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Cider Magazine bringing 15 acts and 40 awards to Paramount

The Second Annual Cider Awards Show is finally upon us and Cider could not be any more excited about what's in store. Fifteen live acts will grace the stage at The Paramount Theatre on Jan. 18 including names like Nicole Nelson, who you might have heard of from NBC Television Show, 'The Voice', Rick Redington, Bow Thayer, Chad Hollister, Jatoba and many more.

But the night isn't just about great performances. It's about finding out how the fans of this music and entertainment scene have voted. For the past three months fans have been nominating, voting, and slicing down the competition to the four finalists.

There are categories that have bolstered the vote totals into the thousands, and may come down to just a few votes separating the winners from the rest of the pack. Categories like Favorite Outside the Lines Band, Favorite Bluegrass Band, and Favorite Guitarist are so close it will be impossible to even offer a guess on who will win. Of course, no one will know until the winners are announced live during the show.

What makes this night so special is not receiving an award; it's the very rare instance of putting all of Vermont and New Hampshire's musical talent in one room, celebrating each other's work and appreciating their artistic capabilities no matter the genre. The Hip-Hop crowd mixed with Bluegrass folk, country fans beside metal heads, combined with the Rock and Roll fans. This doesn't happen every day.

"What we are trying to do is create a night that all of Vermont and New Hampshire can be proud of," said Editor in Chief of Cider Mag, Brian Joy. "We want every musician, every business, every entertainer to know and believe that they are truly appreciated. It's not about winning an award, that's just icing on the cake. This night is about being present. About showing your appreciation for everyone that works hard to keep this scene moving forward."

Cider Magazine has taken a big step forward this year, contracting The Paramount Theatre in Rutland as the new home of The Cider Awards. This amazing room can hold up to 850 fans, and being centrally located in Vermont, it makes the perfect venue for everyone from all locations to be able to attend.

"We don't live in a major city where you can see great shows right around the corner from your home every day. We live in an area where effort is necessary on the side of the fans. You might have to drive an hour to see a show worth seeing, but when the show is over, you are going to be very glad you did," said Joy.

Bringing a whole new style to the awards show this year is the host, Comedian The Logger, Rusty Dewees. Rusty has been a staple in New England Entertainment for a long time and adding him as the host brings a whole new dimension to the show.

In addition to the 35 awards voted on by the fans, five additional awards will be given out from the staff of Cider Magazine including Business of the Year, Performers of the Year and Fan of the Year as well as two Achievement Awards given to people who have gone above and beyond for our local entertainment scene. Last year, Duane Carleton, George Nostrand, and Charlie Hunter were the first class of Achievement Award winners.

"To be treated with such appreciation and enthusiasm, it makes all of the work so worth it," said Duane Carleton after receiving his award last year.

The Cider Awards will kick off with the Red Carpet Festivities at 6 p.m., giving local press the opportunity to interview and photograph nominees and performers. The Awards Show begins at 7:30 p.m. and you won't want to be anywhere but in your seat at The Paramount when the curtain drops. Tickets are available at www.paramountvt.org, and start at just $15.