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Twin Cities Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival

Of course we love our outdoor music fests in Minnesota. We'll even put up with long beer lines, crappy food, filler bands, and poor sound — as long as they aren't all present — for some fun in the sun. But we didn't have a single quibble with this past summer's Twin Cities Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival (okay, here's one: needs a snappier name!). Nearly 30 artists performed on four stages in and around Harriet Brewing, Patrick's Cabaret, and Mosaic Cafe near the intersection of Lake and Minnehaha in south Minneapolis for the third annual event. With just a small jaunt between stages it was easy to hop around and catch whatever acts drew you in, and inside Patrick's were a lounge with DJs spinning tunes, a visual art show, and a few vendors including the Electric Fetus (plus air conditioning). A diverse array of musical styles were performed by locals such as Zoo Animal, Chastity Brown, Spider John Koerner, L'Assassins, and Enemy Planes, and out-of-towners including Mississippi Gabe Carter, Only Living Boy, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, and the Meat Puppets, who played a mesmerizing headlining set. Tickets were only $20 at the gate. Beer from Harriet flowed freely, several food trucks were on the premises with tasty eats, and the crowds seemed duly appreciative. We don't know what's on tap for this summer's festival yet, but we'd bet on another version of a perfect Minneapolis summer day.

Best "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Performance at Target Field Four Fists

Best Acoustic Performer Ashley Gold

Best Actor John Catron

Best Actress Sally Wingert

Best Album Cover Prince, The Breakfast Experience

Best Album of the Past Year Lizzo, Lizzobangers

Best All-Ages Venue The Cedar Cultural Center

Best Art Gallery Public Functionary

Best Author We Like to Claim as Our Own Neil Gaiman

Best Band Name Tree Blood

Best Band to Break Up in the Past Year The Goondas

Best Bar Game The Match Game at the 331 Club

Best Club DJ DJ Shannon Blowtorch

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Concert Controversy Low's "Drone Not Drones" Rock the Garden performance

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) D'Angelo & Questlove at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue First Avenue

Best Cover Band Wangs

Best Cover Song The Cactus Blossoms, "This Boy"

Best Dance Club Clubhouse Jäger

Best Dance Night Transmission

Best Director Amy Rummenie

Best Emerging Actor David Darrow

Best Emerging Actress Traci Allen

Best Ensemble To the Moon!

Best EP Fury Things, EP 2

Best Family Band The Hanson Brothers

Best Fashion Show The Shows

Best Hip-Hop Artist Allan Kingdom

Best Hip-Hop Festival Soundset

Best Jam Band Night Phoenix

Best Jazz Artist Dave King Trucking Company

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club

Best Jukebox CC Club

Best Karaoke Vegas Lounge

Best Literary Events Revolver

Best Live Artist Prof

Best Local Author Andy Sturdevant

Best Local Cartoonist Brittney Sabo

Best Local Designer Lindsey Hopkins

Best Local Music Compilation Piñata Records' Hit Parade Sampler

Best Local Record Label Totally Gross National Product

Best Mixtape P.O.S., WDELH/MDS/RMX

Best Movie Theater The Riverview

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

Best Musical Urinetown: The Musical

Best New Band Frankie Teardrop

Best Open Mic Tap the Mic at Harriet Brewing

Best Outdoor Show Kräftskiva at the Bachelor Farmer

Best Play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Best R&B Artist José James

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Record Store Day Location Hymie's Vintage Records

Best Reissue Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Best Residency GRRRL PRTY at Icehouse

Best Reunion The Replacements

Best Rock Band France Camp

Best Rock Club Triple Rock Social Club

Best Single "Lady, You Shot Me," Har Mar Superstar

Best Song About Minnesota Jeremy Messersmith, "You'll Only Break His Heart"

Best Songwriter Frankie Lee

Best Sound Team First Avenue

Best Specialty Record Store Fifth Element

Best Standup (Local) Chris Maddock

Best Standup (National) Cy Amundson

Best Strip Club King of Diamonds

Best Tattoo Parlor Acme Tattoo

Best Theater Children's Theatre Company

Best Tweet from Prince's Official Twitter Account Prince's first tweet

Best Venue Name Fuck Mountain

Best Venue to Watch Musicians Watching Other Musicians Icehouse

Best Vocalist (Female) Ashley DuBose

Best Vocalist (Male) Charlie Parr