WAMI announces 2019 Awards Show performers, People's Choice nominees

MILWAUKEE, WI – Live performances by artists spanning an array of musical genres will set the tone for a celebration of the very best in Wisconsin music. Those attending the 39th Annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards Show on April 14, 2019 at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall will enjoy performances by:


2019 WAMI Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Cebar

2019 WAMI Hall of Fame Inductees, Realm


The WhiskeyBelles

Lex Allen


Geoff Landon

Black Belt Theatre

The Seven Sounds - A Tribute to Harvey Scales

House Band - Six Pack Sammy


This year’s People’s Choice Award nominees are:



Band:  Alexis Walton, Rising Phoenix, Kings of Radio, Cherry Pie, The Lizardz

Teacher:  Jan Baker, Jake Warne, Corinn Bonkalski

Radio:  94.1 WJJO, WGLX 103.3, 101.5 WIBA

Venue:  Fawn Creek Winery, Hollyrocks, High Noon Saloon

Fan: Jack Kurtz, Mark Breunig, Jaeden Piller


Band:  Spicy Tie Band, The Dweebs, Hyde, Bear Creek Band, Boston Haas

Teacher:  Brian McLaughlin, Victoria Shoemaker, Matt Tiller

Radio: 95.5 WIFC, 106.3 WEVR, 101.9 WDEZ

Venue: Rookie’s, Schuggy’s, Ted’s Timber Lodge

Fan:  Steve Eastman, Leanne Booher, Cory Wendt


Band: RPM, Pudge, Boomboxx, Grand Union, Ask Your Mother

Teacher:  Craig Hawkinson, Mark Budwit, Jake Crowe, Phil Smyth, Thomas Killian

Radio: Razor 94.7, WAPL 105.7, WIXX, WXPR 91.7, y100

Venue:  Phat Headz, Headliners, Stone Toad Bar & Grill, Deja Vu Martini Lounge, Gibson Music Hall

Fan:  Doris Budwit, Alan Larson, Lisa Rumble, Joe Grib, Jiffy Furman


Band: The Playlist, Jackie Brown Band, Totally Neon, Ten Feet Tall, Almighty Vinyl

Teacher: Daniel Faustman, Jim Kube, Jim Walski, Don Ricchio, Betsy Ade

Radio: 102.9 The Hog, 91.7 WMSE, 104.9 WTKM, 96.5 WKLH, Radio Milwaukee 88.9

Venue: Cue Club of Wisconsin, Lucky Chance, 58 Below, The Saloon On Calhoun, Rock Country MKE

Fan:  Brenda Blackhalo, Bradley John, Damian Fisher, Russ Waarvik, Dan Goretski


The public is invited to attend the Awards Show.  Tickets for the show are $15 for students and $25 general admission. Tickets are available at the Pabst Theater/Riverside Theater/Turner Hall Box Office (check for hours of operation) or at


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.