Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Blues Artist

Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr is the real deal. A Duluthian through and through, he's about as unpretentious as they come. Climbing up on stage dressed in a flannel shirt, carpenter's pants, and work boots, he wields his steel-stringed guitar like it's an extension of his body, effortlessly gliding over the frets with a slide and letting it reverberate before trading it for a banjo or a 12-string. Sometimes when he plays he's accompanied by an unassuming young lad who looks like he's been plucked straight from the ore mines on the Iron Range, who clangs on train spikes and steel bars while Parr sings and strums. And while Parr's guitar playing is technically complex and seemlingly effortless, it's his voice—a blues howl with a soft side, which can climb up from a sweet moan into a loud bellow at a moment's notice—that accentuates the stark, sad nature of his songs, painting vivid portraits through lyrics about loneliness, the devil, and making things right with the Lord.

Best Actor Stephen Yoakam

Best Actress Maggie Chestovich

Best All-Ages Venue Triple Rock

Best AM Radio Personality TD Mischke, WCCO-AM 830

Best Art Festival Art-a-Whirl

Best Art Gallery Cult Status Gallery

Best Band Name Ogre Smash Death Boom

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Lookbook

Best Blues Club Wilebski's Blues Saloon

Best Cartoonist Kevin Cannon

Best Choreographer Uri Sands

Best Classical Musician Cantus

Best Club DJ Jake Rudh

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune

Best Comedy (Theater) The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Mixed Blood Theatre)

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) Mark Mallman's Marathon 3 at the Turf Club

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue First Avenue

Best Dance Club First Avenue

Best Dance Company Zenon Dance Company

Best Dance Performance of the Past 12 Months Feet Don't Fail Me Now!, Rhythmic Circus

Best Dancer Nic Lincoln

Best Director Peter Rothstein

Best Drama (Theater) Life's a Dream (Ten Thousand Things)

Best FM Radio Personality Steve Seel, 89.3 the Current

Best Folk Artist Roma di Luna

Best Hip-Hop Artist Sims

Best Jazz Artist Atlantis Quartet

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Karaoke Vegas Lounge

Best Lesbian Night Twilight at Kitty Cat Klub

Best Live Band The Goondas

Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months Relayted> by Gayngs

Best Local Music Broadcast Radio K's Off the Record

Best Local YouTube Video Metrodome roof collapse

Best Movie Theater The Trylon

Best Museum Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Museum Exhibition From Here to There: Alec Soth's America

Best Musical (Theater) Violet (Theater Latte Da)

Best New Band Phantom Tails

Best Non-Movie Theater Place to See a Movie Minnesota Orchestra

Best Original Comedy Company Joking Envelope

Best Place to Be an Artist The Atelier

Best Place to Entertain Your Kids Valleyfair

Best Punk Rock Literary Series Riot Act Reading Series

Best R&B Artist Mint Condition

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Rock Band Hastings 3000

Best Rock Club Triple Rock Social Club

Best Songwriter Jeremy Messersmith

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Phil Mackey, ESPN-AM 1500

Best Strip Club The Seville

Best Tattoo Artist Megan Hoogland

Best Theater Theater Latte Da

Best TV Newscaster Mark Albert, KSTP

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen, WCCO

Best TV Station TPT MN

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11

Best Vocalist (Female) Channy Moon Casselle

Best Vocalist (Male) Isaac Gale