Best of

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Best Jazz Club

Dakota Jazz Club

Where you choose to see live jazz in the Twin Cities depends on your mood: Is this a night for avant-garde experimentation at Eat Street’s Icehouse or a more traditional flavor of improvisation at St. Paul’s Vieux Carre? But if you’re checking out the biggest touring names in jazz, you’re almost certainly at the Dakota. In the past year, bassist Marcus Miller, pianist Kenny Barron, and Chick Corea’s new trio (with Christian McBride and Brian Blade) all performed at the Nicollet Mall institution, a venue so notably beloved by Prince that it was among the last places he was seen publicly. Over the years, the Dakota has broadened the range of styles it showcases, booking everything from folk to R&B, but its mission to support its namesake musical style has never slackened.

Best Jazz Club (2014) Dakota Jazz Club

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) (2013) Prince at Dakota Jazz Club

Best Jazz Club (2012) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Jazz Club (2011) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Jazz Club (2009) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JAZZ CLUB (2007) Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant

BEST JAZZ CLUB (2006) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING (2010) The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JAZZ CLUB (2008) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Acoustic Performer Sam Cassidy

Best Album 'Wordless Wonder' by Real Numbers

Best Album Cover 'Bend Your Bones' by Fraea

Best Band Name Lazy Scorsese

Best Band to Break Up Frankie Teardrop

Best Club DJ DJ Keezy

Best Concert (Local) Communist Daughter record-release show at First Avenue (Nov. 11, 2016)

Best Concert (Touring) Kanye West at Xcel Energy Center (Oct. 10, 2016)

Best Concert Venue Palace Theatre

Best Cover Song 'Congratulations' by Dessa

Best Earworm 'Phone' by Lizzo

Best EP 'Nite Time' by Ness Nite

Best Hip-Hop Artist P.O.S

Best Hip-Hop Producer Travis Gorman

Best Hip-Hop Verse Finding Novyon on 'Cups' by Sean Anonymous & DJ Name

Best Jazz Artist Zacc Harris

Best Jukebox Turf Club Clown Lounge

Best Karaoke The Infernal Singalong Machine at Grumpy's

Best Live Artist Lizzo

Best Metal Band Sunless

Best Compilation 'Sound Verite Records/IX Vol. 1 2016'

Best Music Controversy Pro-consent reimaging of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' goes viral

Best Music Festival Eaux Claires

Best Music Residency Andrew Broder & People: A Residency for Music and Action at the Turf Club

Best Music TV Show 'The Lowertown Line'

Best Music Video "It's Good to Be Alive" by Mark Mallman

Best Music Video Director Mercies May

Best Musical Act of Protest Kitten Forever donate music sales to fight Trump

Best New Band Poolboy

Best Place to See a Show with Kids The Garage

Best R&B Artist Ness Nite

Best Record Label Doomtree Records

Best Record Store Day Location Flashlight Vinyl

Best Reunion Happy Apple

Best Rock Band Hippo Campus

Best Selling Out Hamburger Helper's 'Watch the Stove' mixtape

Best Single 'Kismet Kill' by Haley

Best Song to Cry To 'Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun' by Gaelynn Lea

Best Song to Have Sex To 'Full Court Press' by Tickle Torture & Velvet Negroni

Best Songwriter The Cactus Blossoms

Best Stage Style Finding Novyon

Best Venue to Close Mill City Nights

Best Venue to Open The Warming House

Best Vocalist Lady Midnight