Syracuse-area music, musicians celebrated at an event that reached a milestone this year
Fans and supporters of the Syracuse Music scene once again celebrated those who produce, record, and play music at the SAMMY AWARDS this past weekend. The creators of the event not only honored area talent, they also celebrated a milestone this year.
Just about all of those honored at the Syracuse Area Music Awards marveled at how rich and diverse the music scene is in Syracuse.
SAMMY turned 30 this year and one who was there from the start received the Founders Award. Liz Nowak every year helps compile the artists’ submissions, then tallies all the community votes. But she turned the praise right around to the musicians.
“It’s you, you keep the SAMMYs going," Nowak said to all the musicians in attendance. "We’re a music town. Please continue to create, collaborate and share you talents with us.”
WAER’s Own Host of Common Threads Larry Hoyt was inducted into the SAMMY’s Hall of Fame this year for both playing and presenting music in the community for decades.
“Most of the people who are doing music here in Central New York are doing it for the same reason I’m doing it; we love the music. We love the camaraderie. I would say most of the people I know are not doing it with the idea of getting an award, they’re doing it for the satisfaction of doing it,
Hoyt modestly adds he doesn’t feel famous, he feels more like he’s in the 'hall of the sorta-well-known.'
Other musical styles enjoyed by WAER audiences were recognized. John Cadley, often heard on common threads, won for best Americana; Best Rhythm and Blues to Shawn Seals and SMX; and London McDaniel won for best Jazz performance.
“I want to thank the SAMMY board and I want to thank all the musicians that put their energy into making Syracuse a family of music and musicians. It’s really extraordinary,” said McDaniel at the event.
Blues artist Carolyn Kelly, also honored into the Hall of Fame this year, was one of numerous musical acts to make the awards presentation a true concert event. Many honorees and presenters noted the SAMMY Awards helps point out how much high-quality music is made right here in the Salt City.