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BEST JAZZ CLUB

The Turf Club's Clown Lounge on Mondays

Jazz has been in a state of quiet crisis ever since first-wave boomers started rejecting the '60s and '70s tendency toward innovation in favor of fare they could easily talk over. Hence the problem at some metro jazz clubs: No matter how storied or formidable the talent at the area's most esteemed institutions, too many patrons are likely to treat the music as a backdrop for conversation. But the Turf Club's Monday night Jazz Implosion, hosted for over half a decade by local/international luminaries Adam Linz, J.T. Bates, and Michael Lewis (a.k.a. Fat Kid Wednesdays), couldn't be more different. Secure in the knowledge that every cent of the $5 cover goes to performers, the youngish crowd socializes only between songs and sets. If somebody's playing, everybody listens—not just out of respect, but because that's what they're there for. No matter how quiet Fat Kid or their handpicked guest artists get, every note comes through, unsullied by chatter. Plus, the room itself stands in defiance of the middlebrow, middle-class aesthetic that's dominated jazz for the past 30 years. The Clown Lounge isn't just scruffy, with its worn wood paneling and hyper-Minnesotan décor, it's downright weird in a way not even David Lynch could dream up.

Best Rock Club (2015) Turf Club

Best Country Music Venue (2013) Turf Club

Best Karaoke (2013) Hairy Karaoke at Turf Club

Best Punk Rock Literary Series (2011) Riot Act Reading Series

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) (2011) Mark Mallman's Marathon 3 at the Turf Club

Best Celebrity Sighting (2011) Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Hipster Hangout (2011) Turf Club

Best Bathroom Graffiti (2011) Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

BEST ROCK CLUB (2006) Turf Club

BEST ROCK CLUB (2008) Turf Club

BEST ACOUSTIC PERFORMER Spirits of the Red City

BEST ACTOR Patrick Bailey

BEST ACTRESS Mo Perry

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE Eclipse Records

BEST AM RADIO PERSONALITY John Gordon

BEST ART GALLERY First Amendment Arts

BEST BAND NAME Chickadee Mountain Martyrs

BEST BLUES ARTIST Willie Murphy

BEST BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR Never Trust a Thin Cook, by Eric Dregni

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER Morgan Thorson

BEST CLUB DJ Mike 2600

BEST COLUMNIST Garrison Keillor

BEST COMEDY Funny Money at Old Log Theater

BEST COMEDY CLUB Acme Comedy Co.

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Gay Witch Abortion and Knife World on the Mississippi River

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING) Beyoncé

BEST CONCERT VENUE 7th St. Entry

BEST COUNTRY MUSIC VENUE Lee's Liquor Lounge

BEST DANCE CLUB First Avenue

BEST DANCE NIGHT Get Cryphy at First Avenue's Record Room

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Kenna Sarge and the Battlecats

BEST DANCER The mass in En Masse

BEST DIRECTOR Michelle Hensley

BEST DRAMA The Whipping Man at Penumbra Theatre

BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY David Campbell

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST P.O.S.

BEST IMPROV COMEDY THEATER ComedySportz

BEST JAZZ ARTIST David King

BEST JUKEBOX Sauce Spirits and Sound Bar

BEST LARGE THEATER Children's Theatre Company

BEST LIVE ARTIST Mark Mallman

BEST LOCAL ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS A Badly Broken Code by Dessa

BEST LOCAL BAND MADE GOOD Solid Gold

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 1

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Rhymesayers Entertainment

BEST MIDNIGHT MOVIE The Room at Uptown Theatre

BEST MOVIE THEATER Riverview Theater

BEST MUSEUM Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION "The Louvre and the Masterpiece," Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSICAL Caroline, or Change at Guthrie Theater

BEST NEW BAND Rogue Valley

BEST OLD BAND The Twilight Hours

BEST OPEN MIC Acme's Caught in the Act

BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE Zenon Dance Company and School

BEST PLACE TO MAKE LIKE REMBRANDT The Art Academy

BEST R&B ARTIST Mayda

BEST RADIO STATION Radio K (104.5 FM, 100.7 FM, 106.5 FM, 770 AM)

BEST ROCK BAND Gay Witch Abortion

BEST ROCK CLUB Triple Rock Social Club

BEST SLAM POETRY EVENT SlamMN Erotic Slam

BEST SMALL THEATER Ten Thousand Things

BEST SONGWRITER Dessa

BEST SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST Paul Allen, KFAN-AM 1130

BEST STAGE DESIGN Joel Sass, the Jungle Theater

BEST STORYTELLING EVENT Two Chairs Telling

BEST STRIP CLUB Sinners

BEST TV NEWSCASTER Don Shelby

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR Randy Shaver

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON Paul Douglas

BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE) Maggie Morrison

BEST VOCALIST (MALE) Peter Miller