Here are the winners of the First Annual Orlando Music News OMNi Awards

Thanks to everyone who voted. More than 8,000 votes were cast, which I’m pretty sure is a whole lot. Congratulations to the winners, of course, but also to all of the nominees; the nomination process yielded a diverse cross-section of possibilities for all of the categories, making the poll itself that much better.

Now, on to the winners. I’ve listed the top vote-getter, and second- and third-place. I’ve also noted what percentage of the vote the top three got, as well as listing out the remaining nominees in alphabetical order. And yes, even though in several of the categories there was a vote differential when there wasn’t a percentage differential, I was predisposed to hand out ties. Read on:

Best Band/Artist Overall

The Silver Fleece

  • Second Place: The Bloody Jug Band (13%)
  • Third Place: Thomas Wynn & the Believers (12%)
  • Other nominees (60%): Alias Punch, Kaleigh Baker, Peter Baldwin, Goodrich & the Die Tryin’s, Great Deceivers, Jubal’s Kin, Khann, Andy Matchett & the Minks, Shak Nasti, the Tenant, Yogurt Smoothness

Best New Band (formed 2010/2011)

The Woolly Bushmen

  • Second Place (tie): Goodrich & the Die Tryin’s and Neon NiteClub (12% each)
  • Third Place: Andrew Shepard & the Roadkill Ghost Choir (11%)
  • Other nominees (51%): A.T.T.I.C., Beebs and Her Money Makers, Fever, Howling Owls, Kid Taco & the Macho Nachos, Potsie, Soul Birds, Soul InSanity, Southern Nights, Wet Nurse, Zap Dragon & the Attack

Best Old Band (formed before 2010)

Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England

  • Second Place: Thomas Wynn & the Believers (13%)
  • Third Place: Alias Punch (10%)
  • Other nominees (63%): The Broken Inn, Matt Butcher & the Revolvers, Great Deceivers, Hot Hands, An Introduction to Sunshine, Khann, The Legendary J.C.’s, Andy Matchett & the Minks, the Pauses, Shak Nasti, Slippery Slopes, Solillaquists of Sound, Tam Tam the Sandwichman & the Magical Sugar Cookies, Telethon, Yip-Yip, Yogurt Smoothness

Best Solo Act

D.C. Wilson

  • Second Place (tie): Chris Burns and Kyle Cox (10% each)
  • Third Place: Thomas Wynn (8%)
  • Other Nominees (55%): Kaleigh Baker, Peter Baldwin, Matt Butcher, Kelly Craven, Britt Daley, Dark Sea of Awareness, Michele Lane, Marc with a C, Joseph Martens, Maximino, Drew Yardis

Best Live Act

Thomas Wynn & the Believers

  • Second Place: Andy Matchett & the Minks (14%)
  • Third Place: Alias Punch (11%)
  • Other Nominees (56%): Peter Baldwin, Beebs & Her Money Makers, The Broken Inn, funkUs, the Ludes, No Qualms, Shak Nasti, Andrew Shepard & the Roadkill Ghost Choir, Tam Tam the Sandwichman & the Magical Sugar Cookies, Telethon, Yip-Yip

Best Local Release

Kaleigh Baker – The Weight of It All

  • Second Place: Alias Punch – New Shade of Blue (13%)
  • Third Place (tie): Andy Matchett & the Minks – Apple Tree Circle and The Pauses – A Cautionary Tale (12% each)
  • Other Nominees (47%): Peter Baldwin – In Vodville, Caffieinds – Redneck Hottub Time Machine, Howling Owls – When Tipsy Turns Somber, An Introduction to Sunshine – Snow Tire EP, Khann – Erode, Marc with a C – Motherfuckers Be Bullshittin’, Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets – Go And Sell All of Your Things, Wet Nurse – EP

Best Venue for Local Music

Will’s Pub

  • Second Place (tie): The Social and Back Booth (11% each)
  • Third Place: The Plaza Theater (10%)
  • Other Nominees (17%): The Haven, Hoops, Peacock Room, Redlight Redlight, Tanqueray’s, Uncle Lou’s

Best Supporter of Local Music


  • Second Place (tie): Park Ave CDs and Orlando Music News (14% each)
  • Third Place (tie): Will Walker and Jessica Pawli (12% each)
  • Other Nominees (30%): Norse Korea, Parafora Presents, Kyle Raker, Swamburger, Tierney Tough, Dave Zimlinghaus

General Awesomeness

Bob on Blonde

  • Second Place: Lonesome City Travelers (13%)
  • Third Place: Junkie Rush (8%)
  • Other Nominees (60%): Abuse, Circus, Dr. Moonstien, Emergency Pizza Party, Garbo’s Daughter, Gargamel, Gloriosa, Grave Return, LARF, Danny Leggett, the Mud Flappers, the Plush Monsters, Random Encounter, Ratham Stone, SNAFU, SSLOT, Unit Shifters
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