Sunday night was the Boston Music Awards. For its 23rd year, the BMA’s showcased the best of Boston’s notorious music scene. This was an awards ceremony that was more like a mini-festival meets massive party that cascaded across the open space of the 5 floors of the Liberty Hotel. The Liberty Hotel was previously a notorious jail, the Charles Street Jail, which was built in 1851. The hotel has beautiful modern decor, but kept the historic architecture. The evening was jam packed with local artists, the who’s who of the city’s nightlife, and a few of us from Punk.com! There were a lot of very fashionable people; rock n’ roll fashion was in full effect. Awards were given to the best of Boston across many music genres, it was great to see so many great artists in one place.
Amanda Palmer received an artist of the year award. She is a tireless performer and musician. You might know her best as half of the cabaret punk duo, the Dresden Dolls. (When I worked at the Newbury Street Newbury Comics Store, she used to come in all the time. She was always really sweet). Amanda sang a haunting rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” and played along on her ukulele during her acceptance speech. It was stunning.
See more pictures below!
Double Cross Vodka was a major sponsor. These ladies are sporting their t-shirts.
This cake was so realistic, it took me a few minutes before I noticed that the sugary smell was coming from the equipment. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any. Made by Cakes by Erin.
All in all, a fun night. Great to see some local favorites honored for their contributions and their outstanding music.