FREE 28TH DALLAS OBSERVER MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONY

FREE 28TH DALLAS OBSERVER MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONY

Charley Crockett, Sam Lao, Dezi5, LOAFERS, Sudie, The Texas Gentlemen, Kirk Thurmond & The Millenials

Tue, December 6, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free

This event is 18 and over

VIP DOORS AT 6:30PM

FREE 28TH DALLAS OBSERVER MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONY
FREE 28TH DALLAS OBSERVER MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONY
REGULAR DOORS: 8:00pm
VIP DOORS: 6:30pm

Come together at the 28th Annual Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, December 6th at 8pm. This free concert and ceremony at the Bomb Factory is open to the public and is a perfect wrap up to celebrate the Dallas Music scene in 2016.

This year has been bitterly divisive and a political hell storm, so what better way to unite through our shared love of music? Expect flashbacks to historic peaceful protest movements, with a focus on the 1960s.

Bring your daisy chains and peace signs and enjoy performances by Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees during the ceremony.

This event is going to be about Love, Love, Love.
Charley Crockett
Charley Crockett
Charley Crockett, a true descendant of Davy Crockett, was born in a poor town in deep South Texas. His early years were spent between Texas and Louisiana, raised by a blues singing single mother in Dallas, and an uncle who introduced him to the big brass sound of the French Quarter in New Orleans where he would later learn how to play guitar as a street performer. In 2009, Crockett showed up in New York City, where he made a living captivating subway car audiences for several years before being discovered and offered a record deal as part of the street group "Trainrobbers." Deciding to take his chances in a rapidly changing music industry, Charley declined the offer and headed west to California instead. Of mixed Jewish/White/Creole dissent, he has a unique sound blending a rich and diverse heritage of both new and traditional music. Crockett has been compared to many artists from Bill Withers and Jerry Lee Lewis to Dr. John and Citizen Cope. Elusive, rebellious and self taught, Crockett is a true street made original from earlier times.
Sam Lao
Sam Lao
Sam Lao is a 25 year-old rapper/singer in Dallas, Tx. Although an artist from birth - mainly drawing, painting and sculpting, she only recently began creating music. "I turned to music when my other creative outlets ceased to be satisfying anymore. I had always sang just for fun but rapping was something new for me and I really took to it."

Despite being a rookie in the game, Sam Lao has already begun to cause a stir in the city of Dallas. Her debut EP, West Pantego, has received rave reviews from both Dallas and national media. The Dallas Observer gave Sam 6 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominations between last year and this year, including "Best New Act", "Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" and "Best Female Vocalist". In addition, Lao has performed at countless shows and festivals over the last year including Index Fest, Homegrown Festival, 2 SXSW showcases, The Greenville St. Patty's Day Concert w/ Ludacris as well a sold-out concert at Granada Theater w/ Sarah Jaffe among others. Sam's visuals, which can be found on her Vevo page, are some of the most exciting music videos to come out of Dallas in some time. Her video for "Pilgrims" received a Dallas Observer Music Award nomination for "Best Video" in 2013.

Whether it was listening to her music online, seeing her amazing live performance or watching one of her captivating music videos, fans have been coming in masses to see what's next from Sam Lao. She is clearly showing that she has what it takes to hang with the boys in hip-hop. Lao is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut full-length album which is expected to release at the end of 2014.
Dezi5
Dezi5
Dezi 5 is the Best Male Entertainer in Dallas, Texas. He is inspired by the music sounds of the 90s such as new jack swing, dance, house, pop, and R&B. Although Dezi has been performing since 2008 he decided to embark on his first solo project as an independent artist a band leader. Dezi teamed up with longtime friend, producer Forrest Brooks of Rainbow Jungle Productions and over the last year he has been recording his highly anticipated debut album. The album is still in the works, but it hasn't stopped Dezi from performing. He believes that the key to recording a great album is from live performances and creating the moment. You can count with your 10 fingers the amount of performers that have the commanding energy that Dezi brings to the stage, which makes his live shows a site to see. He has performed for many weddings and corporate parties all over the DFW Metroplex and the United States as a male vocalist in Dallas' #1 Party Band Emerald City.
While gaining experience as a singer/musician/dancer, Dezi has supported many charities and is involved with the Human Rights campaign. He performed in the ALAN ROSS GAY PRIDE parade in Dallas, Texas 2012 singing Grace Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm", supporting the Dallas Libertarian Party. Inspired to get more involved with the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender) community, Dezi helped raise money for the AIDS/WALK SOUTH DALLAS 2013 by hosting a show at the House of Blues Foundation Room. He performs annually for the Susan Koman Breast Cancer walk as well as the North Texas food bank.
Dezi has a commanding baritone voice and his stage performance is electrifying and full energy in which he gives credit to artist such as Michael & Janet Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, and James Brown. If you would like to catch Dezi in action he holds a weekly residency at The Free Man Cajun Café every Wednesday in Deep Ellum. He will also be appearing at the 2014 Deep Ellum Arts Festival on April 5, 2014 N. E. He is definitely a high energetic performer that has great pride in being a true product of Dallas, Texas generating a sophisticated style of MUSIC, CULTURE & HUMANITY. He is the energy of our past, present, and future. There is so much to be expected from the ICON in the making.
LOAFERS
LOAFERS
Best Buds playing buddy songs.
Sudie
Sudie
Merging classical training with a unique DIY recording process, Sudie is an artist who's truly forging her own territory.

The 22-year-old singer, songwriter and musician, describes her sound as "something jazzy meets kind of crazy… if Bjork had arranged something for Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday to sing over." It's a sound she's crafted all by herself, utilizing a pair of keyboards, a cheap microphone and a MacBook inside the confines of her tiny bathroom in Dallas, TX.

Every true artist takes their own journey to finding their voice, and for Sudie that path took her from Texas to Dubai and back. Born in Florida, she moved all over the U.S. as a kid, including stops in Dallas and Atlanta, on account of her dad's job as a pilot. The one constant was music. "Music has been a big part of my life ever since I was really small," Sudie says. "I wrote my first song when I was five."
The Texas Gentlemen
The Texas Gentlemen
The Texas Gentlemen were born in the high weeds of an unkempt yard in the forest of southern Dallas. Having played together for years, the gentlemen that make up The Texas Gentlemen decided to come together and play some favorite songs of theirs. While the band is made up of many Texas based bands and artists (Leon Bridges, Jonathan Tyler, Larry g(EE), Dovetail, Wesley Geiger, The Misteries, Fortune Field, to name a few), when they come together they create a brand of music that is completely their own. Inspired by predecessors The Band, Leon Russell (and his magical Mad Dogs & Englishmen), George Harrison, and newer artists Monsters of Folk and Tame Impala - The TX Gentlemen gladly display their influences while showing off their own brand of southern, blues, soul, song-writer based rock. To put it simply, it's incredible music that people can tap their foot to, sing every word, and scoot on out to the dance floor if their hips are so inclined. The band is also known to be some of the best studio musicians in the region having performed on almost all of Beau Patrick Bedford's productions (Dovetail's 'Mount Karma', Larry g(EE)'s 'Weekends', Erica Perry's 'Wandering Daisy', Peter Black's 'Heads Many Hands', Jonathan Tyler's 'Holy Smokes', Bad Mountain's 'Bad Mountain', Kirby Brown's 'Child of Calamity', Wesley Geiger's 'El Dorado', among many others soon to be released albums).
Kirk Thurmond & The Millenials
Kirk Thurmond & The Millenials
Born in Dallas, Texas, Kirk Thurmond is a singer/songwriter with a distinctive sound that spans several genres, including soul, pop, and R&B, with authenticity remaining at the core.

Kirk’s engaging voice pulls you in while his raw lyrics convey a compelling sense of vulnerability, creating relatable songs that honor the truth and integrity of a musical golden age.

His debut projects Born In The City and Only Love mark the beginning of his continuous pursuit for music that is real and timeless. Kirk's newest writing, set to release in Fall/Winter 2014, furthers this pursuit on a deeper level, pulling inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Paul McCartney, and Neil Young.
Venue Information:
The Bomb Factory
2713 Canton Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://thebombfactory.com