The people that make the city of Boston come alive came alive themselves at this year’s Boston Nightlife Awards held at Howl at the Moon and Down Ultra Lounge. It was a who’s who of Boston’s best from 6one7 Productions to DJ Richard Fraioli to crooner Louie Bello. They all came out on a cold Wednesday night to mix, mingle and enjoy a night filled with drink, food, laughter and great performances!
Admission was FREE for the general public thanks to the main sponsor of the event, Budweiser. The evening started in Down Ultra Lounge with a VIP pre-party featuring DJ Joe Bermudez from Amp 103.3 and DJ D-WiLL. The venue was packed when the show commenced at 9:00pm with hosts Maverik from Jamn’ 94.5 and Brittany Baldi from MTV’s “The Challenge” and “Are You the One”.
Instantly the crowd was put into hyper-drive with the dance moves of the first performer, Connor Street and his backup dancers. Other performers that graced the stage were hot rocker (in every way!) M.B. Padfield, another hot rocker named Natalie Joly and Ben Affleck’s doppleganger, Steve Memmolo, who brought in his whole band for the occasion! Even an Elton John impersonator performed a set which whipped the crowd into more of a frenzy!
One highlight of the evening included the “Toast of the Town” award which went to actor Jay Gianonne, who is currently in Boston filming ‘Patriots Day’ with Mark Wahlburg. Giannone has had many co-starring and featured roles in dozens of big budget films like “Safe” with Jason Stratham, “By the Gun” with Toby Jones and Harvey Keitel and “Gone Baby Gone” with Ben Affleck.
Another highlight included the Miss Nightlife competition which was hosted by Kiss-108’s Mikey V. and model Deanna Marie. In the end Toshia Caitlyn Galligan literally walked away with the crown! Prizes included cash and a VIP table at Down Ultra Lounge plus you’ll be seeing a lot more of Miss Nightlife after her Dirty Water Dolls photo shoot!
The crowd was also treated to a visit by several ladies from the New England Liberty, a professional female football team based in Manchester, NH. The ladies wore their brand new uniforms on stage for all to see!
The evening’s entertainment and special guests were all secondary to the real purpose of the night though and that was honoring the nightlife and service industry people of Boston. One by one the names were called and the recipients accepted their unique engraved all metal Viking helmet awards. Not one of them seemed displeased with the results!
This was the third year this event has been held at Howl at the Moon and Down Ultra Lounge. All indications are that next year’s awards show will be at the same location as both venues have proved to be very accommodating and integral to the event’s success!
BEST MALE BARTENDER
Vincenzo Colafella (Bricco)
BEST FEMALE BARTENDER
Nicole Hirtle (Down Ultra Lounge/Storyville)
BEST WAITRESS/BOTTLE SERVICE
Kacey Grant (Yard House)
Nick Freitas (Cure/Venu/Icon)
The Living Room
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
House of Blues
BEST CLUB DANCER
Samantha Dinis (CandiBar)
2016 Nightlife Awards Staff
Executive Producer: SJ Torres
Executive Director: Mike Zotos
Media Coordinator: Brian Pitcher
Miss Nightlife Coordinator: Iva Nicole
Technical Director: David Larkin
All images are copyright by Brian Pitcher/Bmanpitt Photography.