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Nominees Announced for 2017 Forte Awards


Photos by Nick McCabe

Forte, or Fans Of Reno Tahoe Entertainment, announced at the Grand Sierra Resort Casino on Monday August 14, 2017 this year’s nominees in multiple music and performing arts categories.. The nominations were read by Steve Funk, Max Volume, Shane Whitecloud and Arnie States.

Voting has started. To vote, go to for forteawards.com.

Now it’s up to you, the fan. If you want your favorite band, musician, actor, actress, comedian or belly dancer to win, you must vote everyday. You can make one vote in each category, once a day.

The Forte Awards Show is where the winners will be announced on November 2, 2017 at the Grand Theater located inside the Grand Sierra Resort Casino (GSR). Tickets go on sale soon. All proceeds go equally to three charities, The Nevada Humane Society, The Veterans Resource Center and The Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Vote often and this is how you support your local bands and venues … Vote, Vote, Vote!

Here are the 2017 nominees for music:


The Trey Stone Band
Buddy Emmer
The Jokers Wild Blues Band
Jason King Band
Blue Haven Blues Band
The Blues Monsters
Foureyed Jimmy
Athena McIntyre
9 Below Zero
Alex Muddy Smith

Metal and Heavy Rock

We Predict A Riot
Third Edge
Elephant Rifle
From The Ruins
Chapter 3
Machine Gun Vendetta
Monkey Pinata


Alisha Sadler
Seasons Of Insanity
Metalbilly Trucker
Zack Ryan
Frankly Fictitious
Blue Dyno
Hot Rod Rebellion
Serenity Awaits
The Electric


Reno Jazz Orchestra
Kyle Rea Big Band
First Take featuring Rick Metz
Alex Muddy Smith


The Novelists
Jonathan Rolling
The Sad Toms
Eddy Bueno
Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus
Big Heart
Asphalt Socialites
The Run Up
Pink Awful

R&B, Funk and Soul

Mojo Green
Wesley Orsolic Band
Trey Stone
Arizona Jones
The Sextones


Spur Crazy
Everyday Outlaw
Alex Muddy Smith
Greg Austin & Southern Justice
Patrick Casey

Americana, Bluegrass and World Music

Tyler Stafford
The Reno Swing Set
Monique Jade Band
Sierra Sweetshearts
Mel & Gia
Jeff Wayne Watkins

Cabaret and Tribute

Hollywood Trashed
The Floyd
Retro Radio Dolls
Wild Child (A Tribute to Janis Joplin)
Beatles Flashback

Jazz Instrumental

Rick Metz
Corky Bennet
Niall McGuiness
Doug Cooler
John Shipley


Gia Torcaso
Alexander Korostinsky
Steve Caba (aka Gus)
Scott Parsons/Arizona Jones
Landon Grey


Trey Stone
Buddy Emmer
Tom Sheridan
Andy Kimberly
Wesley Orsolik
Mark Cromer/Cromerzone
Jeff Montgomery
Jason King Roxas
.Michael W. Proud
Eric Stranheland

Drums and Percussion

Dean Rossi
Steve Roberts
Rick Brenner
Brooklyn Reiff
Len Campanaro
Kevin Maxwell
Dan Weiss


Sky cats
Rob Lawrence
Kirst / Kiechler
Eric Lobe
Neurons Type

Hip Hop Vocalist

Another Chapter Production
Too Much
Just Sam
Ronnie Mac
Luke Wynn
Nina Ox
Stratify Feat, Jhaquin
Steve Cooper

Female Vocalist

Jonie Blinman
Michele Swaczyna
Krystal McMullen
Grace Hayes
Cindy Sabatini
Lisa McCuiston
Grace Gatsby
Carolyn Dolan Music
Steve Cooper
Natalle Jones
Kim Emmer

Male Vocalist

Shane Whitecloud
Greg Austin
Marsh Brodeur
Tobin Jones
Eric Anderson
Mario Guzman

Here are the 2017 nominees for theater:

Actor, Dramatic Role

Jessey Richards
Cody Canon in Bad Jews
Adam Hsu
John Frederick
Ian Sorensen

Actress, Dramatic Role

Juli Fair
Sophie Moeller
Rachel Lopez
Kathy Welch
Cori Cooper
Jasmine Jiang
Debra Lynn Hull
Olivia Hansen
Moira Bengochea

Actor, Comedic Role

Cody Canon in The Explorers Club
James Miller in The Explorers Club
Greg Klino
Jesse James Ziegler
Abel Echeverria
Gary Eugene Cremeans

Actress, Comedic Role

Vanessa Ribeiro
Ariana Cramer
Rachel Lopez
Jesse Briggs
Plans Hobson
Rachel Steinman

Actor, Musical Role

Rodney Hurst
Cody Canon
Ryan Kelly
Richard S. Sargent
Bill Quinby
John Frederick

Actress, Musical Role

Molly DeLallo
Jill Marlene
Jesse Briggs
Cori Lynne Cooper
Molly Stewart
Llyana Hobson

Best Director/Producer (Comedy, Drama, Musical)

Susan Boulanger
John Frederick
Andy Mills-Kendall Mann
Amanda Alvey
Ryan Costello
David Zybert
John Bankhead
Joe Stack
Cami Thompson

Here are the nominees for dance

Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical

Kris Swaczyna
Sophia Carter
Kelsi Landerkin
Angela Smith
Ashley Smith

Dancer in a Musical, Play, or Production Show

Taylor Shepack
Courtney Cobble
July Reddicks
Jayde Reid
Dillon Daggs

Ballroom, Jazz and Tap

Jennifer Oropeza
Maria Richardson
Haley Davis

Balliwood, Belly Dance and Movement

C Chelle Martinez
Terri Sheridan

Hip Hop, Pop Lock, Breaker and Street Performer

Alex Gumm
Michael Kaski

Special Act Performer: Including but limited to Aerial, Contortion, Pole Artist, Hooper

Vava Vivian
Whiskey SirenS
Rebecca Yruegas
Claire Nightingale/Tahoe Fire Dancers

All Around Junior Dancer (13 – 17 years)

Sophia Cacioppo
Bryce Walsh
Alex Schwartz

Here are the 2017 nominees for Comedy and Magic

Male Comedian

Jeremy Boswell
Sammy Solorio
Caesar Valid
Paul Bronken
Bobby Benedict
Roger Diez
Nick Josten
David Gamble Jr.
Sam O’Brien

Female Comedian

Amy Bosch
Verna Chelli
Josie Spadoni
Andrea B
Sarah Rooker


Bryce Sanders
Sam O’Brian
Amanda Alvey
Marki Ho


Larry Wilson
Jacques Simard Magician
Selena Empress of the Impossible
Debi Destiny
Robert Simpson

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.




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