The local music scene has evolved in the 26 years since the Sacramento News & Review launched the SAMMIES—the Sacramento Area 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.
This year there will be no SAMMIES Show, but we will announce the winners in our biggest ever Music issue, publishing March 29th.
The SAMMIES recognizes the talented bands, songwriters, emcees, DJs and others in the Sacramento music scene. All of these nominees are deserving to win a SAMMIES award. But only one will win in each category. We'd like to introduce a few of the nominees here.
Are you a 2018 nominee who would like to be profiled? Want to update your profile? Please contact us.