In case you missed it, WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) held its 42nd annual awards show Sunday night in Green Bay. It’s true!

Here’s a list of the 86 (!) winners, featuring everything from the state’s best music club (perennial winner Paulie’s Pub & Eatery in West Allis) to the state’s best hand percussionist (Amanda James). Never change, WAMI, and congrats, WAMI winners!

Acoustic Bass (Strings)
Mark Greenwald

Acoustic Guitar
Myles Wangerin

Album Of The Year
Winter – Kurt Gunn

Artist Of The Year
Copper Box

Banjo & Ukelele
Beau Janke (Banjo)

Bass Guitar
Carl Stessl

Blues Song
Ride or Die – Erin Krebs

CD/LP Artwork
Winter – Kurt Gunn

Country Song
Country Boy – Sammy Ray

Country/Folk Album
Room To Grow – Carmen Nickerson

Cover Band/Act
That 90’s Band

DJ Drew

Drum Kit
Eric Johnson

Electric Guitar
Christopher Larson

Ensemble Vocals
Krause Family Band

Zoy Begos

Female Vocalist
Dani Crow

Folk Song
Emily – Carmen Nickerson

Free Reed & Wind
Danny Jerabek (Accordion)

Hand Percussion
Amanda James

Westside Andy

Instrument Repair
Jeff Johnston

Instrument Store
Cream City Music

Instrumentalist Of The Year
Dave Adler (Piano)

Jazz Song
Lonely 2023 – Jerry Grillo

Lighting Engineer/Company
Glenn Ottenbacher

Live Sound Company
Orange Production Services

Live Sound Engineer
Kelly Klaus

Male Vocalist
Dennis Peters

Joe Wais

Max Ink Radio (Podcast)

Music Benefactor
Nick Smith

Music Teacher
Dave Schoepke

Music Venue – Club
Paulie’s Pub & Eatery

Music Venue – Concert Hall
Gibson Community Music Hall

Music Venue – Festival
Mile of Music Festival

New Artist of the Year
No Can Do

On-Air Personality
Erin Wolf

Orchestral Strings
Thea Vorass (Cello)

Jimmy Voegeli

James “Pie” Cowan

Performer – Blues
Altered Five Blues Band

Performer – Country
Nashville Pipeline

Performer – Faith Based
Hannah Rose Reyes

Performer – Folk
The Whiskeybelles

Performer – Folk – Americana
The MilBillies

Performer – Folk – Rock
Copper Box

Performer – Jazz
The Hot & Dirty Brass Band

Performer – Pop
Betsy Ade & The Well-Known Strangers

Performer – Pop – Rock

Performer – R & B

Performer – Rap
Wisco Kidz

Performer – Rock
The Sociables

Performer – Rock – Alternative

Performer – Rock – Hard Rock
Trash Pandas

Performer – Rock – Heavy Metal

Performer – Rock – Punk
Radio For Pets

Performer – Singer/Songwriter
Alexis Walton

Performer – Specialty
Boogie And The Yo-Yoz

Performer – World
Luma Knotty

Performer Of The Year
Alexis Walton

Brian (Teach) Netterfield

Kris Crow

Pop Song
Runaway – 7000apart

Marc Golde

Radio Station
91.1 The Avenue

Rap/R & B Song
Distracted – ML

Recording Studio
Rock Garden Studio

Rising Star of the Year
The Coves

Elliott Hill

Rock Album
Royalty – The Blacktop Kings

Rock Song
Absent in Adolescence – Abaddon’s End

John Vollmar

Song Of The Year
Absent in Adolescence – Abaddon’s End

Specialty – Strings
Ryan Knudson (Pedal Steel Guitar)

Specialty – Wind
Erin Krebs (Flute)

Studio Engineer
Marc Golde

Josh Becker

Tribute Band/Act
The Glam Band

Mike Clobes

Kurt Shipe

Jordan Lee

Unique Album
Brighter Days – Erin Krebs

Unique Song
Oh Wisconsin, Land Of My Dreams – Shari Sarazin Harp & Song

Video Of The Year
Down – Heart of Black

Kenny Leiser

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