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38th Annual REVIEW Music Awards • SCHEDULE & ITINERARY

All of us at The REVIEW  are excited to be returning to Bay City to present this year’s 38th Annual REVIEW Music Awards Celebration within the spacious historical ambiance of  The WESTOWN Theater, 611 E. Midland St. on Sunday, April 28th. Doors will open at 4:00 PM and the Awards Celebration will run from 5:00 PM until approximately 11:30 PM.

Since its inception, the Review Music Awards has grown in both stature and recognition throughout the State of Michigan, presenting an exceptional evening where we turn the spotlight on our area’s top musical artists in genres of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Hip-Hop and Alternative music as determined by readers and fans throughout the region.

The nomination and final voting rounds for this year’s 2024 Music Awards Celebration was conducted between February & March of this year with an unprecedented number of 8,565 votes cast and 1,093  musical artists & bands either from or performing regularly throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region represented. 

Only the top five nominees in each division moved on from the nomination round to the final round, where the winners will be announced at this year’s awards celebration in over 60 different categories.

Invitations have gone out to all the nominees and only 250 tickets will be available for purchase so the public can attend, enjoy, celebrate, and mingle with their favorite musicians who were nominated at this year’s special ceremony.

This is the only awards ceremony of its kind that connects people, audiences and artists together insofar as the public at large determines the honorees & recipients. But most importantly, the purpose of this celebration is to bring greater community, statewide, and national recognition to local talent, which we feel has a rich history of being one of the strongest in the state, and giving it the proper notoriety and attention that it deserves.


Guest personalities, cultural, and community leaders will assist in handing out awards the night of the ceremony, while a strong list of regional performers will headline this year’s show with live performances.

Tickets are only $20.00 in advance, and $25.00 at the door, or you can purchase a block of six table tickets for only $100.00.  Food will be available at Lucky’s, which is connected to The WESTOWN,  and advance tickets are now on sale at

Here’s a complete schedule & itinerary of the festivities so that you can better plan for this unique afternoon & evening of exceptional entertainment!

 38th  Annual Review Music Awards Program Itinerary

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Video Highlights • Journey Through the Past

A retrospective of musical history in the making that spans performance highlights and special moments from the past 35 years of The Review Music Awards.


5:00 - 5:05 PM – OPENING REMARKS

Review Magazine Publisher & Editor Robert E. Martin welcomes nominees and attendees and recaps the voting procedure utilized for this year’s celebration.


5:05- 5:15 PM • JAZZ AWARDS

Best Male Vocalist • Best Female Vocalist • Best Jazz Songwriter • Best Jazz Musician • Best Small Combo • Best Big Band



Midland based saxophonist, instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Jeff Grassl moved to the Great Lakes Bay Region two years ago and recently formed this new trio with respected veteran keyboardist and organist Pat Cronley and drummer Doug Cobb in order to explore the varied creative vistas to be found throughout the idiom of contemporary American Jazz. Through both original compositions and iconic and familiar standards, the goal of this trio is to cultivate the legacy of creative expression, discipline, fluidity, and freedom to be found in contemporary Jazz music and take it into new directions.


5:45- 6:00 PM • COUNTRY AWARDS

Best Country Video • Country Female Vocalist • Country Male Vocalist • Best Country Musician/Instrumentalist • Best Country Songwriter • Best Country Band


6:00 - 6:30 PM •

THE WOMEN OF COUNTRY • Amy Petty, Laurie Middlebrook & LoraDale

This evening we are immensely pleased to present this special singer-songwriter showcase featuring the award-winning artistry of Amy Petty, Laurie Middlebrook, and LoraDale, who will perform original compositions along with a few familiar favorites. Recently this dynamic trio launched a new project - The Classic Women of Country Music - that showcases the work of iconic artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn, Wynonna, and Carrie Underwood, beautifully rendered with lots of three-part harmony, heartfelt affection, and brazen attitude.



Best Solo Artist • Best New Single Release • Best New Artist of the Year • Best Multi-Instrumentalist • Most Innovative Artist • Best Music Video • Best Live Streaming Performance • Best Duo • Best Weekly or Monthly Streaming Musical Series • Best Band Website • Best Recording Studio



Performing original modern dance music this pack of purebred professionals who were voted ‘Best New Band’ at last year’s REVIEW Music Awards celebration consists of vocalist/guitarist Bob Wall, vocalist/ keyboardist Bob Hausler, drummer Doug (Preacherman) Wio, guitarist/vocalist  Patrick Fairfield,  and bassist/vocalist Matthew Nyquist, who began rocking area stages in 2022 with a mixtures of originals and unexpected cover material.


7:30 - 8:00 PM  • MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS Continued

Best Radio Station • Best Musical Fundraising Project • Best Sound Technician • Best Videographer • Best Live Streaming Production • Best Metal Band • Best New Album or CD Release • Best Alternative Band • Best Variety Band • Best Original Band


8:00 - 8:30 PM • ADABOY!

ADABOY! originates from the industrial heartland of the Midwest, drawing inspiration from a diverse mix of rhythms, styles, and cultural influences. Their roots lie in a region with a musical heritage that spans from the iconic Motown sound to the groundbreaking Punk Rock of the MC-5 and The Stooges, as well as the modern innovations of artists like Eminem and Jack White.  Embodying the Midwestern work ethic and a steadfast vision, ADABOY! consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Mike Richards, drummer/vocalist Steve Bennett, bassist/vocalist Joe Balbaugh, and guitarist/vocalist Vincent Modern,  traversing genres from Alternative and Hard Rock to Country. In this journey, they've evolved into masterful songwriters, weaving intricate musical narratives enriched with potent vocal harmonies and passionate, dynamic musicianship.


8:30 - 8:45 PM • BLUES AWARDS

Best Blues Video • Female Blues Vocalist • Male Blues Vocalist • Blues Songwriter • Blues Instrumentalist • Best Funk Band • Best Blues Band


8:45 - 9:15 PM • PESKY KID

Nominated in five different categories at last year’s RMA celebration Pesky Kid is the moniker for creator Benjamin Champagne’s innovative musical, multi-media, and performance art project, which also features musicians Jack Horrigan, Cameron Bash, and Jeff Cushman. Conceptually & artistically, everything that radiates from this project reflects breezy pesky fun: the music is a summer beach awash with different sounds from various eras, next to a parking lot full of old cassettes & forgotten records melting in the sun.  The genre-bending brilliance of Beck and the smooth off-kilter pop of Still Woozy mix together in a unique & lovely fashion through Champagne’s own meta-modernist filter of underground indie electro pop,


9:15 - 9:30 PM • HIP-HOP AWARDS

Best Rap/Hip Hop Video • Best Promoter • Best DJ • Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year • Best Rap Hip Hop Songwriter 


9:30 - 10:00 PM • VAL HAZEL

One of the more unique singer/songwriters to surface in the region over the past year, Val Hazel manages to blend Western Pop sensibilities and strong structures with the epic time signatures of Arabic music into a large panoramic package designed to grab the listener’s attention. With a sound that is constantly evolving thanks to the input of bassist Bill Hall and percussionist/instrumentalist Jon Dillman, the group is set to release their first EP of original material, the goal of this group is to create music that is equally unique as it is accessible.


10:00 - 10:20 PM • ROCK AWARDS

Best Rock Video • Best Rock Keyboardist • Rock Female Vocalist • Rock Male Vocalist • Best Rock Songwriter • Best Rock Drummer • Best Rock Bassist • Best Rock Guitarist • Best Rock Band



With approximately 40 original song under their belt, this group’s primary goal is to create theatrical magic with a mix of musical mayhem and tongue-in-cheek humor. Reminiscent of earlier pioneer shock-rock bands such as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and The Tubes, the Ringleader of this posse of musical misfits is none other than lead singer & songwriter Robert Nilsson (aka Vladimir Van Nilsson), aided by  bassist Adam Emmendorfer (The Creature), drummer/sometimes guitarist Connor Zolinski (Buzz Pumpkins), and occasional singer Zob Rombie, this group can always to counted upon to deliver unexpected thrills in a musical and visual spectacle guaranteed to bring joy to all those who gather in search of a rollicking good time - the perfect way to close out this memorable evening at the 38th REVIEW Music Awards!


10:50 - 11:00 PM • CLOSING REMARKS