The DOMA Ceremony Keeps It Quick and Funny

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Paul VarghesePaul Varghese might be one of the funniest people I’ve ever seen. The Last Comic Standing alum hosted the Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony last night at House of Blues and it was not an easy job. It seems that if you get nominated for a DOMA, the thrill is so intense that you end up spending most of the evening glued to the bar. If by chance you actually do win, the thrill intensifies to such a level that you are rendered speechless and can do nothing more than grab your award, mutter a “thank you” and walk away. Varghese’s effortless humor helped move this awkwardness along tremendously.

The night intermixed Varghese’s stand up, performances by The O’s and Luna Doma Awards House of BluesMatte (both backed by The Cannabinoids who took the award for Best R&B act) and Lucero, and of course, the presentation of awards. The actual trophy is unique each year. This year’s was essentially a clear box filled with confetti and a Red Bull (pretty tame from last year’s bottle of whiskey). The many, many awards given last night are a perfect representation of Dallas’ diverse and talented music scene.

Before the ceremony, Audra Schroeder, music editor at the Dallas Observer, thanked the audience for coming and more importantly coming out to see shows. Sarah Jaffe continued to dominate the ceremony even when she’s off on tour. Other winners included Good Records for Best Record Store, Burning Hotels for Best Pop Act, Mind Spiders for Best Punk Act and Best Song, and The O’s for Best Americana Act (see the full list of winners below).

The speeches may have been brief and the trophy may have been slightly less alcoholic, but it was a great night for Dallas’ music community and all those who know that you can find a great show to go to almost every night of the week. It was also a great night for this Unicorn, who got more hugs than the Santa in NorthPark ever will.

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The 2012 DOMA Winners:

Best Talent Buyer

Parade of Flesh

Best Record Store

Good records

Best Jazz Act 

Yells at Eels

Best Metal Act

Pinkish Black 

Best Latin Tejano Act

Mariachi Los Unicos de Greiner

Best Radio Show

The Paul Slavens Show, KKXT-FM 91.7

Best Producer

Salim Nourallah

Best Festival

35 Denton

Best Video 

Sarah Jaffe, “Glorified High”

Best Poster Artist/Screenprinter

Magnificent Beard

Best Mix Tape

Leon the Professional, B(EAST)

Best New Venue

The Foundry

Best Label

Good Recordings

Best Blues Act

Jason Elmore

Best Punk Act

Mind spiders

Best Electronic Act


Best DJ


Best Experimental Act

New Fumes

Best Male Vocalist

Daniel Hart

Best Female Vocalist 

Sarah Jaffe

Best Funk/R&B Act

The Cannabinoids

Best Cover Band

The Gorehounds

Best Instrumentalist

Petra Kelly

Best Rock Act

The Breakfast Machine

Best None of the Above Act

My Wooden Leg

Best Americana/Roots Act

The O’s

Best Rap/Hip Hop Act


Best Folk Act

Hares on the Mountain

Best Country Act

Somebody’s Darling

Best Pop Act

Burning Hotels

Best Hard Core Act

Power Trip

Best Venue

The Granada

Best New Act

Blackstone Rangers

Best song

Mind Spiders, “Wait for Us)

Best album

Sarah Jaffe, The Body Wins

Best solo act

Sarah Jaffe

Best group act


For all pictures from the 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards, head to Flickr.

Caitlin Clark is the Arts & Entertainment and Style Writer and Social Media Director for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @caitlinclark

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