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Top five vote-getters, as chosen by Artvoice readers, listed in no particular order. Winners will be announced at the Best of Buffalo Party, Monday, May 14, 6pm, at the Town Ballroom

Best Acoustic Act
Maddie Larkin
Colors in the Air
Dee Adams
Kate and Corey
The LeftOvers
Best Blues Act
Mick Hayes Band
Jony James Blues Band
Brent and the Accutones
The Poor Boys
The Black and Blue Band

Editor's Pick: Buffalo's Best Weekly Music Gig - Twang Gang

You don’t have to work very hard to find good live music any night of the week in Western New York. But if it’s Tuesday evening, and you don’t want to work at it at all, head to the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst Street) to catch the Twang Gang. The club’s owner, Dwane Hall, has assembled a pickup band comprising some of the region’s finest roots musicians—Jimmy Sweet, Doug Yeomans, Jim Whitford, Randy Bolam—to play covers of classic country songs. Guest artists are encouraged to take the stage to play and sing. The beer is cold. The french fries are uncommonly good. It runs 6-9pm.

- geoff kelly

Best Classical Musician
Sal Andolina
Mir Ali
Doreen Rao
Roland Martin
JoAnn Falletta
Best DJ
DJ Lil Joe
DJ Dstar
DJ Cutler
DJ Sunglasses Mike
Best Country Act
Maddie Larkin
West of the Mark
90 West
Stone Country
Best DJ Crew
Queen City Cartel
Spooky Business
Money Team
Toy Bros Entertainment
Best Female Vocalist
Ali Critelli
Caitlin Koch
Katie Panfil
Maddie larkin
Melissa Lussier
Best Hip-Hop Act
Chae Hawk
Bloodthirsty Vegans
The Supreme General
AJ Jordan, The Crescendo
Billy Drease Williams
Best Vocal Ensemble
Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus
Vocalis Chamber Choir
Harmonia Chamber Singers
Buffalo Choral Arts Society
Freudig Singers
Best Jazz Act
Taylor Made Jazz
Buffalo Bop
Latin Jazz Project
Best Male Vocalist
Jim Candytree
Chris Maloney
Joe Donahue
Brian Miller
Tim Britt
Best Open Mic Night
Monday @ Nietzsche’s with Josh Gage
Monday @ Sportsmen’s Tavern with Dee Adams
Thursday @ Merge with Joe Donahue
Wednesday @ Broadway Joe’s with Todd Allan
Thursday @ Hops n Vines with Peggy Silvestri

Editor's Pick: Hardest-Working Musician - Sonny Baker

I met guitarist/songwriter/singer Sonny Baker at one of his gigs the other day. We started talking and I mentioned that I had seen him perform several times before but couldn’t remember with which band. He named the bands he is currently in: Lazlo Hollyfeld, Wooden Waves, and A Hotel Nourishing. For fans of local music, these are three of the most creative bands Buffalo has seen in a while and Baker has had his hands in each one of them. Impressed by this line up of projects he’s helped create, I shook his hand and told him it was nice to meet him, just as he stepped on stage to perform a set of his own solo acoustic material.

- cory perla

Best Original Music Act
Colors in the Air
Whiskey Reverb
The Albrights
Maddie Larkin
Bloodthirsty Vegans
Best Rock Act
Colors in the Air
Free Henry!
The Albrights
Hold It High
Whiskey Reverb
Best Soundman
Kenny Maggs
Ron Hensberry
Joe Tall
John Shotwell
Neil at Town Ballroom

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And the Winners Are...

Nominees listed in each category represent the top 5 vote-getters in their respective categories, listed in no particular order. Best of Buffalo winners were the top vote-getter in their category.

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