Sunday, March 12, 2000

Cammys plugs in eclectic show at Electra today

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Today at Electra, the fourth annual Cincinnati Area Pop Music Awards (Cammys) will show off some of the best music the Tristate has to offer.

  • What: Cincinnati Area Pop Music Awards (the Cammys).
  • When: 4-8 p.m. today.
  • Where: Electra (formerly Sycamore Gardens), 1133 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, 621-1100.
  • Tickets: $12.50 plus service charges at Ticketmaster outlets (Thriftway stores, Music Hall, Aronoff Center).
  • Check out special Cammy coverage at
        Big Joe Duskin, the King of Cincinnati Boogie Woogie, and the country-rock group Pure Prairie League, both winners of Michael W. Bany Lifetime Achievement Awards, and eight other acts will perform at the ceremonies. They are:

        • The Fairmount Girls, winner of 1999 alternative rock band award.

        • Leap Skyward, 1998-99 hard-rock band winner.

        • A special bluegrass jam by the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and Kentucky 31, with a tribute to Terry Boswell.

        • Big Joe Duskin, an internationally acclaimed blues pianist, will join blues singer Keith Little and an all-star set of musicians from the Cammy-winning Shades of Blue album project.

        • The quirky original rock of the Ass Ponys.

        • A special set by guitarist Scotty Anderson and multiple Cammy winner Steve Schmidt's organ trio.

        • 15-year-old guitar whiz kid Ricky Veeneman is the opening act.

        • A reunited Pure Prairie League, past and present members, will close the show. With the hits “Amie” and “Two Lane Highway,” PPL is the first rock band to win a Lifetime Achievement Award.

        Host is comedian Blair Shannon.

        Cammy Awards will be presented in 30 categories to Tristate musicians. Nominees were announced Friday. (List of awards and nominees)

        Ticket sales benefit the Michael W. Bany Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mr. Bany, a longtime local musician, was killed Dec. 29, 1995, during a robbery after an Over-the-Rhine performance.


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