I would like to nominate Ray Auger from the band “The Reach” as Best Male Rock singer in Worcester. With all the Metal in the Worcester scene Ray continues to belt out the Rock. I’ve been playing guitar for over 20 years and I’ve worked with many musicians and not only can Ray hit the rock notes, he has a distinct rock voice. Ray could most likely sing in many genres and in my opinion is the Best out there for Rock singers in Worcester right now. The Reach will be working on new material that will showcase Ray’s voice, which to this point was not part of the writing process. Thank you for considering Ray for this honor. Sincerely, Peter Hubbard.
I also have some acoustic work Ray and I did that showcases his ability to be suttle.
The Northeast, has and continues to produce some of the very best musical acts in the country. It’s stunning what we have here in every single genre, from folk to art rock to Americana to metal to punk to hip hop to blues and everything in between.
Dj Reckless is the best dj in Worcester by far. Nobody has his skills. The residents at Club Instyle are nothing special. I was not impressed. People don’t go there for the music. They go there because it’s a new place. I nominate Dj Reckless
Gilmour’s Breakfast for Best Tribue Act!!! They play Pink Floyd note-perfect and the singer can mimick the voices of all the singers in the band be it Gilmour, Waters, Wright or Barrett. Rob Taylor for best male singer!!
I would love to see the band Uncle Wally get together for a reunion. They are soooo much fun!!! Also Mike Gianfriddo is and has been in the music scene for more than four decades. He is very giving and helpful to all upcoming and seasoned musicians. He has traveled literally all over the world to share his gift! He has played for the troops and is always the first one to say yes to someone in need or anyone needing a fundraiser. He is a gift to the music world for many reasons. For the above and many more I feel he should receive the lifetime achievement award!! Thanks so much!! #1 Fan!!!
Comment by Clementine — February 3, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
TGA For Best Live Act You know what it is. You dont believe it? Come see me at Centro Las Americas 11 Sycamore st. Feb 18th at 8 pm. LESS GOO!
Comment by Priscilla Delvalle — February 4, 2011 @ 9:46 am
BEST CD, BEST MALE VOCALIST, BEST HIP HOP ACT, BEST LIVE ACT and BEST COVER ART- For KEITH KLEP NAPIER
Comment by Priscilla Delvalle — February 4, 2011 @ 9:54 am
1. If your band averages 5 ppl per show and you win the WMA that is just absolutely funny and BS
2. If your band hails from anywhere other than Worcester thats BS
3. If you play most of your shows outside of Worcester and have to have friends and family bus in to actually draw in Worcester thats also BS
4. If your band has to chip in to record or play a show because you lack the necessary ticket sales… BS
5. If your band has to pay to play… BS
6. If clubs don’t call you and beg you to play on a weekend (not Sunday) and you win the WMA that is BS
The last band to actually make it from Worcester… J geils, Aerosmith or Boston…
And that’s a long time ago… hint hint
Comment by Random Dude — February 4, 2011 @ 9:59 am
TGA- Best Live Act and The Best Come Up Group for 2011!
Best Producer and Engineer – Alejandro “tochi” Fontanez of fontanezrecording.com, a young local producer/engineer working with local and big name artist like Wyclef Jean, Viny Idol, and Fred the Godson of Bad Boy Records
I have no idea who any of these bands you guys are talking about are. And I consider myself quite knowledgeable about our local scene. If these bands do not hail out of Worcester county, we should not be nominating them. It’s also BS to say that a cover band is the best band around. That just speaks volumes about the scene in general if we are saying a COVER band should win every award. Sad days.
Best Hardcore/Metal Act – The Dead and The Damned
Best Cover/Tribute Band – The Dead and The Damned
Best Live Act – The Dead and The Damned
Best Male Vocalist – Coffin Jack (The Dead and The Damned)
Sexiest Musician – Uncle Bingo (The Dead and The Damned)
Vote for John Landers and the Recliners!! I vote for the Recliners for best rock act and band with the best groupies. I also vote for Ray’s
( Greendale ) for the best venue, and John for sexiest performer. Dave Abare for best harmonica.
Comment by Don Gannon — February 4, 2011 @ 8:51 pm
Dale LePage: my nomination and vote for best male vocalist of the year!
Comment by Ken Peterson — February 4, 2011 @ 9:44 pm
TGA for best live act and best up coming artists all the way!!!
I nominate the two amazing singer/songwriters Carrie Rowan and Adrienne Fawkes for the best up and coming DUO act. They have already established themselves individually as singer/songwriters, but together in this new DUO their harmonies and cool vibe on piano and guitar meld together to create something truly unique and gorgeous! They are a MUST see!!
I nominated TGA for best up and comer and best live act. The live performance is filled with a verve and energy I have not witnessed in a long while. If you think I’m simply exagerating you can witness them Live Feb 11th ant centro las americas (11 sycamore st worcester mass) at 8:00pm and be simply amazed.
TGA for best up and coming group and best live performance!
Comment by Daisy Morales — February 7, 2011 @ 8:54 am
No contest- FAMILY BUSINESS is the top of the stack for hiphop in Worcester and probably our entire region. Aint nobody touchin those cats right now. There’s some that are dope, but these dudes are on fire
Comment by Optimus Prime — February 7, 2011 @ 12:22 pm
Birch Hill Dam for best metal!!! \m/
Comment by thrashzonemike — February 7, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
Vote for Tanya B best Female vocals
Danny Gorman best Male vocals
FuZion BEST band without a doubt!!
Comment by Sir-G shmack — February 7, 2011 @ 6:28 pm
The Groove Street Band…best R&B act…best new act….best live act. If you haven’t seen this band, check them out at JJ’s sports bar in grille February 25th. 8 piece band featuring killer horn section. Get your groove on!
Dead and the Damned being nominated for anything is ridiculous! Unless the Category is “Band that clears out a club the quickest” They’re a TERRIBLE cover band that needs to play dress up to get themselves any attention…totally lame….They’re no better than any 2bit DJ playing OTHER PEOPLE MUSIC… get a life and please GO AWAY!
Comment by Random Dude 2 — February 8, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
7 MINUTE STAGGER!!! best Metal/hardcore; best live act!
Anyone that has seen NO ALIBI in action knows who the best cover band around is! Their sets are a blast!!!!
Comment by Steven Viner — February 8, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
I would like to nominate “Weirdbeard”…Dave Emerson- McCafferty for best perof0rmer and all round best talent. He composes all the music for his band “THE DEAL”, who are just great. He is a gifted and transecending guitarist, since he was ten years old. A Berkley College business head and a freakin’ hard worker who never gives it up. Let’s hear it for Weirdbeard and THE DEAL!!!!!
The Installers are such a great live band and their new songs posted on their facebook page are incredible!!!!! Steve Clarke, the lead singer, is by far the best blues singer in the area for and unsigned musician!!!
Comment by copperooob — February 10, 2011 @ 12:33 pm
Random Dude 2 has obviously spent too much time playing to barstools and not enough time at a show with The Dead and The Damned… THE band to call if you want to make sure everyone stays till the club closes! Headliners in Worcester usually suffer the fate of playing to peoples backs.. but these guys get everyone involved in the show and keep the place jumping till the house lights come on!
Don’t take my word for it though… check them out for yourself.
Comment by Random Dude Sucks — February 10, 2011 @ 9:06 pm
Lots of folks supporting Tester! Great band… Great guys! Good to see the name come up!
Let’s not forget Widow Sunday and 18 Wheels of Justice either!
Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli are beyond fantastic. Soulful vocals and beautiful melodies, but never over done. Absolutely PERFECT! If you haven’t seen them, check them out, you’ll be glad you did because these two are going places and are already known world-wide! Serious music by very cool and down to earth people (most of all).
Comment by LuAnn Kessler — February 11, 2011 @ 12:35 pm
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dead and the damned cover songs with the halloween act thrown in
entertaining and requests by people listend to and learned….
never emptied a club, and is repectfull towards other bands on same bill as them. just saying
aight by the look of it, seems as though everyone reppin themselves especially the ones who didnt do a damm thing this past year!! only person in the game that I hear buzzin last yr in the area was my dude Klep!!! easily had the best performance with by far the most packed venue!! im not talkin no 60 capacity spot we talkin 500+ to see my dude rock!! so best album is hands down “y not” by klep best performance you already kno klep without a doubt as well as best vocalist, best cd cover art, best hip hop act and all the rest of em!! no disrespect klep just did it bigger!! call me 2pac i call it like i see it!! VOTE KLEP!!!
I nominate Rafael Belfort as the best club Dj in worcester
Comment by Igor Rezende — February 14, 2011 @ 9:38 am
To Random Dude sux: You have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t play to bar stools since I don’t play in a band.. but I have had the misfortune of being at a club to see another band while the Dead and the Damned were playing, and I felt sorry for them because the handful of people in the place saw the embarrassment that was their ‘performance’.. I don’t smoke either, but that night I thought of starting so I didn’t have to go back inside and subject myself to the visual and audible molestation of tunes that I USED to enjoy.
To ‘X’: you’re just as lame them.
To Chris: it’s sad that you believe that, especially that last part…
On the other hand though, I did nominate The Dead and the Damned for best cover act.
Comment by Random Dude 2 — February 14, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
I would like to nominate “The Jazz Depot” for best Jazz Act
All I can say is that The Dead and the Damned put a lot of effort and talent into their theatrical show. I’m sick to death of stoic musicians up there – just standing there boring me to death. TDATD is fun…and they constantly add more songs based on crowd requests! If you want to watch live music – catch any band standing there strumming…if you want a SHOW, check out the Dead and the Damned. You can have your cake and eat it too…or a cheeseburger.
Comment by mayor mccheese — February 15, 2011 @ 11:09 am
PANACHE for best cover band
TONY FIORE best male vocal
KIRSTEN DAIGNEAULT best female vocal
Would like to nominate Ready Set Flo! for best new act and best funk band. Still in there first year together RSF has been steadily gaining fans with a mix of covers and killer originals. If you haven’t seen RSF yet, look em up, and check em out next time they come to your area.
random dude ..why are you out here bashing…you dont like a band then dont see them… The Dead and the Damned have all been in succesfull orginal bands and do this just for fun and to be a different cover act then the stand around with your finger in your a** playing joan jett, to maroon 5..name one other band that does what they do and compare them….then you can rightfully judge against a cover act.. especially if your not a musician.. you are not qualified to judge the color of poopy…. its great to hear a slipknot cover mixed with a black sabbath and devil driver cover… who else but The damned who are the Dead.. just sayin………..
Comment by sir hardnthick — February 16, 2011 @ 4:17 pm
I nominate HOT DAY AT THE ZOO for Best American Act
I’ve been following this amazing new artist by the name of Ashley Joelle Jordan. She’s only 17 or 18, but she is incredible and is getting a lot of attention as a songwriter and as a vocalist/guitarist. I nominate her for best female vocalist, best up and comer, and best solo act – she deserves recognition!
Comment by Kathy Walker — February 21, 2011 @ 11:29 pm
So as promised… I’m back with feedback from yesterdays show. All i can say is WOW!
End of and Era, Tester, Scarecrow Hill all brought great original material and rocked the place! The singer from The Dead and The Damned got invited up by every other band on the bill to sing a tune with them.
The Dead and The Damned worked their asses off through everyone else’s set, kept the crowds interest, served a shit load of cake and then they hit the stage and all hell broke loose. Rumor was the clown was going to be late to his own party cause he was very ill. He walked in with a big bunch of balloons and went straight for the kids to hand them all out. If he was sick he sure hid it well!
Opened up with Korn’s Falling Away From Me and nailed it. Right into Psychosocial from Slipknot… bridge got a little out of time but they pulled it back together and finished strong. After another 12-14 songs they closed the night with Thunderkiss and Beautiful People and I gotta hand it to them. They kicked ass!
The giant snake was a big hit, everyone wanted pictures with it. They were a lot of fun before they set foot on stage and once they did they tore it up!
You definitely have to see this show for yourself and then decide… for yourself. Keep your eyes open because you never know what’s going on when these guys are in the room.
Great job by all the bands on the bill including Revisited, a three piece band getting their feet wet in the business.
Yet again another round of the WMAs and yet again not a single band that draws in worcester and what a f$%^& joke on male vocalists… why not call it the really $%^& death metal awards – who the f$%^&* goes to any of these shows…
its a sad day…
Comment by Concerned Musician — March 8, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
WHEN I SAY FIVE-OH, YA’LL SAY 8! WHEN I SAY FAMILY, YA’LL SAY BUSINESS! Family Business is gonnnna win best hiphop group… mark it down!
All I want to say is, I cannot nominate/vote for your band if I have never heard of you. So everyone saying “where is so-and-so?” obviously either isn’t that popular, doesn’t really care for these awards, or just didn’t do a good job promoting them.
Concerned Musician, I think it is a bit ridiculous to say none of the bands draw in Worcester. Did you pay attention? Pretty sure the Flock of Assholes are killing it. And Niki, Dale, Bobby Gadoury Trio, they all do very well. And Duncan Arsenault is pretty much a Worcester legend a this point. Of course there are bands on here that none of us know. It’s the nature of this style of awards. I guess I would like to know who you think deserves to be nominated and then explain to me why they were not. Probably because they either didn’t care about these or they just didn’t promote. Just because you think someone should have been nominated because you think they are the best doesn’t just make it happen. People have to vote. And if they are not nominated, then not enough people voted for them. There’s really nothing to argue. Unless you want The Pulse to change the way they do this, and not let the public choose the nominees. But that is a completely different argument all in itself.
New England blues legend Bruce Marshall formed the BRUCE MARSHALL GROUP in 1991 and has been performing and recording steadily throughout the US since their inception. Bruce has shared the stage with over 150 national acts, was a former member of The Toy Caldwell Band (formed from members of Marshall Tucker) and toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws and Charlie Daniels. Bruce Marshall has represented New England twice at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, has released 6 CD’s, placed songs in film, won the Blues Audience Magazine Readers Poll Awards in 2011 and 2006 and was the vocalist for WB Mason Extra Innings on NESN TV 3 years running. Bruce is in his 37th year of full time music-making, and he has played over 7,000 shows with no signs of ever slowing down.
Comment by Northern Music — March 9, 2011 @ 3:37 pm
Finally finally finally this city is about to have a legitimate hiphop presence win this much deserved award. Time to dispell the myth that all Worcester has is corny acts talking about “swag” while they repeat the same tired ass subject matter… FAMILY BUSINESS, YOU HAVE REACHED THE TIPPING POINT! SAW YOU TEAR IT DOWN LAST MONTH AT THE LUCKY DOG AND YESSSSS YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!
Every year there are people like you that post on here and say the same things. “Who are these bands?”, and my favorite, “(Insert category here) is a joke.” Now you did it with more explitives under the guise of punctuation points than the others, but with far more ignorance. That is impressive. You see, most of them at least say “(Insert band name here) is so much better than any of these bands”, because they think that the musical landscape of Worcester does not extend past their own tiny thought-world, so if a band is not known to them then they must not be popular or good. This is obviously wrong because no one has heard of all of the national bands that are very popular unless you follow their particular genre of music. They have the advantage of an advertising budget too, while local bands have to rely on online promotion, friends, and word of mouth. This makes it much more difficult to get your name out across genres. You have taken it a step further and just said everything is a joke and sad, but provided no reasons or perspective.
So lets go point by point here: You claim that there is “not a single band that draws in Worcester”. Wrong. To expand on Amanda’s point, I am in the metal community, but I have seen many of these bands and most of them do draw…..they draw very well in fact. Jon Short, The Flock of Assholes, Tester, The Phreaks…..all of these bands, just to name a few, draw well and are well known within respected circles in Worcester. Clearly you are not a part of these circles, all of which are different, but it makes their opinions no less important than yours. The “joke on male vocals” and the “why not have it be a death metal awards” comments are lumped together (I think? ) so I will address them as such. There is only one death metal vocalist in the group, which happens to be me, and I am not considered to be “death metal” in most circles who like “death metal”, so I will not sit here and sing my own praises, but that does not a “really $%^& death metal awards” make. The Reach is a classic Rock band…..very far from metal….and their singer is nominated. Dale Lepage is a modern crooner…..even farther from metal….and he is nominated. Scarecrow Hill is a hard rock band……I guess this one is closer, but still not even in the ballpark. Perhaps you were referring to the other categories, but failed to say so? In that case, unfortunately for you there is a metal category. There is no getting around a metal band there, but there are far more non-metal bands and performers on the ballot than there are metal performers in every other category. The “Live Act” and “Reunite” categories are open to everyone, but without going through them band by band lets just say that after listening to all 8, there are maybe three that fall under the metal category and that would be pushing it. Three out of 8….hmmmm….not a good percentage. Again, though, lets also keep in mind that this is just my opinion and it means nothing more than anyone else’s. I did back it up with examples though, which you failed to do…..and didn’t make blanket statements based on my ignorance of the music scene.
Your last point I will address here because it speaks to my larger point. This is a popularity contest for those that are cognisant of The Pulse and these awards. The winners are determined by an online voting system that is as fair as they can make it within their limited resources. All methods of determining music “award winners” are flawed and that is why there are multiple awards…..People’s choice…..the grammys……the musician’s guild awards……all of these have different methods and all are flawed, but provide a forum for detemining types of excellence or popularity based upon a set of standards. They also provide a place for good promotion. These awards are the same way on a smaller scale. They are like the people’s choice awards. The vote determines the winners. There really is nothing to argue. If you want to win…..promote it. It helps considering this is all on a local….not a national scale. So, lastly…”who goes to these shows?” …..apparently enough people to take the time to vote these performers in over whomever you though should be in their place. Just because you or I do not like a particular style of music does not mean people do not enjoy it and go to shows where it is played. By your logic I should say “Who goes to pop music shows?” and “I have never heard of (pop artist-x) so who would vote for him/her?” because I do not listen to or like pop music. Clearly I would be wrong to say that because a ton of people enjoy pop and would vote for performers I have never heard of because I do not follow that type of music. It is a narrow minded, ignorant, and egocentric point of view that you have adopted. At least do your homework and stand behind your opinions if you are inclined to voice them online. There’s nothing more worthless than anonymous, ignorant slander.
Gilmour’s Breakfast are tremendously talented. Great band, the Scots guitarist is the closest to Gilmour I have heard other than Gilmour, great tone. The bass player is solid, the whole band are just very impressive, good vocals too…..go check them out !!
you must understand how big it is that klep being a HIP HOP artist was nominated for 3 categories other than the obvious HIP HOP category THIS SAYS ALOT!! and he is up against other genres of music so WHEN he wins…the city will owe this great talent a load of praise!! and support!! Y NOT is an awsome album not your typical rap bullshit that usually comes from this city VOTE KLEP!!! owww!!!
Comment by snugglebear5683 — March 15, 2011 @ 1:35 pm
I am voting for my own festival in the Village of Piedmont – Paulie’s NOLA Jazz & Blues Festival..and this year will be even bettah with 8 bands coming in from New Orleans to go along with our great local talent as well as talent from Boston
Congrats to the nominees… and props to the Pulse for doing SOMETHING to promote the music scene… but over all??? this poll barely begins to represent the people, bands, clubs that make Worcester (WORMTOWN)the live under/over ground music mecca that is… what’s with the only 4 noms in each category?? You could actually be using this poll to help the scene grow by turning people on to all the options out there… at the very least give folks a “write-in” option so you guys can get it right if you didn’t in the first place.
Chris Cah Lillyman
P.S. Carmelita helped give your poll some street cred in the first place… and she does the most for local music of any DJ on a major station… WTF!!!
I like the bands on this list. Naturally, you need to go to frequent the clubs in town in order to see a fair cross-section of bands, but I have seen several of these bands and each drew a good crowd.
I like Tester and The Reach, Mongrel for punk and Cougar Bait for Up and Comers. They were the surprise band that blew me away last summer at The Lucky Dog. Two great guitarists, kick ass original rock songs, and they close with a cover Bowie’s Mooonage Daydream that will blow you away. The lead singer is like 7′ tall and he jumps around like a nut.
Over-all I think that this year’s talent is a step up from last year.
Comment by E.M. Gerhard — April 3, 2011 @ 11:51 am
FIVE HOLE, FIVE HOLE, FIVE HOLE, FIVE HOLE, FIVE HOLE, FIVE HOLE, FIVE HOLE. We want FIVE HOLE man.Best band around!!!!!!! Oh Yeah!!!!! Five Hole Rocks!!! Good Luck you guys. You deserve it! You guys have worked so hard at what you do. All the Best!