Best Local Music/Arts
Best Cover Band: Starfarm
Sporting track-suits, Aqua Net and leg-warmers, Starfarm’s 1980s-centric setlist takes you back to a time when Alf was still funny and we all fought for our right to party.
2. Tell Yo Mama
3. Frog & the Beeftones
Best Classical Musician: Ed Fedewa
The leader of the Lansing Symphony’s bass section and the anchor of many local jazz and rock rhythm sections, low-end guru Ed Fedewa takes home the Best Classical Musician honor for the second year in a row.
2. Rodney Page
3. Ralph Votapek
Best Club DJ: Ruckus
When he’s not slinging ramen at the Avenue Cafe, Ruckus can be found spinning records at local dance clubs.
2. Capitol City DJs
3. Scratch Pilots
Best Event/Wedding DJ: Jammin' DJ's
Nothing kills a party like a bad DJ. Since 1991, Jammin’ DJ’s have been serving up the beat for all kinds of events in the Lansing area.
2. Capitol City DJs
3. Tunes by T
Best Folk Band/Artist: Taylor Taylor
Our voters praised Taylor Taylor’s voice, her songwriting and her “heart of gold”. The 20-something singer/songwriter has become a regular at local festivals, farmers markets and patios.
2. Frog & the Beeftones
3. Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle
Best Hip-Hop Group/Artist: Scratch Pilots
Using original vinyl and modern club equipment, Scratch Pilots create their own sound using old school songs that Lansing area residents can’t get enough of. One voter declared, “Scratch Pilots spin that perfect golden age era of hip-hop.”
3. James Gardin
Best Jazz Group/Artist: Root Doctor
Spanning blues, R&B, Motown, funk, soul and jazz, Root Doctor has been enticing Lansing audiences to dance since the late ‘80s.
2. MSU Professors of Jazz
3. The Further Adventures of Fat Boy and the Jive Turkeys
Best Radio Station: 97.5 WJIM
Lansing’s No. 1 hit music station plays today’s top pop songs while also keeping it's listeners up to date on local news and traffic jams.
2. 88.9 WDBM
3. 100.7 WITL
Best Rock Band/Artist: Tell Yo Mama
Led by the singing cashier himself, Tell Yo Mama rocketed to local fame after a video of Lucas Holliday went viral and the singer appeared on “Good Morning America” and was invited to join R&B singer Maxwell on stage at the Palace.
2. Taylor Taylor
3. Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers
Best Theatre Group: Riverwalk Theatre
Tucked into a riverside home in downtown Lansing, Riverwalk Theatre is a “great venue with fantastic actors,” according to our voters. The company, which is wrapping up its 29th season, offers everything from intimate black box shows to Broadway musicals.
2. MSU Department of Theatre
3. Williamston Theatre
Best Visual Artist: Kimberly Lavon
Local printmaker Kimberly Lavon has been busy the last few years, opening her own studio and appearing at art events all over Greater Lansing. And that hard work earned the attention of Top of the Town voters, who awarded her the top spot in our inaugural Best Visual Artist category.
2. Jennifer Medler
3. Ben Graham
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