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Best of Atlanta 2008 After Dark

 

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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 Blues Gunslinger

Tinsley Ellis

Best Blues With Barbecue

Fat Matt's Rib Shack

Best Comeback Club Event

Broke & Boujee

Best Jukebox

El Myr Elmyr
The CDs on the jukebox at EL MYR are an ever-shifting lot that reflect the eclectic tastes of Little Five Points. Metal, punk, disco, old-school country and old-school hip-hop spin side-by-side – just like the patrons who frequent the neighborhood burrito bar. Local CDs span from such classicmore...
The CDs on the jukebox at EL MYR are an ever-shifting lot that reflect the eclectic tastes of Little Five Points. Metal, punk, disco, old-school country and old-school hip-hop spin side-by-side – just like the patrons who frequent the neighborhood burrito bar. Local CDs span from such classic Atlanta names as Smoke to more recent offerings from Mastodon. The rest of the selec-tion features everything you ever want to hear by the likes of the Misfits, Tom Waits, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, the Kinks, Joe Strummer and dozens of others. Come for the burritos, stay for the mu-sic. less...

Best Local Label

Douchemaster Records

Best Local Lyricist

Killer Mike

Best Local Promoter

Alex Weiss



Best Rock Club

Star Community Bar

Best Club Event

Fringe Factory

Best Dive Bar

Southern Comfort Restaurant & Lounge

Best Karaoke

Metalsome Inc. 10 High Club

Best Local Beatmaker

Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford

Best OTP music venue

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Verizon Wireless 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

Pink Pony South

Best Cigar Bar

Highland Cigar Co. 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 Gay Bar

Blake's on the Park Blake's On The Park

Best Local Art-Punk Act

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 Singer/Songwriter

Caroline Herring

Best Local Vocalist

Chantae Cann

Best Mixtape

Hi! My Name is B.O.B.

Best Acoustic Music Club

Eddie's Attic

Best Burlesque Dancer

Vagina Jenkins

Best Club DJ

DJ Klever

Best Burlesque Troupe

Dames Aflame



Best Drag Queen

Mary Edith Pitts

Best Drag Queen

Charlie Brown

Best Local Label

Rob's House Records

Best Local Vocalist

Francine Reed

Best Mixtape DJ

DJ Dookie Platters



Best Bartender

Sam Henson (Over Da Edge) Over Da Edge

Best Comedy Club

The Punchline

Best Local Jazz Act

The Bonaventure Quartet

Best Local New Music Act

Missy Gossip and the Secret Keepers

Best MC

J-Platinum of M.L.K.

Best Outdoor Music Venue

Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Blues Club

Northside Tavern

Best Club Event

Sloppy Seconds

Best House Parties

141 Moreland Ave

Best Local Blues Act

Breeze Kings

Best Local Promoter

Tight Bros.

Best Lounge

Eastside Lounge

Best Cigar Bar

Highland Cigar Co. Highland Cigar Co.

Best Club DJ

Brian Parris

Best Concert Venue

Variety Playhouse Variety Playhouse
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Best Acoustic Music Club

Eddie's Attic

Best Club Event

Luxuria
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Best Burlesque Troupe

Dames Aflame



Best Drag Queen

Mary Edith Pitts

Best Drag Queen

Charlie Brown

Best Local Label

Rob's House Records

Best Local Vocalist

Francine Reed

Best Mixtape DJ

DJ Dookie Platters

Best Bartender

Sam Henson (Over Da Edge) Over Da Edge

Best Blues Gunslinger

Tinsley Ellis

Best Blues With Barbecue

Fat Matt's Rib Shack

Best Comeback Club Event

Broke & Boujee

Best Comedy Club

The Punchline

Best Jukebox

El Myr Elmyr
The CDs on the jukebox at EL MYR are an ever-shifting lot that reflect the eclectic tastes of Little Five Points. Metal, punk, disco, old-school country and old-school hip-hop spin side-by-side – just like the patrons who frequent the neighborhood burrito bar. Local CDs span from such classicmore...
The CDs on the jukebox at EL MYR are an ever-shifting lot that reflect the eclectic tastes of Little Five Points. Metal, punk, disco, old-school country and old-school hip-hop spin side-by-side – just like the patrons who frequent the neighborhood burrito bar. Local CDs span from such classic Atlanta names as Smoke to more recent offerings from Mastodon. The rest of the selec-tion features everything you ever want to hear by the likes of the Misfits, Tom Waits, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, the Kinks, Joe Strummer and dozens of others. Come for the burritos, stay for the mu-sic. less...

Best Local Jazz Act

The Bonaventure Quartet

Best Local Label

Douchemaster Records

Best Local Lyricist

Killer Mike

Best Local New Music Act

Missy Gossip and the Secret Keepers

Best Local Promoter

Alex Weiss

Best MC

J-Platinum of M.L.K.

Best Outdoor Music Venue

Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Rock Club

Star Community Bar

Best Blues Club

Northside Tavern

Best Club Event

Sloppy Seconds

Best Club Event

Fringe Factory

Best Dive Bar

Southern Comfort Restaurant & Lounge

Best House Parties

141 Moreland Ave

Best Karaoke

Metalsome Inc. 10 High Club

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