October 01, 2020

Tampa Bay's best music and nightlife of 2020, as chosen by our readers

The results for our 2020 Best of the Bay Awards are in!  Here you'll find Tampa Bay's best nightclubs, music acts, DJs, burlesque dancers, and more, all determined by you and neighbors. If you don't see your personal favorites here, maybe this will lead you to a few new places to try!

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Best Band (Original)
Winner: Wandering Hours, facebook.com/thewanderinghours/ 
Second Place: Derrick Williams & The Gospel Voice Band, derrickwilliamsvocalist.com
Runner Up: The Black Honkeys, theblackhonkeys.com
Photo by Wandering Hours/Facebook

Best Band (Original)

Winner: Wandering Hours, facebook.com/thewanderinghours/
Second Place: Derrick Williams & The Gospel Voice Band, derrickwilliamsvocalist.com
Runner Up: The Black Honkeys, theblackhonkeys.com

Photo by Wandering Hours/Facebook
Best Bluegrass Band
Winner: The Applebutter Express, applebutterexpress.com 
Second Place: The Wandering Hours, facebook.com/thewanderinghours/?ref=page_internal
Runner Up: The Florida Mountain Boys, facebook.com/The-Florida-Mountain-Boys-133364760052590/
Photo by The Applebutter Express/Website

Best Bluegrass Band

Winner: The Applebutter Express, applebutterexpress.com
Second Place: The Wandering Hours, facebook.com/thewanderinghours/?ref=page_internal
Runner Up: The Florida Mountain Boys, facebook.com/The-Florida-Mountain-Boys-133364760052590/

Photo by The Applebutter Express/Website
Best Burlesque Act
Winner: Mayven Missbehavin, missmayven.wixsite.com/missbehavin 
Second Place: Femmes & Follies, femmesandfollies.com
Runner Up: Cherry Von Topp, facebook.com/CherryVonTopp
Photo by Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay

Best Burlesque Act

Winner: Mayven Missbehavin, missmayven.wixsite.com/missbehavin
Second Place: Femmes & Follies, femmesandfollies.com
Runner Up: Cherry Von Topp, facebook.com/CherryVonTopp

Photo by Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Best Club DJ
Winner: DJ Mike Sklarz, jannuslive.com 
Second Place: DJ Paul Santana, djsantana.com
Runner Up: DJ Austen Van Der Bleek, avbleek.com
Photo by DJ Mike Sklarz/Facebook

Best Club DJ

Winner: DJ Mike Sklarz, jannuslive.com
Second Place: DJ Paul Santana, djsantana.com
Runner Up: DJ Austen Van Der Bleek, avbleek.com

Photo by DJ Mike Sklarz/Facebook
Best Concert in the Last 12 Months
Winner: Gasparilla Music Festival, gasparillamusic.com 
Second Place: 97x Next Big Thing, 97xonline.com
Runner Up: Billy Joel at AMALIE Arena, billyjoel.com
Photo by Kelsey Walker

Best Concert in the Last 12 Months

Winner: Gasparilla Music Festival, gasparillamusic.com
Second Place: 97x Next Big Thing, 97xonline.com
Runner Up: Billy Joel at AMALIE Arena, billyjoel.com

Photo by Kelsey Walker