It's that time of year again! Each year RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase on Washington Avenue provides St. Louisans a chance to see over 80 of these bands and musicians in action, with sponsorship by loads of local businesses.
We need your help in picking the best bands in the city! Each year we strive to provide a definitive list of the best acts in town, but we can't do it alone. Who are your favorites? What acts in St. Louis do you think deserve more attention? Post them all in the comments below! The only caveat is the band / act must be from the St. Louis region.
The official ballot will be constructed by a panel of experts, but in the meantime we need to make sure that all possible possibilities are considered. Note that this is not a popularity contest, and attempting to "stuff the ballot" at this stage in the game by getting all of your friends to comment with your band's name really isn't going to do anyone any good.
If you would like to be considered as part of the panel, please let us know! If your suggestions are especially thoughtful or demonstrate a strong perspective on some genre or scene, we'd be happy to make you an official part of the nominating committee. Please include your email address in your comment if you'd like to be considered.
If you need a little help getting started, have a look at last year's winners on the next page:
Americana Pretty Little Empire
Blues Rum Drum Ramblers
Chamber Pop Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra
Country Dive Poets
Cover Band Vote For Pedro
DJ DJ Needles
Electronic/Dance Eric Hall
Folk Campfire Club
Hard Rock Greek Fire
Hardcore Shaved Women
Hip-Hop (Group/Collective) Doorway
Hip-Hop (Solo) Nite Owl
Indie Rock Sleepy Kitty
Jazz Dave Stone
Metal Jack Buck
New Band Bear Hive
Experimental Spelling Bee
Pop Tight Pants Syndrome
Psych Troubadour Dali
Punk Doom Town
R&B Kim Massie
Rock Kentucky Knife Fight
Singer-Songwriter Beth Bombara
Solo Project Googolplexia
Soul/Funk Funky Butt Brass Band
2012 RFT Music Hall Of Fame Inductees
The Bottle Rockets
Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three
Soulard Blues Band
So Many Dynamos
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