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WAMI sets rescheduled date for 40th Awards Show

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI -- The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is pleased to announce that a date has been scheduled for the long awaited 40th WAMI Awards Show. Winners and nominees will be honored -- along with a remarkable slate of Hall of Fame inductees -- at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom on Oct. 17, 2021.

Tickets are available at the Pabst Theater/Riverside Theater/Turner Hall Box Office (check for hours of operation) or at Ticket prices are $25 for general admission. Individual VIP tickets are $45 and include table seating.

The awards show, which had originally been slated for April 2020, was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though typically held in spring, an autumn date was chosen for 2021 based on capacity restrictions and in the interests of health and safety as cases persist and vaccination continues.

The show will provide honors in 36 music categories. It will feature People’s Choice honors as well as inductions to the Hall of Fame and newly created Wall of Honor.

“In addition, the show will celebrate the return of Wisconsin music and its resilience after a difficult year for musicians, venues and many others associated with the industry,” WAMI President Zoy Begos said.

WAMI, meanwhile, invites music fans to browse through its new website. The website, long in planning and construction, features biographies of its Hall of Fame and Wall of Honor inductees, videos from prior award shows, photos, news and more. The website, which will receive regular updates, can be found at

With a show date in place, WAMI also released its list of nominees for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards. The nominees, who were chosen by votes from the general public, are as follows:


Band: Rising Phoenix, Blue Steel Band, The Homeland Conspiracy, Cherry Pie, The Rotation

Teacher: Sierra Calabara, Tara Imhof, Corinn Bonkalski

Radio station: 94.1 WJJO, Z104, 101.5 WIBA

Venue: Fawn Creek Winery, Hollyrocks, Bowl-A-Vard Lanes

Fan: Kati Schirmer, Jeff Burmeister, Tricia Ruhs


Band: Them Coulee Boys, Spicy Tie Band, The Dweebs, Bear Creek Band, TeawhYB

Teacher: Brian McLaughlin, Victoria Shoemaker, Tony Bessen

Radio station: WHYS 96.3, 92.9 The X, 101.9 WDEZ

Venue: The Mousetrap Tavern, Schuggy’s, The Plus

Fan: Chris Evanson, Myranda Geiger, Angela Poling Owen


Band: Stricken, That 90s Band, Grand Union, BoomBoxx, The Fabulous Rugburns

Teacher: Phil Smyth, Renee Millard, Jake Crowe, Mark Budwit, Matt Gieseke

Radio station: Code Zero Radio, 101 WIXX, 105.7 WAPL, 103.1 WOGB, 94.7 Razor

Venue: Phat Headz, Headliners, Stone Toad Bar & Grill, The Train Station, Capitol Centre

Fan: Doris Budwit, Bill Dafoe, Leanne Booher, Nick James, Ian Hanley


Band: Big Spoon, Ten Feet Tall, The Playlist, Smart Mouth, Tangled Lines, Almighty Vinyl

Teacher: Daniel Faustman, Jim Kube, Derek Machan, Marty Morgan, Dave Zettle

Radio station: 102.9 The Hog, FM 106.1, 96.5 WKLH, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, 95.1 WIIL Rock

Venue: Cue Club of Wisconsin, X-Ray Arcade, The Saloon on Calhoun, Rock Country MKE, Paulie’s Pub & Eatery

Fan: Brenda Blackhalo, Bradley John, Roosevelt McCarter, Ben Slowey, Dan Goretski

The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is a volunteer organization with a purpose 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 scholarships to assist with their music education.

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