In case you're wondering, it was a swell time in Carrboro on Saturday (Oct. 2). Sure, the awards went out, but more importantly a bunch of folks got together to celebrate local music who don't always get together. From the time the first set of rock band camp parents wandered through the ArtsCenter's main gallery looking and nodding at posters, T-shirts and records while waiting for their kids to perform, you knew that it was going to be a different kind of evening. Throughout the night, musicians and music lovers of all walks got to see acts outside their usual orbit.
Some highlights: Pura Fe's haunting melodies accompanied by bottleneck guitar and stories of her Tuscaroran heritage; proud father Maceo Parker sitting in with his son Corey's band who tore it up at the ArtsCenter; seven rock bands doing the same at the Cradle; Spectac's gracious props to award winner Little Brother; Brother Yu working a nine-foot grand; one great review band along with Dexter Romweber and Katherine Whalen and the audience backing up Taz Halloween on "Is That All There Is"; Melissa Swingle kickin' it with a styling set of boots; Samecumba hustling back from a Charlotte gig for a late night salsa set; and people actually dancing all night long.
Thanks to everyone who made the first year possible. We had a lot of fun, learned a lot and look forward to doing this again next year. Remember, you can still catch the Sounds Local art exhibit going on in Carrboro through the end of the month.
And the winners for 2004 are:
Best Rock Band: Superchunk
Best Rock Record: The Rosebuds' Make Out
Best Rock Song: Portastatic's "Autumn Got Dark"
Best New Rock Band: International Orange
Best Hip Hop Group/Artist: Little Brother
Best Hip Hop Record: Little Brother's The Listening
Best Hip Hop Song: Little Brother's "The Yo Yo"
Best Country Group/Artist: Two Dollar Pistols
Best Country Record: Two Dollar Pistols' Hands Up! (YepRoc)
Best Country Song: Two Dollar Pistols' "There Goes My Baby"
Best Solo Artist: Tift Merritt
Best Solo Record: Caitlin Cary's I'm Staying Out
Best Bluegrass Band: Chatham County Line
Best Folk Group/Artist: Tres Chicas
Best Folk Record: Tres Chicas' Sweetwater
Best Salsa/Reggae/International Group: Samecumba
Best R&B/Soul Group: Who's Bad?
Best Jazz Group/Artist: Countdown Quartet
Best Gospel Group/Artist: Capital City Five and Friends
Best Blues Artist: Cool John Ferguson