Jerry Anderson of St. Paul:
1 Jesse Colin Young, the Dakota. One of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters from the ’70s, he played with musicians who graduated with his son from Berklee College of Music. He has so many fine songs, including “Get Together.”
2 Jimmy Buffett, Target Field. He’s all about having a good time and just sailing off to another port. It’s been a lovely cruise.
3 The Eagles, Target Field. With Vince Gill and Deacon Frey perfectly filling in for the late Glenn Frey, the night was like an all-high-school reunion from the ’70s. Take that peaceful, easy feeling to the limit one more time.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:
1 St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Minnesota Zoo. Paul Janeway is a terrific R&B showman and an even better vocalist. Think Al Green doing Otis Redding. Soul-sational!
2 Jason Isbell, Basilica Block Party. Mr. Americana showed once again he’s the best singer-songwriter of the ’10s.
3 Robert Robinson, Crooners. Whether delivering gospel, pop hits or “God Bless America,” this Twin Cities star’s voice was magnificent. And his humor was right on, too.