Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

Best of Jackson 2012 @ The King Edward Hotel (1.29.12)

Posted in 2012, Best of Jackson, Color, Digital, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on February 2, 2012

welcome, everyone, to the first Scenes Around Jackson post of 2012!  hope everyone had a safe and happy new years eve!

we’re starting off this year just like we started off 2010, with photos from the Best of Jackson party!

this was the 10th annual(!) Best Of and, as always, it was hosted by the Jackson Free Press with the venue being the historic King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson.

and now, a little backstory about what the Best of Jackson is all about:

The results of the annual “Best of Jackson” competition–also known as “Best of”–publishes the last week of January in the Jackson Free Press. Since 2001, the JFP has run the ballot online and in the print edition in November each year for six weeks. The contest is completely reader’s choice: Readers choose and vote for their favorites in more than 100 categories. The winners are announced in the Best of Jackson issue, our biggest of the year, and the first-place winners get awards at our invitation-only Best of Jackson party, held the Sunday evening after the Best of Jackson issue hits the street and the Web.

in addition, each Best Of party has a theme and this year’s theme was “jazz club/1920s” era.

as always, Best of Jackson parties are the parties you just don’t miss and this year was no different so let’s get to it!

the party was held on the second floor of the King Edward.  as you can see, it was, almost, standing room only around the balcony area.

did i mention that every Best Of has tons of free food provided by jackson area restaurants and free alcohol?  well, now you know 😉

here’s Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the JFP, getting ready to be interviewed by Fox 40 news.

WLBT news was there and you can see their segment about the party here.

as everyone was just hanging around we started to hear singing. and not just any singing, gospel choir singing.  and sure enough, seemingly out the blue, there was a gospel choir singing like it was sunday morning

this was about as close as i could get (after a nice lady let me have her place on some steps) cause everyone was crowding around to see and hear the awesome.

it’s my friend nancy all dolled up! she was my +1 (did i mention that all Best Of our invite only affairs? well now you know) 🙂

arthur jones looking all dapper

this was the Cathead Vodka “speakeasy”

man, love me some cathead vodka

Blake, bassist for award winning rock band Storage 24, wasn’t in the room when the band was called to the stage to get their award so he asked me to snap a pic of him holding a copy of the Best of Jackson issue 🙂

photo of nancy standing in front of a photo of how the King Edward used to looking back in the 30s.

figured that called for a black and white feel

and since i’m never in photos, and nancy wanted some with me in them, i asked my friend daniel, of TTOCCS REKARP, to take some of us

so yes, this is what i look like when i get all dressed up :p

and this is what it looks like when i’m acting silly all dressed up


for some reason, this photo that daniel took of our reflection as we rode down in the elevator, is my fav

and this was a shot nancy really wanted. she has a shot with her and friend taken back in the day when the King Edward was a run down wreak, sittig on these same steps. (it used to be the thing to do. sneak inside the king edward at night and see how high up you could get without falling in a hole and dying. heh, man you do stupid stuff when you’re young.  and yes, i did it too :p)

after that, it was back upstairs to listen to DJ Phingaprint get that dance party going!

tara (far right) and her crew 😉

it’s J.Diddy and chris!

jamie and AJC breaking it down

amile dropping it like it’s hot

oh, before i forget to mention it, stephen barnett of Davaine Lighting, was running the lights for that night.

it’s Monique! co-owner of Lumpkin’s BBQ 🙂

wanted to see even more movement so i slowed down my shutter speed to a near crawl

and when DJ Phingaprint says it’s the last call for alcohol, that’s when nancy and i start making our way out 😉

on the way, i manage to get a proper photo of Jamie and Topher 🙂

and that will wrap up the 10th annual Best of Jackson!

i say it every year and every year it keeps being true! but it just keeps getting bigger and better every year 🙂

make sure you go and check out everyone who won here!

Scenes Around Jackson is back for another year and i wouldn’t have it any other way!

have a good one everybody

see ya next post!



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