Forte Lifetime Achievement Award: CCR’s Doug Clifford

Blues Monsters
Reno-Tahoe’s most enduring blues band, the Blues Monsters.
Photo by Sarah Morey

The 2016 Forte’ Awards in Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre was the black-tie gala on Nov. 3 envisioned by Executive Director Bill Woody.

With more than 500 nominees (counting individual band members) from 37 categories covering music, theater, dance, magic and comedy receiving more than 44,000 votes the talent represented at the awards ceremony was incredible. The lobby was filled to capacity prior to showtime, with all the nominees dressed to the nines taking turns getting their pictures taken by a bank of photographers at the step and repeat wall and then moving down the line for an interview with Shanda Golden of In The Vault with Shanda Golden.

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Fortunate son Doug Clifford was the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
Photo by Tony Dellacioppa

The excitement in the room was palpable. Everybody was having a great time meeting up with their peers and sharing the evening with one another. Celebrity presenter and lifetime Forte’ Award recipient Doug Clifford, original drummer for Creedence Clearwater Revival and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, was there shaking hands and having pictures taken with fans and nominees. Other celebrity presenters included Max Volume of KOZZ, Melody Ann Minx of Media Magnifico, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.

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The legendary Lacy Dalton.
Photo by Sarah Morey

The show opened with a dance number by BLV Productions, choreographed by Brittany Irwin with Ashley Kepler singing “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” This was followed by another dance with several ballerinas presented by the Nevada Dance Academy, choreographed by Diane Guest Hoff. Finding the boogie-woogie tempo inappropriate, ballerina Sarah MacHarg bumped Colin Ross off of the piano and played an amazing rendition of Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor.

Members of Reno-based Cirque Vagabond delivered a mime performance between each segment of the presentation, working with lettered cubes on stage to gradually (with great effort) spell out the next award category. At one break, producer and creator of Reno’s only professional circus company, Cirque Vagabond, Ben Pierson performed a short version of cube juggling that was amazing to see. Holding it all together was standup comedian Justin Rupple acting as MC for the night. He was magnificent and completely at ease all evening long. To wrap up, the Greg Golden Band played a couple of songs before the party moved to the Grand Sierra’s LEX Nightclub.

Lest we not forget that the goal of the Forte’ Awards was twofold: to recognize and acknowledge our region’s talented performing artists and also to raise money for  three local charities, Veterans Resource Center, Northern Nevada Human Society and The Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The Grand Theatre was about half full for this event. So was the glass half full or half empty? You be the judge. Based on this quote from Forte’ Video Producer, Gene Larson, the GSR is also impressed. The crew said we were very professional. The owner (of the Grand Sierra Resort) came in to the show several times throughout the evening. He spoke to the entertainment director (Chris Christiansen) after the show, and said, “Whatever it takes, I want Forte Awards back here next year.”

Members of Mojo Green look stunning and shapr. Photo by Nick McCabe
Members of Mojo Green look stunning and sharp.
Photo by Nick McCabe
Reno's most familiar voice belongs to Max Volume. Photo by Sarah Morey
Reno’s most familiar voice belongs to Max Volume.
Photo by Sarah Morey
Solid Greg Golden Band. Photo by Nick McCabe
Solid Greg Golden Band.
Photo by Nick McCabe
Tyler Stafford and Cate Colter.
Tyler Stafford and Cate Colter.
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Producer Tom Gordon reacts to breaking Clifford’s award.
Photo by Sarah Morey
Christina Frank photographed by Tony Delacioppa
Christina Frank photographed by Tony Delacioppa
The folks with the glass are, from left, Tony Dellacioppa, Dave Rocco and Sarah Morey.
The folks with the glass are, from left, Tony Dellacioppa, Dave Rocco and Sarah Morey.
  • 2016 Forte’ Awards
    Winners in bold
  • DANCE
  1. BALLET, CONTEMPORARY & LYRICAL
    Anna Peralez
    Brit Burns
    Cordelia Leeder – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Donald Mahoney
    Hannah Hoobyar
    Jordan Van Worth
    Nathaniel Tavcar
    Scooby Meredith
  2. PRODUCTION SHOW
    Courtney Cobble
    Dana Hatjakes – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Julia Mansfield-Cholico
    July Reddick
  3. MUSICAL THEATER
    Adam Whitney
    Ashley Wallick – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Cyrena Weaver
    Kennedy Cramer
    Maya Carleton
    Tabitha Row
  4. JAZZ & TAP
    Dana Nott
    Dino Elias
    Erika Kaski
    Jayde Reid
    Jennifer Oropeza
    Marla Richardson – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Micheal Kaskie
    Savannah Shutz
  5. BALLROOM, WORLD DANCE & MOVEMENT
    Gerzon Chaves
    Gustavo Velasco Jara
    Kandy Valentine
    Robin Kay
    Spencer Chirstian
    Terri Sheridan – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Marigold Dance Company
  6. HIP HOP, POP LOCK, BREAKER & STREET PERFORMER
    Alex Chicle Gumm – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Dillion Daggs
    Jose Peralez
    Michelle Nakpill
    Thyrone Cahigas
  7. SPECIAL ACT PERFORMER
    CJ
    Mikaela Bianchi – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Rebeca Yruegas
    Sarah Roulias
    Sarah Sherbert
    Siren Society
    Feather Pistal
  • MAGIC/COMEDY
  1. MAGICIAN
    Eli Kerr
    Jacques Simard
    Larry Wilson – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Robert Hall
  2. IMPROV
    Christiana Frank- FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Christopher Daniels
    Ian Sorensen
    Sam O’Brien
    Stacy Johnson
  3. COMEDIAN
    Aurora Singh
    Drew Shafer
    Ethan Pickett
    Jon Porter
    Kelly Hilbert
    Matt “Tiny” Lowe
    Nick Josten – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Paul Bronken
    Sam O’Brien
    Sammy Solorio
  • THEATER
  1. ACTOR, DRAMATIC ROLE
    Bradford Ka’ai’ai
    Dirk Miller
    Dylan Arnold
    Dylan Smith
    Gary Eugene Cremeans
    Jesse James Ziegler – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Jessey Richards
    Luke Allen
    Rod Hearn
  2. ACTRESS, DRAMATIC ROLE
    Alexandria Pauletto
    Ashley Marie James
    Gillian Palmer
    Hannah Davis
    Isabella Hodgin Lindsey – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Kate Atack
    LaRonda Etheridge
    Laryssa Kolstrup
    Rachel Douglass
    Sandra Brunell Neace13. ACTOR, COMEDIC ROLE
    Cameron M. Shirey
    Christopher Daniels – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Cody Canon
    Dave Anderson
    David Richards
    Lewis Frank Zaumeyer
    Mark Maher
    Michael Peters
    Rodney Hurst
    Scott Dundas
  3. ACTRESS, COMEDIC ROLE
    Chase McKenna
    Evonne Kezios
    Jasmine Jiang
    Juli Fair
    Kathy Welch
    Lyndsey Langsdale
    Nasya Mancini – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Sophie Moeller
    Stacey Spain
    Vanessa Ribeiro
  4. ACTOR, MUSICAL ROLE
    Adam Whitney
    Brandon Trefethen
    Eric Williams
    Harrison Troise – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Jeff Chamberlin
    Jeffrey Bentley
    John Frederick
    Nick Ramirez
    Ryan Kelly
  5. ACTRESS, MUSICAL ROLE
    Amy Ginder
    Annikki Larsson
    Cami Thompson
    Cori Lynne
    Hannah Mills
    Heather Garrick
    Jill Marlene
    Marti Marangelli Creveling
    Tiffany Joy Nunez
    Valerie Burnett
    Zakotah Sevon – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
  6. ACTOR, CLASSICAL, SHAKESPEAREAN & OPERATIC ROLE
    Chadaeos Clarno
    Greg Klino – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Lachlan McKinney
    Scott Rankin
  7. ACTRESS, CLASSICAL, SHAKESPEAREAN & OPERATIC ROLE
    Amanda Alvey
    Ashley Hutchinson – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Cassandra Michelle Moore
    Cheryl Cardoza
    Regina Powers
  • MUSIC INDIVIDUAL
  1. DRUMS & PERCUSSION
    Cliff Porter
    Cody Remaklus
    Dean Rossi
    Frank Fletcher
    Greg Lewis
    Kevin Maxwell
    Michael Young
    Miguel Jimenez-Cruz
    Sharon Hickox
    Tony Savage – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
  2. MULTI-INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER
    Andy Hauck
    Blue Dyno
    Alan Griffith – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Grace Hayes
    Krystallos
    Reed Kirst
    Todd Green
    Up is the Down is the
  3. JAZZ INSTRUMENTALIST
    Adam Benjamin
    Jimmy Vermillion
    John Shipley
    Niall McGuinesss
    Peter Epstein
    Rick Metz
    Rocky Tatarelli – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Tristan Seizler
  4. BASS
    Alex Koronstinsky
    Dante Orlando
    Gia Torcaso – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Hans Halt
    Joe McKenna
    Mac Esposito
    Mike Mayhill
    Scot Marshall
    Zack Teran
  5. GUITAR (solo)
    Clemon Charles
    Eric Stangeland
    Joshua Saltsman
    Mark Johnson
    Michelle Belle
    Tyler Stafford – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
  6. GUITAR WITH BAND
    Andrew Owen Wasson
    Buddy Emmer
    David Ecker
    Decoy/Jeff Stewart
    Jason King Roxas – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    John Kumanski
    Rick Hammond
    Scott Schlingheyde
    Tim Tucker (Band)
    Tony Ghiglieri
  7. ELECTRONIC
    Blue Louie
    Erik Lobe
    Giant Fighting Robots
    HullabaloO-Andrew Bryant
    Kystallos
    Noisechemistz – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Reed Kirst
    Sub Docta
    Vice Versa
  8. HIP HOP VOCALIST
    AKBADD
    Apprentice – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Black Rock City Allstars
    Chapter 13
    E$$ay
    Redfield Clipper
  9. FEMALE VOCALIST
    Caley Chapman
    Carolyn Dolan
    Grace Hayes
    Jakki Ford
    Jenes Carter
    Jenny Oxier
    Kate Cotter
    Lizzie Cates
    Mel Wade
    Monique Jade – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Natalie Jones
    Sam Lowe
  10. MALE VOCALIST
    Cliff Porter
    Eric Andersen
    Joel Ackerson
    Kevin Karp
    Kiba Walker
    Leroy Bowers
    Pete Barnato
    Shane Whitecloud
    Tobin Jones
    Tyler Stafford – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
  • MUSIC GROUP
  1. BLUES
    Blue Heaven Blues Band
    Buddy Emmer Blues Band
    Busking By Moonlite
    Guitar Woody and The Boilers Featuring Melanie Perl
    Jason King Band – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Rick Hammond Blues Band
    The Blues Monsters
    Wabuska Yachting Club
  2. AMERICANA, BLUEGRASS & WORLD MUSIC
    Josiah Knight
    Kate Cotter
    Liam Kyle Cahill
    Matthew Axton
    Robert Clark & Anthony Vairetta
    Seedless 10DenC
    Todd Green
    Tyler Stafford – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Wheatstone Bridge
  3. METAL, THRASH & PUNK ROCK
    Cyanate
    From The Ruins
    Hollywood Trashed – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Me Time
    Murderock
    Rob Ford Explorer
    Sinicle
    Walk Away Alpha
    We Predict a Riot
    Weight of The Tide
  4. R&B, FUNK & SOUL
    Elements of Truth
    Jelly Bread – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    M8TRIX
    Mojo Green
    The Sextones
  5. HARD & HEAVY ROCK
    Alisha Sadler – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Atlas Frame
    Authmentis
    Changing The Design/Alan Griffith
    Dead Letter Disciple
    HAFDED
    Krosphyer
    Newbound
    Seasons of Insanity
    Stonedaddy
    The Electric
  6. COUNTRY
    Country Artist Tribute – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Greg Austin
    Hellbound Glory
    PCGB
    Sil Shoda
    Spur Crazy
    The Whiskey Heroes
    Vista
    Wheatstone Bridge
  7. JAZZ
    First Take featuring Rick Metz – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Grace Hayes
    New World Jazz Project
    Nico’s Mystery
    Reno Jazz Orchestra
  8. POP
    Baker Street Band
    CRUSH – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    D’RoxX Project
    Nick Eng
    Roxxy Collie
    Simply The Best
    Stabby Unicorn
    The Derailment
    The Novelists
  9. ROCK
    Bazooka Zoo
    Drinking With Clowns
    Metal Billy Tucker
    Michael Furlong
    Moondog Matinee
    Reno Rock Camp – FORTE’ RECIPIENT
    Rigorous Proof
    Schitzopolitans
    The Grimtones
    Tragedy Spring
    Vague Choir

 

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