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September 17, 2008

City Paper's Best of Baltimore awards

city paperThe City Paper released its Best of Baltimore awards today. This year's list includes a brand new Nightlife section.

Dig it here.

The CP crew put together a pretty nice list of drink deals (three beers for $3, penny beers), a delicious-sounding specialty drink and the standards like Best Jukebox Best Irish Pub.

I chuckled at the inevitable award for Mount Royal Tavern -- they invented a new category: Best New Bar Smell.

In other B.O.B. news, Ponytail was voted Best Band of 2008. Last year, they won Best Live Band.

Midnight Sun lost out to Adam Meister's Baltimore Politics Examiner in the Best Local Blog category and Baltimore Unsigned lost out to the Internet in the Best Radio Show for Local Music category.

But I'm not peeved. Not in the slightest. Because Midnight Sun technical director Carrie has come up with an awesome design for the Best of the Best of the Best Award. And I am gathering a few hilarious categories of my own.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 5:16 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Random stuff


Sam, I'm really sorry!!!! :(

I voted for you twice!!!

how can the internet be included in a vote for best of anything? it is accessed and updated by practally everyone in the world every minute of the day. there is NO WAY to compete with that!! if every contest had the internet as a contestant, then NO ONE would win ANYTHING!!!!
plus, exactly who receives the award for "the internet"? Al Gore?

I won the BOB for "Best Excuse To Stay Home"...not sure if that's a compliment or a major diss, but at least it gets me in the party.

Jeff, I'll be there too. Don (CP's publisher) sent me two invites. He wanted me to check out their party before I threw my own Best of the Best of the Best party. How will I be able to identify you? Will you be wearing headphones?

I won't be taping (at least I don't think they have any bands...though I'll have my gear in the car just in case), so hopefully I can blend in better with the crowd. I'll probably be the only person wearing a tye dyed shirt with a collar. I'd love to meet you...I invited you to a show once, but I think that was at a time when you were still relishing in your physical anonymity.

Jeff: compliment.

Losing to the Internet...ouch. We lost to for Best Baltimore-Related Website...go figure. Speaking of drink specials, we've been adding a ton to 600block. We're up to 98 thirst-quenching specials at In the next week, we'll be adding at least 100 more. It's our little way of gearing up for the the Best of the Best of the Best!

Darn, the blog ate my URL. Should be

Nice to meet you Sam. Here's the set from the Crazy Dreams Band:

I love me some BOB...and the party. Do they still have it at the 13th floor? Not to hate, but they could use a different venue. Large crowds and crappy elevators never mix.

It was at the Museum of Industry on Key Highway (near Little Havana). Granted this was my first BOB party, but I'll assume they've outgrown the comfy confines of the 13th Floor. It was spread out, more people outside than in, and still it was packed. Parking sucked, all of the entre dishes were empty (except lasagna) when I went thru the line...and full when I turned around to grab a napkin. You didn't have to walk far to grab a beer or see beautiful and freaky people. I even got my picture taken nude and all I drank was RC cola. Go figure....

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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