Montana's music scene is making it to the red carpet with the first annual ZOO MUSIC AWARDS! Brought to you by the Missoula Independent and Montana Radio Company, the Zoo Music Awards (the ZooMAs) ceremony at the Wilma Theatre on March 2, 2013, is the culmination of a months-long submission and voting process designed to recognize the best musicians and bands in Montana.

The Voting Process: The polls will open to the public on January 10, 2013. Each voter can vote on one artist/band per category. The public votes will determine the top five in each category who will then move on to the Showcase. Voting will close at 5 PM on February 10, 2013

Showcase: The ZooMAs will be taking over Missoula on February 16, 2013, and will feature 45 bands at 9 venues - all in 1 night for $10 at the door of any venue! Your wristband will allow you to come and go as you please to all 9 venues. Below is a list of the venues and categories. Don't forget to pick up the Missoula Independent on February 14, 2013 for a map of venues and times for each performer.
• Ole Beck VFW Post 209: Indie Pop and Rock
• Sean Kelly's: Singer/Songwriter and Folk
• Palace: Psychedelic and Jam Band
• Feruqi's: Hip Hop and Spoken Word
• The Broadway: Electronica and Dj
• Sunrise Saloon: Bluegrass and Country
• Dark Horse: Metal and Punk
• Monks: Funk, Soul, and Reggae
• Brooks and Browns: Jazz and Blues

Awards Ceremony (Red-Carpet Style): This must-see music event will feature local celebrity presenters, live performances by local and regional musicians, plus a final set by national touring act The Moondoggies. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 11, 2013. $15 advance, $18 day of show at Rockin Rudy's or online HERE.

Click on a category below to listen to artist submissions. If you're having problems accessing the site, please email

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