The 2018 Syracuse Area Music Award nominees include several performers with connections to the Auburn area.

Nominees who occasionally perform in the area include Tim Herron (Best Jazz for "Thinquisition"), Jane Zell (Best Americana for "Almost Real"), The Action! (Best Alternative for "5") and The Jess Novak Band (Best Rock for "Fireworks").

Along with them, Auburn band A Cast of Thousands was nominated for Best Other Style for "The Fifth." It is, indeed, the fifth album for the alternative band, whose lineup includes guitarist and current Auburn City Councilor Terry Cuddy, Beth Beer, Cuddy's wife, drummer Jim Andrews and guitarist Terry Quill. The band is now working on its sixth album.

Auburn choreographer and international producer Sean McLeod scored another nomination for his second annual Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival. McLeod was nominated in the Best R&B category for the inaugural festival last year; this year, he is nominated in the Best Other Style category.

Nominated for Best R&B this year is Auburn's Diana Jacobs Band. Jacobs has been performing in the area for almost 40 years, and the band's nominated album, "Good Metticine," refers to her husband, Mettis Jacobs, who sings and plays guitar in the group.

This year's SAMMYs, the awards' 25th anniversary, will begin with the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday, March 1, at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. The award show will take place Friday, March 2, at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse.

Tickets to the ceremony are $25 and tickets to the award show are $20.

For more information, including the full list of inductees and nominees, visit

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


Features editor for The Citizen.