Best Of 2022

Ernie Locke’s no stranger to stalking the stage at least twice a year at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, which he co-founded with Melissa Deming 13 years ago. But at this year’s anniversary party, Locke had extra company onstage in the form of his and Deming’s other creation, Henry Locke, a 14-year-old Blake High School sousaphone player, who manned a bass guitar alongside dad who’s easily the wildest harmonica-playing frontman in Tampa Bay. It was a heartwarming moment, but more than that felt like the beginning of the passing of the torch within one of Tampa Bay’s favorite families.


Winner: The Black Honkeys
2. Pusha Preme
3. The Wandering Assassins Crossfire Creek
Winner: The Applebutter Express
2. Have Gun Will Travel
3. Crossfire Creek Band
Winner: Uncle Johns Band
2. Pitbull Toddler
3. The Spazmatics
Winner: COCKTail St. Pete
2. Blur Nightclub
3. The Ritz Ybor
Winner: Abortion Twins
3. The Headtones
Winner: Jon Ditty
2. Pusha Preme
3. They Hate Change
Winner: Uncle Johns Band
2. Electric Soul Therapy
3. Elysian Sex Drive
Winner: Corner Bar & Grill
2. CJ's on the Island
3. LaLa
Winner: Dave Flash Morgan
2. Lisa Hutchins
3. Will Blackshear