Rockford Area Music Industry

Rockford Area Music Industry, Inc.
Rockford Illinois

Supporting local area music through events, scholarships and music education programs.

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2/12/2016 events
Live Music

18th Annual Spring Benefit Tickets
Ticket are available at these locations:

Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford
Select Alpine Bank locations

RAMI Committee members
Click here for online tickets

Single Admission:  $15 advance / $20 at the door
VIP Meet & Greet with Bun. E Carlos:  $50 (includes entrance to the event)

Table of 4: $100
Table of 10: $250

Nomination List for the 25th Annual RAMI Awards Final Ballot

The RAMI membership has selected the following musicians, groups and technicians to appear on the final voting ballot for the 25th Annual RAMI Awards.  We would like to compliment the membership on their selections.

We have attempted to contact all of the nominees through email or Facebook private messages.  If you are on the list and have not received a notification, please check your Facebook messages (on your band page) and click on message requests or check your email. 

Nominees that wish to have a detailed display on the nomination page of the RAMI website, please submit a short bio (500 words or less), a photo (.jpg or .png format) and a song clip in .mp3 format (for musicians and groups) to by February 14th, 2016.  If you see someone you know on the list, please check with them to see if they received their notification.  We would like to have everyone submit bio information for display on the nominations page.   

Voting will open February 22nd and conclude on March 19th.  

Congratulations to all those selected for inclusion on this years ballot.

25th Annual RAMI Awards Nominees

Acoustic Rock/Folk - Cover    Mike Labay
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Cover    Minimal
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Cover    Paper Airplane
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Cover    Sunset Stripped
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Cover    Three Good Men
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Original    Curt Lewis
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Original    Derek Luttrell
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Original    Emily Hurd
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Original    Kelly Steward
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Original    Paul Bronson
Acoustic Rock/Folk - Original    Starlite Radio
Blues    Barstool Bob Blues Band
Blues    Dan Phelps
Blues    Harpo's Revue
Blues    Justin "Boots" Gates
Blues    Lizzi Neal Band
Christian/Gospel    Carl Hanserd and Friends
Christian/Gospel    Here and Now (St. Mark Lutheran Church Praise Band)
Christian/Gospel    Paul Hieser
Christian/Gospel    Stan Riley
Christian/Gospel    Tania Nicholson
Country/Bluegrass    Back Country Roads
Country/Bluegrass    Jamie Campbell & the Redneck Romeos
Country/Bluegrass    Olivia Dvorak
Country/Bluegrass    South Bound
Country/Bluegrass    Southern Charm
DJ    DJ Jason Mendeloff
DJ    DJ Maclin
DJ    Vic Monsta
Female Lead Vocalist    Emily Hurd
Female Lead Vocalist    Holland Zander - The Sensatons
Female Lead Vocalist    Kelly Steward
Female Lead Vocalist    Melissa Ridgeway (Sweet Lucy)
Female Lead Vocalist    Olivia Dvorak - Singer/Songwriter
Funk/R&B    Can't Touch This
Funk/R&B    Goodwill Dynamite
Funk/R&B    Mr. Big Stuff
Funk/R&B    The RED & Play Ray Players
Funk/R&B    Whalebone
Hard Rock/Metal - Cover    Desolation Row
Hard Rock/Metal - Cover    Hindsite
Hard Rock/Metal - Cover    Pulse 18
Hard Rock/Metal - Cover    Rat Baxter
Hard Rock/Metal - Original    Bareknuckle Bullseye
Hard Rock/Metal - Original    Beyond Threshold
Hard Rock/Metal - Original    MODiFiRE
Hard Rock/Metal - Original    On My Six
Indie/Alternative    Kelly Steward and the Restless Kind
Indie/Alternative    Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts
Indie/Alternative    My God the Heat
Indie/Alternative    Sons of Many Bitches
Indie/Alternative    Taboo Blah Blah
Latino    Banda Aires de Guanajuato
Latino    Dragones
Latino    Escape
Lighting Technician    Dave Timm
Lighting Technician    Geoff Carmichael
Lighting Technician    Jason Heiden
Lighting Technician    Laura Walton
Lighting Technician    Steve Knaack
Live Sound Engineer    Colin Edmison
Live Sound Engineer    Russ Kutak
Live Sound Engineer    Ryan Tomkus
Live Sound Engineer    Steve Peek
Live Sound Engineer    Troy Oakley
Male Lead Vocalist    Arik Jenkins - Can't Touch This
Male Lead Vocalist    Dan Currington - Raised on Radio
Male Lead Vocalist    Miles Nielsen - Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts
Male Lead Vocalist    Pat Doherty - Men of Our Times
Male Lead Vocalist    Scotty Von Blazin - Sunset Strip
Oldies/Classic Rock    Dirty Fishnet Stockings
Oldies/Classic Rock    Fresh Hot Fritters
Oldies/Classic Rock    Pablo & the Rhythmix
Oldies/Classic Rock    Shifty Shafer
Oldies/Classic Rock    The Crave
Pop    Prime Time Live Band
Pop    Radio Stars
Pop    Sweet Lucy
Pop    The Sensations
Pop    The Smokes
Rap/Hip Hop    Artoffact & Uno
Rap/Hip Hop    The Last Wordbender
Rap/Hip Hop    Xen
Recording Studio    Gray Angel Studios
Recording Studio    Midwest Sound
Recording Studio    PlayRay Productions
Recording Studio    Snapshot Music
Stage Hand/Rigger    Bruce Woodrow
Stage Hand/Rigger    Chuck Whitmore
Stage Hand/Rigger    Danielle Craig
Stage Hand/Rigger    Jacob Calhoun
Stage Hand/Rigger    Jaime Veldman - Sunset Strip
Stage Hand/Rigger    Rick Abrams
Stage Manager    Jay Samp
Stage Manager    Laurie Oliver
Stage Manager    Mark Ingraham - Shifty Shafer
Stage Manager    Ron Holm
Studio Sound Engineer    Daniel James McMahon
Studio Sound Engineer    Ed Dulian
Studio Sound Engineer    Jeramy Engler
Studio Sound Engineer    Mossy Vaughn
Studio Sound Engineer    Zach Stass
Traditional Jazz    Firelight Dimmers
Traditional Jazz    Frank Calvagna
Traditional Jazz    Groove Hotel
Traditional Jazz    Little Big Band
Traditional Jazz    Mary J Harris
Tribute Band    Pistol Grip Pump
Tribute Band    Raised on Radio
Tribute Band    Sunset Strip
Tribute Band    Tattoo You





Sarah Anderson Receives a RAMI Young Music Scholarship to the Music Academy in Rockford

The RAMI's presented a RAMI Young Artist Music Scholarship to the Music Academy in Rockford to Sarah Pearl Anderson. 

Sarah was born deaf in an orphanage in China.  After coming to Rockford to live with her adoptive family, a local doctor donated his services to perform surgery on Sarah when she was a toddler that restored her hearing.  Her doctor recommended Sarah to the Music Academy believing that learning the violin would help her refine her hearing and speech skills.  

The RAMI's are honored to help be a part of Sarah’s future music education and have awarded her the scholarship to help cover the cost of a year of tuition at the Music Academy.  In the spirit of the founder of the RAMI’s, Gary Wilmer, the RAMI’s continue to strive to support music scholarship and education programs in the Rockford and surrounding area.  For more information on RAMI programs.

Tracy Silverman
2010 Outstanding Achievement Winner

The RAMI Organization

Each year the RAMI organization hosts several events to help fund the Gary S. Wilmer RAMI Music Scholarship and to promote the local music community. Our premier event is the RAMI Awards Ceremony which is held in April each year. The RAMI Awards recognize and celebrate the efforts of groups and individuals who have involvement in the local music community. Other events include a benefit, held in March each year, featuring some of the premier retro/pop bands in the area.

Upcoming RAMI Events
18th Annual Spring Benefit
Tebala Event Center

25th Annual RAMI Awards
Tebala Event Center

Rockford Guitar Show & Music Expo
Tebala Event Center
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