57 Eddy St, Providence | 401.865.6330 | thesalonpvd.com | The Salon is The Best because the Salon’s calendar is bursting with diverse sounds and attractions six days a week (Sundays are for reading), from Wednesday’s Reggae Dancehall with DJ Red Beard to House music mastermind DJ Handsome J on Thursdays to the dazzling array of weekend wizards — DJs Dox Ellis, Nick de Paris, Knowlton, Pauly Dangerous, Oscar Champagne, Ill Will, Nick Bishop, Zak Drummond, Damian Daviid, 11:11, and the AfroSonic Collective’s Soul Teknology. On Mondays, you can get yr dance on from 6 to 8 pm with Handsome J and chuckU’s After Work Jams. And on Tuesdays, watch the images dance across the screen at Kimi’s Movie Night (a double feature with free popcorn). As the song says, you should be dancing, yeah.
BEST DANCE COMPANY: FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE
festivalballet.com | Festival Ballet Providence works its magic in large settings — at the Vets and PPAC, with grand stagings of The Nutcracker and Peter Pan — and in the intimate confines of its Black Box Theatre, where they present the ambitious “Up Close On Hope” series. Artistic director Mihalio Djuric has been the troupe’s guiding force since 1998, thrilling audiences and shaping and inspiring generations of dancers. FBP’s motto is: “Unmatched. Unbelievable. Unforgettable." Phoenix readers agree.
BEST DJ NIGHT: DJ LADYRUCK
In the words of Queen Latifah, “ladies first!” Veteran turntablist and on-air personality DJ Ladyruck (aka Sharon Ashley) was born and raised in Providence, and got her start on 90.3 WRIU-FM more than 20 years ago. She held down a five-year tenure as host of “The B-Side,” inspired by cut-chemist cohorts such as Ulysses and the late, great Kurty Kut. Ladyruck eventually landed regular gigs at ol-skool spots ranging from the Living Room to Jovan’s, and currently spins hip-hop and R&B as a resident DJ at Fête. Check out more from DJ Ladyruck at musicfeen.com and hit up the venerable rap site Datpiff.com for free downloads of Ladyruck’s recent mixtapes The Storm and Remixed (The First Lady).
BEST EROTIC ENTERTAINMENT CLUB: THE CADILLAC LOUNGE 361 Charles St, Providence | 401.521.7469 | thecadillaclounge.com | Every industry has its version of the Best, and the Cadillac Lounge has often been named the Club of the Year in the Northeast. The sprawling venue offers a seductive feast, with three full bars, food, five rooms, an all-nude room, three floors, 20 VIP sections, an outdoor patio, and more than 200 female entertainers from around the world (and visits from the stars of the adult film world). What happens at the Cadillac Lounge stays at the Cadillac Lounge.
BEST FILMMAKER: DAVID BETTENCOURT
davidbettencourt.com | It’s fitting that David Bettencourt won our first Best Filmmaker award, since his work documents quintessential Rhode Island subjects: Rocky Point Park (You Must Be This Tall), legendary punk rockers Neutral Nation (It’s a Bash!), and our seaside aristocracy (Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport). His Twitter handle sums it up: @dbshootsfilm. And Phoenix readers deemed him @TheBest.
BEST FOLK VENUE: COLUMBUS THEATRE