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After Dark


Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

MJQ Concourse
The predictably unpredictable nature of MJQ CONCOURSE keeps crowds rolling in. In theory, a “best dance club” has a huge dancefloor, but MJQ has a packed dancefloor, which is much more fun. Clubs don’t often age gracefully — in fact, most are lucky if they make itmore...
The predictably unpredictable nature of MJQ CONCOURSE keeps crowds rolling in. In theory, a “best dance club” has a huge dancefloor, but MJQ has a packed dancefloor, which is much more fun. Clubs don’t often age gracefully — in fact, most are lucky if they make it through the first year. But not MJQ. Between its regularly scheduled programming of Brit pop, hip-hop, reggae and rare grooves, the club manages to throw in weird theme nights like lingerie parties, blood wrestling, homecoming events and cowboys vs. ninjas (we can’t explain if you weren’t there). Plus, it books the hippest-of-the-hip DJs. No matter what the entertainment, though, a night at the Q, is almost always a damn good time. less...

Best Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

Phoenix Cocktail Lounge
Stepping into THE PHOENIX is like walking onto a David Lynch movie set. The oddly lit bar hosts a cast of characters who will leave you entertained, a little scared and sometimes straight-up perplexed. If a few cop cars or an ambulance happens to be out front, just consider all the flashing lights yourmore...
Stepping into THE PHOENIX is like walking onto a David Lynch movie set. The oddly lit bar hosts a cast of characters who will leave you entertained, a little scared and sometimes straight-up perplexed. If a few cop cars or an ambulance happens to be out front, just consider all the flashing lights your disco-welcome wagon to Ponce’s days gone by. You know, before the condos drove away the streetwalkers and such. The Phoenix is a little time capsule, which has remained the home for a slew of street creatures, leather daddies and curious onlookers for 19 years. In other words, the real neighbors. less...

Best Gay Bar BOA Award Winner

Jungle Atlanta
When the legendary Backstreet closed its doors, Atlanta’s nightlife scene had already experienced major blows and was losing its big-city club creditability. Fortunately, the spirit, passion and soul of those days still lives at JUNGLE every Saturday. In the space formerly inhabited by the Chamber,more...
When the legendary Backstreet closed its doors, Atlanta’s nightlife scene had already experienced major blows and was losing its big-city club creditability. Fortunately, the spirit, passion and soul of those days still lives at JUNGLE every Saturday. In the space formerly inhabited by the Chamber, owner Brad Williams and the old-school values of Ovah Productions prove Atlanta still knows how to party. Jungle brings in worldwide DJ talent like Tracy Young, which in turn packs the venue with freaky club kids and sweaty, shirtless guys as far as the dilated eye can see. less...

Best Local Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Elise Witt
To confine ELISE WITT to the narrow realm of “traditional folk” would be a mistake. True, those are her roots, and she’s careful not to lose sight of folk’s long-standing role in social change. Her “Open the Window” is destined to become a new signaturemore...

To confine ELISE WITT to the narrow realm of “traditional folk” would be a mistake. True, those are her roots, and she’s careful not to lose sight of folk’s long-standing role in social change. Her “Open the Window” is destined to become a new signature song for change, in fact. With Witt, the notion of song that’s communal, rather than just performed by an artist, is important. But Witt’s absorption of song traditions from across the world -— what she describes as “global, local and homemade songs” -— says more about what folk represents in the 21st century.
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Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

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Best Reason to Buy A Nintendo Classic BOA Award Winner

Contraband
If you pick up a classic console, you can infinitely replay the eight-bit jams performed live by CONTRABAND, the alter ego of Athens’ post-hardcore math-rock quartet Cinemechanica. Additionally, you can train to be a featured player in one of the group’s shows: Contraband performs themore...

If you pick up a classic console, you can infinitely replay the eight-bit jams performed live by CONTRABAND, the alter ego of Athens’ post-hardcore math-rock quartet Cinemechanica. Additionally, you can train to be a featured player in one of the group’s shows: Contraband performs the soundtrack to the classic NES game Contra while lucky participants attempt to beat the game live. There’s even an official “dance”: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Even though you can’t use the secret 30-lives code during a performance, turn it into an interpretive dance and you’ll be invincible on the dancefloor. It’s hipper than the Lean Back or even the Cha-Cha Slide. Not since Mario laid his first pipe has Nintendo Classic been this energizing.
www.myspace.com/nintendorock2.

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Best Snap Music Act BOA Award Winner

Dem Franchize Boys
Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,”more...

Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,” exemplifies snap’s kinetic yet quiet energy, even as its debut album, On Top of Our Game, incorporates other hardcore rap styles to create a sonically balanced listening experience. Of course, superstar producer Jermaine Dupri’s patronage certainly didn’t hurt the group in becoming more than just a Bankhead sensation.
www.demfranchizeboyz.com.

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Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Famous Pub
With two giant projector screens and dozens more televisions scattered about, FAMOUS PUB AND SPORTS PALACE has a setup that allows you to watch every game all at once. It’s a sports fan’s version of heaven, replete with loaded bar, great greasy food, six pool tables, sports-themed arcademore...
With two giant projector screens and dozens more televisions scattered about, FAMOUS PUB AND SPORTS PALACE has a setup that allows you to watch every game all at once. It’s a sports fan’s version of heaven, replete with loaded bar, great greasy food, six pool tables, sports-themed arcade games and plenty of SEC and NASCAR memorabilia filling up the walls. Don’t get too excited, though — there’s enough good stuff at the Palace to make the true sports fan pee in his full-body racesuit. less...
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Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

Brad Broadrick of Rock Solid Entertainment

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie

Best Weekly Club Night BOA Award Winner

Thursday

Best Bartender BOA Award Winner

Grant Henry

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Days Ahead

Best Place For A Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

McDonald's
Ubiquitous.

Best singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

Anthony David

"Anthony David, Atlanta-based singer/songwriter, releases his new album, The Red Clay Chronicles, this month on local indie label Brash Music:"


“The people of Atlanta make the music scene what it is, particularly the women! Whenever you come out and see some new artist that is ripping up the stage, male or female, and no one has heard of them yet, you will always see two or three ladies on the side that do know them, and have encouraged them to get out there and do it. Ladies are so smart, yes they are!”

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Best Place To Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

The Earl
Throughout 2006, there’s been an ongoing debate around the office: Does fried okra and nitrates on a stick make music better? Well, recent trips to THE EARL have confirmed that yes, a little salt of the earth makes for a meatier experience. Not that anyone was concerned about the quality ofmore...
Throughout 2006, there’s been an ongoing debate around the office: Does fried okra and nitrates on a stick make music better? Well, recent trips to THE EARL have confirmed that yes, a little salt of the earth makes for a meatier experience. Not that anyone was concerned about the quality of music at the Earl to begin with. We turn to the Earl not just because we’re hungry in our tummies but also because we’re hungry in our hearts for that prime grade-A local music. less...

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Jocks & Jills Sports Grill
Various metro-Atlanta locations. www.jocksandjills.com

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

Pink Pony

Best Use Of Sharpie On Flesh BOA Award Winner

Elizabeth Elkins
Many rockers are heavily inked with colorful tattoos, but look closely at the Swear’s intense but beguilingly beautiful ELIZABETH ELKINS. You’ll notice self-inflicted graffiti, scrawled in punky black ink on her arm or chest. Yep, right there on her otherwise creamy skin, you’llmore...

Many rockers are heavily inked with colorful tattoos, but look closely at the Swear’s intense but beguilingly beautiful ELIZABETH ELKINS. You’ll notice self-inflicted graffiti, scrawled in punky black ink on her arm or chest. Yep, right there on her otherwise creamy skin, you’ll find an intriguing array of cryptic or self-referential words or phrases. An hour or so before each show, the roaring rocker takes Sharpie in hand and scribbles an impromptu message: “I draw from various song lyrics of my own and from my favorite writers, books, poetry or anything tongue-in-cheek, vaguely self-depreciating or whatever fits my state of mind that night.”
www.theswear.com.

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Local R&B/soul Act BOA Award Winner

Algebra
It took damn-near forever, but local soul vocalist ALGEBRA finally broke onto the national scene. Born and raised in Atlanta, Algebra has been kicking around locally for years. She signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records while still a student at North Atlanta High School, then spent a year onmore...

It took damn-near forever, but local soul vocalist ALGEBRA finally broke onto the national scene. Born and raised in Atlanta, Algebra has been kicking around locally for years. She signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records while still a student at North Atlanta High School, then spent a year on Motown Records — all without releasing an album. But check VH1 Soul or BET-J and you’ll see her video, “U Do It for Me,” in heavy rotation — and that’s a rare feat for A-town soul folks. Expect to hear much more of her Southern rap-meets-soul stylings after her debut album drops sometime this fall on Kedar Entertainment.
www.myspace.com/algebrablessett.

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Best After Hours/Late-Night Spot BOA Award Winner

Azul Tequila Taqueria & Cantina
When the bars in Fulton County began closing at 2:30 a.m., we sorta thought people might start going out earlier to pack in the same amount of party time. Fashionably early, it seems, never caught on. The party still doesn’t get hopping till just before closing time. Thankfully, you can dropmore...
When the bars in Fulton County began closing at 2:30 a.m., we sorta thought people might start going out earlier to pack in the same amount of party time. Fashionably early, it seems, never caught on. The party still doesn’t get hopping till just before closing time. Thankfully, you can drop late into the DECATUR SOCIAL CLUB. Every Friday, Azul turns into an indie-rock dance party with organizer Preston Craig and a rotating cast of DJs including Jamal, the_chuck, and DJDJ Dylan, as well as special guests. The usual crowd is excessively hip: We recently heard you can view dudes in berets. OK. So, if the berets aren’t enough of a draw, it’s free before 1 a.m. and a mere $2 cover after that. less...

Best After Hours/Late Night Spot BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
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Best Camp Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Bubba D'Licious
Laughter can cure almost anything — just ask the countless number of people whom BUBBA D’LICIOUS has helped over the years. Then, you’ll understand the power of a man in a dress. Since 1989, Jim Mark’s alter-ego has helped raise more than $3.5 million for HIV/AIDSmore...

Laughter can cure almost anything — just ask the countless number of people whom BUBBA D’LICIOUS has helped over the years. Then, you’ll understand the power of a man in a dress. Since 1989, Jim Mark’s alter-ego has helped raise more than $3.5 million for HIV/AIDS resources. And for the last 10 years, Bubba has presided over bingo every second Thursday to raise money for PALS (Pets Are Loving Support). Even corporate America has fallen under the spell of Bubba’s over-the-top slapstick humor: Volkswagen uses his mug to sell cars, and Miller Lite’s created a Bubba bobblehead doll.
www.bubbadlicious.net.

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Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Brian Parris

Best Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

Lenny's Bar

Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Charlie Brown

Best Local Band To Break Up BOA Award Winner

Subject 2 Change

Best Local Instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Brandon Parker

Best Local Jam Band BOA Award Winner

Blueground Undergrass
Ever since Jerry faded into the psychedelic sunset, followers of the Dead have been searching for a new groove. Fortunately, before the drugs wore off, Deadheads latched onto the music of BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS, led by local banjoman the Rev. Jeff Mosier. The group’s finely crafted blend of bluegrassmore...

Ever since Jerry faded into the psychedelic sunset, followers of the Dead have been searching for a new groove. Fortunately, before the drugs wore off, Deadheads latched onto the music of BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS, led by local banjoman the Rev. Jeff Mosier. The group’s finely crafted blend of bluegrass and boogie is both listenable and motivates some major butt-shaking. The Undergrass took a bit of a hiatus for a couple of years but came back in a big way with a powerful new release, Faces. It’s got a good beat, and you can Sufi-dance to it.
www.bluegroundundergrass.com.

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Best Place for a Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

Starlight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market
Remember the first time you went to a drive-in theater? The thrill of being up past your bedtime and crawling around the car in your pajamas may have overshadowed the movie. The STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN can take you back to those youthful days - only the experience is a bit more fun with a hot guy or girlmore...
Remember the first time you went to a drive-in theater? The thrill of being up past your bedtime and crawling around the car in your pajamas may have overshadowed the movie. The STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN can take you back to those youthful days - only the experience is a bit more fun with a hot guy or girl instead of your mom and dad. Chances are the movie still will take a backseat to everything else - especially if you toss a six-pack into the plan. You may even still want to crawl around the car seats at some point in time, just without the pajamas. less...

Best Georgia-based Music Blog BOA Award Winner

www.kissatlanta.com
Local DJ, promoter and band manager Preston Craig launched KISSATLANTA.COM in March 2005, according to its first post, “so that people might gain a better understanding as to what the driving force is behind the music and venues in Atlanta.” In just over a year, it’s made impressivemore...

Local DJ, promoter and band manager Preston Craig launched KISSATLANTA.COM in March 2005, according to its first post, “so that people might gain a better understanding as to what the driving force is behind the music and venues in Atlanta.” In just over a year, it’s made impressive strides toward that goal, from chatting up new cultural obsessions to disseminating information on hot new local bands. The blog now features several local writers alongside Craig’s acerbic yet enthusiastic prose, all dedicated to chronicling Atlanta’s indie-rock scene.
www.kissatlanta.com.

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Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Mary's

Best Lesbian Bar BOA Award Winner

The Red Chair
Saturday nights at THE RED CHAIR feels like watching an episode of Showtime’s super sexy hit series, “The L Word.” The lesbian wet dream finally became a reality when promoter Liz Owens lent her magic touch to the hottest girl party in the Southeast. Weekly guest DJs like localmore...
Saturday nights at THE RED CHAIR feels like watching an episode of Showtime’s super sexy hit series, “The L Word.” The lesbian wet dream finally became a reality when promoter Liz Owens lent her magic touch to the hottest girl party in the Southeast. Weekly guest DJs like local favorite Kim Crawford drop hip-grinding beats for the jam-packed crowd of lipstick lesbians, drag kings and gay-boy admirers, while the occasional wet T-shirt contest helps make Red Chair the place to be for true lady-loving fun. less...

Best Local Electronic Act BOA Award Winner

Sonen

www.sonenmusic.com
myspace.com/sonen

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Deerhunter
DEERHUNTER’s most compelling asset is its penchant for unpredictability. No two performances are the same, yet the group’s cerebral fingerprint shines through its constantly morphing presentations. Deerhunter balances earth-rattling drones with angelic cadences that dwell on the bordersmore...

DEERHUNTER’s most compelling asset is its penchant for unpredictability. No two performances are the same, yet the group’s cerebral fingerprint shines through its constantly morphing presentations. Deerhunter balances earth-rattling drones with angelic cadences that dwell on the borders of coherent song structure, and it utilizes the blank spaces inside the notes, which leaves plenty of room to roam around inside a wash of graceful guitar noise, clutter and kraut-rock rhythms. Its competent take on less-than-orthodox sounds blossomed in only a few short years from lo-fi, “kitchen avant-garde” home recordings to a viable tenant of the pop avant-garde that gives a nod to everyone from Rhys Chatham to Stereolab.
www.notownsound.net.

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Best Local Hip-hop Act BOA Award Winner

Purple Ribbon All-Stars
It’s been a big year for big butts, particularly for Big Boi’s PURPLE RIBBON ALL-STARS. Every rap label has its token white boy, and Purp’s Bubba Sparxxx paid dividends with his smash hit, “Ms. New Booty.” Aside from that, the Purple Ribbon All-Stars createdmore...

It’s been a big year for big butts, particularly for Big Boi’s PURPLE RIBBON ALL-STARS. Every rap label has its token white boy, and Purp’s Bubba Sparxxx paid dividends with his smash hit, “Ms. New Booty.” Aside from that, the Purple Ribbon All-Stars created the best of the many Atlanta theme songs this year with their radio and club banger, “Kryptonite.” Superman ain’t got shit on that. The crew pulled off a successful and productive year, all while reppin’ our city: “Pimp if you want them, you can find them in the A.”
www.purpleribbonallstars.com.

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Best Local Instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Bobby Yang
Whether leaping burning Led Zeppelin riffs or standing still enough to balance a bar glass on his head while zooming through a Pagannini, violinist BOBBY YANG has gotten noticed in Atlanta during the few short years since moving here from Aspen, Colo. A musician of genuine range and depth, Yang is fullymore...

Whether leaping burning Led Zeppelin riffs or standing still enough to balance a bar glass on his head while zooming through a Pagannini, violinist BOBBY YANG has gotten noticed in Atlanta during the few short years since moving here from Aspen, Colo. A musician of genuine range and depth, Yang is fully engaged in his performance, whether rock or classical. Some critics may dis violin as a delicate instrument with itty-bitty strings, but Yang makes it rock true with a signature style in live concert, without the tepid pablum that comes from so many billed as “crossover” artists and without merely throttling your brain with sheer volume.
www.bobbyyang.com.

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Takana Miyamoto
Pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is probably the hardest-working lady in the Atlanta jazz scene. She plays weekly at local clubs; records and performs solo and with collaborators such as Julie Dexter and Lizz Wright; fronts two divergent bands (the Takana Miyamoto Trio and the ATLove Project); runs a music festivalmore...

Pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is probably the hardest-working lady in the Atlanta jazz scene. She plays weekly at local clubs; records and performs solo and with collaborators such as Julie Dexter and Lizz Wright; fronts two divergent bands (the Takana Miyamoto Trio and the ATLove Project); runs a music festival in Japan; and even finds time to teach piano lessons. With a musical style that skews from straight-ahead to acid jazz, Miyamoto expects to release a slew of recordings in the coming months.
www.myspace.com/takananet.

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Best Local Label BOA Award Winner

Arc the Finger Records
In May, ARC THE FINGER RECORDS celebrated its fourth anniversary. Its dedication to quality hip-hop and sound business practices ensures plenty more birthdays to come. A refreshingly real alternative to ATL’s love for snappin’-and-rappin,’ the label continues expanding itsmore...

In May, ARC THE FINGER RECORDS celebrated its fourth anniversary. Its dedication to quality hip-hop and sound business practices ensures plenty more birthdays to come. A refreshingly real alternative to ATL’s love for snappin’-and-rappin,’ the label continues expanding its highly anticipated A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival, scheduling another for April 2007. With label leaders like Psyche Origami, a national release from Intellekt and Dirty Digits coming this month, a showcase of ATF artists at Atlantis Music Conference, and co-production of shows like Jurassic 5, the Boot Camp Clik and DJ Krush, Arc the Finger is constantly on (see its blog, ConstantlyOn.com), and the true heads are so glad it is.
130 Boulevard. 404-339-0051. www.arcthefinger.com.

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Best Local Latin Music Act BOA Award Winner

Rua 6

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

T.I.
T.I. calls himself “king of the South” with some justification. Much like Jay-Z, he takes commercial rap to its zenith. On each of four albums, the native Atlantan assembles glittery, infectious beats as a canvas for smooth and effortless flows, resulting in inescapably accessible hits.more...

T.I. calls himself “king of the South” with some justification. Much like Jay-Z, he takes commercial rap to its zenith. On each of four albums, the native Atlantan assembles glittery, infectious beats as a canvas for smooth and effortless flows, resulting in inescapably accessible hits. After its spring release, his latest album, King, dominated Atlanta’s urban radio and nightclubs by drawing together a cavalcade of sharply defined bangers like “What You Know” and “Why You Wanna.”
www.trapmuzik.com.

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Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

Brad Broadrick of Rock Solid Entertainment

Best Local Tribute Band BOA Award Winner

Van Heineken
Gasp! Pop-culture guru Jon Waterhouse leads a double life. By day, he’s a mild-mannered, erudite raconteur, lady charmer and astute wordsmith with a penchant for all things kitsch. By night, he wears wigs and spandex, dons the rock-and-roll persona of David Lee Roth, and leads the circus sideshowmore...

Gasp! Pop-culture guru Jon Waterhouse leads a double life. By day, he’s a mild-mannered, erudite raconteur, lady charmer and astute wordsmith with a penchant for all things kitsch. By night, he wears wigs and spandex, dons the rock-and-roll persona of David Lee Roth, and leads the circus sideshow known as VAN HEINEKEN. In a tepid pool of tribute bands, Waterhouse and his buddies’ homage to Van Halen is king. Tongue firmly in cheek, they re-create a snarky salute to the Roth-era VH, complete with dancers, assorted freaks and, oh yeah, the songs that make us all hot for teacher.
www.vanheineken.com.

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Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

India.Arie
Mention the name INDIA.ARIE and you’ll conjure images of ever-changing hairstyles, sweet-smelling incense and colorful headwraps. But bug all that: The lady can sing, as she proves on her latest album, the recently released Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. Employing a range that rivalsmore...

Mention the name INDIA.ARIE and you’ll conjure images of ever-changing hairstyles, sweet-smelling incense and colorful headwraps. But bug all that: The lady can sing, as she proves on her latest album, the recently released Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. Employing a range that rivals Stevie Wonder, her deep, rich tone and complex — yet accessible — arrangements add soul to any tune she chooses to grace.
www.indiaarie.com.

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Best Mixtape DJs BOA Award Winner

Aphilliates
In the capital of the Southern hip-hop movement, the APHILLIATES DJ camp (Don Cannon, Drama, Sense, Jamad, Ox Banga, and Jaycee) speaks loudly. You can hear them on “Gangsta Grillz,” a popular Saturday night show on Hot 107.9 FM that peppers the airwaves with phrases like “trendsetter”more...

In the capital of the Southern hip-hop movement, the APHILLIATES DJ camp (Don Cannon, Drama, Sense, Jamad, Ox Banga, and Jaycee) speaks loudly. You can hear them on “Gangsta Grillz,” a popular Saturday night show on Hot 107.9 FM that peppers the airwaves with phrases like “trendsetter” and “cannon!” But the crew is best known for its mix CDs. The mixes, from DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz series to DJ Jamad’s soul-oriented Afromentals, are hotly collected and dissected by rap fans and major media outlets. They know the Aphilliates trumpets up-and-coming artists well before the rest of the country. Young Jeezy and T.I. are two major examples.
www.theaphilliates.com.

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Best New Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

P'cheen
“Here you are, two Hoes and a Hummer,” a waiter is overheard telling a trio of ladies. He’s talking about beer: two Hoegaarten and one Sweetwater Summer Hummer. That kind of yak could lead to a quick eviction from the slickest ultralounge, but not from your casual crossroadsmore...
“Here you are, two Hoes and a Hummer,” a waiter is overheard telling a trio of ladies. He’s talking about beer: two Hoegaarten and one Sweetwater Summer Hummer. That kind of yak could lead to a quick eviction from the slickest ultralounge, but not from your casual crossroads pub, and that’s what P’CHEEN is for the “new” Old Fourth Ward. The convivial international bistro fare is not to be ignored. Neither are the kick-ass onion rings. But, at night, neighborly wayfarers congregate at P’Cheen for $2 PBR, Belgian brews, artfully balanced Guinness drafts and eclectic DJs. It’s become a beacon for booze at the boundary of a burgeoning ’hood. less...

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

Lenny's Bar
All sorts of musical acts perform on LENNY’S stage — the ongoing experimentation of Kirkwood Ballers Club, hip-hop from the 2nd Sight Crew, and various others — but no club in Atlanta embodies the punk-rock spirit more. Over time, the club’s boast of being the “CBGB’smore...
All sorts of musical acts perform on LENNY’S stage — the ongoing experimentation of Kirkwood Ballers Club, hip-hop from the 2nd Sight Crew, and various others — but no club in Atlanta embodies the punk-rock spirit more. Over time, the club’s boast of being the “CBGB’s of Atlanta” has proven largely true. Local groups like Brass Castle, the Selmanaires and the Carbonas frequent the stage, as do label showcases from Rob’s House and Stickfigure. When a show sold out the 150-capacity venue, it really felt as though a band could tear the place down. Shoot, the recent eviction of the Memorial Drive location only earns it more punk points as club employees and supporters pitched in helping hands and their trucks to move equipment. less...

Best Straight Bar BOA Award Winner

Andrew's Upstairs
Let’s face it, in Buckhead, just about any bar is fertile grounds for girls and boys on the prowl. But ANDREWS UPSTAIRS comes closest to the perfect straight bar. Just look at the place. Live music, a well-stocked bar, intimate booths, big, comfy couches, and a parade of beautiful patrons makemore...
Let’s face it, in Buckhead, just about any bar is fertile grounds for girls and boys on the prowl. But ANDREWS UPSTAIRS comes closest to the perfect straight bar. Just look at the place. Live music, a well-stocked bar, intimate booths, big, comfy couches, and a parade of beautiful patrons make this a hot spot when that spot is hot, if ya know what we’re saying. The 400-capacity love nest, which is perched above the East Andrews Cafe, also is an upscale music and entertainment venue with a fertile schedule of local, regional and national acts, DJs, movie nights and theme events. Although original music is presented, quite often the featured act is one of those crazy tribute bands that seem to breed like rabbits somewhere. It’s not uncommon to find a Bon Jovi or Led Zeppelin cover band on stage here, reproducing the hits that spawned a generation or two. less...

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie

Best Weekly Club Night BOA Award Winner

Thursday


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