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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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

ABOUT Nick McCabe

Nick McCabe
Nick McCabe is a musician, photographer and writer from Reno. He is the editor of the music website Front Row Photo. He plays in a seven-piece band, Apothic.


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