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Since 1997, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST. We call it The BOBS, and we recognize the city's finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more- hundreds of winners in all. And then we throw a huge party! The event offers all of Charlotte a chance to sample the best food and drink as well as mingle with all of the BOB winners. It has become one of the most anticipated parties in the city. Check back here for more information on the 2014 BOB Awards! Voting will begin in January.


The 2013 BOB Award winners have been announced! See the winners here.  Congrats to all the winners! For a complete guide of BOB winners from 2011-2013, check out our BOB Winners' Guide by clicking here.


The 2013 BOB Award party was held at Label Charlotte Thursday, May 23. BOB Award-winning restaurants including Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, e2 emeril's eatery, Sushi Guru, Queen City Q, TCBY, Pickleville, Bean Vegan Cuisine, Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse, and Cantina 1511 served their delicious food. Live entertainment including dancers, performances by Caroline Calouche, Hannibal, Miss Mena and Caricatures by Joel. The event was hosted by 107.9 the Link's Kelly McKay and Ramona Holloway and 107.9 the Link's Anthony Michaels Show was live. Thank you to all who attended!


Video by: Vittorio Video Productions


Red carpet photos by: Catch Light Studios. CLICK FOR RED CARPET PICTURES.


Photos below by: poprock photography.

Funky Geezer

  • Personalities

Essential Information


He shows up at the Evening Muse for open mic night wearing his trademark pageboy hat, looking impossibly skinny and far too old to be out past 9 p.m. on a Wednesday. But as he starts to play, the bluesman silences all doubt. Halfway through his song, he puts on a ridiculous plastic beanie cap and declares, “Let’s get happy.” The audience whoops and claps.

He is Woody Williams, otherwise known as the Funky Geezer. Fixture at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in NoDa, onetime contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” and the best damn bluesman you can hope to see for three dollars on a weeknight. In a city often accused of being bland, he’s a much-needed enigma, a man who sings with sorrow and a sense of humor that draws us all in.

Additional Information

Year Won: 2016

Pick: Editor's Pick

Award: Best Local Character - 2016

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