The Second Annual Cider Awards Show is finally upon us and Cider
could not be any more excited about what's in store. Fifteen live
acts will grace the stage at The Paramount Theatre on Jan. 18
including names like Nicole Nelson, who you might have heard of
from NBC Television Show, 'The Voice', Rick Redington, Bow Thayer,
Chad Hollister, Jatoba and many more.
But the night isn't just about great performances. It's about
finding out how the fans of this music and entertainment scene have
voted. For the past three months fans have been nominating, voting,
and slicing down the competition to the four finalists.
There are categories that have bolstered the vote totals into
the thousands, and may come down to just a few votes separating the
winners from the rest of the pack. Categories like Favorite Outside
the Lines Band, Favorite Bluegrass Band, and Favorite Guitarist are
so close it will be impossible to even offer a guess on who will
win. Of course, no one will know until the winners are announced
live during the show.
What makes this night so special is not receiving an award; it's
the very rare instance of putting all of Vermont and New
Hampshire's musical talent in one room, celebrating each other's
work and appreciating their artistic capabilities no matter the
genre. The Hip-Hop crowd mixed with Bluegrass folk, country fans
beside metal heads, combined with the Rock and Roll fans. This
doesn't happen every day.
"What we are trying to do is create a night that all of Vermont
and New Hampshire can be proud of," said Editor in Chief of Cider
Mag, Brian Joy. "We want every musician, every business, every
entertainer to know and believe that they are truly appreciated.
It's not about winning an award, that's just icing on the cake.
This night is about being present. About showing your appreciation
for everyone that works hard to keep this scene moving
Cider Magazine has taken a big step forward this year,
contracting The Paramount Theatre in Rutland as the new home of The
Cider Awards. This amazing room can hold up to 850 fans, and being
centrally located in Vermont, it makes the perfect venue for
everyone from all locations to be able to attend.
"We don't live in a major city where you can see great shows
right around the corner from your home every day. We live in an
area where effort is necessary on the side of the fans. You might
have to drive an hour to see a show worth seeing, but when the show
is over, you are going to be very glad you did," said Joy.
Bringing a whole new style to the awards show this year is the
host, Comedian The Logger, Rusty Dewees. Rusty has been a staple in
New England Entertainment for a long time and adding him as the
host brings a whole new dimension to the show.
In addition to the 35 awards voted on by the fans, five
additional awards will be given out from the staff of Cider
Magazine including Business of the Year, Performers of the Year and
Fan of the Year as well as two Achievement Awards given to people
who have gone above and beyond for our local entertainment scene.
Last year, Duane Carleton, George Nostrand, and Charlie Hunter were
the first class of Achievement Award winners.
"To be treated with such appreciation and enthusiasm, it makes
all of the work so worth it," said Duane Carleton after receiving
his award last year.
The Cider Awards will kick off with the Red Carpet Festivities
at 6 p.m., giving local press the opportunity to interview and
photograph nominees and performers. The Awards Show begins at 7:30
p.m. and you won't want to be anywhere but in your seat at The
Paramount when the curtain drops. Tickets are available at
www.paramountvt.org, and start at just $15.