We're all giddy over here at Creative Loafing Headquarters, prepping for our Best of the Bay Awards Show: The Loafies, which takes place tonight at Tampa Theatre. The festivities kick off with a red carpet shindig at 7 p.m. The awards presentation starts at 8 p.m. The Best of the Bay issue which includes all of the editors' picks and readers' poll winners will be available at the after party, 10 p.m., 514 Franklin Street, corner of Tampa and Franklin (in a space we rented above Indigo Coffee). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. They include two free drinks at the after party, which is open to all ticket holders.
The Best of the Bay show includes music performances by Have Gun, Will Travel, Damon Fowler Group, Daylight District and Basic Rock Outfit. In between hunkering down in the green room, I'll be getting on stage to present the award for Best Dive Bar, induct a newcomer to the Best of the Bay Hall of Fame and introduce a special performance by Have Gun, Will Travel. The band will be joined by a pair of local luminaries on a show stopping, folk classic. Brendan McLaughlin, of ABC Action News, hosts the event. Be there. We had it at Tampa Theatre for the first time last year and it was a blast.