Congrats to YOU Following a Music-filled Weekend

Highlights from the MAMA Awards, Between the Waves

June 19, 2018
Congrats to YOU Following a Music-filled Weekend

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

― Billy Joel


The music scene across Southern Wisconsin, and in particular the WOLX listening area, continues to grow. And it is a wonderful thing to witness.

I've been reporting on and writing about it, since moving back to the Badgers State in 2005. Also during this time, I've been really fortunate to get involved in the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Awards Show as a presenter, share news about MAMA donations to area school music programs or individual music students, and support MAMA Cares.

My involvement has expanded to a more hands-on role with the just wrapped up second year of Between the Waves (BTW) Madison Music Conference and Festival by "taking over" its social media, and hosting some of the festival stages as a member of the event's volunteer management team. You can see a backstage photo with The People Brothers Band, below. And if you've ever heard me talk about Ladies Rock Camp or Girls Rock Camp -- you know how much I value both of these hands-on programs!

Music has been a part of my life since I was little. My Mom played flute and sang in our church choir, my Dad would bring out his accordian every now and then, and both of my brothers were in band, chorus, and swing choir. I started taking classical piano lessons in 3rd grade, added alto sax to my interests in 6th grade, and continued with both through my time in college. I've also attended several sessions of Ladies Rock Camp in recent years, learning a new instrument each time. You really believe you can be a rock star by the time your camp wraps up and you play live for an enthusiastic crowd! I'd encourage any of you ladies (or your daughters) reading this, to learn more about it. It's empowering, no matter your age.

Speaking of being empowered, the nominees -- then winners announced on Sunday night at the MAMA Awards -- are truly a list every year of "who's who." I was honored to make it to the final round of nominations for "live music radio host," and "music publication or blog" categories, and am part of the Maximum Ink Music Magazine team which took home the music publication honors, and with great pride! You can see the complete list of winners, here.

I was also excited to introduce the first performer of the night, Julie McConahay, who with Underground Aerial, blew the crowd away with an impressive, artistic performance to kick off the show.

It was all about the music -- the songwriters, showcases, musicians, and bands taking part in BTW and the MAMA Awards that really stand out. We are very lucky to have so much unique, wonderful talent in our area. Please get out and support your local music scene. And as Billy Joel says, "Everyone loves music." And I know you will find something you love, too.


Backstage with The People Brothers Band at BTW