This Sunday will mark yet another annual Washington Area Music Association awards celebration, known as the Wammies, that will be held in Falls Church’s historic State Theatre. It will mark the 18th annual show at the State, out of the 28 annual Wammies Awards shows dating to the 1980s. This year’s show begins at 8 p.m.
The City of Falls Church Office of Economic Development is once again a major sponsor of the event, which along with the Tinner Hill Blues Festival in June is one of the major regional musical events held in the City of Falls Church each year. A number of Falls Church performers and supporters are nominees this year, as well.
The band “Rites of Ash” is Falls Church home grown, nominated in the Electronica category, and their tune, “Kept Me Up All Night” is nominated in the Electronica best song category. The band’s local boy Lazzo is nominated for Producer of the Year. The Falls Church-based Cue Recording is nominated for best studio, and long-time City resident Mary Cliff is once again nominated for best supporter of the D.C. regional music scene.
Live performers set to play at this year’s Wammies show include Black Alley, Black Masala, Bumper Jacksons, Jumpin’ Jupiter, Mary Alouette, Nappy Riddem, Rosa Lamoreaux and Vegas with Randolph. The pit band will be Dave Chappell and Friends and the band for the VIP pre-reception to be held at Argia’s restaurant from 6:30 p.m. will be Daisy Castro and Gypsy Moth. There will also be an after party at the State.
For 28 years, the members of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) have shined the spotlight on local musicians, music business professionals, and music organizations who have achieved significant accomplishments within their field.
The WAMA Hall of Fame inductee this year is the 1960’s girl soul group The Jewels. Special Recognition awards will be given to the Dismemberment Plan and Anwan “Big G” Glover. A Special Achievement award goes to Olivia Records.
Wammie Awards will be given in the following categories: A Capella, Big Band/Swing, Bluegrass, Blues/Traditional R&B, Children’s Music, Choral, Classical, Country, Electronica, Folk – Contemporary, Folk – Traditional, Go Go, Gospel/Inspirational, Jazz, Latin, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Modern Rock, Pop Rock, Roots Rock, Urban Contemporary, and World Music. Awards will also be given for Musician of the Year, Artist of the year, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and more. The Songwriter of the Year award is co-sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington.
WAMA officials extended thanks their sponsors for their support, including Broadcast Music, Inc., The State Theatre and the City of Falls Church.
The WAMA is a nonprofit organization made up of industry professionals. WAMA’s main goad is to promote Washington area music and to achieve national recognition of the region as an important center for live and recorded music.
Tickets to Sunday’s show are $35 for the general public, $20 for WAMA Members, and $15 for nominees.