And the Winner Is … Jonathan Jacobson April 9, 2008 Music Alleyway Sex Best Heavy/Punk Artist buzz: What’s it like to win, guys? Michael Thies: “It feels good, a bit surprising.” buzz: You guys are by far the youngest band here. How does it feel? Ryan McCoy: “We definitely did not deserve that.” buzz: Who does, then? Ryan McCoy: “Roberta Sparrow, they do a lot more. They do some awesome stuff.” buzz: Where and when did you start playing together? Michael Thies: “We’re from around town. We started when we were sophomores in high school.” The Poster Children Lifetime Achievement Award Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack buzz: Are you happy to be taking this thing home tonight? Rick Valentin: “I think just the fact that we’re included, it’s pretty impressive.” Rose Marshack: “We’re basically speechless. I guess we’ve been very supportive of the scene too, but it just felt wonderful and natural the whole time.” buzz: How long have you been playing together? Rose Marshack: “Let’s say 1987. I think we started playing when we were at Allen Hall.” buzz: What kept you in Champaign for all these years? Rose Marshack: “When we would go on tour, people would ask us, ‘Why do you live in Champaign?’ It’s wonderful. It’s very easy to live here and create here and it seems like you have a very easy life. It doesn’t seem very competitive and it doesn’t seem very money based.” Marc Rubel Best Producer buzz: Feelin’ fine? Marc Rubel: “It’s very terrific.” buzz: Have you enjoyed the ceremony so far? Marc Rubel: “Music and record making, neither is about winning. They’re all about the doing.” buzz: Who is your favorite artist in CU to work with? Marc Rubel: “It’s a pleasure to work with everybody.” Underpaid Packy Best Student Band buzz: How does it feel to win? Underpaid Packy: “So unexpected, we had no idea this was coming.” —“This is just really awesome.” Snowsera Best New Artist/Best Live Performance buzz: How does it feel to win Best Live Performance? Snowsera: “We feel like we have a really good home in the local music scene, and here you are really judged by your live performances, so we are really honored.” —“Really rewarding experience.” Kilborn Alley Best Blues Artist Kilborn Alley: “We have a great respect for the other nominees. There was some tough competition.” —“Let’s us know the community still loves the blues.” Vvvvv Best Cover Band Vvvvv: “(Chuckles) We feel this was well deserved” —“We are going to put the award winning title in front of our name.” —“The award-winning cover band with 20 percent better coverage.” Angie Heaton and the Gentle Tamers Best Folk/Americana Band Angie Heaton: “This is so exciting! I don’t know what to say.” —“I am just happy to support local music.” Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.