Tre Principesse: The American, classical crossover trio of vocalists, debuted in the second spot on Billboard’s classical charts in August 2017 with their album, "Getting To Know You.” It was recorded at Appleton’s Rock Garden Studios. Tre Principesse’s album features Chicago’s Agne Giedraityte, who since left the group, as well as Anastasia Lee and Tatiana Marie, both graduates of Ashwaubenon High School. Each stretched their vocal talents as soloists -- andtogether -- across a variety of genres including classical, country and jazz.
Sacred: From Milwaukee, Sacred’s members each found their successes elsewhere in the Wisconsin music scene before joining forces to forge a modern/alt rock sound in 2016. Their contemporary take on sounds reminiscent of the 90s rock scene is drawing crowds and this year, earned Sacred a nomination in WAMI’s “Alternative Rock/Rock Artist” category.
Eminence: Four young women from the Fox Valley have drawn a statewide following with their hard rock cover shows and racked up plenty of honors since first taking the stage in 2013. They’ve found success in their mission to show that women can rock just as hard as men and
their efforts earned them the “Rising Star of the Year” honor at the 2017 WAMI Awards. This year, the band is nominated in the “Alternative Rock/Rock Artist” category while member Caitlin Sweeney was given a nod in the drummer category.
The Mascot Theory: The Madison-based Americana artists have had toes tapping across Wisconsin and well beyond the borders with their dynamic instrumental work and booming four-part harmonies. They’ve played festivals including Summerfest, Freak Fest and Mile of Music and are poised for a breakout amid the sustained popularity of the folk rock genre. The Mascot Theory won Artist of the Year awards from the Madison Area Music Association in 2016 and 2017. Tonight, they’re among the nominees for WAMI’s 2018 Artist of the Year.
Bryan Lee: Lee, a 2017 WAMI Hall of Fame inductee, was born in 1943 in Two Rivers and has been nominated for a Grammy nominee. He’s also known as “Braille Blues Daddy,” having lost his eyesight as a young boy. Lee’s music interest became heavily influenced by the sound of the Chicago Blues. Lee has been a fixture in New Orleans’ French Quarter and has toured the country.
Jay Edward Band: Oshkosh native Jay Edward spent 40 years in Los Angeles before bring his harmonica-driven blues sound and celebration of blues history back to Wisconsin.
Early Thomas Band: Rock-n-Soul veteran Early Thomas, former front man of Soul Patrol, has continued to build his alternative rock legacy and played with artists including Jackson Browne, Gregg Allman and Jane Wiedlin.
The Cherrypops: The Milwaukee-based glam punk band is a nominee for WAMI’s 2018 punk artists of the year.
Husher: a nominee in tonight’s best new artist category, Husher’s original music evokes the distinct sounds of classic 1970s hard rock.