Downtown After Dark: It’s trophy time for tunesmiths

This year’s nominees

Best pop: Kristin Turo; Kim Monroe and Chris Eves; Tommy Connors; South Bay; White Picket Fence.

Best country: Christopher Ames; The Easy Ramblers; Greg Hoover; Just Joe.

Best jazz: Tom Bronzetti Band; Kevin Dorsey Collective.

Best metal: One Last Shot; Earth Crisis; Shooting Hemlock; Torment the Vein; Feeding Affliction.

Best blues: Mark Cloutier; Master Thieves; The Chris Terra Band; Mark Doyle and the Maniacs.

Best alternative: 4 Point 0; The Scarlet Ending; God Astray; Catastrophe Me!; Independent Louis.

Best hip-hop/rap: Sophistafunk; DeCoy; Powder Jay; Double-J/A.O.D. Team; Anormous.

Best rock: Silent Fury; Stone Soul Foundation; Elephant Mountain; Just a Memory; Michael P. Ryan.

Best R&B: Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook; Isreal Hagan; Brownskin.

Best Americana: Chad Bradshaw Band; Stiv Morgan; Dan Duggan; Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand; Loren Barrigar.

Best recording, other style: William Nicholson; Leper Pony; Turnip Stampede; Samba Laranja; Ceili Rain.

— The Syracuse Area Music Awards will honor regional recording artists in 11 categories at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Oncenter Grand Ballroom at the corner of Harrison and Montgomery streets, downtown. Performers at the awards show include the bands 805 and The Rods. Sammys Hall of Famer Isreal Hagan will open with a solo acoustic set.

Admission to the awards show costs $15.

The Sammys Hall of Fame inductions will take place the night before, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of North Franklin St., downtown. Admission costs $20 on Thursday.

David “Rock” Feinstein, guitarist for The Rods, and Dave Porter, frontman for 805, are two of this year’s Sammys Hall of Fame inductees. Also entering the Sammys hall will be blues singer Marcia Hagan, broadcaster Rick Gary and music educator and saxophonist Joe Riposo. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra will receive the Sammys Lifetime Achievement Award.

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