1993 BUFFALO MUSIC AWARDS
MANIKINS – NOVEMBER 29, 1993
Diona, Meadows Win Music Awards
New Names and some familiar faces share honors at Manikins
Reprint: Buffalo News
November 30, 1993
by Anthony Violanti
A budding female singing star, a local guitar god and a veteran bluesman shared the spotlight Monday during the 1993 Buffalo Music Awards at Manikins Nightclub.
Tanya Diona, barely in her 20s and apparently on the verge of signing with a major record label, captured the honor as best R&B vocalist, Mytch Meadows, Buffalo’s version of Jimi Hendrix, took his second consecutive original guitarist award. Willie Haddath, who has been playing the blues since he was 13, was named to the Buffalo Music Awards Hall Of Fame.
“For me the best part of the whole thing is just to be in this room and see all these Buffalo musicians in one spot.” Diona said in a voice filled with emotion. “I tried to tell myself that winning doesn’t matter, but it does. It just adds to a great evening.”
Diona, sultry and soulful, is one of Buffalo’s rising young vocal talents. She sings with the R&B band TMJ, and at least two major labels have expressed an interest in signing her, according to Van Taylor, Diona’s musical associate and adviser.
“For me the object is not to just get signed, but to put all the aspects of this business together so I can have a successful career,” Diona said.
Meadows shares the goal. The hard rocking guitarist with the band Sky Church has already achieved legendary status on Buffalo’s music scene. Meadows once played in a Jimi Hendrix cover band, but now his music is original…
Meadows appreciated the award and the ceremony. “It’s so damn hard being a musician in Buffalo,” he said. “Local radio won’t play your music, and it’s tough to find gigs. A night like this is a chance for recognition, and a chance for everyone to come together.
Willie Haddath, who plays with Willie & the Reinhardts as well as the Black Cat Blues Band, also enjoyed the communal atmosphere. “You put one night a year aside for the musicians who live and work here, and this is it,” he said….
Emotion was running high for the other Buffalo Music Awards Hall of Fame inductees: Ray Wood, guitarist for Only Humen, and Matt Young, keyboardist for the Trolls. Two bands were inducted: The Trolls featuring Young, Calvin Nichols, Guy Nichols and Pete Gomez; and Party Squad, with Mark Dixon, Joe Rozler and Dave Elder.
“We play music that appeals to people, we’ve gotten off the Top 40 treadmill,” Elder said of Party Squad. “To be in this place tonight with all these musicians is like a breath of fresh air.”
One of the upset victories went to Andrea DeGolier, talented lead singer of Kama Sutra. She won the original Female vocalist award over established local talent that included Ani DiFranco, Gretchen Schultz, Mary Ramsey and Kathy Moriarty.
“This has been a great night for everyone, not just the winners,” said Rick Falkowski, who originated the Buffalo Music Awards 13 years ago. “It’s always hard work to put it together, but it’s always worth it.”…
The list of winners includes:
CLASSIC ROCK BAND
CLASSIC TOP 40
HARD ROCK BAND
POP / ROCK GROUP
TOP 40 BAND
Outer Circle Orchestra
DUO / TRIO
ROCK MALE VOCALIST
ROCK FEMALE VOCALIST
R&B MALE VOCALIST
R&B FEMALE VOCALIST
R&B BASS PLAYER
Win, Lose or Draw
HARD ROCK ORIGINAL BAND
ROCK ORIGINAL BAND
ALTERNATIVE ORIGINAL BAND
NEW ORIGINAL BAND
ORIGINAL MALE VOCALIST
ORIGINAL FEMALE VOCALIST
Scary – Scary Chicken
Hall of Fame: