The local music scene has evolved in the 26 years since the Sacramento News & Review launched the SAMMIES—the Sacramento Music Awards. Back in 1981, there were a handful of venues and a few dozen bands—today there's a thriving scene. Shoot—there are a half-dozen thriving scenes! Every year, SN&R asks readers and local music experts to nominate their favorite local performers. We receive thousands of votes and invaluable insight into what makes this town’s music scene so damn good. Then we award the winners during at a gala night of great live music. Join us—let’s celebrate Sacramento music!