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2017-2018Best Performing Bands

Avant-Garde/Experimental
Octopus Project

photo by David Brendan Hall

2. Golden Dawn Arkestra
3. Thor & Friends
4. Dallas Acid
5. Toxic Water

RUNNERS-UP: Calliope Musicals, A Is Red, Signy, Mother Falcon, Ponytrap

Blues/Soul/Funk
Carolyn Wonderland

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Peterson Brothers
3. Jackie Venson
4. Greyhounds
5. Tomar & the FCs

RUNNERS-UP: Shinyribs, Johnny Nicholas, Moonlight Boulevard, Guy Forsyth, Roxy Roca

Country/Bluegrass
Whiskey Shivers

photo by John Anderson

2. Dale Watson
3. Wood & Wire
4. Croy & the Boys
5. Carson McHone

RUNNERS-UP: Them Duqaines, Willie Nelson, Barbara Nesbitt, Warren Hood, Asleep at the Wheel

Cover/Tribute Band
Bidi Bidi Banda

photo by John Anderson

2. HeartByrne
3. The Damn Torpedoes
4. Doom Side of the Moon
5. Suede

RUNNERS-UP: The Eggmen, Space Hammer, Brown Sabbath, Deadeye, Poon

Electronic
Night Drive

photo by John Anderson

2. Capyac
3. Survive
4. Bayonne
5. Bill Converse

RUNNERS-UP: Scorpio Rising, Octopus Project, Trouble in the Streets, Resonant Frequency, Dead Love Club

Folk
The Deer

photo by John Anderson

2. Love & Chaos
3. Jaimee Harris
4. Madisons
5. Adam Torres

RUNNERS-UP: Wendy Colonna, Bob Livingston, Folk Uke, Shakey Graves, Little Mazarn

Hip-Hop/Rap
Magna Carda

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Riders Against the Storm
3. Third Root
4. Zeale
5. Kydd Jones

RUNNERS-UP: Maneikis, MC Overlord, The Bishops, …&More..., Super Smash Bros.

Jazz
Ephraim Owens

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Sarah Sharp
3. Elias Haslanger’s Church on Monday
4. Atlas Maior
5. Brian Kremer

RUNNERS-UP: White Ghost Shivers, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet, Red Young, Jitterbug Vipers, Beto y Los Fairlanes

Latin
Grupo Fantasma

photo by David Brendan Hall

2. Gina Chavez
3. Vallejo
4. Superfónicos
5. El Tule

RUNNERS-UP: Brownout, Samba Bamba, Patricia Vonne, Del Castillo, Como Las Movies

Metal
The Sword

photo by Jack Thompson

2. Eagle Claw
3. Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol
4. Greenbeard
5. Blood Royale

RUNNERS-UP: Anthem of the Sun, Immortal Guardian, Broken Teeth, American Sharks, Ignitor

None-of-the-Above
White Ghost Shivers

photo by Jana Birchum

2. Chulita Vinyl Club
3. Graham Reynolds
4. Big Wy’s Brass Band
5. Christeene

RUNNERS-UP: Seu Jacinto, Kady Rain, Moonlight Orchestra, Shinyribs, Como Las Movies

Punk
Sailor Poon

photo by Shelley Hiam

2. Cherubs
3. Worm Suicide
4. Big Bill
5. Blxpltn

RUNNERS-UP: Fools, US Weekly, Xetas, Lola Tried, Riverboat Gamblers

Rock
A Giant Dog

photo by Shelley Hiam

2. Kalu & the Electric Joint
3. Walker Lukens
4. Amplified Heat
5. Annabelle Chairlegs

RUNNERS-UP: Black Heart Saints, Fastball, Vallejo, Bob Schneider, Sweet Spirit

U-18
Tiarra Girls

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Midnight Butterfly
3. Christina Cavazos
4. Charlie Belle
5. Quin NFN

RUNNERS-UP: Residual Kid, Misimplicity, Barton Hills Choir, Cash Bourgoyne, Professor Rafe & the Fables

World
Hard Proof

photo by David Brendan Hall

2. Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour
3. Money Chicha
4. Atash
5. Ley Line

RUNNERS-UP: Tio Chico, El Tule, Grupo Massa, Rattletree, Mau Mau Chaplains

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