WOW Hall Awards

WOW Hall Award Winners

by Bob Fennessy

            The Community Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the official winners of the 23nd Annual WOW Hall Awards for 2016.  Begun in 1994, the WOW Awards are designed to honor the public’s favorite performers of the past year.  A ballot was published in the January issue of the WOW Hall Notes and a ballot box was available at the WOW Hall through February 16.

There were a bunch of new winners this year.  Electro-swing pioneers High Step Society topped the poll for Favorite Local Band, keyboardist Melvin Seals was picked for Favorite Male Performer, beautiful Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival was named Favorite Female Performer, funk band Lettuce was a big winner for best show (let us pray they return), all female band La Luz was the Best New Act and Soul Vibrator was the people’s choice for Best Band Name (where the double entendre rules).  The only holdovers from 2015 were That 1 Guy as Best Instrumentalist (the 5th award for Mike Silverman and his one-of-a-kind instrument – The Magic Pipe) and the WOW Hall Membership Party for Best Nonmusical/Variety Event (4th time).

Congratulations to Maya Vagner for winning the $30 gift certificate.  Maya’s choices were Girls Punch Bears, Watsky, Kelsey Wilson, That 1 Guy, MarchFourth, Witches Ball, The Crookes and Pigs on the Wing, respectively.

            So here are the winners; each receives a certificate from the WOW Hall suitable for framing.

Favorite Local Band:

1.                        High Step Society

2.                        Vial…Experiment

3.                        Soul Vibrator

4.                        Hyding Jekyll

5. (tie)                Egotones

                          Eugene City Barnstormers

Favorite Male Performer:

1.                        Melvin Seals

2. (tie)                Buckethead

                           Del the Funky Homosapien

3.                        Aesop Rock

Favorite Female Performer:

1.                        Bonnie Paine

2.                        La Luz

3.                        Kelsey Wilson

4. (tie)                CloZee

                          Susan Lucia

Best Instrumentalist:

1.                        That 1 Guy (magic pipe)

2.                        Melvin Seals (keys)           

3. (tie)                Buckethead (guitar)

                          Jeff Austin (mandolin)

4.                        Terry Bozzio

Best Musical Performance:

1.                        Lettuce

2.                        Elephant Revival

3.                        MarchFourth

4.                         La Luz / Snow White

Best Non-Musical/Variety Event:

1.                        WOW Hall Membership Party

2.                        Witches Ball

3. (tie)                 OCF Spring Fling

                           Wanderlust Circus

4.                        MarchFourth

Best New Act:

1.                        La Luz

2.                        Car Seat Headrest

3.                         Beat Crunchers

4. (tie)                  Louis the Child

                            Mandolin Orange

Best Band Name:

1.                        Soul Vibrator

2.                        STRFKR

3.                         Girls Punch Bears

4.                        $uicide Boy$

5.                        Hyding Jekyll

 

Here’s a review of the winners of past twenty-two years:

 

Favorite Local Band:             

2015:           Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

2014            Medium Troy

2013            Blue Lotus

2012            Sol Seed

2011             Medium Troy

2010            Medium Troy

2009            Medium Troy

2008            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

2007            Medium Troy

2006            Reeble Jar

2005            Eleven Eyes

2004            StopSignGo

2003            The Sugar Beets

2002            The Sugar Beets

2001            Abakadubi

2000            Abakadubi

1999            Habaneros

1998            The Varicoasters

1997            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

1996            Floater

1995            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

1994            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

 

Favorite Male Performer:           

2015            That 1 Guy

2014            Aaron Carter

2013            Karl Denson

2012            Alcyon Massive

2011            Matisyahu

2010            Hank Williams III

2009            Jason Webley

2008            Bassnectar

2007            Jason Webley

2006            Andrew Bird

2005            Jello Biafra

2004            Marty Larsen-Xu (RnR Soldiers)

2003            Rob Wynia (Floater)

2002            Greg Brown

2001            Rob Wynia (Floater)

2000            Mike Watt

1999            Rob Wynia (Floater)

1998            Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies)

1997            Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies)

1996            Rob Wynia (Floater)

1995            Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies)

1994            Artis the Spoonman

 

Favorite Female Performer:           

2015            Kimya Dawson

2014            Babes With Axes

2013            Brandelyn Rose (Blue Lotus)

2012            Norma Fraser

2011            Lynx

2010            Frazy Ford

2009            Katherine Whalen (Squirrel Nut Zippers)

2008            The Blow

2007            Juliette Lewis

2006            Neko Case

2005            Yako Onuki (Melt Banana)

2004            Bitch

2003            Jennifer Folker (Drumattica)

2002            Shelley Doty

2001            Laura Kemp

2000            Laura Kemp

1999            Iris Dement

1998            Carrie Akre (Goodness)

1997            Shelley Doty

1996            Lynette Knackstedt (Skankin’ Pickle)

1995            Shelley Doty (Jambay)

1994            Laura Kemp

 

Best Instrumentalist:           

2015            That 1 Guy ( magic pipe)

2014            That 1 Guy (magic pipe)

2013            Felix Blades (guitar)

2012            Chris Wood (bass)

2011             Jason Webley (accordion)

2010            That 1 Guy (magic pipe)

2009            That 1 Guy (magic pipe)

2008            Buckethead (guitar)

2007            Steve Kimock (guitar)

2006            Buckethead (guitar)

2005            Dick Dale (guitar)

2004            Walker T. Ryan (guitar)

2003             Dick Dale (guitar)

2002             Dick Dale (guitar)

2001            Chick Corea (keyboard)

2000            Mike Watt (bass)

1999            Vassar Clements (fiddle)

1998            Mike Watt (bass)

 

Best Musical Performance/Show:        

2015            Pigs on the Wing

2014            Bohemian Dub Ball

2013             STRFKR

2012            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies / Medium Troy                                    

2011             Medium Troy / Synyrgy

2010            Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

2009            Medium Troy

2008            Floater

2007            Ratatat

2006            Built to Spill

2005            Flogging Molly

2004            Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldiers / White Hot Odyssey

2003             Floater

2002             GWAR

2001            Floater / King Black Acid

2000            Sugar Beets / Nectar Way

1999            Floater

1998            The Skatalites / Let’s Go Bowling

1997            The Skatalites / The Toasters

1996            Sky Cries Mary / Floater

1995            Pennywise

1994            Floater

 

Best Non-Musical or Variety Performance:        

2015            WOW Hall Membership Party

2014            Doug Benson

2013            WOW Hall Membership Party

2012            WOW Hall Membership Party

2011             Doug Benson

2010            Yard Dogs Road Show

2009            GRRRLZ ROCK

2008            Buckethead Guitar Hero Challenge

2007            MC Chris & Transformers

2006            Yard Dogs Road Show

2005            Star Wars III with MC Chris

2004            Suicide Girls

2003            Chuck Palahniuk

2002            (Tie) Monsterama

                    Rummage Sale

2001            Young Women’s Theater Collective

2000            Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

1999            Young Women’s Theatre Collective

1998            Jello Biafra

 

Best New Act:                                   

2015            Unknown Mortal Orchestra

2014            Garcia Birthday Band

2013            Shook Twins

2012            Blue Lotus

2011            Sol Seed

2010            Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

2009            Portland Cello Project

2008            The T Club

2007            Devil Makes Three

2006            Band of Horses

2005            Reeble Jar

2004            Xiu Xiu

2003           The Ovulators

2002            Hell’s Belles

2001            Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

2000            California Guitar Trio

1999            MeShell Ndegeocello

1998            Soul Function

1997            Young Women’s Ritual Theatre

1996            Ben Harper

1995            Trillian Green

1994            Floater

 

Best Band Name:                       

2015            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

2014            The Cunninlynguists

2013            Conjugal Visitors

2012            Bad Mitten Orchestre

2011            Nashville Pussy

2010            Devil Makes Three

2009            The Cunninlynguists

2008            The Circle Jerks

2007            Conjugal Visitors

2006            Three Blind Mics

2005            !!!

2004            StopSignGo

2003            Eat !@#$ %^&*face

2002            Blasphemous Abnormality

2001            Abakadubi

2000            Sugar Beets

1999            Moth

1998            Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

1997            (tie) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

                     Save Ferris

1996            Trillian Green

1995            Sweaty Nipples

1994            Sweaty Nipples