WAMI Looks Northward Once More
by Matt Ledger
Bands of northern Wisconsin, take note. It seems it’s not quite as impossible as it once was to get noticed by the folks at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (or WAMI, as the kids call it). Or it's getting easier. Maybe. Most years, it seems that the Milwaukee-based WAMI has trouble looking north of Prairie du Sac when they’re nominating artists; most of the nominees, and thus the winners, hail from southeastern Wisconsin. This year, however, local band The Daredevil Christopher Wright has not only been nominated for Best Alternative Band, they’re playing at the awards show on April 17.
Woah, right? Chalk that one up as a small win for the Chippewa Valley music scene. In addition, the not-so-local but still very northern band 4th Floor, who hail from Three Lakes (it’s north of Rhinelander), are nominated for Best Hard Rock Band. And some French guy named Bon Iver is up for Artist of the Year. Again. We hear he's from the area.
It’s nice to see northern Wisconsin represented, even if, you know, it’s only by ... three bands. It means there’s hope WAMI will keep its eyes and ears pointed northward and more people around the state will be in tune with what’s happening in the music scene up here.