And The Nominees Are...
As 2017 comes to an end, we are looking back on all of the great offerings Dentonites have provided to enhance the town's culture. From punk shows at convenience stores to burlesque shows Downtown; Denton is not only alive and well, it has also been quite busy this year.
The 2nd Annual DAM Awards include 33 Music categories and 25 Arts & Community categories for a grand total of (did you already do the math?) 58 categories. The categories were decided upon by peers within the community. Once we had our categories, we sent emails out to a bunch of local music and art aficionados for them to help us build the ballot. After tallying all the nominations and consulting with leaders in each category, we have a solid ballot for you.
The Denton Arts & Music Awards are a way for us to further celebrate the current culture in Denton. We are proud to have the opportunity to not only regularly cover the local music & art scene, but to also honor some of the best of the best. As of December 21, 2017, The Dentonite has published more than 390 articles covering everything from local and state politics to new music in Denton, and a whole lot in between.
Our readership is up 65% from last year. We are still 100% volunteer run. Our leadership is still majority female driven (and we are all extremely grateful for our Editor-in-Chief, Mateo Granados). In 2018 we will be rolling out a new site design and focusing on funding our contributor's efforts by selling ads and seeking private investors.
Without further ado, your 2018 Denton Arts & Music Awards Nominees.
New Music Act
Song of the Year
Ditch Prince - Nosedive
Masa Lopez ft. LVL 9 - Platinum and Gold
Pearl Earl - Meet Your Maker
Sad Cops - It's Eating at Me
Thin Skin - My Song Ate/ Tits
Non-Traditional Music Venue
Traditional Music Venue
Open Mic Host
Bret Crow at GameChangers
Joey Johnson at Bearded Monk/ Killer's Tacos
Garrett Phelps at Midway Craft House
Jake Steinberg at Abbey Underground
Denton Online Radio
Colonel Bruce Burn's Honky Tonk Hour - KUZU
Boulez Campbell Soup Listening Hour - KUZU
Don't Feed the Artists
Mostly Local with Michael Briggs - KUZU
Nobody Knows with Joey Johnson - Denton Radio.com
Sound Engineer (Live)
Sound Engineer (Studio)
Izzy the Kidd
Arts & Community Nominees
Poet/Spoken Word Artist
Kabrina D Sierra
Lana del Gay
Marie de Menthe
Bug (Sundown Collaborative Theatre)
The Crucible (UNT)
Richard III (Denton Community Theatre)
Short Works Fest (Sundown Collaborative Theatre)
Sordid Lives (Denton Community Theatre)
Mixed Media Artist
Dentonite of the Year
Aaron Anttila (Elk River Sessions)
Keely Briggs (District 2 Councilwoman)
Marcus Washington (Cash & Respect)
Rachel Weaver (Denton Community Market)
John Williams (Oak St Drafthouse & East Side Denton)
Header image graphic by Christopher Rodgers