Jon Schoen of Minneapolis:
1 Fabulous Del Counts, Blainbrook Hall. The Twin Cities rockers had a CD release party in front of a packed house on their 57th anniversary and received a proclamation from Gov. Mark Dayton.
2 The Revolution comes to Minnesota. Prince’s old band brings the Minneapolis Sound to shows across the state on July 6 and Sept. 27-29.
3 Fire Fight and Eaon, the Cabooze. It was a high-energy showing from the bands and audience, proving the Minneapolis rock scene is alive and well. Both bands are coming off new video releases “The Ghost Inside” and “Fan The Flame,” respectively.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:
1 Dee Dee Bridgewater, Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The jazz veteran tore it up with a horn-driven soul band, revisiting the R&B and blues songs of her youth in Memphis.
2 Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke, “Late Late Show With James Corden.” On a drive through Liverpool, they visited Penny Lane, the singer’s boyhood home and a pub where he became a human jukebox. This mini-TV special was a delightful treat.
3 Devon Allman Project, the Dakota. Sons of two Allman Brothers, Devon Allman and Duane Betts, rocked the house with blues, rock, country and Allman classics.