Best Of 2022

It’s never a surprise to see Sam E Hues go big for an album release party, but he always has a trick up his sleeve. This time it was a giant billboard just off I-275, advertising not just his new LP, ‘When Tigers Used To Smoke,’ but an immersive show at a decidedly untested venue when it comes to hip-hop: Ybor City’s Centro Asturiano. Thanks to stellar openers, funky stage setup, his own sound system and pop-up food offerings, the smokeshow was a big, Prada-shoe-wearing hit, front to back, and yet another flex from one of the area’s most interesting rappers.


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