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Best Of Atlanta 2008 After Dark Large


After Dark

When it comes to music and nightlife, Creative Loafing readers are about as divided as an Alaskan moose hunter. at an Obama rally. As a result, seven out of 57 After Dark categories resulted in dead heats. Unfortunately, there were no hanging chads to quibble over — music writer Chad Radford notwithstanding. Instead, he and the rest of our esteemed critics opted to muck up the process even more by adding our picks to the election debacle. So whether you voted for the Black Lips or the Selmanaires (local overall music act); Pop Death Squad or Tight Bros. (local promoter); or Charlie Brown or Mary Edith Pitts (drag queen), rest assured that your vote was ignored by we the critics. Because, after all, that's what this great nation of ours was founded upon — giving citizens the illusion that democracy matters. God bless America.

– Rodney Carmichael


Best Local Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Hope for Agoldensummer

Best Local Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

OutKast

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Black Lips

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

Janelle Monae

Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

Lindsay Appel

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Taco Mac Virginia Highlands
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie (Clermont Lounge)
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Best Karaoke BOA Award Winner

10 High Club

Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Mary's

Best Local Beatmaker BOA Award Winner

Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Mudcat

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

Breeze Kings

Best Local Country Music Act BOA Award Winner

Anna Kramer

Best Local International Music Act BOA Award Winner

Miguel Romero

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

Usher

Best OTP music venue BOA Award Winner

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
The new outdoor home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK, is perfect for north Atlantans overwhelmed with $4 per gallon gasoline treks to downtown con-cert venues. The $35 million amphitheater seats more than 12,000 and covers 45 acres in Alpharetta, yet themore...
The new outdoor home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK, is perfect for north Atlantans overwhelmed with $4 per gallon gasoline treks to downtown con-cert venues. The $35 million amphitheater seats more than 12,000 and covers 45 acres in Alpharetta, yet the shows feel intimate. An impressive upcoming lineup includes John Mayer in August, O.A.R. in September, and the Black Crowes and Phil Lesh in October. Plus, the three separate public parking lots allow for a nearly hassle-free exit that cuts your idle time in half. The best perk? Clean, low-humidity restrooms. less...

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

Pink Pony

FAVORITE DAUGHTER: Best Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Janelle Monae

Best place to hear local music BOA Award Winner

Sugarhill
"Harpo, this here is our juke joint!" Like a scene straight out of The Color Purple, SUGARHILL stands as Atlanta's contemporary juke joint. It's dark, sexy and laid-back, with plenty of local soul bouncing from the stage. The intimate scene allows you to get up close and personal with the artists, whilemore...
"Harpo, this here is our juke joint!" Like a scene straight out of The Color Purple, SUGARHILL stands as Atlanta's contemporary juke joint. It's dark, sexy and laid-back, with plenty of local soul bouncing from the stage. The intimate scene allows you to get up close and personal with the artists, while you cozy up next to that special someone. Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth for homegrown R&B/soul, Sugarhill is addictive. The weekly Tuesday Jam session, hosted by Joi with DJ Kemit, is full of surprises - you never know who might hit the stage, from the soulful sounds of Eva Kennedy and Phillipia to the hard-hitting hip-hop of Malachi and Hollyweerd. Since it's located in Underground Atlanta, it stays open until 4 a.m., which causes me to be late to work almost every Wednesday. 50 Upper Alabama St. 404-658-0068. www.sugarhillatl.com. less...

Best Cigar Bar BOA Award Winner

Highland Cigar Co.
Eschewing the smoke-filled backroom for a well-ventilated Inman Park storefront, HIGHLAND CIGAR CO. delivers the best of both worlds. Private humidors, a pre-mium international cigar selection and hand-rolled house cigars appeal to our inner Tony Montana, while the clear air, outdoor porch and knowledgeablemore...
Eschewing the smoke-filled backroom for a well-ventilated Inman Park storefront, HIGHLAND CIGAR CO. delivers the best of both worlds. Private humidors, a pre-mium international cigar selection and hand-rolled house cigars appeal to our inner Tony Montana, while the clear air, outdoor porch and knowledgeable staff please those who just want to give their lungs a good scare. With restaurants such as Parish, Fritti, Sotto Sotto and Zaya within walking dis-tance, Highland Cigar Co. is a great place to unwind after dinner and puff away your worries – be-cause every day above ground is a good day. less...

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Brian Parris

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Variety Playhouse
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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/melysamartinez/2707557789/" target="_blank" title=""Sold Out" as photographed outside the Variety Playhouse by melysamartinez, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3073/2707557789_ec9b8acec9_o.jpg" width="600" height="391" alt=""Sold Out" as photographed outside the Variety Playhouse" /> less...

Best Jazz Act to Bridge the Gap BOA Award Winner

Jaspects

Best Local Art-Punk Act BOA Award Winner

Vera Fang
Like a thief in the night, VERA FANG emerged from the house-show and DIY-gallery scenes with a debut 7-inch that rocked. The kids who comprise the group had been hanging out around town forever, but who knew they were lying in wait, ready to pounce when the local punk scene least expected it. Sunni Johnsonmore...
Like a thief in the night, VERA FANG emerged from the house-show and DIY-gallery scenes with a debut 7-inch that rocked. The kids who comprise the group had been hanging out around town forever, but who knew they were lying in wait, ready to pounce when the local punk scene least expected it. Sunni Johnson shreds her bass to pieces in ways that leave audiences wondering if her mother checked her scalp for the mark of the beast at birth. Vera Fang crafts sharp, sinister hooks and surrealist imagery that merges bits of fairy tale and feminism in a whirl of addictive punk dirges. www.myspace.com/verafangatl. less...

Best Local Electronic Act BOA Award Winner

Judi Chicago

Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

Caroline Herring

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Chantae Cann

Best Mainstream Rock Act Reunion BOA Award Winner

The Black Crowes

Best Mixtape BOA Award Winner

Hi! My Name is B.O.B.

Best R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Rahbi

Best Lounge BOA Award Winner

Highland Inn Ballroom
The HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM is the quintessential lounge. The high tin ceilings, stucco walls, wide hallways and doors cue thoughts of a midcentury Parisian cafe, while the dim lighting, ample seating and slinky tunes impart that old familiar cool. Best of all, there's rarely a lack of conversation andmore...
The HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM is the quintessential lounge. The high tin ceilings, stucco walls, wide hallways and doors cue thoughts of a midcentury Parisian cafe, while the dim lighting, ample seating and slinky tunes impart that old familiar cool. Best of all, there's rarely a lack of conversation and companionship. The Highland Inn draws no shortage of waylaid travelers who wander in, drawn to the relaxed atmosphere. Bands and DJs entertain with a vibe as eclectic as the guests. Retro-rare, country, jazz, experimental ballin' and blues take center stage on any given evening. The most recent jewel in the Inn's royal crown is the monthly Fringe Factory. Whatever patrons seek - a quiet evening off the radar or a full-on hipster crush - it's hard to disagree, the Highland Inn Ballroom is Atlanta lounge nobility. 644 N. Highland Ave. 404-874-5756. www.thehighlandinn.com. less...

Best Burlesque Dancer BOA Award Winner

Vagina Jenkins

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Klever

Best Club Event BOA Award Winner

Luxuria

Best Georgia-Based Music Blog BOA Award Winner

Cable & Tweed

Best Local Electronic Act BOA Award Winner

Judi Chicago

Best Local Folk Act BOA Award Winner

R.I.S.E.

Best Local Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Hope for Agoldensummer

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