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    Saturday, December 03, 2022

    Whalie Awards celebrate local music scene

    The MacLean Sisters perform at last year’s Whalies.

    It’s true. Volunteers, city maintenance workers and jail trustees on work-release have only just now finished cleaning up New London’s Hygienic Art Park after last year’s Mardi Gras-meets-the-Grammys-style Whalie Awards. The confetti! The empty beer cans! The discarded cellophane from CD shrink wrap! Shredded T-shirts from the quasi-riot when the Weird Beards merch table ran short of goodies!

    Well, the Hygienic landscape is newly pristine and just barely because it’s already time for the sixth annual Whalie Awards presentation taking place Saturday. Host Sean Murray will oversee a celebration of the area’s finest musicians, producers, DJs, radio shows and concert series. Plus, Whalie — with its Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice trophies — is bigger and more inclusive than ever.

    In all, 40 awards will be handed out to winners from over 260 nominated artists and music industry pros. As always, the live music aspect will be a delightful assault on ears throughout the county. The Rivergods, Fran Grams, The Hempsteadys, NME the Illiest, Wolfghost, Motion Radio and The Friendly Ghost are all scheduled to perform.

    And, yes, there will be the beautifully bizarre entertaining Red Carpet processional in prelude to the awards show proper.

    — Rick Koster

    Whalie Awards, red carpet 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank St., New London; $10; iamfest.org.

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