Best Of 2018

Best new low-key strum-punk get-together: SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT AT ELLA’S AMERICANA FOLK ART CAFE

Band of Sorrows frontman Jack Sprouse talked the folks at Ella’s into giving him one Wednesday a month to invite some friends to play some tunes, and it quickly became a thing. Name a high-quality original acoustic solo performer or member of one of the Bay area’s best-loved fringe bands, and they’ve probably crowded the little Ella’s stage while Sprouse held court and patrons mingled, ate and drank the weeknight away. This regular party has helped fill the hole left when New World’s Acoustic BBQ Wednesdays went the way of, well, New World. 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-234-1000, ellasfolkartcafe.com. —SH