New Times Music Awards 

The NTMAs return for the 10th year!

Singers, songwriters, musicians, performers, and bands, it’s once again your time to shine.

The 10th annual New Times Music Awards (NTMAs) are happening on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m

Come to the historic Fremont Theater in downtown San Luis Obispo for what promises to be a night of camaraderie and first-rate entertainment as music lovers come to watch five of our best local acts square-off in a competition for Best Live Performance!

A special set by the Youth category winners will open the show; performances by Rio Fleming, Sacha Carlson, and Escaping Monochrome.

The five genre winners have been selected by our panel of judges from entries into this year’s NTMA's competition in the following genre categories: Country/Americana/Folk, R&B/Blues, Rock/Alternative, Hip-Hop, and Open. The glitzy evening will also include awarding the peace bronze Newties as well as second and third place plaques to the winners in the various genres. Winners in the Songwriting, Album of the Year, and Youth competitions will also receive their awards, and New Times will present its annual Local Legend Award to someone who’s been an essential part of the local music scene.

Our 2018 NTMA finalist performers include Brass Mash, The Cimo Brothers, Izara, Arthur Watership, and Rogue Status!

Rub shoulders with your favorite performers, take photos in front of the red carpet NTMA wall backdrop, enjoy local beers and wines, and cheer on your favorites in the gorgeous Fremont Theater!

A Readers Choice Award will be voted on October 5 through October 18.

Finalists in the five genre categories will play a live-judged show at the Fremont Theater at the Friday, November 2, 2018 showcase with one act crowned for Best Live Performance. Winners of the songwriting and best album categories, as well as runners-up in the genre categories and Readers Choice, will receive their awards that same evening.

Tickets are available online at Tickets are $15 each; $10 for Students, and are also available at the New Times office at 1010 Marsh Street, SLO, and at the Sun office at 2540 Skyway Dr. Ste. A, Santa Maria. Admission is free for active military and veterans!

For more information, visit or email our Marketing and Events Coordinator Rachelle Ramirez at