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Friday, October 16, 2009

SF Weekly Music Awards: Better Than the Obama Party Down the Street

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Colorful music performances, gold plated

awards and a room full of buzzed musicians and paper employees made for a wild

night at the 20th annual SF Weekly Music Awards. The night

alternated between recognizing the best of the best in the Bay Area's music

scene and making use of Ruby Skye's huge dance floor.

Host Alex Koll, comedian and local air guitar champion,

started out the night with liquor jokes and references to his Biblical hairstyle,

noting the difficulty of being a "comedian at the music show." Presenters

took over the stage, including performer, Wallpaper, who announced the

"nomineezes" and then winners for the Soul/R&B/Funk category. An impromptu

drummer hopped up on stage to pound out a drum roll, while still on his cell

phone. "Best Club Night" winner, Sweater Funk, took the stage with their entire

posse, and attempted to play a ringtone as part of their acceptance speech.

Unfortunately the song was fuzzy beyond recognition.


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A few more vodka drinks and whole lot of drum and bass from

local performance crew, Loco Bloco, livened up the venue with a mix of African,

Caribbean, Brazilian and contemporary Hip Hop rhythms. People ventured onto the

dance floor to booty shake and jump alongside the lively act, increasing the

room's energy level 100 percent. A dancer on stilts dazzled the crowd, high

kicking and swinging her body as if the wooden extensions were merely her own

long limbs.

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