Chris Porterfield and company had a lot to celebrate last night, as Field Report won three awards at the 2014 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, hosted by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee at its Walker's Point studio complex, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.
The acclaimed moody local rock band was the only group to come away with multiple awards Thursday night, coming away with Band of the Year, as well as Album of the Year and Critics Choice (Best Album) for "Marigolden."
Here's the full list of winners:
- Band of the Year: Field Report
- Solo Artist of the Year: Webster X
- Album of the Year: "Marigolden" by Field Report
- Song of the Year: "Bling Ring" by GGOOLLDD
- Independent Release of the Year: "Poetry Volume 1" by Bliss & Alice
- Best Disc We Missed: "Space and Time" by Dead Horses
- Music Video of the Year: "Sunshine" by Kane Place Record Club
- Album Artwork: "A Wake In The Wells" by Old Earth
- Milwaukee Music Ambassador Award: Shank Hall owner Peter Jest
- Critics' Choice (Best Album): "Marigolden" by Field Report
To determine the winners, Milwaukee music fans nominated five finalists in each category – save for Milwaukee Music Ambassador Award and Critics' Choice – in an online poll. A panel comprised of 88Nine's DJs and Milwaukee music critics (including OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo) then selected the best of the bunch, while Radio Milwaukee DJs alone selected this year's Milwaukee Music Ambassador Award.
Along with the awards, the celebration featured performances from Webster X, The Delta Routine, GGOOLLDD, The Living Statues and DJ Strehlow – a strong way to wrap up a strong year for the Milwaukee music scene.
"Milwaukee music exploded in 2014," Radio Milwaukee DJ and assistant program director Jordan Lee said. "Field Report broke out nationally, Sylvan Esso’s album was one of the most critically acclaimed freshman releases of the year and Volcano Choir toured the world.
"All this happening on the national scene, while here at home so many great bands are coming into their own and releasing great records. While the award results reflect our listeners’ favorites, there were no shortage of close calls on this year’s ballot. Milwaukee should be proud of what’s going on in our music scene."