CONTINUED FROM PAGE J TYLER Repeating as champion in this field is
(jtylermusic.com), the young Atlanta artist who has taken the hip-hop field by storm. He’s openly gay in an industry where being so hasn’t always the wise, traditional thing to do—and it hasn’t hurt his career at all. He performed at Gay Day at Six Flags Over Georgia last year, among other rainbow gigs.
In second is TOPHER PAYNE
He’s as prolific as ever: Topher Payne (www.topherpayne.com) wins here. For years he has produced plays all over Atlanta stages, but earlier this season Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company presented his comedy-drama “Angry Fags,” and in the fall his award-winning “Perfect Arrangement” bows at Primary Stages off-Broadway. In 2015 he even got an agent! finishes second and
third. CHAD MCDANIEL @ OSCAR’S TONY JACKSON @ ATLANTA EAGLE
Georgia Voice readers poured a lot of love on quite a few bartenders, but of Oscar’s (www.oscarsatlanta.com) and
of Atlanta Eagle (www.atlantaeagle.com) emerged as the most charming and heavy-handed of the bunch. Chad’s martini mixing and encyclopedic knowledge of show tunes, and Tony’s bare-chested bartending helped the two surge past a crowded field of beloved pourers.
iel Tony Jackson
In a five-way tie for third were Burkhart’s (www.burkharts.com), Heretic (www.hereticatlanta.com), at The Model T (www.modeltatlanta.com) and and at Mary’s (www.marysatlanta.com).