Second Place: Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys
Third Place: Honkytonk Heroes
A three-peat for Three Sheets! Voters name the yacht rockers as Richmond's best cover band for a third year, proving that a high-concept act can stick. "Ever since Christopher Newport decided that Richmond was as far away from the sea as he needed to be, the River City has embraced the nautical," band member Topper Dandy says. "We, in turn, embrace her right back." The admiral-hat-wearing cover band brings in that mellow, late-'70s vibe with its charming take on Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates and the era's other mainstays. As Topper Dandy puts it, a Three Sheets show sounds the way a Dreamsicle tastes. It's a nostalgically smooth, guilty pleasure that's barely audible over screaming female fans. Offering something a little heavier, Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys serve up high-energy renditions of classic rock favorites such as AC/DC and Bon Jovi. And popular cover band Honkytonk Heroes specialize in country and western.