The 36th annual Austin Music Awards show is Wednesday, February 28, at ACL Live, but the party got started on Sunday evening at the Palm Door on Sixth with the fourth annual Austin Music Industry Awards.
Separated out from the main awards show in 2015, the invitation-only event featured winners in categories more on the business side of Austin music rather than performers and entertainers.
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This year’s most poignant moment came at the end, when Craig Stewart was given the Music Industry Hall of Fame Award. A pioneering force in way-left-of-center rock music since the 1990s with the Trance Syndicate and Emperor Jones labels, Stewart became a mainstay at South by Southwest. Presenting the award to Stewart, SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson said that he “loves music more than anyone I’ve ever met.”
Afflicted many years ago with Pick’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that has limited his ability to speak, Stewart took the stage with his husband King Coffey (drummer of legendary Austin punk band Butthole Surfers). Coffey spoke on behalf of Stewart, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Voting was by public ballot in the Austin Chronicle. Here’s the full list of this year’s winners:Music Industry Hall of Fame: Craig StewartBest Live Music Venue: MohawkBest Music Venue to Play: Antone’sBest New Club: Electric ChurchBest Venue Lighting and Sound: ACL LiveBest Ongoing Music Residency: James McMurtry, Continental Gallery/ClubBest Music Booker: Trish Connolly, Cheer Up Charlie’sBest Record Store: Waterloo RecordsBest Record Label: Nine Mile RecordsBest Recording Studio: 512 StudiosBest Producer: Adrian QuesadaBest Radio Personality: Laurie Gallardo, KUTXBest Radio Program: “Hill Country Saturday,” Kevin Connor (Sun Radio)Best Music Writer: Michael CorcoranBest Music Photographer: Katrina BarberBest Poster Artist: Billy PerkinsBest Album Art: Jaime Zuverza for Octopus Project’s “Memory Mirror”Best Instrument Repair & Music Store: South Austin MusicBest Specialty Instrument Store: Tommy’s Drum ShopBest Equipment Rental: Rock & Roll RentalsBest Music Nonprofit: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
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