Drumroll, please: Announcing your 18th Annual Pitch Music Award winners


For the last month, our music section has been all about The Pitch Music Awards. We’ve introduced the 15 categories and 75 nominees, recapped the back-to-back showcases and encouraged our readers to vote for their picks. The reason for the emphasis on this content is obvious: We’re proud of the industrious pool of talent in Kansas City. We want to recognize that talent. We want you to feel as good about it as we do, every single week.

On Sunday night at the Uptown Theater, we finally unveiled the winners of the 18th Annual Pitch Music Awards. The evening was hosted by 2013 World Air Guitar Champion Eric “Mean” Melin and Mills Record Co. owner Judy Mills, who used their combined charm to guide the night along.

There were some lively performances, too: The Kansas City Bear Fighters, nominated in the Folk Ensemble category, opened up the evening with their own quirky brand of county-fair Americana, and their mascot – a tall person wearing a teddy bear costume – danced around them. The Bad Ideas, nominated for Best Punk act, delivered a gnarly set that got a few enthusiastic attendees (and most of the Pedaljets) up front for a friendly little mosh pit. Emerging Act nominee Outsides got a generous handful of folks dancing to summery synth-pop jams. And Your Friend, headed up by Taryn Miller – who won in the Singer-Songwriter category – offered up a haunting batch of songs that filled the Uptown with lush melodies.

We even had some celebrity presenters on deck. Joel Nichols and Michelle Davidson from KC Live looked camera-ready as they presented for the Folk categories. Paul Chandler, the executive producer at KC 102.1, presented for best singer-songwriter. And The Deli Magazine’s Michelle Bacon and I Heart Local Music’s Fally Afani, who simultaneously presented the award for best punk act, donned a giant T-shirt for a delightful Siamese twin routine.

Seeing all these different acts and personalities coming together in one night to celebrate local music was a powerful experience. Here’s looking to next year – and making it even stronger.

Your 2014 Pitch Music Award winners:

Album of the Year (August 2013-June 2014): The Pedaljets’ What’s In Between
Live Act: Radkey
EDM/DJ/Production: Trace Beats
Emerging Act: Katy Guillen and the Girls
Folk Ensemble (Country, Blues, Americana): The Clementines
Folk Solo (Country, Blues, Americana): Samantha Fish
Hardest-Working Act: Hearts of Darkness
Hip-Hop/Rap: Stik Figa
Jazz Ensemble: Project H
Jazz Solo: Shay Estes
Metal: Troglodyte
Rock/Pop: Cowboy Indian Bear
Punk: The Sluts
Regional (Beyond KC/Lawrence): Ha Ha Tonka
Singer-Songwriter: Your Friend

For the full slideshow from last night, go here

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