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Winners were announced Thursday at the 16th Rockford Area Music Industry awards ceremony at the Tebala Shrine Temple in Rockford. More than 150 musicians, bands and groups were nominated in more than 25 categories, and technicians received awards.

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Acoustic Rock, Mike Owens; Blues, Ernie & the Po’ Boys; Cabaret/Broadway, Mike Williamson Trio; Choral Group, Kantorei; Christian, m28; Classic Rock, River City Band; Classical Ensemble, Mendelssohn Chorale; Classical Instrumentalist, Katie Schultz; Contemporary Jazz, Rick Burns & Harlan Jefferson; Country/Bluegrass, Southern Heritage.

DJ, Steve Shannon of WZOK (97.5 FM); Folk/Solo Pop, Miles Nielsen; Funk/R&B, Too Deep; Gospel, Renee Kent; Hard Rock/Metal, Agnus Jackson; Latino, Galaxia; Musical Outreach Organization, Phantom Regiment; New Act, The Usual Suspects; New Rock, x51; Oldies, Moon Dogs.

Pop/Retro, Fat Elvis; Punk/Indie Rock, Killer Apathy; Rap/Hip Hop, SplitEndZ; Traditional Jazz, Jodi Beach Trio; World Music, Pipe and Drums of Clan McAlpine.

Lighting Technician, Paul Lindsey; Live Sound Engineer, Paul Edler; Recording Studio, Barker Studio; Stage Manager, Chip Messiner; Studio Sound Engineer, Miles Nielsen/Dwayne Barker.

Composer, Kelsey Wild; Album of the Year, “Flying Down the Backroads,” Chip Messiner; Song of the Year, “Lightning,” Kelsey Wild.

— By Georgette Braun - Rockford Register Star


Last Thursday’s (April 12) Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards Ceremony rocked the Tebala Shrine Temple for the fourth year in a row. The show started with a bang and a drone from the City of Rockford Pipe Band, followed by Rockford Idol winner Patrick Barrett. The Rock River Times Editor and Publisher Frank Schier approached the mic dressed like a self-proclaimed “Mister Rogers,” saying, “My limo caught on fire on the way here, so I figured no limo, no tux.”

The Missing Links performed next with Beth Ann Beal, Don Beinborn and The Usual Suspects. If you have not seen The Usual Suspects, make it a point the next night you’re looking for something to do. They won the New Act RAMI against stiff competition. Lead singer Rachel belts out tunes that will knock the back of the room off their feet. - Rock River Times


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A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, John was a member of an 80's hair band that hit the Billboard charts and Tom is the only member of the band to bowl a perfect 300. Their backgrounds may be diverse, but they share a love of great rock/funk/r&b music.

The Suspects were recognized for their great sound and live show energy by being selected as the 2007 "Best New Act" and 2008, 2009 Best R&B in the Rockford area by the RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry) Associaton. They are also past winners of the NW Illinois Budweiser Battle of the Bands and are in high demand throughout the Northwest Illinois, Southern Wisconsin region.

The Suspects feature three dynamic lead singers, a powerful four piece horn section and a rock solid rhythm section.