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Top Acoustic Artists Celebrated With 2011 JAMMIES

By Gary Wien


(ASBURY PARK, NJ - MARCH 12, 2011) -- George Wirth, Matt Kay, and Emily Grove each took home two awards in the 2nd Annual Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. Held at the Atonement Lutheran Church Hall, the night provided an excellent look inside the state's coffeehouse scene with live performances by 19 artists. Hosted by Anton Daub, the award show attracted a standing room only crowd.

The night featured live sets by Bobby Strange, Michael Brett, Jenny Woods, Keith Monacchio, Sheli Aarden, Michael Dante Summonte, we are, George Wirth, Kacie Baker, Whitney Kelly, Don Lee, Matt Kay, Gerald Edward, Mike Butler, Danny DeFonza, Jim Crawford, Cat Cosentino, and Beannacht. Cara Salimando (Universal/Motown Records) made a special appearance as well.

Many of the artists normally perform in front of small crowds with espresso machines running during their set, but tonight they were the stars of the stage. The crowd was reported to be twice as large as the initial award show held last year. Members of the media including Jim Testa of the Star-Ledger, Jeff Raspe from 90.5 "The Night", and Danny Coleman of "Rock On Radio Show" were among those in attendance. Helen Chantal Pike, editor of "Asbury Park Where Music Lives" signed copies of the recently published book, which was available for purchase at the show.

The night featured great performances from all of the artists. Among the highlights was George Wirth doing the title track off of "The Last Good Kiss" (voted Album of the Year), Matt Kay's "The Very Last Day" (voted "Song of the Year"), and Kacie Baker (voted Top Female Act) assisting George Wirth on a song.

Here is the complete list of winners:
Male Act -- Matt Kay
Female Act -- Kacie Baker
Under 18 Years Old -- Michael Butler
Band/Group -- Thomas Wesley Stern
Male Vocalist -- Gerald Edward
Female Vocalist -- Emily Grove
Rock/Pop/Blues -- Don Lee
Folk/Country -- Michael Brett
Male Songwriter -- George Wirth
Female Songwriter -- Emily Grove
New Act 2010 -- Beannacht
Song Of The Year -- The Very Last Day
Album Of The Year -- George Wirth



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Event calendar
Sunday, May 19, 2019


MUSIC

Believe: A Fundraiser Benefit for Marilyn's Place @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 4:00pm

Tash Sultana @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park - 6:00pm

Will Martin Sings Dean Martin @ Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 3:00pm

MICHAEL BOLTON @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm

Band Together for Veterans @ Bar Anticipation, Lake Como - 1:00pm

ART OF THE DOUBLE CONCERTO - NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 3:00pm

Carmina Burana New Jersey Youth Symphony 40th Anniversary Concert @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm

Derek Bermel's Mango Suite @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 4:00pm

Laurie Berkner, Solo @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 3:00pm

Grace Morrison at Riverside!! @ Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme, Succasunna - 4:00pm

The Bronx Wanderers @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 5:00pm and 8:00pm







THEATRE

Frost/Nixon @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

Surfing My DNA @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Camelot @ Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan - 3:00pm

She Loves Me! @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 2:00pm

Morir Sonyando @ Passage Theatre Company, Trenton - 3:00pm

Rapunzel @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

MET Encore: Dialogues des Carmelites @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 1:00pm


DANCE

Roxey Ballet Presents Cinderella @ The College Of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage Theater, Ewing - 2:00pm

Kick Dance Studios presents I LOVE the 90s @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 1:00pm


KIDS

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 2:00pm

Double Dare Live @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


SPIRITUAL

Transform Your Thoughts & Heal Yourself Spiritually @ 10 Colonial Court, Hainesport, NJ 08036, Hainesport - 1:30pm

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