USI Awards / Upper State Independent Awards Show 2011

Event 11-05-2011 7-10 pm EST.
Saturday Nov 5, 2011
The Palace Theater at Colgate University
19 Utica Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
(The Palace Theater is approximately a one hour drive from Syracuse, NY.)
$5.00 door cover charge for all nominees.

By Kendric Bedell

2011 Upper State Independent Award Winners

The SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir

L.E.S.G.O. Ent. - "We Grind'N”

Ayana Del Valle


Double Barrel Blues Band

Stage Play/Production
Ode to Chocolate

R and B Group
Show tyme

Female R and B
Takiyah Diamond

Lew Kahler

Male R and B
Devon Wright

Folk / Acoustic
Taina Asili Y La Banda Rebelde

Alternative / Pop
Red Lizzard

Reggae / Cultural Roots
Maija Max

Reggae Tone
Cold Cash

Country / Blue Grass
Michael P. Ryan

Hip Hop Male
Ivan Da Great

Hip-Hop Female
Miss Knockout

Hip-Hop Group
Goon Platoon

Heidy Z

Favorite Designer
Sam Lembeck

TV Show
Ear to the streets


Independent DVD

Entertainment Group
Family House Entertainment

Promoter / Street Team
National Radio Promotions

Red Lizzard

On-line Radio
305 Live Radio

Dancer / Choreographer
Show tyme

Firing Squad DJ's - "Interstate Incident"


Rock and Roll Original Band
Tripping Icarus

Cover Band
Brownskin Band

Photographer / Art / Design
Mr. Blue Flamez

Salons / Barbershop
"The Wright Style" Barbershop

Humanitarian Award
The Save the Kids Group (Syracuse, NY)

Student Athlete
1.Favorite Male:
James Stanell (Hamilton College)

2.Favorite Female:
Imani Williams (Binghamton University)

Most Improved Student:
Favorite Male:
Austin Townsley (Morrisville University)
Mike MacDonald (Hamilton College

Favorite Female:
Ashley Walsh (Colgate University)

By Kendric Bedell

Scheduled To Perform Live At The 2011 Upper State Independent Awards Show
Double Barrel Blues Band, Jimmy Black The Journeyman, Waydown Wailers, and Dell.

“Ode to Chocolate” nominated for USI award

Utica Observer Dispatch

The recent production of the original work “Ode to Chocolate” has been nominated for a theater award at the 5th Annual Upper State Independent Awards (USI) show. This delightful, entertaining cabaret was written, produced and performed by Hamilton's premiere community theater, The Palace Players.
“What an honor!” says Patricia von Mechow, director and author of “Ode to Chocolate.” “We are really excited to have been nominated alongside so many other amazing shows and appreciate all the people going online to cast a vote for our show.”
A local/national networking environment held once a year, the USI Awards show will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Palace Theater, located at 19 Utica Street in Hamilton. By popular demand, a few more categories have been added such as Favorite Stage Play/Production, New Music Video, Entertainment Group and Promoter.
The essence of this awards show is to acknowledge independent artists from all genres and backgrounds, showing appreciation for work by independent musicians, poets, models, designers, comedians, photographers, choreographers, movie makers/DVD, on-line radio shows, and television shows, just to name a few.
One of the featured bands performing at this year’s show will be previous USI winner, the Double Barrel Blues Band. Also, Some Girls Boutique is sponsoring a fashion show and there will be live appearances by national professional artists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, California, Las Vegas, and Ohio.
For more information and to order tickets for the show, visit

For info visit www.USIAWARDS.COM
Or call 315-422-1406

The essence of the Upper State Independent Awards show is to acknowledge independent musicians from all genres and backgrounds, showing appreciation for work by independent musicians, poets, models, designers, comedians, photographers, choreographers, movie makers/DVD, on-line radio shows, and television shows just to name a few. The award show is a local networking environment held once a year in Syracuse New York, it will be held on November 5, 2011. This will be our 5th Annual Upper State Independent Award show.

     The USI Awards committee’s mission is to raise awareness about the talented individuals that surround us. Our way of promoting this year is our television shows, special appearances on other TV shows, radio commercials radio interviews, word of mouth, bus wraps, CDs from the first and second award show, billboards, t-shirts, brochures, fliers, and websites. We are diverse in our awards selections, as well as engaging in more entertainment elements for the community. 


The Upper State Independent Awards Show is sponsored by businesses and organizations from the Syracuse area. About half of the audience is from Syracuse. The musicians, volunteers, and a few sponsors are from the regional area. In conclusion, the Upper State Independent Awards Show is a wonderful environment to network with independent talented professional business individuals. You also get to enjoy genres of music and an eye-catching fun fashion show. If you would like to be a sponsor email us. You don’t want to miss it! Hope to see you there!

About The Palace Theater at Colgate University

The Palace is an amazing three-story venue providing entertainment to Colgate University and the surrounding community. The main floor is a 3,200 sq. ft. area complete with a large elevated stage for live performances, state-of-the-art sound and light systems designed to showcase all types of music. The main level also contains a stylistic juice bar. The upstairs lounge has comfy chairs and a spacious non-alcoholic bar that provides a gallery where patrons can watch the action from above, mingle or even play some games. The basement level houses our snack bar and is the quiet place to get away from it all.

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