With five nominations, Widespread Panic leads the field for the third annual Jammy Awards, including nods in the live performance and live album of the year categories. The event, which recognizes "mu

With five nominations, Widespread Panic leads the field for the third annual Jammy Awards, including nods in the live performance and live album of the year categories. The event, which recognizes "musicians who focus their art on spontaneous composition," will be held Oct. 2 at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

As a solo artist, Phish guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio is nominated for three awards, as is Gov't Mule; Phil Lesh, moe., Keller Williams, and Robert Randolph are each up for two Jammys. The Grateful Dead, who will be honored with a lifetime achievement award, and Phish are each nominated twice in the archival album of the year category.

This year's event will present awards in eight categories -- studio album, live album, archival album, song, live performance, tour, fan web site of the year, and the new groove award (culled from Jambands.com's "New Grooves of the Month" feature). In addition to the special lifetime achievement honor, the ceremony will also include the Mimi Fishman Community Service Award, which recognizes fan-based efforts to make the jam band scene a better place and is named for the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman.

After nomination by a panel of industry professionals, voting opened earlier this week to fans on the event's official Web site and Jambands.com, as well as through Relix magazine and its Relix.com site.

As it honors spontaneous music, live performance will be the main focus of the event, which will feature two stages. "The Jammys are about the music and attendees experiencing some of the best musical moments of their lives," executive producer Peter Shapiro said in a statement. Added Relix president/publisher Steve Bernstein, "This year's event will be the most spectacular one yet, with surprise guests and special awards."

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