The San Diego Music Awards returns to Humphrey’s by the Bay (2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego) on Monday, October 6th to recognize the diverse achievements of the talented San Diego music community. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program.

The San Diego Music Awards are presented annually to artists and albums of exceptional merit in 28 categories. Nominees are selected by the San Diego Music Academy, which includes press (print, radio and television), music venue staff, and other key members of the San Diego music community. The nominees for this year’s awards are listed below. Online voting for nominees in each of the artist categories is open to the public between August 11th- September 16th , via the official event website at Album-related categories are voted on by members of the San Diego Music Academy.

The 2014 San Diego Music Awards will feature live performances from some of San Diego’s best emerging and established artists including The Donkeys, Euphoria Brass Band, Joshua White, The Midnight Pine, Robin Henkel Band with Horns featuring Whitney Shay, Todo Mundo and Tribal Theory.

The nominees for this year’s awards are as follows:

Best Cover Band
Cash’d Out
Detroit Underground
Electric Waste Band
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds
Liquid Blue
The Bajabugs
West of 5

Best Jazz
Allison Adams Tucker Quartet
Danny Green Trio
Gilbert Castellanos
Joshua White
Red Fox Tails
Steph Johnson
Sue Palmer
Tiffany Jane and The Kicks

Best Singer-Songwriter
A.J. Croce
Dawn Mitschele
John Meeks
Lacy Younger
Gregory Page
Sierra West
Tolan Shaw
Trent Hancock

Best Blues
Bayou Brothers
Bill Magee Blues Band
Mercedes Moore Band
Michele Lundeen
Missy Andersen
Nathan James
Robin Henkel
Tomcat Courtney

Best World Music
B-Side Players
Cumbia Machin
Patric Petrie
Piracy Conspiracy
Restoration One
The Devastators
Todo Mundo
Tribal Theory

Best Americana
El Monte Slim
Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels
Nena Anderson
River City
Sara Petite
The Peripherals
Trouble in the Wind

Best Hip Hop
Brothers Burns & J. Phatts
Demi Daygo
Mitchy Slick
Odessa Kane
Oso Ocean
Parker and the Numberman
The Lyrical Groove
Vokab Kompany

Best Pop
Dr. Seahorse 
Ed Ghost Tucker
Josh Damigo & the Freeloaders
Neon Cough
Nicky Venus
Social Club
The Shifty Eyed Dogs
The Silent Comedy

Best Alternative
Dead Feather Moon
Idyll Wild
New Mexico
Shake Before Us
The Heavy Guilt
The Touchies
We Are Sirens
Wild Wild Wets

Best Rock
Blackout Party
Grand Tarantula
Jet West
Lexington Field
The Beautiful View
The Farmers
The Paragraphs
The Young Wild

Best Hard Rock
Boy King
Head Trip Superstar
Roni Lee

Best Club DJ
Adam Salter
DJ Demon
Diana Death
DJ Artistic
DJ Heather Hardcore
Gabe Vega
Junior the Disco Punk
Saul Q

Best New Artist
9 Theory
Cody Lovaas
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio
Neighbors To The North
Soft Lions
The Routine
Triumph of the Wild

Best Pop Album
Alaina Blair – Here I Am
Blaise Guld – Past Forward
Falling Doves – The Basement LP
Gayle Skidmore – Sleeping Bear
Lisa Sanders – Shiver
Neon Cough – The Aquarian
Normandie Wilson – Geography and Other Problems
Sister Speak – Rise Up For Love

Best Rock Album
Boxcar Chief – Vagabond
Danny and the Tramp – All In
Hills Like Elephants – Bedroom Colonies Vol. 1
Playfight – Mutt – EP
Stone Horse – Grit
The Donkeys – Ride the Black Wave
The New Regime – Exhibit A
Wicked Tongues – Wicked Tongues EP

Best Alternative Album
Days of Light Gravity – Games to Play in the Rain
Hocus – Outside Your Door
Ilya – In Blood
Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
Okapi Sun – Techno Prisoners
The Burning of Rome – Year Of The Ox
Transfer – Shadow Aspect
Drunkin Punkin Idiots – Smashed

Best Hard Rock Album
Boy King – Master
Carnifex – Die Without Hope
Earthless – From the Ages
Eukaryst – Dreams in the Witch House
Killing the Messenger – What Matters Most – EP
My Iron Lung – Relief
Seventrain – Seventrain
Sprung Monkey – Dead is Dead

Best Hip Hop Album
Dag Savage – E&J
Dre Trav – Dualism
Far From Ya Average – The Basement LP
Legacy Pack – Fruit of Knowledge
Lyrical Groove – Spoken Soul
Mitchy Slick – Call of Duty (South East Edition)
Oso Ocean – Whole 9.2 (feat. Mitchy Slick)
Vokab Kompany – V-Sides Vol. 1 (Kollabs and Remixes)

Best Blues Album
Ben Powell – Rise Up Singing
Black Market III – Black Roses
Chet & The Committee – For Love or Money
Euphoria Brass Band – EBB & Flow
Jack City Blues Band – Wide Open Blues
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact – Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact
Ruby Blue – Revealed
Sharifah and The Good Thing – Real Soul

Best Jazz Album
Holly Hofmann – Low Life: The Alto Flute Project
Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine – It’s About Time
Justin Grinnell Quartet – Without You
Nathan Hubbard – Encinitas and Everything After
Patrick Yandall – Soul Grind
Peter Sprague – Ocean In Your Eyes
Pocket – The Stick Bag
Wayne Riker – Groovin’ With the Top Brass

Best Americana Album
Erik Canzona – The Narrows
High Rolling Loners – Match and Kerosene
Jimmy Ruelas – I Shall Not Be Moved!
Katie Leigh & The Infantry – March
Peter Bolland – Two Pines
Podunk Nowhere – Crackle and Shake
Soda Pants – Soda Pants
The Midnight Pine – Buried

Best World Music Album
Anoushka Shankar – Traces of You
Island Boy – Basic Instincts
Maka Roots – Hearted One
Project Out of Bounds – Love Tones
SM Familia – La Familia – EP
Todo Mundo – Conexion
Tribal Seeds – Representing
The OSS – 4th Wave

Best Live Band
Rocket From The Crypt
Slightly Stoopid
The Burning of Rome
The Creepy Creeps
The Frights
The Silent Comedy
Whitney Shay

Best Music Video by a San Diego band
B-Side Players – Rocky Road
Burning of Rome – God of Small Things
Jason Mraz – Love Someone
Little Hurricane – Sheep In Wolves Clothes
Neon Cough – Enough of this World
Prayers – Gothic Summer
Sprung Monkey – Dead is Dead
Switchfoot – Love Alone is Worth the Fight

Best Local Recording
Alison Marae – My Heart Can’t Take It
Action Andy & The Hi-Tones – High & Lonesome
Cathryn Beeks – Wishing Rock
Mother Belle – Hand Made
Teagan Taylor Trio – Hello
The Lovebirds – Breakup Shmakeup
The Unconditionals – Magic Pill
Triumph of the Wild – Triumph of the Wild Boy

Artist of the Year
Jason Mraz
Joshua White
Little Hurricane
Steph Johnson
The Burning of Rome
The Midnight Pine
The Silent Comedy

Song of the Year
Anoushka Shankar – Traces of You (feat. Norah Jones)
The Burning of Rome – God of Small Things
Jason Mraz – Love Someone
Little Hurricane – Sheep In Wolves Clothes
Nickel Creek – Destination
Switchfoot – Love Alone Is Worth The Fight
Paul Cannon Band – Thinking Bout You
Tribal Seeds – Blood Clot (feat. Don Carlos)

Album of the Year
Jason Mraz – Yes!
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – New Ammo
Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line
Steve Poltz – The Accident
Switchfoot – Fading West
The Burning of Rome – Year of the Ox
Tribal Seeds – Representing