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BEST BLUES BAR

Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues

Blues is the backbone of the live music scene—check out the calendar at www.mnblues.com for at least 10 events per night. What gives Famous Dave's the edge is reliable booking of national acts (Muddy Waters's buddy Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Detroit blues queen Alberta Adams, Roomful of Blues), and an otherwise full calendar of house-rocking music, from blues brunches on Sunday to Moses Oakland's open jams that evening (and, for good measure, Sensacion Latina on Tuesday). Underrated for its sound and vibe, the joint is more than the coolest imaginable chain restaurant in a shopping mall. Sincere reverence went into blanketing every wall with vintage posters, painted names, signed guitars, and other keepsakes of fallen heroes both national (John Lee Hooker) and local (Lazy Bill Lucas). The shows are all-ages, admission is low or free, and music begins early, ending before midnight. With the possible exception of the Cedar, there's no better place to introduce kids to America's roots-music.

Best Barbecue (2013) Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ

Best Blues Club (2009) Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues Bar

BEST BLUES BAR (2007) Famous Dave's

BEST BLUES BAR (2008) Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Club

BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Atmosphere

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage

BEST ART CINEMA Oak Street Cinema

BEST ART GALLERY Outsiders and Others

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BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Midnight Evils

BEST BLUES BAND Butanes

BEST BOOK The Painted Drum

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Roseville 4

BEST COMEDY Shut Your American Pie-Hole

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Brother and Sister Summer Camp

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING) The Go! Team

BEST CONCERT VENUE Walker Performing Arts Center

BEST DANCE CLUB Level

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Jazzdance

BEST DVD RENTAL Cinema Revolution

BEST FESTIVAL MayDay Parade and Festival

BEST FILM Hansel and Gretel

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM KFAI The Session

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BEST JAZZ CLUB Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM KFAI

BEST JUKEBOX Triple Rock Social Club

BEST KARAOKE Grumpy's Bar & Grill

BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL Rain Taxi

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Friends with Benefits

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Modern Radio

BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSEUM Walker Art Center

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBIT Minnesota History Center

BEST NATIONAL TV COMMERCIAL WITH A LOCAL SOUNDTRACK

BEST NEW BAND Ass

BEST OLD BAND Salamander

BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY Acme Comedy Co.

BEST OPEN-MIC NIGHT Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge

BEST PIANO TUNERS Gagnon Piano Service

BEST PLACE TO RENT FOREIGN FILMS Intercontinental

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park

BEST PUB QUIZ Brit's Pub

BEST PUBLIC ART Local Strategy

BEST PUBLIC-ACCESS CABLE TV SHOW Mikenastics

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Rhythm Lab

BEST RADIO STATION KFAI

BEST RADIO STATION ABOUT NOTHING FM 107.1

BEST ROCK BAND Sicbay

BEST ROCK CLUB Turf Club

BEST SALSA NIGHT El Nuevo Rodeo

BEST SECRET JAZZ RESOURCE onefinalnote.com

BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW Theatre of the World

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION Live Action Set

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Pillsbury House Theatre

BEST TREND IN LOCAL RADIO

BEST TV STATION KTCA