April 20 marked the date of the sixth annual Jammy Awards.
A play on words of the more mainstream Grammy awards, the Jammy Awards, or Jammys, is an awards show for what are typically known as 'jam bands,' or bands that utilize a more improvisational style.
Performances of the evening included folks like Bettye LaVette, Blues Traveler, Peter Frampton, Guster, and Richie Havens. Dweezil Zappa, son of the late Frank Zappa, performed a salute to his father with tunes "Inca Road" and "Florentine Pogen," as his father posthumously received the lifetime achievement award.
Hosted by a pair of jam band veterans, Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann,, the Jammys kicked off the Green Apple Music festival in New York City, which took place this past weekend to coincide with Earth Day.
Here are some of this year's Jammy winners:
Studio album of the year: "Sixty Six Steps," Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon
Song of the year: "Taught To be Proud," Tea Leaf Green
Vonage Live album of the year: "Live at Myrtle Beach," Widespread Panic
Live performance of the year: moe., Feb. 10, 2005, Roseland Ballroom, New York
Tour of the year: Big Summer Classic Tour, Summer 2005
Archival album of the year: "Live at Madison Square Garden New Year's Eve 1995," Phish
DVD of the year: "No Direction Home," Bob Dylan
New Groove of the year: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Lifetime achievement award: Frank Zappa
World music award: Baaba Maal
Green Apple industry award: Larry Bloch
Writer: Michelle Garcia