Best Music of the Rockin' City

Help select the fan favorites 2018 Best Musical Acts of the Rockin' City.

This year’s voting will be in two rounds:

  • Round 1: Nomination (22-28 nov). Nominate musicians/bands. We make this easy! Simply return to starting Nov 22 and nominate your favorites. We'll announce the start of Round 1 on the Huntsville Music Facebook Page
  • Round 2: Voting (Nov 29-Dec 13). Return to again where you will find the top 10 successful nominees from each category listed. Then cast your official vote! Yeah!

Results: Will be announced December 14, 2018.

Categories: All those we had last year PLUS a new one: Americana/Roots. View last year’s results and categories here.

Eligibility: To be included in this competition a musician/band must have played at least 5 gigs (Category 'rock') and 3 gigs (all other categories) in Huntsville and/or Madison in 2018. Open Mics/Jams do not count. Our data is less than perfect. If we aren't showing an act you think meets the criteria please get in touch. Here's how the list stands today. NOTE: We are adding a new category Americana/Roots to this in the next few days. If your band is one of these check back in a couple of days to make sure you are on the list.

Ties: Resolved by coin toss

Don’t want to be a part of it? No problem, just email

Winners to be announced on December 14, 2018. There will be First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention for each category.

Winners Receive Goodies Donated By These Music Supporting Organizations

Luciano - A Fine Italian Restaurant
Luciano - A Fine Italian Restaurant
Taste the Good Life. Classic Italian cuisine. Sauces from scratch, bread baked in our kitchen & specials every week.
Nick's Ristorante
Nick's Ristorante
The Hidden Gem of Fine Dining in The Valley. VOTED "BEST STEAK" in North Alabama by Alabama CattleMan's Association!
Civil Axe Throwing Huntsville
Civil Axe Throwing
Throw an axe. Be awesome. Repeat. Sport & Recreational Axe Throwing.
SideTracks Music Hall
SideTracks Music Hall
"LOCAL" Food Flavors, Craft Beers & Liquors plus a Crossroads of Live Fresh Music.
Sip Fine Spirits and Cigar Lounge
SiP Fine Spirits & Cigar Lounge
Ventilated lounge, walk in humidor, full liquor bar and smoke free bar-lounge.
A.M. Booth Lumberyard
A.M. Booth Lumberyard
Fresh food, live music on multiple platforms in a refurbished, 100 year-old lumberyard.
What do Winners Receive?
  • They will be central in any publicity effort we have to promote the contest results.
  • They will be listed on the “Best of 2018” results page.
  • They will be identified and specially marked during 2019 anywhere they appear on the calendar. The public can see that the musician/act is special.
  • Updated 6 Nov 2018. So far, at least six venues/music supporters have pledged to provide items of tangable benefit for first and 2nd place winners. We expect more to follow! Yeah!!! If we have enough prizes we will include honorable mentions.


Don't be shy about going to your facebook feeds, etc and putting out the word to nominate and vote when the process actually begins Nov 22. You don't want to take a lower place than you deserve - because people who follow you did not know about voting. Level the playing field - get the word out.

OUR GOALS FOR 'BEST OF': partners Carl Thomas and Rick 'Parker' Dieffenbach have the following goals for the 'Best of' competition.

  • Shine a bright light on local musicians.
  • Give fans a way to express their appreciation.
  • Excite fans so they will introduce their friends/neighbors/aunts/uncles, etc to local music.
  • Promote venues and local business that promote live music.
  • Promote healthy competition.
  • Enjoy the ride.