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6th Annual JAMMYS

Phil & Friends are up for best show of the year!- for the Grateful Web

The Sixth Annual Jammys will return to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, April 20th, to kick off the Green Apple Music Festival.

The award nominations have just been announced so head over to Jammys.com to cast your vote in 8 separate categories: Tour of the Year, Live Album of the Year, Studio Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Live Performance of the Year, Archival Album of the Year, DVD of the Year and New Groove.

And the nominees are....

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    1. Comes A Time , A Celebration of the Music and Spirit of Jerry Garcia, Greek Theater, Berkeley, California, 9/24/05
    2. Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Jon Medeski, Dave Schools and Skerik , Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 2/2/05
    3. moe. Tsunami Relief Benefit , Roseland Ballroom, NYC, 2/10/05
    4. Phil Lesh & Friends , Vegoose, Las Vegas, NV, 10/29/05
    5. My Morning Jacket , Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, 11/11/05
    6. The Word , Bonnaroo Music Festival, 6/12/05

Once again the night will feature a collection of unique artist parings, so you'll have to join us on April 20th to see what develops. We have many more musicians we'll be adding into the mix as well...

So be sure to stop by Jammys.com for ticket information, additional artist announcements and of course to VOTE !!

Jammys Initial Performance Lineup

Phil Lesh will host this year''s Jammys.- for the Grateful Web

An impressively eclectic group of artists ranging from revered singer/songwriter Ryan Adams to roots reggae hero Burning Spear are coming together for the 5th Annual Jammys Awards Show and All-Star Concert to be held April 26 th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Les Claypool, frontman for alt-metal godfathers Primus, respected piano man Bruce Hornsby, rising newgrass faves Yonder Mountain String Band, southern boogie torchbearers North Mississippi All-Stars, downtown jazz greats Medeski Martin and Wood, one-man band Keller Williams, Midwestern jam stars Umphrey's McGee and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon are also confirmed for the show, which will be hosted by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, who will also perform.

More big names, including this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will be announced in coming weeks. In the meantime, fans can vote for the year's best album, song, DVD, download, new artist, tour, live show and archival release of the year at www.jammys.com/vote .

Founded as an alternative to mainstream award shows and produced by Relix Magazine, Jambands.com and Peter Shapiro, The Jammys is a celebration of the best in live improvisational music performance that pairs the brightest lights on the burgeoning jam music scene with stars from the pop, rock, reggae, gospel and jazz realms. In its first four years, The Jammys has become one of New York City 's premiere annual live music events and one of the top grassroots music events in the world, hosting countless historic, once-in-a-lifetime musical moments.

Last year's show featured the onstage reunion of The Black Crowes, who joined Gov't Mule for a version of their 1992 hit "Sometimes Salvation," as well as a finale that featured sacred steel phenom Robert Randolph, legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang and guitar hero Warren Haynes (of The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule and The Dead) jamming with Steve Winwood on his Spencer Davis Group hit "Gimme Some Lovin'." Daily Variety declared: "The producers—or some cosmic forces—really outdid themselves at this year's kudofest."

In year's past, such off-the-wall collaborations as rapper Slick Rick with the Disco Biscuits, The B-52's with Particle and Blue Oyster Cult with moe. have wowed sold-out audiences. In 2002, the concert-ending finale featured an all-star jam that included Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish, Warren Haynes, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Robert Randolph, among others. Solomon Burke, The Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. John, Toots Hibbert, Perry Farrell, Susan Tedeschi, Michael Franti of Spearhead, Harlem Gospel Choir, Black Thought, The Tom Tom Club, Marky Ramone, the Del McCoury Band and Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees, among many, many others have also performed at The Jammys in years past.

In between performances, nine Jammys trophies are handed out in categories voted on by fans, while a Lifetime Achievement award is given out at the end of the night. In years past, Lifetime Achievement trophies have been bestowed upon B.B. King, The Meters, the Grateful Dead and Steve Winwood.