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 The Party

Once a year, we pull out all the stops to celebrate recreational music-making in New York City, to honor the finest musicians and bands in our scene, and generally have a crazy-good time. The 22nd Annual Jammy Awards happen Friday, April 24, and will feature ten bands playing their hearts out for 22 minutes apiece, more than $7,500 in prizes, outrageous attire, a kick-ass light show, smoke machines, and not a single speech.

 The Bands

This year's entries include a mix of favorites and new challengers - over the course of the evening we'll get a taste of Indie Alt/Country, Metal, Jazz, Funk, and plenty of Rock (from Classic to Contemporary(ish) to Original). In no particular order:

Local Heroes (Bruce Springsteen tribute), The Crunge (Classic Rock), The Petty Thieves (Tom Petty tribute), Funktastic (R&B/Funk), Fire Signs (Modern Rock), Cold Fusion (Jazz/Funk), My Dying Hour (Hard Rock/Metal cover band), PoliceQUAD (Police tribute), Bustling Hedgerow (Led Zeppelin tribute), and The Rolling Bones (Rolling Stones tribute).
 The Venue

Located at 44 East 32nd St. (near Park Ave), The Cutting Room is the
"guitar-laden holy temple of rock....like a bizarre Keith Richards dream brought to life." (UrbanDaddy) The venue for the 2015 Jammys  features an elevated stage, multiple rooms and balconies, excellent food, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. And we'll add to that with ten great bands, swag from our sponsors (to be tossed out to the audience), and other delights.

 The Judges

An impartial panel of industry insiders and professional musicians whom we ply with drinks so as to better endure the 4.5 hour musical onslaught.
Their identities will remain secret until just prior to showtime.

 The Prizes

INDIVIDUAL HONORS (as selected by the Members of The Jam):

Jammer Of The Year - The person who has contributed the most to the jam through generosity of spirit, time, or otherwise - wins free sessions (open jams and rehearsals) at the Jam for the next 12 months. What's that worth? For a frequent visitor, upwards of $1,500.

Drummer Of The Year gets a shiny
22" K Zildjian Dark Medium Ride cymbal, featuring "a large bell for excellent projection in rock settings, and special hammering and lathing to open up the cymbal for broad tonal complexities in jazz settings. Exclusive "Pin" lathing enhances the crashability and gives the cymbal a distinct appearance reminiscent of 1960's era K Zildjians." Cast from a secret alloy and finished using 380 years of know-how, the K Zildjian Dark Medium Ride is extremely versatile. Retail Value: $409.95

Female Vocalist of the Year receives a one-hour private lesson with the Collective Faculty member of her choice, plus the Liz Caplan Vocal Studios iPhone/iPad app Vocal Tool Kit Pro - Female.
Total retail value: $137.

Keyboard Player Of The Year gets a one-hour private
lesson with the Collective Faculty member of his or her choice. Retail value: $123.

Bass Player Of The Year gets The Collective's complete Bass series of 3 books/4 CDs, a Collective tee shirt., a Planet Waves Tru-Strobe Pedal Tuner, 5 sets of D'Addario Balanced Tension Bass Strings, a Planet Waves "Dark Side" black/gray tattoo guitar strap, a 20 foot Planet Waves American Stage Instrument Cable, and a PW NS Mini Headstock Tuner - a package with a total retail value of $418.64.

Male Vocalist of the Year receives a one-hour private lesson with the Collective Faculty member of his choice, plus the Liz Caplan Vocal Studios iPhone/iPad app Vocal Tool Kit Pro - Male. Total retail value: $137

Guitar Player Of The Year 
gets a one-hour private lesson with The Collective faculty member of his or her choice, 10 sets of D'Addario Balanced Tension Guitar Strings, and a package from Planet Waves including a Tru-Strobe Pedal Tuner, satin guitar strap, 20 foot American Stage Instrument Cable, an NS Artist Capo and an NS Micro Headstock Tuner (total value: $459). 

Best Dressed Performer gets a $100 Gift Card from Visionary Music Studios - the official rehearsal studios of The Jam community.

GROUP HONORS (as selected by The Judges):

This year's Most Dysfunctional Band will win (or perhaps earn) a 1.5 hour session with the Rockshrink - a psychotherapeutic prize worth $600.

The winners of this year's Jammy for Best Original Band will get their choice of a song mixed or an album mastered by the legendary (and awesome) Doug Maxwell and Media Right Studios, a prize package worth a cool $1,500.

Best Tribute Band will get a
$500 Gift Card from Vinny's Music Service, good towards cartage, lighting, instrument and equipment rental, staging, support personnel - and anything else Vinny has to offer.

Best Cover Band  will receive a $600 Video Package from our friends at 11th Story Productions. The prize includes a two-camera video shoot at the venue and night of the winner's choice (with 5 copies on DVD), plus a cool 5-minute highlight "Demo Reel" DVD. All video will be additionally provided in compressed form for webcast, with technical assistance posting to YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook.

With trophies and take-home swag, that's just over $6,000 in booty ( that's a big booty). But the opportunity to play at the Jammys? Priceless.

 The Staff

It takes a village to produce The Jammys, including: Gregg Raybin (MC), Brooke Fox (Number 1), Kelly Palumbo (Hostess),
? (Sound), Zeph Ellenbogen (Lighting Design), Jeff Hennefeld (Videography), Stefano Ukmar (Photography).

 The Event

The 2014 Jammy Awards happen Friday, April 4, 2014 at The Cutting Room, starting at 7 pm. The musical event of the year is free for Jam members, $10 for advance tickets, and $15 at the door. All ages welcome. Please join us for a night of revelry, unbridled musical passion, and (nearly) non-stop fun.

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