Veer Music Awards Results

Veer Music Awards Results
(Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos won awards for Best Blues and Best Live Band. Photo by JD Silvia)

By Jeff Maisey

Indie-pop group Feral Conservatives took home three trophies in Veer Magazine’s annual Music Awards program held at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk. The band’s “Here’s to Almost” was named Album of the Year, while their hooky, melodic “Last Light” earned “Song of the Year” honors. They were also top choice in the Indie Pop genre category.

Winners were selected as a result of a 50/50 mix of popular vote conducted online and a panel of judges that included an impressive array of local music industry professionals: Paul Shugrue (Host of WHRV-FM’s “Out of the Box”), Kyle Bloom (Producer of Fox 43’s “Hampton Roads Show), Crizti Walsh (Host of 96X’s “The 757 on 96X”), Dr. Barry Graham (Host, WHRV-FM’s “Acoustic Highway”), Jerome Langston (Veer Magazine pop culture writer), Jim Newsom (Veer Magazine music writer/musician), Jeff Maisey (Veer Magazine), Shannon Jay (Veer Magazine pop culture writer), Cristin Pond (Norfolk Festevents, Director of Programming/Entertainment), Josh Coplon (LAVA Music Festival), Tyler Warnalis (Musician/TBA Productions), Josh Whitener (Veer Magazine urban music writer), Mitch Kirsner (Owner, Fantasy), Bobby Philips (Electroganic) and Mike Hotzclaw (Reporter, The Daily Press).

A bonus to this year’s winners: Festevents will be producing an outdoor festival/concert on Thursday, May 11 at Town Point Park featuring 20-minute sets from Veer Magazine Local Music Awards category winners. It’ll be a live sampler of some of the region’s finest bands and musicians.

Following is the list of this year’s winners by category.


Album of the Year

Feral Conservatives, “Here’s to Almost”


EP of the Year

Roosterfoot, “Roosterfoot”


Song of the Year

Feral Conservatives, “Last Light”


Music Video of the Year

K’bana Blaq, “Black Trash”


Producer of the Year (2016)  

Jacki Paolella



Feral Conservatives



Heretics in the Lab






  1. Flax & The Heart Attacks



Galaxy Dynamite



Russell Scarborough Trio



The Fuzz Band


Hip Hop




Brackish Water Jamboree



Gina Dalmas and The Cow Tippin’ Playboys



Dustin Furlow



Anthony & the Conqueroos






Night Shark


Cover Band

The Deloreans


World Music

Buddha Council



The Chosen Few


Open Mic Night 

Cozzy’s w/Vaughn Deel


Live Performer 

Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos




Online Source


Media Program (TV/Radio)

Out of the Box, WHRV-FM


Local Music Venue

Shaka’s Live


Outdoor Festival featuring Local Music

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival


Local Music Series

Sunsets on the River @ Hermitage Museum


Music Instrument Retailer 

Russell’s Music World


Local Music Photographer

Beth Austin