Yes, you read that subject heading right: We are about three months out from the 2011 RFT Music Showcase, which is taking place on Saturday, June 4, on Washington Avenue. More details on this are TBA, once we know more. As every year, however, the music showcase features bands, musicians and artists nominated for RFT Music Awards. (The showcase doesn't have an open application process, unfortunately.)
Like the good little organized Virgo that she is, A to Z is already thinking about this year's ballot (seriously), and wanted to open up thoughts to the general public. Who should get nominations this year? Who's had a really exceptional year, music-wise? What categories should be futzed with/changed -- and if so, what should the alternatives be? Don't just complain or grumble that something was wrong or that something sucked -- some feedback why it didn't work, and what could be different this year, would be helpful. ALSO NOTE: This is limited to St. Louis/regional artists only. Don't nominate national acts.
To be clear, A to Z takes these fan-generated comments/suggestions of bands/musicians and combines them with input from writers and other music community regulars when we cobble together a ballot of music awards nominees. It's not a one-person job or nominating process.
Note: Do not spam the comments with street-teaming. We know bands post this to Facebook or Twitter and tell fans to go have their say. That will not help; it'll just be annoying. Give us good, measured reasons why your favorite band is the best.
To spur on conversation, I've included last year's categories and winners below. Otherwise, comment away!
Best Americana/Folk Band (Indie-Leaning) The Monads
Best Americana/Folk Band (Untraditional) Brothers Lazaroff
Best Blues Artist/Band Alvin Jett & the Phat Noiz Blues Band
Best DJ Spankalicious
Best Electronic Artist/Band Murder Happens
Best Experimental Artist/Band Glass Teeth
Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Group) Funky Butt Brass Band
Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Solo Artist) Lamar Harris
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Solo) Murphy Lee
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Group or Collective) Midwest Avengers
Best Hip-Hop DJ DJ Needles
Best Indie Band Troubadour Dali
Best Jam Artist/Band Madahoochi Best Jazz Artist Willie Akins
Best Live Band Trip Daddys
Best Metal/Thrash Band Dude Nukem
Best Modern Rock Band Building Rome
Best New Artist Sleepy Kitty
Best Punk/Hardcore Band The Humanoids
Best Pop Band The Blind Eyes
Best Rock Band LOGOS
Best Vocalist (Female) Cassie Morgan
Best Vocalist (Male) Bob Reuter
Best Local Album Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Riverboat Soul