Best of 417 2016

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Jeremy Rabe takes the cake for 417-land’s best creative mind and the best person to invite to a party.

Best Creative Mind

Winner: Jeremy Rabe

Second Place: Gary Bedell

Third Place: Meganne Rosen O’Neal


Best Cover Band

Winner: Members Only

Second Place: The Mixtapes

Third Place: Machine Gun Symphony


Best Local Instagram to Follow

Winner: Karma Salon (karmahairsalon)

Second Place: Love Springfield (lovespringfield)

Third Place: A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess)


Best Original Band

Winner: Mark Chapman Band

Second Place: Bella Donna

Third Place: Prince Ivan


Best Person to Invite to a Party

Winner: Jeremy Rabe

Second Place: Brydon Brett

Third Place: Shelby Williams

Best Radio Personality or Team

Winner: Fotsch in the Morning on Power 96.5

Second Place: Kevin & Liz Lounge on 105.9 KGBX 

Third Place: Rick & Summer on 94.7 Today’s KTTS


Best Solo Musician

Winner: Lyal Strickland

Second Place: Shannon Stine

Third Place: Jin JX


Best TV News Personality (Female)

Winner: Sara Forhetz at KY3

Second Place: Lisa Rose at KY3

Third Place: Maria Neider at KY3


Best TV News Personality (Male)

Winner: Brandon Beck at KY3

Second Place: Ethan Forhetz at KY3

Third Place: Jerry Jacob at KSPR

Best Voice of Jazz 

Ken Knauer

Tune in to Ozarks Public Radio (91.1 FM in Springfield) on Friday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. to catch Friday Jazz Excursions with Ken Knauer. Knauer draws on his lifetime love of jazz to share his picks for straight-ahead jazz paired with enthusiastic commentary. You’ll hear renowned jazz performers, both classic and contemporary. Friday nights just got a lot more fun. 


Best Artsy Duo

Chrisara Designs

The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is home to way more than just produce, and is quickly becoming the place for local art and home elements. The local artisan booth we love right now? Chrisara Designs ( Twin sisters Christa Schmitz and Sara Olson combine earthy design with modern flair and offer their original design prints in frames, on tees for men and women and on pillows. The pair also handmakes crystal and geode macrame necklaces perfect for anyone who wants a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Head to FMO or shop online when nature’s calling your name and you want to wear your spirit animal proudly. 


Best Locals Making it Big 

Adam and Zach Best

The Best brothers are the best at what they do (pun unashamedly intended). They talk about things people are a fan of on their site, FanSided ( This is mainly sports, but also other areas of pop culture and entertainment. Adam and Zach Best grew up in Springfield and were born into the Kansas City Chiefs kingdom. In 2007, they realized that there was a niche missing from sports writing: the side of the fans. They started a blog about being Chiefs fans, and that blog quickly grew into a network of more than 300 websites for every team and every pop culture area you can think of, written by nearly 1,500 fans all over the world. In May 2015, their site FanSided became part of Time Inc. 


Best Person to Start Your Day With

Megan Ellis

We can think of a million reasons to still be in bed at 5 a.m. Your bed is comfy. If the sun isn’t awake, you shouldn’t be either. But there’s one woman who can make you want to get out of bed that early—Megan Ellis at Sumits Hot Yoga (2690 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-881-9642, Megan has been at Sumits Hot Yoga since 2011, so she knows how to wake up groggy class attendees. She teaches Sumits Yoga SCULPT at 6 a.m. on Friday mornings, and she makes you forget how early it is. You’ll feed off her energy and excitement while combining yoga poses with strength training moves. The hour-long class is in the heated studio, so prepare to sweat. But the early start time allows for plenty of time to shower before work. 



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