Best of Boston

Best Band

1991 Best Band, World Beat, Local


This 8-to-10-member band fuses calypso, African, and funk styles to make infectious, uplifting music that explains the packed houses and dancing crowds wherever it plays. read more»
1990 Best Band, Old Favorite

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

Their brand of gonzo R&B never wears thin. read more»
1990 Best Band, New Favorite

A tie between the Raindogs and the Heavy Metal Horns

The Dogs' improbable mixture of blues-based rock and roots won them a major-label contract last year. The Horns' big-brass treatment of World eat, jazz, and [...] read more»
1989 Best Band, Up-and-Coming


Charismatic singer Janet LaValley leads this tribe out of the valley and into the light at local clubs such as Axis, Grover's, and TT the [...] read more»
1989 Best Band, Dance

Shy Five

They're not shy; they're fly. Here is the consummate bar band. They play with the audience as much as they play for them. Fun, fun, [...] read more»
1988 Best Band, Up-and-Coming

The Zulus

They called themselves Wild Kingdom until Mutual of Omaha told them to change their name or face a lawsuit. They tried the Gospel Birds, but [...] read more»
1988 Best Band, Dance

The White Heat Orchestra

Swinging at the Roxy. It's the perfect music for your dirty dancing. read more»
1988 Best Band, Just For Fun

The Band That Time Forgot

Short on pretense, long of fun, dressed alike in dark shades and navy jackets, this band plays straight and pure music right out of the [...] read more»
1988 Best Band, Political

Senate President William Bulger’s Irish Orchestra

Senate president William Bulger's Irish orchestra, the best that state money can buy: Fiddler Seamus Connolly, on the Senate payroll for $753.46 a week; accordionist [...] read more»