The primary Who’s Hoo Impartial Nation Music Awards will happen on Saturday afternoon at The Commons with an anticipated viewers of round 300 folks from throughout the nation and a few with worldwide connections as far-off as Wales. The occasion gained assist from the Columbus Space Guests Middle and the Landmark Columbus Basis, in keeping with organizer Matt Lee.
Lee is the lead singer of the favored domestically based mostly and nationally touring Night time Owl Nation Band, which launched a podcast known as Who’s Hoo Countdown a yr in the past, showcasing unbiased nation artists from around the globe. That is the place the identify of the rewards comes from, moreover the hyperlink to the group identify. The brand new awards occasion is an offshoot of the Worldwide Affiliation of Singers and Songwriters present close to Atlanta and has been within the formative phases for greater than two years.
Tickets are $50, which features a post-award live performance with Jesse Keith Whitley and David Frizzell and a meet and greet with them afterward on the Crump Theater.
Lee distinguished the occasion from different profitable indie music awards by focusing solely on nation artists, somewhat than these from all genres.
A pre-awards celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #741 at 930 Washington St. Columbus, nation singer and native Jason Ray Welch of Myrtle Seashore, SC, can even entertain and obtain what ‘The Who-manitarian Award will likely be known as for his work to assist folks with substance abuse problems get well.
In recent times, Lee has confirmed himself to be an occasion planner and promoter, promoting out separate gigs with TV stars and singers of “The Dukes of Hazzard” John Schneider and Tom Wopat. Moreover, he is booked TV wildlife character Ernie Brown Jr., generally known as Turtleman, and singer Barry Williams, who performed Greg Brady on “The Brady Bunch” in back-to-back appearances which have attracted a couple of thousand folks to fulfill. classes at Heritage of Hope Days.
“I assume I do issues a bit of in a different way,” Lee stated, including that this can be the one such award present within the Midwest. “And for some cause, it really works. I do not know easy methods to clarify this.
The customer heart supplied a grant of $6,000 for this primary yr, because the occasion attracts in a single day guests. Lee stated he want to see the gathering develop yr by yr as consciousness grows.
Lee stated the awards will embody classes similar to Greatest Feminine Vocalist, Male Vocalist, Rising Nation Star and Album of the Yr. Some native companies sponsor among the classes and may have their names tied to the distinction to spotlight native assist, in keeping with Lee.
Particular By Design in Hope created the crystal clear trophies for the winners. A jury made up in a part of members of the Night time Owl Nation Band will choose the winners.
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In regards to the occasion
What: Inaugural Who’s Hoo Impartial Nation Music Awards
When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday (with a pre-party at 7 p.m. Friday on the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Washington Avenue).
The place: The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus.
Tickets: $50, obtainable at nightowlcb.com or on the door.