My Morning Jacket, moe., Benevento/Russo Duo Lead Nominations For Sixth Annual Jammys
All-Star Concert To Include Performances By moe., Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Guster, Joe Satriani, Richie Havens, Savion Glover, Baaba Maal, Peter Frampton, Blues Traveler, Many More
February 23, 2006 My Morning Jacket, moe. and the Benevento/Russo Duo lead the nominations for the 6th Annual Jammys awards to be handed out April 20th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. This year's Jammys kicks off the inaugural Green Apple Music and Arts Festival, the biggest Earth Day celebration in the country.
My Morning Jacket secured nominations in the studio album of the year (Z), song of the year ("Off the Record") and live performance of the year categories (San Francisco, 11/11/05). moe. is nominated for the archival release of the year (Warts and All, Volume 4), tour of the year (for their summer trek with the Allman Brothers Band) and show of the year trophies (Tsunami Relief Benefit, New York, 2/10/05). The Benevento/Russo Duo is up for studio album (Best Reason to Buy the Sun), song ("Becky") and tour of the year honors (their December trek with Phish's Mike Gordon).
Keyboardist John Medeski, ex-Phish bassist Mike Gordon and the North Mississippi Allstars are nominated in three categories apiece for their work in various projects, while Widespread Panic, Ryan Adams, Grace Potter, New Monsoon, and the Allman Brothers Band all garnered two nominations each. For a complete list of nominees, visit www.jammys.com.
Confirmed performers for this year's awards show and all-star concert include moe., Little Feat, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, guitar hero Joe Satriani, jam giants Blues Traveler, '70s arena rocker Peter Frampton, folk icon Richie Havens, African star Baaba Maal, as well as The Mutaytor, McCoy Tyner, Savion Glover, Mad Professor, Angelique Kidjo, Steve Kimock, Stephen Perkinsof Jane's Addiction, Bettye LaVette, Guster, Martin Sexton, and DJ Logic. More names will be announced in coming weeks.
Critically acclaimed for creating once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between the likes of Sinead O¹Connor and Burning Spear, John Mayer and Buddy Guy and Travis Tritt with the Disco Biscuits, this year's event will include a special tribute to music pioneer Frank Zappa featuring Dweezil Zappa and Napoleon Murphy Brock and specials guests. Zappa will be posthumously presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Produced by Relix Magazine, Jambands.com, and Peter Shapiro, the Sixth Annual Jammys awards show and all-star concert will kick off the four-day Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. Over the following three days, New York's top music rooms, including Carnegie Hall, Irving Plaza, The Blue Note, B.B.
King's, Nokia Theater, The Bitter End, The Bowery Ballroom and The Knitting Factory, will host renowned artists spanning the musical spectrum.
Founded as an alternative to mainstream award shows, The Jammys is a celebration of the best in live improvisational music performance that pairs the brightest lights on the burgeoning jam music scene with stars from the pop, rock, reggae, gospel and jazz realms. Over five years, The Jammys has become one of New York City's premiere annual live music events and one of the top grassroots music events in the world, hosting countless historic, once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, and drawing international acclaim for pairing the stars of the improvisational music scene with leading artists from across the musical spectrum.
In between performances, nine Jammys trophies will be handed out in categories voted on by fans, while a Lifetime Achievement award will be given out at the end of the night. In years past, Lifetime Achievement trophies have been bestowed upon B.B. King, The Meters, the Grateful Dead, Steve Winwood and Buddy Guy.
Fans can vote for the year's best album, song, DVD, download, new artist, tour, live show and archival release of the year at www.jammys.com.
ABOUT THE GREEN APPLE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL:
More than 25 of New York's premiere music venues, including Carnegie Hall, Irving Plaza, The Blue Note, B.B. King's, Nokia Theater, The Bitter End, The Bowery Ballroom and The Knitting Factory, will host renowned artists spanning the musical spectrum. The four-day event will be held April 20th-23rd throughout New York City, and is being held in conjunction with Earth Day New York, a nonprofit organization. Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival is dedicated to raising the visibility and awareness of Earth Day.
ABOUT PETER SHAPIRO:
Peter Shapiro, co-creator of The Jammys and co-chief of Ideal Entertainment, is the former owner and operator of the influential and respected downtown rock club the Wetlands Preserve. Shapiro is a celebrated filmmaker whose credits include the critically acclaimed IMAX concert film All Access and Chick Corea's Rendezvous in New York DVD box set. He is currently developing a series of 3D IMAX films on leading subjects in the music and sporting worlds.
Founded in 1974, Relix magazine has for over three decades been one of the most trusted and respected music magazines in the United States. Relix is known as the bible of improvisational rock music while also covering everything from folk and blues to reggae, world beat and electronic music. With a readership of 300,000, Relix is a trusted voice for the passionate live music fan.