Announcing the 2018 Indy Awards winnersWith over 10,000 votes cast, it was wonderful to see the southern Utah community support the inaugural year of the Indy Awards.

These awards are meant to recognize and celebrate the arts community in southern Utah. From the visual and performing arts to the literary and culinary arts, you’ve helped us find the best southern Utah has to offer.

 

Business

 

Best casual fine dining restaurant

Xetava Gardens (with 38 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Cliffside Restaurant

 

Best healthy restaurant

Twisted Noodle (with 87 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Wild Thyme

 

Best cafe

Zion Blues Café (with 45 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Perks! Espresso & Smoothies

 

Best festival, fair, or event

Georgefest (with 50 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Zion Canyon Music Festival

 

Music

 

Best singer/songwriter

Steven Swift (with 53 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Raven Cain

 

Best pop/rock band

Full Tilt Boogie (with 43 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Vinyl Fusion

 

Best country band

Muddy Boots (with 43 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Raven Cain Band

 

Best metal band

Aura Surreal (with 44 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Sleep Dealer

 

Best DJ

DJ Lex (with 59 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: DJ Spinz

 

Music (other)

Orchestra of Southern Utah (with 43 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Gary Huff

 

Art

 

Best photographer

Nick Adams (with 49 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Carl Mazur

 

Best painter

Steven Stradley (with 29 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Eddi Malloy

 

Art (other)

Matt Clark (with 43 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Deborah Durban

 

Theater

 

Best theater company

Tuacahn (with 32 percent of the vote)

Honorable mentions: Brigham’s Playhouse: Neil Simon Festival: and St. George Musical Theater

 

Best dancer

Rebekah Wainwright (with 56 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Tia Stokes

 

Best stage actor

Henry D. Ballesteros (with 35 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Brodie Perry

 

Best stage actress

Sceri Sioux Ivers (with 60 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Ashley Rai Benham

 

Best film actor

Sheldon Demke (with 42 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Dan Fowlks

 

Best film actress

Rachelle Hansen (with 46 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Jessica Elleen Staples

 

Writing

 

Best writer

Brian Passey (with 72 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Stephen Armstrong

 

Best spoken word poet

Janae Godfrey (with 63 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Ron Coulson

 

Best writer for The Independent

Dallas Hyland (with 33 percent of the vote)

Honorable mention: Marianne Hales Harding

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Widely regarded as the greatest writer of all time, ever, Jason Gottfried is editor of The Independent as well as a freelance editor, writer, multi-instrumental musician, and composer transplanted to Utah from Nashville by way of Gainesville, Florida. He has previously been an album reviewer, opinion columnist, humor writer, staff writer, copy editor, and opinion editor of The Independent. Before that, he was editor of SOKY Happenings magazine and wrote a column, The Vociferous Vegan. He was also general manager of Nashville’s fabled The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant and briefly co-owner of Gainesville's longtime staple vegetarian restaurant, Book Lover's Cafe. When he is away from the computer, he plays between Colorado and California as a live and session musician. He sexually identifies as an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter and cannot be accurately referred to using any currently existing pronouns.

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