(Roberta Lea’s “Sweet Baby Ray” was selected Song of the Year)

By Jeff Maisey

Pandemic be damned. Local musicians once again found inspiration and released singles, EPs, albums, and music videos last year. Most performed live by late spring when a semi-normal atmosphere was met with glee and residents turned out to hear music in venues big and small.

On February 8, the Veer Music Awards were presented by the City of Hampton at The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery. Additional sponsorship was provided by the Downtown Hampton Partnership, Live Nation/Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater @ Virginia Beach, FESTEVENTS, Southern Bank, Spacemakers, and The Vanguard.

Where Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos scored wins in the Best Rock and Best Live categories, Magg Dylan on Best Metal and Music Video of the Year honors. 

Following is a category-by-category list of the winners and honorable mentions. 

Song of the Year

Roberta Lea, “Sweet Baby Ray”

Honorable Mentions:

Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos, “The Chain”

Wilke$, “Should I”

Court Street Company, “Modern Age”


Album of the Year

Court Street Company, “Crooked Dreams”

Honorable Mentions:

Runnin’ Shine, “Nowhere to Go” 

Wilke$, “12:34”

Jae Sinnett Trio, “Altered Egos” 


EP of the Year

Rachel & The JellyCats, “Rachel & The JellyCats”

Honorable Mentions:

Roberta Lea, “Just a Taste”

Mr. Fang & The Dark Tones, “Rock-n-Roll Monsters”

Berries, “Outgrowth” 


Music Video of the Year

Magg Dylan, “Pawns”

Honorable Mentions:

Kristi K, “Separate Ways” 

Roberta Lea feat. Octavia The Great, “Moonlight” 

Tina Micula, “Wishing You Here This Christmas”


Best Holiday Themed 

Celeste Kellogg

Honorable Mentions:

Kristi K.


Tina Micula


Best Jazz

Jae Sinnett Trio 

Honorable Mentions:

Quicksilver Night featuring Jason Cale

John Toomey Trio

Duane Squire Smith Quartet


Best R&B/Soul


Honorable Mentions:

The Fuzz Band

Akeylah Walters 

Myra Smith


Best Hip Hop

Darius Ford

Honorable Mentions:

Ghetto Chris

Lex Lucent

Childz 3


Best Gospel/Spiritual

Brothers of Unity of VA

Honorable Mentions: 

Voices of Fire

Jonah’s Run

Dion Langley


Best World Music

Rhythm Project Steel Drums

Honorable Mentions:

Mosquito Cabaret

Jon Quan


Best IndiePop

The Lifehacks

Honorable Mentions:


Red Weather



Best Pop

Kristi K 

Honorable Mentions:

Sunny Moonshine 

Roberta Lea

Every King & Commoner


Best Metal

Magg Dylan

Honorable Mentions:

710 Oil

Dead Friends 

The New Mutiny


Best Rock 

Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos

Honorable Mentions:

Bennett Wales & The Relief

The Righteous Few

Faithful Kate


Best Retro

Lucky 757

Honorable Mentions:

Rachel & the JellyCats

Mr. Fang & The Dark Tones 


Best Garage/Punk


Honorable Mentions:

J. Flax & The Heart Attacks

Crime Line

The Dual Gravitons


Best Psychedelic

Bended Light 

Honorable Mentions:

Freedom Hawk

Reptile Tile



Best Electronic/Ambient

Crash Mosaic

Honorable Mentions:

From Overseas

Hindu Pez

Lyra Pollux


Best Americana/Bluegrass/Old-Time

Ramblin’ Jake

Honorable Mentions:

Brackish Water Jamboree 

Saint Juliens Creek Revival 


Best Country

Runnin’ Shine 

Honorable Mentions:

Celeste Kellogg


The Augustine Reunion 


Best Acoustic/Folk 

Jim Newsom & The Cloudless Sky 

Honorable Mentions:

Cody Christian

Dan Pellegrino

Ann Gray


Best Blues

The Oliver Gable Project

Honorable Mentions:

Bobby Black Hat Walters 

Jackie Merritt 

Hanks Martin 


Best Cover Band


Honorable Mentions:

The Detonators

JD Silvia Band

Childz Play


Best Tribute/Theme Band

The Deloreans 

Honorable Mentions


Grateful Jed

Last Fair Deal


Best Live Band 

Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos

Honorable Mentions:

Magg Dylan

Bennett Wales & The Relief

Dead Friends 


Best Live Cover Solo/Duo

Jason Cale Duo

Honorable Mentions:

Nate Sacks

BJ Griffin & Jason Brown 

Red Stapler Duo


Best Open Mic

Open Jam at Stuft

Honorable Mentions:

Froggie’s w/Fred Karam

Winston’s Cafe w/Joey Wood

South Beach Grill w/Dahna Rowe


Best Live Music Venue (Club)

Scandal’s Live

Honorable Mentions:

The Vanguard


Taphouse Grill


Best Live Music Series

YNOT Wednesdays

Honorable Mentions:

LAVA Summer of Fun

Sunsets on the River (Hermitage Museum)

Beach Event’s Summer Music Series


Industry Awards 

Hunter Hughes

Jay Lang

Josh Coplon


Musician’s Musician Awards

Karl Werne

Duane Smith


Lifetime Achievement Awards

Jackie Scott

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