Best Of 2022

Best Soul Act
photo by Jim Leatherman

1st: Eugene Snowden,
Though this indomitable Orlando institution just turned 60, he'll always be a young soul rebel to Orlando Weekly's readers. Whether it's playing solo, fronting Afrobeat outlet Drums of Umoja or the seminal punk-blues orchestra the Legendary JCs, doing splits onstage with a hat cocked jauntily over one eye or weaving yarns during his 10 Pints of Truth shows, there's no one who does it quite like Eugene Snowden — and definitely no one with the same sense of snazzy style and sweaty commitment. Possibly the hardest-working man in (Orlando) show business. Here's to many more.

2nd: The Sh-Booms,

3rd: Shine & the Shakers,

Best of Orlando® 2022: Local Music

Best of Orlando® 2022: Local Music

Local Legends: Matt Heafy + Ms. Meka Nism

These two definitely look the superhuman part, but Heafy (Trivium) and Meka (Meka Nism) pack a potent metallic punch too. Sonic screams, infinite hooks, and crushing riffs are deployed with ease by each, and their fans love them for it.

1st: Eola Strings,

2nd: Baroque Chamber Orchestra (Maitland Symphony Orchestra),

3rd: Violectric,

1st: Angel of Boom,

2nd: DJ GAY-Z,

3rd: DJ Magic Mike,

1st: Sean Holcomb,

2nd: Bryan Malpass,

3rd: Oak Hill Drifters,

1st: Hayfire,

2nd: Steeln' Peaches,

3rd: The Hooligans,

1st: Circle K,

2nd: Phoenix Jagger,

3rd: Yokai,

Best Experimental Act
photo by Matthew Moyer

1st: Bacon Grease,
We've long been singing the praises of Orlando outsider music stalwart Andrea Knight (Bacon Grease). Recently, no less than NPR Music and the BBC echoed our inky hosannahs. And now Orlando Weekly's readers have joined the chorus. Besides being a champion of local creativity going back many years, Knight's ever-evolving and stellar body of work as Bacon Grease is a delightful web of improvised electronic squiggles that are sure to make every part of your body dance to a slightly different beat. An essential listening experience.

2nd: GOJII,

3rd: Nigel John/Kurt Rambus,

1st: The 502s,

2nd: Jordan Foley & the Wheelhouse,

3rd: Terri Binion,

Best Hip-Hop Act
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman

1st: Luscious Lisa,
Ooh, y'all so nasty. But if you like it dirty like that, well, we're down, too. No wonder then that you all voted for these irreverent party-rap locals. While Big Freedia's all about dat ass, Luscious Lisa and crew worship all the sexy parts in graphic, porn-tastic detail. You up?

2nd: E-Turn,

3rd: Swamburger,

1st: The Wilted Chilis,

2nd: Leisure Chief,

3rd: Shak Nasti,