetime Achievement Award – Les Paladins
Best New Artist – Jumbotron
Best Singer-Songwriter – Lindsay White
Best Jazz – Danny Green
Best Jazz Album – Rebecca Jade & Peter Sprague, “Planet Cole Porter”
Best Blues – Whitney Shay
Best Blues Album – Robin Henkel, “Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed”
Best Country or Americana – Sara Petite
Best Country or American Album – Trouble in the Wind, “Pineapple Moon”
Best Hip Hop / Rap – Vokab Kompany
Best Hip-Hop or Rap Album – 1019 The Numberman, “Solus Superstes”
Best Indie / Alternative – Authentic Soldier
Best Independent / Alternative Album – Grizzly Business, “Spanish Old Fashioned”
Best Pop – Birdy Bardot
Best Pop Album – Marie Haddad, “Histoires d’Atlantis”
Best Rock – The Farmers
Best Rock Album – Mittens, “Endlessly”
Best Music in the World – B-Side Players
World’s Best Music Album – Marujah, “Marujah Rising”
Best Local Recording – Wish & The Well, “Darling Darling”
Best Live Performer – The Creepy Creeps
8:23 a.m. Evan Caleb Yearsley’s name was omitted from the original version of this article and another musician’s name appeared in its place.