With as much music as Hartford has to offer — especially for jazz fans — it is easy to forget that there is a thriving music scene in places like New London and Bridgeport. The Connecticut Music Awards served as a reminder that there is more happening here than anyone can actually keep up with.
The Bushnell hosted the award show, along with the opening night of Miss Saigon, on Tuesday evening. A red carpet, separate from either entrance, was more watched than walked upon.
Chip McCabe, the emcee and “Minister of Propaganda,” controlled the mic at the second annual Connecticut Music Awards, making an early threat to sit down and read a book if anyone heckled. He broke the promise, but this was not an audience at The Meadows whose expectations and conduct were out of line with the occasion. When the Best Metal award was accepted by Dead By Wednesday, they received some good-natured heckling from members of bands competing for the award. It was played off and the momentum was not lost. Drinks were dumped, an award was dropped, and there was a technical glitch late into the evening, but this show managed to not stagnate.
Best Cover Band: 7 Below
Best Gospel: University of Hartford Gospel Choir
Best DJ: DJ M.E.
Best Other: Oh, Cassius!
Best Jazz: Isaac Young Quartet
Best Jam Band: Kung Fu
Best Country: John Mayock & The Homesteaders
Best R&B/Soul/Funk: Fake Babies
Best Punk: The Lost Riots
Best Singer/Songwriter: Kate Callahan
Best Metal: Dead By Wednesday
Best Blues: Balkun Brothers
Best Indie Rock: Little Ugly
Best New Band: Violent Mae
Best Hip Hop: Ceschi Ramos
Best Folk/Traditional: Goodnight Blue Moon
Best Reggae: Mystic Bowie
Best Rock: 1974
Best Overall Band: Fight the Fear