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2012 Index of Winners

Best art space worth the drive BOA Award Winner

What art-related business could you possibly have in rural northwest Georgia, you ask? We'll tell ya: Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens. Located about an hour and a half northwest of Atlanta, Paradise Gardens is the stuff-filled 2.5-acre legacy of late folk artist, banjo picker, and bicycle handymanmore...
What art-related business could you possibly have in rural northwest Georgia, you ask? We'll tell ya: Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens. Located about an hour and a half northwest of Atlanta, Paradise Gardens is the stuff-filled 2.5-acre legacy of late folk artist, banjo picker, and bicycle handyman Howard Finster. Finster bought the swampy lot in 1961, drained it himself, and, by decree of The Lord, filled the grounds over the next 40 years with thousands of works in his manic and pious style, including a maze-like mosaic garden, and the property's crowning glory, the World's Folk Art Chapel. After Finster's death in 2001, ownership changed hands multiple times and the property fell into disrepair as valuable artworks were lost, sold, or destroyed by the elements. But last December, Chattooga County bought the property for $125,000, founded the Paradise Garden Foundation, and initiated a revitalization effort. In April, Paradise Gardens was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Two months later it was awarded a $445,000 grant from ArtPlace. The outdoor museum reopened in May after an intense cleanup and beautification effort that has transformed the property, an effort that foundation executive director Jordan Poole hopes will also translate into a boost for the local economy. less...

Best Barbershop BOA Award Winner

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Blake Butler reads at Roll the Dice: A Night of Literary Heresy at WonderRoot, 2010.


Best comedian BOA Award Winner

Evan Fowler
Many young comedians treat Atlanta as a proving ground to build their stand-up chops before moving to New York or Los Angeles. Catch Evan Fowler while you can: Although the lanky, blond 30-year-old started his stand-up comedy career only three years ago, he's quickly become a polished joke-teller withmore...
Many young comedians treat Atlanta as a proving ground to build their stand-up chops before moving to New York or Los Angeles. Catch Evan Fowler while you can: Although the lanky, blond 30-year-old started his stand-up comedy career only three years ago, he's quickly become a polished joke-teller with bad-boy charisma to spare. Like many of his peers, Fowler adeptly cracks jokes about pop culture and drugs, both on stage and via Twitter: "Just had the very distinct odor of meth waft by me while standing outside of a Taco Bell. It was like Conyers saying, 'Welcome back.'" But he can also launch into outlandish personal stories about getting fired from Chili's or crashing fancy auctions that make him sound like a pothead Huckleberry Finn for the 21st century. <i>www.twitter.com/ThatEvanFowler. less...

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

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Best dancer BOA Award Winner

Blake Beckham
When we saw American Muscle, we knew she had some great moves. When we saw PLOT, we knew she could build a dizzying sense of drama and mystery in her work. And when we saw Threshold, we knew she could realize even the most elaborate visions in a challenging dance environment. But beyond all this, Blakemore...
When we saw American Muscle, we knew she had some great moves. When we saw PLOT, we knew she could build a dizzying sense of drama and mystery in her work. And when we saw Threshold, we knew she could realize even the most elaborate visions in a challenging dance environment. But beyond all this, Blake Beckham has consistently shown a strong commitment to creating community and opportunities for other artists. It's not always about her, and that's just one more reason we're all about her. www.bdancing.com. less...

Best event to drive Atlanta over the edge BOA Award Winner

Curated by gloATL founder Lauri Stallings and sponsored by a grant from the Loridans Foundation, the Rialto Center for the Art's inaugural Off the Edge dance festival brought renowned visiting artists such as Lar Lubovitch, Keigwin + Company, and Gallim Dance to the stage for two nights of performances.more...
Curated by gloATL founder Lauri Stallings and sponsored by a grant from the Loridans Foundation, the Rialto Center for the Art's inaugural Off the Edge dance festival brought renowned visiting artists such as Lar Lubovitch, Keigwin + Company, and Gallim Dance to the stage for two nights of performances. The visitors stuck around to partner with local companies and schools for residencies: Israeli dance legend Rina Schenfeld led dance classes at Kennesaw State University, while Atlanta's Zoetic Dance Ensemble hosted Seattle-based zoe|juniper, and Spelman worked with Los Angeles' BodyTraffic. Two nights of free public performances, panel discussions, and artist exchanges ensured Atlanta's first Off the Edge had a defining sense of purpose and character. less...

Best grits BOA Award Winner

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Best local author BOA Award Winner

Mikel K

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Mikel K

Best onstage doomed love affair BOA Award Winner

Lucia Di Lammermoor
Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, outrageous drama. The Atlanta Opera brought the famous story of emotionally fragile Scottish lass Lucia and her doomed love for a man from a rival clan to the stage for its November 2011 production of Lucia Di Lammermoor, and gave Atlanta one of its mostmore...
Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, outrageous drama. The Atlanta Opera brought the famous story of emotionally fragile Scottish lass Lucia and her doomed love for a man from a rival clan to the stage for its November 2011 production of Lucia Di Lammermoor, and gave Atlanta one of its most romantic and exciting nights at the theater in ages. Soprano Georgia Jarman showed off some impressive vocal gymnastics in the role of Lucia, and the cast, chorus, and Atlanta Opera orchestra sounded polished and lively. Between-scene projections of Sir Walter Scott's source text made us feel all post-modern and fuzzy inside, while Erhard Rom's set designs had a wonderful cinematic flare: There was something distinctly Southern in the decaying mansions, moss-covered forests, and crumbling tombstones. The evening was capped off with gallons of stage blood and a beautiful bel canto aria. less...

Best band name BOA Award Winner

The Sexual Side Effects

Best beatmaker-turned-boss BOA Award Winner

Mike Will Made It

Best blues album BOA Award Winner

Black Cat Oil
This year, Delta Moon released Black Cat Oil, the Atlanta group's seventh and most transcendent offering in an already respectable catalog. The collision of Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's dual slide guitars push Southern twang to progressive new heights, crafting an unmistakable Delta Moon sound out ofmore...
This year, Delta Moon released Black Cat Oil, the Atlanta group's seventh and most transcendent offering in an already respectable catalog. The collision of Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's dual slide guitars push Southern twang to progressive new heights, crafting an unmistakable Delta Moon sound out of the humid Southern air. The album reveals its strengths through a series of dark and downtrodden tales that walk hand-in-hand with a molasses rhythm section on such songs as "Down & Dirty," "Wishbone," and "Neon Jesus." Aside from a cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Write Me a Few of Your Lines," Black Cat teems with captivating originals, which is a rare treat for blues music in the modern era. With a combination of experience, passion, and songwriting prowess, Delta Moon has churned out a round of songs that are screaming to become standards marveled by future generations. www.deltamoon.com. less...

Best electro ghetto technician BOA Award Winner

heRobust
The synth-laden soundscapes of heRobust have given Atlanta an earful in 2012. The young electronic producer Hayden Kramer merged his soulful glitch with jazzy melodies and warbling bass lines on his two-part February release Late Night and Morning After. Then, after bathing listeners in celestial sounds,more...
The synth-laden soundscapes of heRobust have given Atlanta an earful in 2012. The young electronic producer Hayden Kramer merged his soulful glitch with jazzy melodies and warbling bass lines on his two-part February release Late Night and Morning After. Then, after bathing listeners in celestial sounds, he switched up the vibe in June with a 10-track avalanche of trapstep remixes titled Busted - the best of which featured a haunted mashup of Ludacris' and Field Mob's "Georgia" with Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind." But the icing on heRobust's multilayered cake came a couple of months later when he dropped the 5-track goonstep EP Rob & Hood with song titles like "Beanie Babymama" and "Malt Flickr." On "Dirty South," the last track on the EP, he takes the 1995 classic of the same name back to the future with enough trippy bleeps, pulses, and digital fuzz to make an old Georgia bulldog wonder if, in some alternate universe, ATLiens really do exist. www.soundcloud.com/herobust. less...

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

The Wheeler Boys

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Wasted Potential Brass Band

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Southern Ground

Best local music blog BOA Award Winner

The Freak Beat

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

Eastside Lounge

Best new advocate for Atlanta's avant-garde BOA Award Winner

Primitive Patterns

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

Best secret soul weapon BOA Award Winner

Algebra Blessett

Best soul album BOA Award Winner

Clementine Sun
In early 2012, bassist/producer Khari Cabral (aka Khari Simmons) stepped away from Jiva, the band he founded in the late 1990s, and released his first solo collection of music, Clementine Sun; and soul music fans were glad that he did. The lush, melodic, bossa nova-tinged album was produced and arrangedmore...
In early 2012, bassist/producer Khari Cabral (aka Khari Simmons) stepped away from Jiva, the band he founded in the late 1990s, and released his first solo collection of music, Clementine Sun; and soul music fans were glad that he did. The lush, melodic, bossa nova-tinged album was produced and arranged by Cabral, but was mixed by the international icon Bluey of the group Incognito and features vocals from a lineup of heavyweight singers, including Sabrina Malheiros, Monday Michiru, and Atlanta's own India.Arie, among others. What this means for the future of Jiva is unknown, but in the meantime, we suggest folks dive deep in the sounds of Clementine Sun - there's lots to enjoy. less...

Best trap ambassador-at-large BOA Award Winner

Daniel Disaster
With a bio that boasts, "We're only interested in making music you can fight or strip to," Daniel Disaster, the DJ, producer, and driving force behind Heroes x Villains, has made huge strides in an era when the roles of the DJ and the artist are becoming one in the same. As the man who coined the termmore...
With a bio that boasts, "We're only interested in making music you can fight or strip to," Daniel Disaster, the DJ, producer, and driving force behind Heroes x Villains, has made huge strides in an era when the roles of the DJ and the artist are becoming one in the same. As the man who coined the term luxury trap, giving credence to the 70-140 BPM hybrid of post-dubstep and trap music, no one is pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music with more flare. And with this year's arrival of his first official song, "Original Choppaz," he makes good on his promise to deliver the soundtrack to sex and violence with a dark, pervasive flare. www.heroesxvillains.tumblr.com. less...

Best campaign paraphernalia BOA Award Winner

Congressman John Lewis
Candidates will usually roll out an oversized font and a simple message for election signs and materials. And if mug shots are ever involved, it's usually your opponents using your own against you. Not so with Congressman John Lewis. The Atlanta Democrat's re-election campaign this year sold T-shirtsmore...
Candidates will usually roll out an oversized font and a simple message for election signs and materials. And if mug shots are ever involved, it's usually your opponents using your own against you. Not so with Congressman John Lewis. The Atlanta Democrat's re-election campaign this year sold T-shirts and posters featuring the Civil Rights movement icon's decades-old police photograph above the tagline "Getting into good trouble since 1960." Lewis, who was part of the Freedom Rides to challenge Jim Crow travel laws, wears his rap sheet as a badge of honor. The 72-year-old has been arrested more than 40 times in the United States and in other countries while protesting for civil rights. We commend Lewis, who faces Republican trial attorney Howard Stopeck in November, on steering clear of staid family portraits and making the usually mundane primary election season more exciting. less...

Best landmark BOA Award Winner

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

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Best new shiny pretty thing BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline officials will tell you the coolest shortcut between Piedmont Park and Inman Park isn't officially open yet, but even they know the Eastside Trail already has plenty of users (gaze on the winding path from Freedom Parkway and you'll see the occasional jogger or hipster bicyclist pedalingmore...
Atlanta Beltline officials will tell you the coolest shortcut between Piedmont Park and Inman Park isn't officially open yet, but even they know the Eastside Trail already has plenty of users (gaze on the winding path from Freedom Parkway and you'll see the occasional jogger or hipster bicyclist pedaling toward DeKalb Avenue). The $12 million project - which has been delayed from opening by more than a year thanks to construction issues - isn't just a pretty bike trail. The path, which abuts Ponce City Market and Historic Fourth Ward Park, has helped attract more than six new dense developments with several thousand new housing units and create a buzz around the area between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Freedom Parkway - a vibrant pocket which could become the example of what the Beltline could look and feel like in the decades to come. Not to mention help further boost an already progressive, vibrant neighborhood. (Mark our words: Good luck finding room on the trail when the path opens.) The park's cool and Ponce City Market has promise. But the trail stitches everything, including the neighborhoods along the route, together. less...


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