Category Archives: Madison Area Music Awards

The Madison Artist’s Complete Guide to the MAMAs Red Carpet Experience

MAMAs 2014 Poster (click to view larger)As most of you who live in Madison know, the Madison Area Music Awards, or MAMAs, are held late spring, early summer at the Overture Center.  This year the MAMAs are on Sunday, June 22.  The theater doors open and the Red Carpet Experience kick off at 6:00pm and the curtain rises at 7:00pm.

But Matt, why do we need a “survival handbook” for the MAMAs Red Carpet?

Well, because I said so.  And because there are some new additions to the red carpet this year that will knock your pants off! Continue reading

Local Sounds TV & Red Dragon TV Present the MAMAs – A Web TV Series

Local Sounds TV is back for another Madison Area Music Awards season, and this time we have some company! Local Sounds TV is excited to partner up with Madison’s very own Red Dragon TV to bring you a multi-part live web broadcast series featuring the MAMAs. Starting March 16th and continuing every Friday night from 7-9pm, we will feature one of the genre categories from the Madison Area Music Awards on a web broadcast live from the Red Dragon TV Studios. Continue reading

My First MAMAs Experience

Saturday, May 9 was a day of firsts.  First MAMAs show at the Overture Center.  First time for capturing pre-show red carpet interviews.  It was also the first MAMAs awards show for yours truly.  The annual music awards show is in its 7th year running, and I wanted to blog a day-in-the-life of a MAMAs staffer shadowing Matt Jacoby to try to capture the energy of the day.  Here are some highlights:

7:58 I grab coffee at Espresso Royale Cafe while Matt calls the security staff at the Overture Center to let us in.  We’re early.

8:10 Matt and I enter the Capitol Theater through the load-in entrance.  We proceed to the stage to explore the space.

8:20 Load-in of drums, amps, and equipment begins as we greet members of the Overture Center security staff as well as Rick.

9:00 I take a quick breather in the smaller green room back stage while Matt and Rick move equipment vehicles.  We’re in the interesting position of having an extra 50″ TV.  Will we find a use for it?  Will we have time to plan for this?  It looks to be a very busy day.

9:09 Matt and I begin camera setup in lobby.  All parts are present and appear to be ready to go…  It seems as if we’re still ahead of schedule.  A solid start!

9:19 A pow-wow meeting with Matt and we head to the stage.  I hit my head on the low-hanging stage lights as I type this blog entry on my smart phone.

9:47 Walking around trying to navigate the backstage labyrinth.  The security guards here are friendly and helpful.  They smile as MAMAs folks stop to concentrate on directional signs and then scurry off to get where they need to go.

9:58 Bands begin sound-checking and more staff is begining to fill the house.

10:19 After working on the Local Sounds lobby table setup, we break to listen to Whitney Mann soundcheck and discuss our next moves.

10:51 Matt and I plug in camera in the entry way to the Capitol Theater and do a couple mock interviews to test our setup.  So far, so good!

11:03 Next we test the lighting units.

11:47 Milios subs run for food for crew…  Gotta eat.

12:20 Take a minute to eat some cheese curds from the fine Madison farmers market and enjoy sound check music.

1:03 Cheese curds and sound check music…

1:43 Sound check music and cheese curds…

4:32 I head to the lobby to coordinate with Overture Center technical director, house manager, and master carpenter… It’s getting close to showtime and we need pipes and signage and stantions (oh my…)

5:10 Pizza break while printing signs, show scripts, and line-uos.

6:03 Out in the entry way on red carpet camera.  Ready to roll as artists and attendees file into the Capitol Theater.

6:23 The band The No and Maybe Game enters with a cardboard dolphin.

7:00 Jimmy fires up the organ. Let the 7th annual MAMAs begin!

7:25 Crushin’ All Force fires into a energized dance number.

7:28 Greg Riss is both impressive and delicate in a light piece.

7:32 Good News First rocks the stage.  Their cool, confident stage presence has many in the crowd nodding in approval and tapping their toes.

7:38 Our host John Urban is introduced and offers a few quick quips and humor for all in attendance.

7:43 dumate passionately performs an original piece.

7:51 New performing artist of the year, Whitney Mann!   Very talented singer and band.

7:59 John Masino wins guitarist of the year.  Well done John!

8:02 The Mamas All Star Fusion Band fills the stage with an eclectic band and fills the house with a vibrant tune.

8:11 Teacher of the Year award.

8:20 Beth Kille takes home Folk/Americana song of the year.

8:29 Sunspot fires into the second half of a high-impact double set of songs.

8:58 V05 electrifies with 70s grooves.

9:12 Whitney Mann is as cool as ice as the crowd swoons in approval.  The singer and band silences the crowd with a calm, crooning set.

9:24 Jim Fleming takes home the Lifetime Achievement Award with a heartfelt acceptance speech.

9:32 Lucas Cates Band!  Last year’s big winner with more accolades this year.

9:43 After a well done tribute to Madison artists who have passed Aaron Williams thrills with a bluesy number.

9:58 Stereocolor brings a smile as a talented, young, and (now) award-winning WAM band.

10:12 Madison County performs and reminds all to “enjoy the ride…”.

10:26 MAMAs Chairman Roy Elkins announces Yamaha’s wonderful contribution.

10:38 We all “Drift Away” as musicians and staffers take the stage for a final, combined jam.

(This post was written by Local Sounds team member Eric from New York.  He was able to join us for this year’s Madison Area Music Awards.  Thanks for the contribution Eric!)

7th Annual MAMAs @ Overture Center – May 8th

The 7th Annual Madison Area Music Awards promises to be the biggest and best yet.  The big news is, we’ve moved the show to the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center.

The date of the awards show is Saturday, May 8th, 2010. Reserve the date now as you won’t want to miss this signature Madison event.  Once again, the MAMAs will be hosted by John Urban.  This year’s special musical guest is Jimmy Voegeli, playing the Capitol Theater organ.


  • Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo
  • Whitney Mann and Band
  • Sunspot
  • The Lucas Cates Band
  • dumate
  • VO5
  • MAMAs All-Star Fusion Band (featuring Hanah Jon Taylor, Clyde Stubblefield, Biff Blumfumgagnge, Gary Chin and Louka Patenaude)

More as information will be posted as it becomes available here:

MAMAs on the Terrace

The MAMAs will host their Second Annual MAMAs on the Terrace event on
Saturday, July 25th at the Memorial Union.

Performing at this year’s show (in order of appearance):

  • Gladstone (New Artist of the Year & Pop Album of the Year)
  • Danielle Brittany & Band (Female Vocalist of the Year)
  • Sunspot (Video of the Year)
  • VO5 (Cover Band of the Year)

The fun begins at 8 PM and this is a free show.

Stay tuned to the MAMAs; there are many announcements forthcoming.