Best Band Stage Show (2004)
The Medicine Show This category is somewhat misnamed, for when the Medicine Show performs, the group is seldom constrained by the stage. The madcap bluegrass/old-time ensemble generally uses the stage as a mere launching point. One minute you'll see guitarist Craig Kinsey picking from atop the bar, the next you'll see multi-instrumentalist Geoffrey Muller standing atop a table, strumming a homemade banjo. Hell, sometimes -- as at this year's Westheimer Street Festival -- the band takes its show on the road, literally. As the fest wound down and the sun sank into the humid night, the Medicine Show strolled down Westheimer, pickin', grinnin' and regalin' passersby with the likes of "Rocky Top" and "Lil' Liza Jane."