What does it mean to be a Dentonite?
There’s a wide mixture of people in the city of Denton. People who were born and raised here, who’ve went on to live here for decades. There are those who came from afar only to fall in love with a city more than 120,000 people call home. And these thousands have recognized the wealth of talent between each other.
Those behind local arts and culture blog the Dentonite lit up Campus Theatre Saturday night and attracted hundreds for the first Denton Arts and Music Awards. Awards were given in 41 art and music categories with live performances by 7Feathers, The Single Issues, Jesus Chris + The Beetles, and Ratchet Ass Wooda.
“It’s like a big family reunion, living here for five years,” said Matt Grigsby, member of Levi Cobb and the Big Smoke, winner of the best country act award.
The 2017 DAM Awards was a lighthearted affair with plenty of drinks and banter. Although the show drew criticism from some locals, labeling it as a flood of participation trophies, art director Brittney Keeton took the stage expressed her gratitude.
And she did not give a DAM.
“Not-so-nice things have been said,” Keeton said. “But it’s really nice to see everyone come to appreciate each other.”
Winners of the 2017 Denton Arts and Music Awards
Mixed Media Artists: Kylie McLaughlin
Graphic Artists/Illustrators: Claire Morales
Painters: Bailey K. Chapman
Event Photographers: Ed Steele
Fine Arts Photographers: Ed Steele
Videographers: Wesley Kirk
Film Exhibition: Thin Line
Short Film: “Quince” from Cristina Gonzalez
Literary/Arts Collective: Denton Singer-Songwriters Guild
Writers: Joe Carr
Comedy Showcase: Denton Comedy Fest.
Comedian: Joe Coffee
Radio Station: KNTU
DJ: Kind Beats
Electronic Act: Felt & Fur
Jazz Act: The Boombachs
Country Acts: Levi Cobb and the Big Smoke
Classical Musicians: Leoncarlo
Funk Acts: The Boombachs
Hip-Hop/Rap Act: AV the Great
Pop Acts: Jessie Frye
Noise/Experimental: Felt & Fur
Metal Act: Shaolin Death Squad
Indie/Rock Acts: Pearl Earl
Songs: “Cosmic Queen,” Pearl Earl
Up & Coming: Sunbuzzed
Solo Act: Claire Morales
Mixtape: “Backpack Trap Muzik,” AV the Great
EP: “Me and You and You and You,” Kites and Boomerangs
Debut Album: “Nakamara,” Nakamara
Full Length Album: “Welcome to the Panopticon,” Brutal Juice
Sound Engineer: Michael Briggs
Recording Studio: Panhandle House
Talent Buyer: Matt Battaglia
Open Mic: Abbey Underground
Anti-Venue: Midway Craft House
Music Venue: Dan's Silverleaf
House Venue: Jagoe House
Most Notorious Moment: Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio closing
Dentonite of the Year: Mindy Arendt