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Cultural Dinner 2021 Registration

The event is planned for September. Expect more details very soon. Sign up here to let us know you may be interested. This is a planned virtual meet & greet to prepare for upcoming Motif Spoken Word & Storytelling awards. Includes meal kits delivered to you and a Zoom conversation.




Policy of Motif on Matters of Sexual Harassment

Motif stands with and believes survivors of sexual assault.

We take seriously our responsibility to our community and collaborators to foster the conversations that effect social change, no matter how difficult, and we are committed to being vigilant in this work. This includes reevaluating our relationships with sources and contributors when allegations come to light, as well as being a strong ally and voice for those who come forward.

Motif is committed to transparency and we respect our responsibility to live up to the trust you place in us.

Emily Olson, Editor
Mike Ryan, Publisher




Motif Music Awards Process

People often ask us about the nomination process for the Music Awards. Here’s how we do it, spelled out in as much detail as we can muster:

First, we contact every booking entity we know of in the area. This includes everyone who has sent us music related press releases, been in our listings, been covered as a venue, podcast, producer or label over the years, or that any of our editorial team and music writers are aware of. Our contact list is not always as up-to-date as we would like, but most of them are people we correspond with periodically, so it’s pretty fresh. We also ask our salespeople to contribute contact information (they know everybody), and our writers contribute contacts, then our admin staff (with the help of intrepid interns) try to chase everyone down to get their suggestions. In 2021, coming out of lockdown, a lot of venues were still shuttered and we had no interns, so everything has had an added level of randomness. Everyone participating is sent a list of suggested categories, but also open-ended questions.

Our outreach protocol is 1. Send email. 2. Send to alternate email addresses if we have them in sales, accounting or among the writers. 3. Remind/nudge/reach out on social media. 4. Call. 5. Repeat the emails. Go to the venues we still haven’t reached, if possible. To all of these contacts, we send a list of probable categories and ask the open-ended questions: What were your favorite acts?

Once we have everyone’s nominations in, we put them all in a giant spreadsheet. There are several people working on the data entry, because it’s a lot.

Many of the nominations we receive don’t specify what category. We’re okay with that – we want the input and feedback, and we’d rather sort through the details ourselves than have people not respond because it’s too much work. But it does leave a lot of parsing, as we try to figure out how to categorize act. We know some of the results are a bit forced, and of course every performer has their own unique sound. But without categories, it’s hard to do the voting part.

From that spreadsheet, we do straight math – if something or someone received five or six nods from nominators, it gets on the nominee list over something that got one or two. We pick the top 4 – 8 entries in each category, and remove categories that had fewer than 4 nominees.

Unfortunately, straight math alone can’t do the whole trick – we frequently end up with ties. And, of course, we need to filter out the bands that are inactive, aren’t really local or are in the wrong category.

For that part of the process, we have meetings. Usually two, inviting all our music writers and any other people we think have in-depth knowledge of particular parts of the community and can help answer those questions. The goal is to break the ties and settle on a final set of nominees.

Winners are chosen by the public, with over 6,600 voters participating in 2019. We require each voter to enter a unique email address, and we have technology to block vote fraud, detecting AI patterns, duplicate IP addresses, etc. We know some people can vote a couple of times (at work, at home for example) but with that many voters, it’s incredibly rare that any selection comes down to just a few votes, and we’ve taken all possible precautions, including review by humans, to prevent bots and the like.

It’s certainly true that you have an advantage if you get out there on social media, and you have advantages if lots of people saw a show. We WANT the widespread participation – one of our fundamental goals is to get people to realize how robust the music scene is, and how many shows and bands are out there and how much more activity there is than the average voter may have realized. If bands scare up votes, it still helps us all.

Suggestions for improvement are always welcomed, and we tweak our process a little bit every year, so if you want to reach out, send us a FB message, tweet or IG message or email Mike at publisher@motifri.com.




Cancel Cancel Culture: WaterFire Eye-to-Eye speaker encouraged her audience to consider a different route to change

WaterFire recently hosted the latest in their Eye-to-Eye series of public lectures intended to inspire thoughtful conversations around timely social topics. The event was co-sponsored by Leadership Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation and featured Loretta Ross, a professor from Smith College who came to discuss the topic of cancel culture. Her ]premise is that cancel culture within liberal circles actually hobbles liberal causes by directing dissent inward, alienating potential allies over distinctions of relatively little consequence and distracting from the larger, real issues that require cooperation and understanding to address. She discussed her own learning curve, from a full career spent in activism around issues of social justice and gender and race equity.

“For close to 20 years, my motivation for doing this work was anger, because I was angry, I was angry at the world and I wanted to make a difference by grabbing the world by the throat and choking it. I was not a turn the other cheek person — if you hit me, I’d lay you out on the ground.”

In the course of her activism, she became involved in a lot of outreach. “For years, I taught Black feminist theory to Black men incarcerated for raping women. I taught race history to incarcerated white supremacists. So I had to learn to find love for the people who only know hate.”

The only way, she found, to make progress and change minds was to embrace those who disagreed with her and show them a different way. Not exclude them. Not pile on them. What she sees happening now, especially online, forces people in the opposite direction. She mentioned the “Caste” podcast by journalist Isabel Wilkerson and one of its consistent themes: that you can’t change society, unless you are willing to take responsibility for it. That highlights a huge difference between blame and responsibility, which has guided her through the latter part of her career inciting change.

Essentially, she encouraged the audience not to worry about what they were fighting against in society. “Focus on what you are fighting FOR.” Despite the heavy subject matter, Ross had the audience laughing throughout her delightfully anecdotal and engaging talk, which was followed by a community conversation moderated by Sterling Clinton-Spellman.

This lecture was held at the WaterFire Arts Center amid their current “Eye to Eye” and “Witness” exhibitions of photographic art by Mary Beth Meehan and Jonathan Pitts-Wiley, which created a perfect backdrop. It is an exhibition that could truly only take place in a space with the scale of the Art Center’s stories-high main hall, a virtual airplane hanger of art. Meehan’s poignant portraits of diverse Rhode Island everymen and everywomen are well worth dropping by to see, and they complemented the large, engaged audience nicely, bearing silent witness to the discussion.

The series is ongoing; watch waterfire.org for updates and coming attractions.




Motif 2021 Music Awards

It’s time again – finally! – for Motif’s RI Music Awards. Please help show your support for local music by choosing some of these fine artists. We know a lot of people haven’t been out much over the last year and a half, but either cast your minds back to the before times, or check out the links in our online survey, which will let you assess the music of most of the artists mentioned here.

SAVE THE DATE!

Monday, August 23, 6 – 9pm at FMH
(Fete Music Hall), 103 Dike St, PVD

Or hit us up – and spread the word – on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/events/261035492492492

BEST ONLINE STREAMING PERFORMANCE 

Check Yourself – 7th Annual Holiday Benefit Show on YouTube
Joe Potenza at The Parlour
MisSter DylaN on Patreon
MorganEve Swain at The Knickerbocker
Sgt Baker and the Clones at The Parlour
Steve Donovan on Facebook
Vague Perception on Facebook

BEST COVID PIVOT 

Askew – allowed filming, block parties
Dusk – outdoor concerts and movies
Galactic Theatre – ice cream and drinks to go
Greenwich Odeum – private screenings, rented out marquee
The Parlour – rebuilt into recording studio; pizza

MUSIC VIDEO (All Genres)

Beth Barron “I’m Alive”
Fine. “Yellow and Pink”
Glenn Thomas “Black Muddy River”
Joe Bruce & Clockwork “The Story of Jacob PT 2”
Stefan Couture “Rules All Changed”
Toad & The Stooligans “Stevie Sees”
Twin Brook “Welcome To Flavortown”
The War In Kids “Goodbye, My Valentine”

PHOTO/ PHOTOGRAPHY

James Lastowski
Ken Abrams
Lisa Gourley
Richard McCaffrey
Rick Ferell
Small Frye

FAVORITE SOUND PERSON 

Brian Cabral
Dan Baldwin
Graham Mellor
Mike Arruda
Raza Sufi
Vinnie Bellows
Greg Bass

FAVORITE PROMOTER

Chrissy Stewart / PVDLive
Haki Events / Providence World Music
Hana Ko
John Difrusco
Mike Delehanty
Mike Panico
Rob Duguay / Top 5 Fiend
SELF LUV

Americana

BEST ACT

Cowboy and Lady
Dan Blakeslee 
Consuelo’s Revenge
Horse-Eyed Men
Man and Wife
Nate Cozzolino and the Lost Arts
Sharks Come Cruisin’

SINGER / SONGWRITER

Allysen Callery
Lisa Couto
Ben Shaw
Dan Lilley
Bethany Killian 
Chrissy Stewart
Allison Rose 
Dan Blakeslee
Ed McGuirl
John Faraone
Kat Kiley
Lauren King
Nate Cozzolino

VOCALIST

AJ Salemi
Joanne Lurgio
Becky Bass
Beth Barron
Elwood Donnelly
Jesse Desorcy
Mike Laureanno
Brian Twohey
Sean Connell
Nate Cozzolino
Nicole Gauthier
Penn Sultan
Tammy Laforest

BLUEGRASS BAND

Four Bridges
Greystone Rail
Highway’s End
Ocean State Ramblers
Rock Hearts

COUNTRY ACT

Back Rhodes
Charlie Marie
Lauren King
Matt Gillooly
Ayla Brown

BLUES ACT

Adapter Adapter
The Founders
Neal & the Vipers
James Montgomery Blues Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

CHORAL ACT

Chorus of Westerly
Newman Church Choir
Providence Singers
Rhode Island Civic Chorale
Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus 

FOLK ACT

Atwater-Donnelly
How’s About Charlie
Lucas Neil
Museum Legs
Dan Lilley & The Keepers
Cardboard Ox

JAZZ ACT

John Allmark Jazz Octet
Leland Baker
Greg Abate
Mike Rollins & Co.
The Honk
Bobby Keyes Trio
Chris Flory
Joe Potenza

R&B ACT

Autocrats
Slurp
Beetle Funk
Mary Gipson
Steve Smith & the Nakeds
Z-Boys

WORLD MUSIC

Atwater Donnelly
Eastern Medicine Singers
Evans Molina
The Pourmen
Sidy Maiga
Yacouba Diabate

STREET BAND / BRASS BAND / MARCHING BAND

Brass Attack
ERB
Kick‘n Brass band
Providence Drum Troupe

BEST OPEN MIC

Askew Thursdays with Adam Newell
RISA Virtual Open Mic
Java Madness with Al Keith
The Parlour Open Mic with Steve Donovan
Two Hundo Open Mic

BEST ALBUM

Allysen Callery – “Ghost Folk”
Charlie Marie – “Ramble On”
Dan Blakeslee – “Christmasland Jubilee”
Evening Sky – “One Mic, Two Weekends”
Johnny Juxo – “Get Off My Lawn”
Lauren King – “The Wolf is Back” 
Will Orchard – “I Reached My Hand Out”

BEST FESTIVAL

Rhythm and Root
RI Blues Fest
RI Country Music Fest
RI (formerly Providence) Folk Fest
Washington County Fair
Warren Folks Festival

Alternative

BEST ACT

123 Astronaut
The Benji’s
Bochek
Gnarnia
Jets Can’t Land 
The Quahogs
Strip Mall
Viking Jesus

BEST LIVE ACT

Blackletter
David Tessier and the All-Star Stars
Hope Anchor
Princess 
Ravi Shavi
Smith&Weeden
Spocka Summa
Vague Perception

REGGAE ACT

Becky Bass
Natural Element
Professor Roots
Soul Shot
Upsetta International Sound System

SKA BAND

The Brunt of It
Copacetics
The Essays
Sweet Babylon

JAM BAND

Animal Face
The Free Radicals
House Combo at Nick-a-Nees
Nate Cozzolino
Stupid Robots

GARAGE BAND

Dirty Birds
Foul Weather Friend
Harvey Garbage
Jets Can’t Land
Song Birds
The Underwires
We Own Land

NOISE BAND

Baylies Band
freakbag
Muggs Fogarty
Psychic Graveyard
Black Pus

LATIN ACT

Christian Cano Taborda
EhShawnee
Alebreke
Jesus Andujar
Mambo Pa Ti
Mickey Y Su All Stars Latin Band

POP PUNK ACT

Adjuncts
The Callouts
Electric Joey
Electric Paisan
Follow Thru
Math the Band
Stubborn Hearts
U.G.L.Y.

PUNK ACT 

Blasphemaddicts
DNR
Fine.
Gnarnia 
McGunks 
Midnight Creeps
The Paraplegics
Sick Pills

HARDCORE

Anxious Wave
Dreamwell
Lewd
Reason to Fight
Sullest

METAL

Ancient Torment
Angry Skull
Burr
Churchburn
Cyttorak
Haxen
new idol

PROG AND EMO

Consider Yourself
Ghosts in the Snow
Leiko
People Eating Plastic
Sprues and Runners
Strip Mall

VOCALIST

Bob Kadlec
Craig Ferris
Dave Laros
Stev Delmonico
Courtney Swain
Jenn Lombari
Heather Rose
Jess Moroney
Kris Hansen
Malyssa BellaRosa
Paul Everett
Roz Raskin  

BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Bullet Proof Backpack
Gamma Rage
MiSster DylaN
Moodrunners
PonyBoy
Today is Tomorrow

FAVORITE ALBUM

Dreamwell “Modern Grotesque“
The Hammer Party “SMASHED HITS”
Math the Band “Flange Factory Five“
The McGunks  “Going Out Early“
NOVA ONE “lovable”
Stubborn Hearts “Tales from a Red Flag Galaxy“
Twin Foxes “Broken Bell“
U.G.L.Y. “Goons Live Young”

TRIBUTE BAND

Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
Forever Young (Neil Young)
Hey Nineteen (Steely Dan)
Playing Dead (Grateful Dead)
RI Beatlejazz (The Beatles)
Zilch (The Monkees)

COVER BAND

The All-Star Stars
Heavy Rescue
The O’Tooles
The Pogs
Smokin Mirrors
Take It to the Bridge

KARAOKE NIGHT 

The Ave
JW’s Thirsty Thursdays
Laura at Boomerangs Roadhouse
Mickey Doyle’s
The Parlour
WRIK at Chan’s

BEST FESTIVAL

RI PRIDE
Revival Fest 4th of July
Scurvy Dog Mega Parking Lot Mega Show
Terptown Throwdown

Electronica

HIP-HOP ACT

Big Lux
Chachi and the International Players
Freddie Black
jesse the Tree
Jon Hope
John Phelps
Pharaoh Jaxson
Spocka Summa

BREAKTHROUGH HIP-HOP ACT

Atomic
Chach
Done Right Every Now and Then
Lord Willin’
Redd Rebel 
Stephen Greene

BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM

Chach – “Perspective”
jesse the Tree – “space tomatoes”
joe bruce & ClarkWork – “The Ruff Mixes”
Jon Hope – “Hope All is Well”
Slitty Wrists – “Slitty Wrists LP”
ToadStool & Dan Pomfret – “Ronald Raygun”

ELECTRONIC

Artist Jackie
Baby, Baby: Explores the Reasons Why that Gum is Still on the Sidewalk 
D.U.M.E. 
DJ Venom 
Droplets 
Joe-Lou 
Providence Deep Underground
Where’s Nasty 

BEST CLUB DJ

Brian Carter
Desi Renegade
DJ Franchise
DJ Nes
DJ Roxy Epoxy
Indigo Monday
Rick Lataille WRIK
Ty Jesso & John O’Leary

BEST DANCE NIGHT 

Charlie Tunes (usually at Revival)
DarkMode (usually at The Parlour Providence)
Focal (usually in Pawtucket)
Let’s Dance at the Knickerbocker
Nokturnal (usually at Dusk)
Reggae Mondays at the Parlour
Soul Power (usually at Dusk)

Motif would like to thank the over 30 venues and booking agents across the state that participated,
despite these unusual times, in helping to select nominees and celebrate local music. Also thank you to
our team of advisors and contributors, and especially to all the local talent who never let the music die!




Live Music is Back!

Check this space for updates on Motif’s RI Music Awards 2021. Everything that almost happened in 2020 and more! Voting will start in August, and the event will be Monday August 23, 2021 at Fete Music Hall.




On the Cover: July 2021

Original cover by Ry Smith

Typically, we plan our covers nearly two months in advance while remaining nimble enough to change our cover art at a moment’s notice should breaking news warrant it. For the first time in Motif’s history, we changed our cover art three times in one week – from the gorgeous work (pictured above) by Ry Smith, to another cover (pictured below) photographed by Small Frye as shocking news rocked the theater community, to still another as a horrifying tale of police brutality in Providence took center stage. 




Safety in Theater

On Monday, July 26, a new group tentatively titled the RI Theater Coalition will hold its first meeting. The group’s goal will be to discuss logistics involved in executing ideas that can make the local theater community its best, safest self.

The group meeting is open to leaders of local theater groups, and will include individuals with professional HR, harassment policy and safety backgrounds. The meeting will be focused on organizational goals and administrative challenges. It will not be a town hall format, but it will be open to all who are interested in watching over Zoom, and there will be a moderated zoom QA session at the end. The online event will be hosted at the Academy Players space.

For time, attendee and access information, check back at academyplayersri.org or their Facebook page.




Motif’s 2021 RI Drink Awards

Please join us for the Motif 2021 RI Drink Awards

Monday, September 13 from 6-9pm at R1 Indoor Karting, 100 Higginson Ave, Lincoln, RI 02865
Yes, there will be food trucks!

Our Beer & Spirits Awards are new. We asked our eats & drinks writers, and the planners of most local beer fests and the bartenders at a number of local craft-focused pubs, but the biggest contributors to these nominations were the brewers themselves. We asked each brewery to let us know their three favorites, and if they felt like it, three favorites from among the work of other locals. Amazingly, brewers were at least as likely to recommend others as to tout their own stuff. The sense of community and respect for other brewers was really remarkable, and it was clear that for most in this local industry, the shared love of great beer or spirits forged a bond stronger than any competition.

After we got all those nomination, we did a whole bunch of math, confered with our writers, and you see the results here. And yes, every place makes IPAs, so we let that category fill to the brim. If you were a nominator and don’t see something you sent in, we apologize – they couldn’t all get in.

This year, we’re also doing Food Truck Awards.

Both events are celebrations of these crowd-pleasing art forms. Vote! Take a look around at the other nominated goodies – maybe find inspiration for your next sampling night or meal. Pick your favorites, please, but the emphasis isn’t on who wins, it’s on recognizing how much amazing food and drink is being produced right here in our own backyard.

Here are the nominees:

beer+

BELGIAN

Belgian Quad with Black Currants by White Birch Brewing
Honey Hibiscus Wit by General’s Crossing
Night Swim’Ah by Revival
Pineapple Wit by Malted Barley

DIPA+

All Seeing Eye by Long Live Beerworks
Captain’s Daughter by Grey Sail
Dipahh by Malted Barley
Emu Wars by Proclamation
Grow by Tilted Barn
Rhode Rage by Newport Storm
The King Is Dead by Union Station
The Other One by Tilted Barn
Wanderer by Whalers

IPA

Cranston Thug Life by Union Station
F-Bomb IPA by Taproot Brewing Co.
Little Sister by Grey Sail
Object Permanence by Buttonwoods Brewery
Orange Belt IPA by BOE
Rhode Trip by Newport Storm
Something a Little More Interesting by White Birch Brewing
Tendril by Proclamation
You Are Such an Ass by Ravenous
You Thirsty by Revival

KOLSCH

Handline Kolsch by Devil’s Purse
Kolsch by Shaidzon
Kolsch by Trinity Brew Pub
Rhode Island Blueberry by Newport Storm

LAGER

Fest by Narragansett
Hang Loose by 12 Guns
Lawn Boy by Tilted Barn
Munich Madness by General’s Crossing
Path Forward Amber Lager by The Guild
Proc Circles by Proclamation
Small Victories by Origin Beer Project
The Lightest Beer We Have by Beer on Earth

PALE ALE

Conanicut Pale Ale by General’s Crossing
Federal Hill by Foolproof
Pale Remedy by Rejects Brewing
RISE by Whalers
Through the Prism by Origin Beer Project
Union Jack English Pub Ale by Bravo Brewing

PALE ALE: BLONDES & CREAMS

Day Tripper by Whalers
Debut Single by Moniker Brewery
Flagship by Grey Sail
Fresh Catch by Narragansett
The Meg by 12 Guns

PILSNER/PILSENER

Bohemian Pilsener by Buttonwoods Brewery
Bohemian Grove Pilsner by The Guild
Buffalo Czech Pilsner by Shaidzon
Flummox by Proclamation
Lenni by Six Pack Brewing
Peralta Pils by Rejects Brewing
Vineyard Pils by Taproot Brewing Co.
West Fountain St. Pilsner by Beer on Earth

PORTER

Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter by
Evaporator by Moniker Brewery
Jake by Six Pack Brewing
Raincloud by Foolproof
Winter Sol by Tilted Barn

REDS & BROWNS

Neapolitan by Crooked Current
Red Ale by Linesider
Tommy’s Red by Trinity Brew Pub
West Kingston 12 by Shaidzon

SOUR

Be Fruitful Blueberry Sour by Smug
Blueberry Cobbler by 12 Guns
Hail Beary by Revival
Oakville Sour by Proclamation
Sense of Place by Buttonwoods Brewery
Vango by Foolproof

STOUT

Coffee Milk Stout by Ravenous
Dick’s Irish Stout by The Guild
Fade into Darkness by Origin Beer Project
Holy by Long Live Beerworks
Jamaican Me Crazy by Trinity Brew Pub
Kiss the Night Goodbye by Long Live Beerworks
Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout by Crooked Current
Mole Stout by Rejects Brewing
My Name is Outis Pastry Stout by Long Live Beerworks
Sweet Spot Imperial Stout by Long Live Beerworks

WEISS & WHEAT

Blueberry Berliner by White Birch Brewing
Cooper by Six Pack Brewing
Fuzzy Distance by Moniker Brewery
I Am A Raspberry Donut Berliner Weisse by Beer on Earth
Pinky Swear by Revival
Rasberry American Wheat by Crooked Current
Screaming Viking by Trinity Brew Pub

MISC. BEER

Blueberry Bloem by Long Live Beerworks
Bock by Smug
Dreadnought Doppelbock by Bravo Brewing
Malted Barleywine by Malted Barley

SELTZERS+

Del’s Rhode Island Hard Tea by Narragansett
Drift – Cucumber Lime by Whaler
Lemon And Ginger by Willie’s Superbrew

other categories

FAVORITE LABEL ART

Clarity & Convergence by Long Live Beerworks
Crushable by Smug
Dinghy Party by Grey Sail
Fanny IPA by Revival
Heavy Metal Parking Lot by Beer on Earth
Mexican Paloma by Rejects
Rhodelo by Moniker
Shut It Down. by Proclamation

WHISKEY

Apple Flavored Whiskey by SOL
Cornucopia Whiskey by White Dog
Uprising by SOL
Whiskey by White Dog

GIN

Rhodium Forager’s Gin by RI Spirits
True Born Gin by SOL
Ornamental Gin by ISCO

OTHER SPIRITS

Blue Velvet Bourbon by ISCO
Limoncello by RI Spirits
Puppy Bourbon by White Dog
Rhodium Black Coffee & Walnut Vodka by RI Spirits
Structural Vodka by ISCO

FAVORITE BEER FEST

Beervana (Cranston, October)
Craft Beer Races (Newport, July)
Newport Food Truck & Craft beer Festival (Newport, October)
RI Brew Fest (PVD, January)
Witches Brew Fest (Smithfield, October)

FAVORITE DRINKING SPACE

Beer on Earth (Slow Rhode)
Buttonwoods
Long Live Brewery
Revival Brewing
The Guild
Tilted Barn
Trinity Brew Pub
Union Station

FAVORITE POP UP

Guild Mobile
Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails
RI Cruisin’ Cocktails
Trinity Beer Tent

* Please note Ragged Island Brewery asked to not be included in this event.




Motif’s 2021 RI Food Truck Awards

Please join us for the Motif 2021 Food Truck Award Ceremony

Monday, September 13 from 6-9pm at R1 Indoor Karting, 100 Higginson Ave, Lincoln, RI 02865
Yes, there will be food trucks!

Our Food Truck Awards, now in its 5th year (with time off for pandemics), draws nominations from our food writers and the event planners at Food Trucks In and other food truck events around the state, plus suggestions from the trucks themselves.

This year, we’re also doing Drink Awards.

Both events are celebrations of these crowd-pleasing art forms. Take a look around at the other nominated goodies – maybe find inspiration for your next sampling night or meal. Pick your favorites, please, but the emphasis isn’t on who wins, it’s on recognizing how much amazing food and drink is being produced right here in our own backyard.

Here are the nominees:

TRUCKS

BURGERS

Atomic Burgers
Bonetown BBQ & Burgers
Haven Brothers
Pit Stop
Rocket Fine Street Food
Rogue on the Rhode

HOT DOGS/SAUSAGES

Haven Brothers
Rocket Fine Street Food
Saugy’s
The Ish

BBQ

Binge BBQ
Bonetown BBQ & Burgers
GottaQ BBQ Food Truck & Catering
Little B’s BBQ
Smoke & Squeal

FRENCH FRIES

Basil & Bunny
Flip N’ Roll
Friskie Fries
Ming’s Asian Street Food
Red’s Street Kitchen

GRILLED CHEESE

Captain Cheese
Championship Melt
Fancheezical
Red’s Street Kitchen

CHICKEN WINGS/
FRIED CHICKEN

Farm to Sandwich
Just Winging It
La Guaguita Del Sabor
Ming’s Asian Street Food
Red’s Street Kitchen

SANDWICH-LIKE OBJECTS

Farm to Sandwich
JA Patty
Rogue on the Rhode
TrapboxPVD
Twisted T’s

SEAFOOD

Binge BBQ
Blount Seafood
La Costa Lobster & Tacos
Shuckin Truck
TrapBoxPVD

OTHER ETHNIC

JA Patty
My Bros Gyros
Pit Stop
The Ish
The Village Greek

TACOS

HG80
Ocean Grove Burrito Bar
Paco’s Tacos
Poco Loco Tacos
Supa Dupa

LATIN INFLUENCE

Johnny’s Chimi Place
La Fogata Food Truck
La Guaguita Del Sabor
TrapboxPVD

ASIAN INFLUENCE

Incred-A-Bowl
Lotus Pepper
Ming’s Asian Street Food
Nanu the Bermese Fusion

ITALIAN influence

A Mano Pizza + Gelato
Bird’s Nest Italian Street Food
Gilded Tomato
W’S Mobile Wood Fired Pizza Oven

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN/GLUTEN-FREE

Basil & Bunny
Like No Udder
Lotus Pepper
Ming’s Asian Street Food

BREAKFAST & BRUNCH

Oatmiel Café
Poppy’s Waffles
Presto Strange O Coffee
Sunnyside on the Street
The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles

COFFEE

Café Modesto
Nitro Cart
Presto Strange O Coffee
The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles

DESSERT

Black Dog Donuts
Poppy’s Waffles
Shishkaberry’s of New England
The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles

DESSERT: CUPCAKES

Erm’s Cupcakes
Jo Jo’s Cupcakes
Sarcastic Sweets
The Cupcakory

DESSERT: FROZEN

Atomic Blonde Ice Cream
Del’s Lemonade
Hawaiian Jim’s Shave Ice
Kona Ice
Like No Udder
Palagis Ice Cream

FOOD TRUCK WITH STOREFRONT

Bonetown BBQ & Burgers
Friskie Fries
GottaQ BBQ
Like No Udder
Paco’s Tacos Mobile Mex
Poco Loco Taco
Red’s Street Kitchen

GRAPHICS

Alien Ice Cream
Atomic Burgers
Championship Melt
Farm to Sandwich
Friskie Fries

NEW TRUCK

Atomic Burger
Basil & Bunny
Black Dog Donuts
Butterhead RI
Farm to Sandwich
Supa Dupa Food Truck
TrapboxPVD

FAV MENU ITEM NAME

Basel & Bunny: MMMBop Tarts
Butterhead Food Truck: Sahady So Hotty
Championship Melt: Piledriver
Ming’s Asian Street Food: Pho’tine
Rocket Fine Street Food: The Roswell

ALL WEATHER WARRIOR

JA Patty
Poppy’s Waffles
Red’s Street Kitchen
Rocket Fine Street Food

UNIQUE OFFERINGS

Atomic Blonde Ice Cream
HG80
The Hot Potato
The Ish
Twisted T’s

OTHER CATEGORIES

LOCATION/FESTIVAL

Food Truck Friday Carousel Village
Food Trucks at Narragansett Beach
Hope & Main’s Schoolyard Twilight Party
New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Providence Flea
Warwick Food Truck Nights

POP-UP

A Guy and His Pie
Dump Truck
Kenza’s Delights
Our Table
The Perfect Sweet Shoppe
Tizzy K’s

PORTABLE NOT-QUITE-TRUCK

Newport Chowder Co.
Sweet B’s Donuts
Weenie Wizard
Tricycle Ice Cream

FORMERLY A TRUCK

Gastros
Helado Taiyaki
Hometown Poke
Kow Kow
Rhody Roots

OUTDOOR TREAT (NOT A TRUCK)

Brickley’s Ice Cream (Wakefield)
Gray’s Ice Cream (Tiverton)
Iggy’s Doughboys (Various)
Lincoln Creamery (Lincoln)
Moose Café (Tiverton)
Mr. Lemon
Rocky Point Clam Shack (Warwick)
Three Sisters (Hope St, PVD)

LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD

Beautiful Day Granola (granola)
Feast & Fettle (meal kits)
Granny Squibb’s (iced tea)
Mosaic Table (dinners)
Ocean State Pepper Company (spices)
Sacred Cow Granola (granola)
The Backyard Food Company (condiments)
Venda Ravioli lobster ravioli

NEW RI FOOD PRODUCT

Butterbang croissants
Helado Taiyaki’s taiyaki
Kassumay fruit spread
Tizzy K’s cereal ice cream

BELOW THE RADAR CATERING

401 Gourmet
Bites by Bre
Laughing Gorilla
RISD Caters

FARMER’S MARKET

Farm Fresh RI
Lippitt Park
Schoolyard Market at Hope & Main (Warren)
Brooklawn Park (New Bedford)
Burnside Park (PVD)
Burrillville Farmer’s Market (Burrillville)
Fishermen’s Memorial Park (Narragansett)
Goddard State Park (Warwick)
O’Connell Field (Attleboro)
Pawtuxet Village (Cranston)