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The Third Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards @ World Café Live.

February 18, 2014

Text by Derrick Krom. Images by Brendan Menapace.

The third annual Tri State Indie Music Awards took place at World Café Live this past Sunday night, where a who’s who of local and regional independent music could be seen on the red carpet, on stage and in the crowd.

For an awards show in only its third year, the night was an impressive display. Complete with a professional photographer on the red carpet, a number of distinguished presenters and plenty of VIP perks, the event continually maintained an awards show atmosphere while always stressing the importance of the music itself.

Host Jonas Oesterle kept the night flowing with a few comical quips, side notes and costume changes, but the live performances were what helped the event gain a life of its own.

Philadelphia instrumental collective The Living Sample acted as the award show’s house band, covering everything from Rage Against The Machine to Dr. Dre between segments. The band (who was later joined by Kimpedro’s Nu Gruv Network’s saxophone player) received constant praise from the award winners over the course of the night.

Hip-hop artist Chill Moody put on one of the most energetic performances of the night, even handing one of the roses left over from The Shackeltons’ exuberant acceptance speech to a lucky girl in the crowd. The night also included performances by Washington, DC rockers The Deadmen, Philly locals Maitland, The Lawsuits, Ali Wadsworth and many others.

The Tri State Indie Awards Nomination Committee consists of more than 100 local and regional music industry professionals whose range stretches from Washington, DC to the metro New York City area. The selected nominees then move on to three weeks of online public voting which decide the winner in each category.

According to co-founders Rich McKie and Stephanie Seiple, Tri State Indie will continue to “focus on the community of music in this region and beyond every single year.”

Click here to see the complete list of award winners.

One Comment
  1. February 19, 2014 4:33 am

    I’m glad the World Café continues to keep indie music alive. We share those same goals @ where we strive to determine and distribute only the best emerging music through crowd sourcing. The people are never wrong!

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