Boston Music Awards 2005

Date: September 28, 2005
Venue: Avalon, Boston

So informal were this year’s Boston Music Awards that it almost didn’t seem to matter who won. They were once a more ornate affair held at either the Orpheum or the Wang Theatre, but last night they took place for the second time at the Avalon club. The mood felt more like a backyard barbecue and a rare unity was enjoyed between the city’s many musical factions. Winners and presenters ranged from Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops to hot local rockers Dear Leader and Lost City Angels, plus senior-citizen bluesman Weepin’ Willie, who won a lifetime achievement trophy.


Dropkick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up To Boston
(Act of The Year)


Act of The Year

Dropkick Murphys

Album of The Year (major label)

"Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne

Album of The Year (independent)

"Black Dialogue" by the Perceptionists

Local Album

All I Ever Wanted Was Tonight" by Dear Leader

Local Debut Album

"Silver City" by Sarah Borges

Male Vocalist

Howie Day

Female Vocalist

Aimee Mann

Song of The Year

"Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne

Local Song of The Year

"God is Going to Get Sick of Me" by Aberdeen City

Live Act

Dresden Dolls

Local Male Vocalist

Jake Brennan

Local Female Vocalist

Amanda Palmer

New Local Act

Click 5

Local Pop/Rock Band


Hard Rock Band

Killswitch Engage

Punk Band

Lost City Angels


Dennis Brennan Band

Funk/Jam Band

Addison Groove Project

Rap/Hip-Hop Act

The Perceptionists

Jazz Act

Pat Metheny Group

Male Singer/Songwriter

Ray LaMontagne

Female Singer/Songwriter

Lori McKenna

Blues Act

Susan Tedeschi

Country Act

Jo Dee Messina

World Music Act

West Bound Train

Folk Act

Session Americana


Mike Denneen