People's Choice and Show Performers



Performers and People’s Choice Nominees For the Awards Show Also Announced
MILWAUKEE, WI – (Live) Performances by artists hailing from various parts of the state, representing a range of musical genres, will be an integral part of the 36th Annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards Show April 17th at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. Those in attendance will enjoy performances by:
WIFEE and the HUZzBAND                                                                                                                                                
 Red Light Saints
Whiskey of the Damned
The Family Business                                                                                                                                                            
 Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
Almighty Vinyl
Tweed Funk
Dave Steffen (2016 Hall of Fame Inductee)                                                                                                                         
Model Citizens (house band)
Finalists for the People’s Choice Awards have also been announced. These awards represent a subset of the awards presented by WAMI, allowing for statewide voting by anyone who wishes to nominate in select categories. A quadrant system is used to ensure representation from all areas of the state.
People’s Choice Nominations for 2016 are:
Band: The Madpolecats, Once Around, The Pat Watters                                                                                                    
 Band Teacher: Matt Nevers, Melissa Straka, Kathy Wacker
Radio: 96.3 Star Country, COW 97, WGLR 97.7                                                                                                             
 Venue: High Noon Saloon, Hijynx, Vinnie’s Rock Bottom                                                                                                  
 Music Fan: Christy Harvey, Mark Breinig, Matt Hepkin
Band: The Ditchrunners, Raised Reckless, Spicy Tie                                                                                                         
 Band Teacher: Brian McLaughlin, Sandra Weyers, Charlene Kennebeck                                                                                                                                                            Radio: WDEZ 101.9, WIFC 95.5, WWSP
Venue: Hollyrock’s Tavern, Eaux Claires, Live on Main
Band: Cherry Pie, Cowboy Up, Rabid Aardvarks
Teacher: Ben Janzow, Derek Machan, Dan Johnston
Radio: 102.9 The Hog, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, 91.7 WMSE
Venue: CUE CLUB of Wisconsin, The Metal Grill, Summer Sounds                                                                                  
 Music Fan: Roosevelt McCarter, Timm Dunn, Tina Walker
Band: Adams Way, Bad Habitz, Hyde
Teacher: Jason Busse, Kelly Klaus, Mark Budwit                                                                                                              
 Radio: WAPL, WIXX 101.1, WNCY Y100
Venue: Headliner’s, Mill Creek, Waverly Beach
Music Fan: Danny Dew, Doris Budwit, Kim Fleischman
The Awards Show, which recognizes achievements in more than 30 music categories, will include the induction of this year’s Global “Honorary” WAMI Hall of Fame recipient, arena rock pioneers, Styx.
ABOUT STYX: Styx, the Chicago-area rock band formed in 1970, has released 15 studio albums, many of which are multi-platinum, as well as 16 Top 40 singles. Styx is considered to be an arena rock pioneer, peaking from the mid 1970s thru the early 1980s. They continue to be a rock staple touring throughout the United States and beyond.
WAMI President Zoy Begos states, “WAMI’s mission has always been to promote music and the accomplishments of musicians, so we’re proud to recognize the global achievement of one of the Midwest’s finest rock bands of the past 45 years.”
Wisconsin has been a staple of Styx’s performance itinerary; having played clubs in Wisconsin in the early 1970s to current tour stops at our state’s arenas, amphitheaters and festivals. Fans of the band will have the pleasure of seeing Styx perform this year at Summerfest on June 30.
Begos continues, “WAMI is proud to have Styx as this year’s Global Honorary inductee into the WAMI Hall of Fame. I can’t think of a band who could call Wisconsin their performance home away from home, more than Styx. We’ll formally acknowledge their induction during the 36th Annual Awards Show on April 17.”
The public is invited to attend the Awards Show. Tickets on sale now for the show are $15 student, $29.50 general admission, $50 VIP single and $100 VIP couple. Tickets are available at the Fox Cities PAC Box Office (check for hours of operation) or at
Hotel Info:  Radisson Paper Valley;  special room rate (code "WAMI")
WAMI will host a party celebrating the nominees on Sunday, April 3 at 7:00 pm at The Saloon On Calhoun, 17000 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield. The event, which features complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and performances by Annie B, Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine and Billy Bon Scott, is free and open to the public.
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry ( is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. The group also provides opportunities for youth to perform in an annual Youth Music Showcase, while encouraging students and emerging artists by awarding scholarship monies to assist with their music education.
For more information contact Sue Schrader ( at Blonde Ambition Public Relations, 262.377.4180.