What bands and musicians do you hope wins the local music awards tonight? Here’s a list of the nominees.

The U-T profiled local jazz powerhouse Gilbert Castellanos, nominated for “best jazz,” this weekend, calling him “almost unrivaled as San Diego’s most significant jazz musician-cum-mentor.” Castellanos will play tonight at the awards and also hosts a weekly jam on Wednesdays at El Camino in Little Italy that’s worth checking out if you haven’t been.

CityBeat, whose publisher Kevin Hellman runs the Music Awards, published music editor Peter Holslin’s picks for five top categories. Some of his picks are admittedly wishful thinking; there are some perennial quirks to the awards — big names like Switchfoot, Slightly Stoopid and Jason Mraz often trounce the competition even if they’ve not put anything major out that year.

Also for CityBeat this week, Seth Combs profiled the legacy of The Penetrators, ’70s-’80s punk rockers who’ll be honored tonight with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Looking at the band begs a bunch of what-ifs, Combs wrote: “What if they’d signed to a major label? What if they’d been from L.A. instead of San Diego? What if their first album cover hadn’t been so caustic? What if riot-gear-clad police hadn’t broken up all those shows?” But band members say they wouldn’t have done anything differently.

Leave a comment below or on Facebook and let us know who you’re hoping takes home the awards tonight. (And I won’t hold it against you if your loyalties for the Americana categories lie elsewhere than with my band, The Tree Ring!)

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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