For those who were mad about the "We Are Columbus" people allegedly misrepresenting this city's music scene at SXSW, here's a project that was decided by a public vote. (So no griping allowed, just rampant appreciation.)
200Columbus, the group in charge of the city's bicentennial celebrations, announced the winners of the Celebrate Columbus In Song contest. Besides a spot on the bicentennial compilation CD to be released this June (which also features Milt Ruffin's new Columbus bicentennial anthem), all 13 winners receive $500 in prize money, free recording time and the chance to perform at Columbus events and festivals. Your winners, in glorious alphabetical order:
Elijah Aaron, "The Buckeye City"
The Castros, "Here In Columbus"
Ceezar, "In My Town"
Joey Hebdo, "Columbus and Color T.V."
HellNKeller, "My City"
Enrique Infante, "Colors of Columbus"
Ruvane Kurland, "I'm Home"
Mike and the Black Ties, "Dear Columbus"
Miller-Kelton, "Parsons Ave."
Donna Mogavero, "The Streets Where I Live"
Willie Phoenix, "Good Day Columbus"
Truck-Stop Poets, "5 Below On High Street"
Mike Wojniak, "The Rhodes Tower"