Best of La Crosse County 2016: Arts & Entertainment

Every year, La Crosse’s cultural arts scene gets a little bit stronger. As our community grows more diverse, so do your interests, and we’re gradually seeing more options for taking in live music, visual arts, and other entertainment. Our Arts & Entertainment categories celebrate all La Crosse County has to offer in these areas. Congratulations to all of our winners. See full results below.

Art Space

  1. All Glazed Up! – 28.9%
  2. Pump House Regional Arts Center – 26.9%
  3. Weber Center for the Performing Arts – 21.2%

Art Gallery

  1. Pump House Regional Arts Center – 63.4%
  2. University Gallery, UW-La Crosse – 16.7%
  3. Satori Arts – 7.1%

Local Artist

  1. TUGG (musicians) – 28.9%
  2. Bob Good (photographer) – 27.5%
  3. Michael Martino (sculptor) – 10.8%

Local Writer/Poet

  1. Susan T. Hessel – 24.3%
  2. Heidi Blanke – 20.7%
  3. Adam “A.J.” Binash – 17.8%

Local Comedian

  1. Tracy Ballzer – 39.6%
  2. Michael Scott – 20.8%
  3. Shane Mauss – 14.8%

Comedy Group

  1. Heart of La Crosse – 32.0%
  2. Live! from La Crosse – 19.0%
  3. Muse Theatre – 16.9%

New Attraction

  1. The Charmant Hotel – 45.7%
  2. Duluth Trading Co. – 16.9%
  3. La Crosse Escape Room – 15.6%

Cinema

  1. The Rivoli Theatre & Pizzeria – 53.1%
  2. Marcus Theatres La Crosse Cinema – 43.0%
  3. Pump House Regional Arts Center (Pump House Film Society) – 3.8%

Museum

  1. Children’s Museum of La Crosse – 70.6%
  2. Hixon House – 11.2%
  3. Dahl Auto Museum – 9.7%

Music Store

  1. Deaf Ear Record Exchange – 32.1%
  2. Dave’s Guitar Shop – 28.1%
  3. Leithold Music – 19.9%

Music Instruction/Instructor

  1. Leithold Music – 42.2%
  2. Gregg “Cheech” Hall – 24.4%
  3. Reed Music Studios – 13.6%

Performing Arts Group

  1. La Crosse Community Theatre – 31.0%
  2. Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps – 26.5%
  3. Viterbo University Performing Arts – 23.9%

Performance Venue

  1. Weber Center for the Performing Arts – 33.3%
  2. Riverside Park – 21.2%
  3. La Crosse Center – 20.1%

Live Music Venue

  1. Riverside Park – 36.1%
  2. La Crosse Center – 26.0%
  3. The Root Note – 15.0%

Local Band or Singer

  1. The Remainders – 32.6%
  2. TUGG – 25.9%
  3. Dan Sebranek / String Ties – 17.1%

Rock Band

  1. The Remainders – 31.7%
  2. Monkey Wrench  – 22.8%
  3. TUGG – 22.5%

Jam Band

  1. TUGG – 32.5%
  2. Last Call – 19.7%
  3. The Smokin’ Bandits – 18.5%

Country Band

  1. Trouble Shooter – 25.3%
  2. Whiskey Lane – 17.7%
  3. The Pat Watters Band – 17.6%

Jazz Band

  1. Greg Balfany – 27.9%
  2. Seven Rivers Jazz Band – 27.3%
  3. Under Paris Skies – 14.0%

Acoustic / Bluegrass Band

  1. String Ties – 33.4%
  2. Gregg “Cheech” Hall – 23.3%
  3. Pigtown Fling String Band – 21.0%

Irish Band

  1. Celtic Cross of La Crosse – 39.9%
  2. Pigtown Fling String Band – 23.8%
  3. Coulee Celtic Band – 22.8%

Funk Band

  1. TUGG – 60.6%
  2. Cheddar Groove – 21.2%
  3. The Adam Palm Band – 16.5%

Indie / Alternative Band

  1. TUGG – 46.9%
  2. Porcupine – 15.2%
  3. Matt Monsoor – 14.2%

Hip-Hop Artist

  1. Peaches – 53.3%
  2. Mario Street – 18.7%
  3. Afterhourss Collective – 10.5%

Budget Entertainment

  1. Free Concerts at Riverside Park – 39.0%
  2. Rivoli Theatre & Pizzeria – 20.8%
  3. Hixon Forest / La Crosse Marsh Trails – 17.6%

Place to Meet Singles

  1. 3rd Street, Downtown La Crosse – 30.0%
  2. Bodega Brew Pub – 21.6%
  3. Church – 21.0%

Best of La Crosse County 2016