Best Band 

Lil' Smokies

Lil’ Smokies plays parking lots and parks, dives and concert halls—they don’t care! The laidback bluegrass band knows its stuff, though, which is why it has shared the stage with Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams and Greensky Bluegrass. Last July, the band won a contest to open up for Steve Martin and his band at the Osprey ballpark. But one of its oddest gigs was being the backing band one night for the Cigarette Girls burlesque troupe. Sexy bluegrass? That’s what the Lil’ Smokies do. The group is known for its expert fingerpickin’, its bold energy and a deft fusion of newgrass and traditional. When the beloved band gets rollin’ there’s always a mad dash for the dance floor. Lil' Smokies: facebook.com/thelilsmokies

Finalists, Best Band

2. Tom Catmull & the Clerics: tomcatmull.com

3. Reverend Slanky: facebook.com/reverendslanky


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