'Doobies' Announced, To Be Presented Virtually
The 2nd annual High Times Doobie Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for Sept. 12 at New York's Wetlands Preserve, was another victim of last week's terrorist attack on the city. The counter-cultureThe 2nd annual High Times Doobie Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for Sept. 12 at New York's Wetlands Preserve, was another victim of last week's terrorist attack on the city. The counter-culture magazine has decided not to reschedule the event; it has instead announced the winners, and will opt to present the awards virtually via an as-yet-unscheduled Webcast through hightimes.com.
"We're extremely disappointed about having to cancel the Doobies," event producer Steve Bloom said in a statement. "But in light of the tragic events that took place in New York and Washington on Sept. 11 we had no choice but to cancel the show."
As for the winners, the Black Crowes were named band of the year and Afroman's "Because I Got High" took the pot song of the year prize. Other winners include the Wu-Tang Clan, Monster Magnet, the Crystal Method, and the String Cheese Incident.
As previously reported, Wetlands was scheduled to close its doors for good on Sept. 15. But due to the venue's proximity to the site of the former World Trade Center, Wetlands instead unceremoniously saw its last performance on Sept. 10 with DJ Logic. In the weeks leading up to its closure, the original lineup of Spin Doctors, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Fishbone were among the acts to appear at the club.
In related news, Doobie Winners the Black Crowes will donate a portion of the proceeds from their three sold-out concerts in New York beginning tomorrow (Sept. 20), as well as 100% of all merchandising revenues, to the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund and the New York City Public/Private Initiative. These state-run charities are working to aid survivors and the families of victims from the attacks.
Crowes principals Chris and Rich Robinson will also make a special appearance tomorrow on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," performing the track "By Your Side" with two backing vocalists.
Here is the full list of the 2nd annual Doobie Awards winners:
Band of the year: Black Crowes
Pot song of the year: "Because I Got High," Afroman
Best hip-hop album: "The W," Wu-Tang Clan
Best rock album: "God Says No," Monster Magnet
Most conscious album: "New Prohibition: A Musical History of Hemp," various artists
Best reggae album: "More Teachings," Morgan Heritage
Best jam-band album: "Outside Inside," String Cheese Incident
Best dance album: "Tweekend," the Crystal Method
Best jazz album: "Dance Lesson #2," Karl Denson
Best theatrical production: "Love, Janis"
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sam Andrew
Best New York venue, 1989-2001: Wetlands Preserve