|The 2002 WAMI Awards Ceremony was held on Monday night, April 29 in the beautiful Northern Lights Theater inside the Potowatomi Casino in Milwaukee. WAMI stands for Wisconsin Area Music Industry. The ceremony was quite impressive, hosted by comedian Chris Barnes and including performances by many impressive acts including Sweetbottom, an incredible jazz fusion group featuring guitarist Daryl Stuermer and saxophonist Warren Wiegratz. Some of the top Awards of the evening went to Eric Benet (Artist of the Year and Song of the Year), Garbage (Rock/alternative/metal) and Coo Coo Cal (CD of the Year and R&B/urban/scratch/hip-hop).
We won the WAMI in the category of "Specialty/Nostalgia". Other nominees in that category included our good friends Light Up (tribute to Styx) and The Boogiemen as well as the brilliant comedian/musician Pat McCurdy, Beatles tribute The Britins and Temptations tribute The Tempters. In fact, the more that I think about it, the more I think, "How the Hell did WE win!?"
The whole thing was great fun. We were very excited to win the Award, and then after the ceremony we enjoyed hanging out with a lot of people in the Wisconsin music industry. There was even some drinking involved.
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|John and Dave with Cherry Pie sound technicians Matt McEvilly and Brian Ingwell. Their hard work at making Cherry Pie sound good earned their sound company Go Audio a WAMI nomination in the "Stage Production" category.||
Josh with Pandora Bach of WAMI "CD" and "Rock" nominee Binky Tunny and the Farmland Chokehold.
Nick and Josh with WAMI "New Artist" winner Lisa G.
|Josh and John with Steve MacDonald of WAMI "New Artist" winner The Barbeez and Bobby Rouse who won the WAMI for best male vocalist for his work with Rhythm Method and Light Up.|
|The entire Cherry Pie table celebrates shortly after their Award was announced.|