The spotlight will shine upon some of the region’s brightest music stars at the inaugural Arklatex Music Awards.
The red carpeted event will be 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Central ArtStation in downtown Shreveport. The organizers will recognize musicians, radio stations, magazines and venues in the region for their talents and achievements.
“What makes [the Arklatex] unique is the people,” said organizer/promoter Nathan Hunnicutt. “You have individuals, bands, people with solid talents in the Arklatex who aren’t anywhere else. When people say there’s nothing in the music scene, it comes down to the public not knowing where to look for real, live music from musicians who are professionals and make at least a partial living on live music.”
Music performances will be sprinkled in between the distribution of awards. Nominees Beaux Atkins, Zebb Rogers, Nick Reese, Amanda Pruitt, Big Rome, Heather Harper and Billie Jo Sewell are scheduled to perform.
More than 100 nominees are in the running for the top titles. Genres on the ballot include Americana, blues, country, gospel, hip-hop, metal and rock.
The nominees were selected by online public vote, which closed July 21. The nominees represent the music scenes in parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, as well as Oklahoma. The five nominees with the most votes moved forward as finalists.
The Hunnicutt Group NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and ABC’s “American Idol” producing crowd-voted talent searches, sending contestants to audition for the shows’ producers.
In early 2018, its Acapella Music Awards will debut in Nashville, Tennessee.
But for this year, the group decided to extend their reach and support of grassroots talents and debut the Arklatex Music Awards. The ceremony is to further celebrate the diverse talents in the region, Hunnicutt said.
“The mission of what we’re doing is to expose the public to local talent and show them that the local talent is as good as what you’d find anywhere else,” Hunnicut said, who’s also a musician and singer. “It narrows down to passion. We dig music.”
The emcees for the evening will be DJ Jay Whatley (K94.5) and Chrissi Coile (former reporter for KTBS).
Attendees will have the photo opportunities with the music artists. Light refreshments will be available.
“The plan is for this to be the first of many, many years,” Hunnicutt said.
If you go
What: Arklatex Music Awards
Where: Central ArtStation, 801 Crockett St., downtown Shreveport
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Nov. 4
Cost: $28 general; $65/ VIP pass (plus fees)
The 2017 Arklatex Music Awards Official Nominees:
Dirtfoot, Jonathan Terrell, Mus Gillum, One Way Home, Vela Nora
Ally Venable Band, Beaux Atkins, The Blues Boyz, Matthew Davidson, King Richard & the Bayou Boys
3. CHRISTIAN / GOSPEL
Beaux Atkins, Billie Jo Sewell Music, Jericho March, Justin Gambino, Trinity Wennerstrom
After Hours Music, Amanda Pruitt, Daniel Smalley, Ole Whiskey Revival, Zebb Rogers Music
5. HIP HOP / RAP
Big B. aka Mr. Rain, Big Rome, Fross Beatz, Lil Six, Nate Treme
6. MARCHING BAND
C.E. Byrd High School, Chapel Hill High School, Hooks High School, Nacogdoches High School, Redwater High School
Edge of Misery, Fare Warning, MisManage, Passion for Vengeance, Wormrider
Seratones, Sweet Pain Rocks, The Hollow Decks, Trepid, White Trash Wannabees
9. FEMALE VOCALIST
Ally Venable, Amanda Pruitt, Heather Harper, Marie Russell, Sonia Tiner
10. MALE VOCALIST
Benjamin Shaffer Tynan, Bobby Edwards, Donnie Dodson, Tony Mayo, Zebb Rogers
Chaz Von Graves, Gregg Gregory, Kindra Tiner, Mike Lacy, Ronnie Edwards
12. DRUMMER / PERCUSSIONIST
Adam Pike, Christopher Denman, Derold Miller, Terry Jannasch, Terry Reese
Ally Venable, Nick Reese, Richard Callahan, Robert Self, Sonia Tiner
“Fire and Flames” – The Rust, “Blazin” – Scottie Killa, “Bruised and Battered” – Victims of Sanity, “Mark This” – Bibeau, “Not Turning Back” – Amanda Pruitt
Ally Venable, Heather Harper, Marie Russell, Sonia Tiner, Zebb Rogers
“Candlelight” – John Gillespie, “Moonlight” – Heather Harper, “Queen of Misery” – Sonia Tiner, “Song from the Heart” – Zebb Rogers, “The Pain We Bring” – Kirk Baxley
“No Glass Shoes” – Ally Venable, “Shadows” – Passion for Vengence, “Shout Hallelujah” – Beaux Atkins, “Songs from the Heart” – Zebb Rogers, “The Pain We Bring” – Kirk Baxley
18. RADIO STATION
KFYN 104.3 FM, KRMD 101.1 FM, KRUF 94.5 FM, KSWP 90.9 FM, KTUX 98.9 FM
19. RADIO DJ
Buddy Logan, Carter, Ginger, Jay Whatley, Larry Ryan
ALT Magazine, EGuide Magazine Tyler TX, Oklahoma Today, SB Magazine, Texas Music Magazine
Arrow Sports Club (Texarkana, AR), Clicks Live (Tyler, TX), The Ohio Club (Hot Springs, AR), The Stage – Bossier (Bossier City, LA), XL’N Pool Hall & Club (Tyler, TX)
Ally Venable, Amanda Pruitt, Passion for Vengence, Sweet Pain, Zebb Rogers
23. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Brad Maule, David Crowder, Gary McCoy, Lee Ann Womack, Neal McCoy