Best Of 2019

Best of the Bay 2019 Music: Our readers and critics pick the best songwriters, rock and rollers, clubs, DJs and more.

BEST REASON TO REP 'CLEARWATER': They Hate Change


Critics' Picks

Best Free Music Video

Best Reminder That Record Stores Rock

Best Kool Reaction To A Shit Situation

Best Literally Underground Music Showcase

Best She’s Still Everything

Best Cool Party

Best Cover Band (Still)

Best Local Gone Global

Best Reason To Believe In Tampa Bay Hip-Hop

Best New Sound System

Best Free EP

Best Reason To Buy A Show Poster

Best Out Of State Rap Collab

Best Musical Summer Camp

Best Creepy Local Music Fan

Best Get At Me Dog

Best Heartbreak

Best Bowing Out

Best Bi-Coastal Reps For Tampa Bay Hip-Hop

Best Going Upstream

Best Family Friendly ‘Dick’s Picks’

Best Free Concert Series

Best Rebirth And Resurgence

Best Safe Haven For Songwriters

Best St. Pete Music-Scene Playground

Best Sober Country Concert

Best Big, Black Tampa Debut

Best Unsafe Music

Best Reason To Rep ‘Clearwater’

Best Musician And Mender

Best New Local Music Fan

Best Tribute Show

Best Weird Fruit

Best Young Yacht Rock

Best Big Ambition In Tiny Tampa

Best Living Legend Being Normal Like Us

Best Play On, Player

Best Bald Tampa Bay Debut

Best Undersung Champion Of Composers’ Dreams

Best Guy With A Guitar Show

Best Don't Even Try To Make It Trendy

Readers' Picks

Best Club DJ

Best Concert In The Last 12 Months

Best Country Act (Original)

Best Dance Club

Best Instrumentalist

Best Large Concert Venue (2,000-Plus Capacity)

Best Local Band (Original)

Best Local Bluegrass Band

Best Local Classical Musician

Best Local Experimental Act

Best Local Concert Promoter

Best Local Cover Band

Best Local Hip-Hop Act

Best Local Jazz Ensemble

Best Local Jam Band

Best Local Metal/Hardcore Band (Original)

Best Local Music School (Institutional/Academic)

Best Local Music School (Non-Academic)

Best Local Pop Act (Original)

Best Local Record Label

Best Recording Studio

Best Local Reggae/Ska Band

Best Local Rock Band (Original)

Best Local Roots/Alt-Country Act (Original)

Best Local Singer-Songwriter

Best Local Soul/R&B/Funk Act

Best Local Vocalist

Best Music Festival

Best Record Store

Readers’ Pick Best Release By A Local Band

See all winners from Best of the Bay 2019.