A standing room only crowd of over 400 people spent the evening honoring the great musical talent we have here in the Rockford area at the 17th Annual RAMI Awards held at the Tebala Shrine Temple.
The crowd enjoyed performances by Christine Knodle, the Salvation Army Rockford Temple Band, the 2008 Youth Charity Jam winner Hope Despite, Emily Bear, Red and PlayRay's Review, Southern Heritage, Grupo Escape, The Stevee Nix, Starlite Radio, and Southview.
And the winners are...
Blues: Ernie & the Po' Boys
Cabaret/Broadway: Mike Williamson Trio
Choral Group: Mendelssohn Chorale
Classical Ensemble: Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra
Classical Instrumentalist: Rebecca Asher
Country/Bluegrass: Southern Heritage
DJ: Steve Shannon
Folk/Solo Pop: Miles Nielsen
Funk/R&B: The Usual Suspects
Gospel: Awe Struck
Jazz, Contemporary: Dean Moriarty Jazz Band
Jazz, Traditional: Ken Stein/Carey Sheley Little Big Band
Latino: Los Dragones
Musical Outreach Organization: Phantom Regiment
New Act: Shuvlhed
Rap/Hip Hop: The Bridge
Rock, Acoustic: Acoustic Millennium Band
Rock, Classic: The Crunchy Frogs
Rock, Hard/Metal: Agnus Jackson
Rock, Modern: The Stevee Nix
Rock, Oldies: Moon Dogs
Rock, Pop/Retro Fat Elvis
Rock, Punk/Indie/Alternative: The Felix Culpa
World Music: The Reggie
Lighting Technician: Paul Lindsey
Live Sound Engineer: Paul Edler
Recording Studio: Barker Studios
Stage Manager: Chuck Whitmore
Stage Manager: Luis Lara
Studio Sound Engineer: Duane Barker
Hall of Fame
Jodi Beach Trio
Community Service Award
The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Band
John R. Bishoff "Fear and Desire"
Jonathan Bradley "Let's Toast the Town"
Rockford Choral Union "Messiah"
Nat Bauer, Conductor
Produced by Snapshot