×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Isaak tops at Bammies

In L.A., music-industry award shows occur frequently, but in San Francisco, there is only one biggie a year, the Bammies, which honor local musicmakers.

On Saturday, San Francisco turned out in huge numbers at the Bill GrahamCivic Auditorium to see Chris Isaak & Silvertone become triple winners at the 17th annual Bammies (short for Bay Area Music Awards, and sponsored by BAM magazine).

The headlining entertainment for the event was Sammy Hagar (who also won the male vocal trophy), and his Van Halen offshoot Tres Guzanos, which featured Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Tres Guzanos’ set included a pair of new Hagar songs, as well as chestnuts like “Three Lock Box,””Red” and “One Way to Rock.” Hagar was joined onstage by Bay Area Musician of the Year Neil Young for a feedback-drenched “Down by the River.”

Other entertainers included Interscope’s 4 Non-Blondes, who performed a fiery version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with guest guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and the evening’s high point, Warner Bros.’ American Music Club, who tore through their song “Challenger” before a bemused and indifferent audience.

“I’ve hated this event for years,” observed AMC singer Mark Eitzel. “But it was so much fun to play here, I think I’m gonna change my opinion!”

The big winner was neo-rockabilly crooner Chris Isaak and his band Silvertone , who took three awards, for best album “San Francisco Days,” band and drummer (Kenney Dale Johnson). “The music was really amazing this year,” said Isaak’s bassist Rowland Sally. “And not just because we won.”

A list of winners follows.

Album: “San Francisco Days,” Chris Isaak.

Debut album: “August and Everything After,” Counting Crows.

Independent album: “Acoustic Highway,” Craig Chaquico.

Jazz album: “So Near, So Far: Musing for Miles,” Joe Henderson.

Urban/contemporary album: “Sons of Soul,” Tony Toni Tone.

Metal album: “Pork Soda,” Primus.

Song: “What’s Up,” 4 Non Blondes.

Group: Chris Isaak & Silvertone.

Female vocalist: Linda Perry.

Male vocalist: Sammy Hagar.

Guitarist: Carlos Santana.

Bassist: Les Claypool of Primus.

Drummer/percussionist: Kenny Dale Johnson of Chris Isaak & Silvertone.

Keyboardist/synthesist: Booker T. Jones.

Reeds/brass: Neil Young.

Bay Area musician of the year: Neil Young.

Bay Area club band of the year: Tommy Castro Band.

Arthur M. Sohcot Award: Sammy Hagar.

Bill Graham Lifetime Achievement Award: Ralph J. Gleason.

More Music

  • Soulja Boy Drake Tyga

    Soulja Boy Vs. Drake and Tyga: 'Breakfast Club' Co-Host Breaks Down the Feud (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Tyga…. TYGA? TYGA???” Soulja Boy’s recent interview on New York radio show “The Breakfast Club” included this meme-worthy line. Barely 24 hours after sitting down with Power 105.1 hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, the clip has logged over 4 million views, roughly the same amount of followers Soulja has on Instagram. [...]

  • Mariah Carey All I Want for

    Mariah Carey's Assistant Claims She Was Urinated On and Called a 'Whore'

    Mariah Carey’s former assistant claims in a new lawsuit that she was subjected to physical and sexual abuse, which included being called a “whore” and being urinated on. Lianna Shakhnazaryan filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming she was tormented by Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov. According to the suit, Bulochnikov slapped her buttocks and [...]

  • Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs, Blackwave Among Winners of Inaugural Music Moves Europe Awards

    Emergent artists from across the EU are in Groningen this week to play showcases for music festival bookers, and several award shows took place Wednesday evening to toast top talent. Accordingly, bands were on hand from all corners of the European Union to collect prizes (and grant money) that will further careers. The Music Moves [...]

  • Phil McIntyre Steps Down as Roc

    Phil McIntyre Steps Down From Roc Nation Management, but Remains Affiliated With Company

    Phil McIntyre has stepped down as president of Roc Nation Management, but his PhilyMack management company remains affiliated with Roc, a source close to the situation tells Variety. PhilyMack, which McIntyre founded in 2006, partnered with Roc Nation in 2015. The source stressed that McIntyre’s role at Roc Nation Management  — whose clients include Rihanna, [...]

  • Miley Cyrus performs during the "I

    Metallica, Miley Cyrus and a Reunited Soundgarden Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell

    Metallica, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine headlined an all-star lineup honoring the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at a mammoth five-hour tribute concert in Los Angeles Wednesday. Mixing rock n’ roll with elements of pop, punk and stripped-down acoustics, the sold-out event was a journey through Cornell’s decades-long career and a [...]

  • Hikaru Utada to Perform 'Kingdom Hearts'

    Hikaru Utada to Perform 'Kingdom Hearts' Songs in PlayStation VR

    PlayStation VR owners can catch a special performance from Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada starting on Friday, Jan. 18, according to the PlayStation Blog. Filmed at the Yokohama Arena, the “Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018 – ‘Hikari’ & ‘Chikai’ – VR” features two songs from the “Kingdom Hearts” franchise — “Simple and Clean” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content