Top Shows Of The Year, 2009

(The Who didn’t play here in 2009 but sounded pretty great a couple of years ago at the Xcel Center… this photo predates that show by a little. From This Isn’t Happiness.)

Rokia Traore, The Cedar

Vieux Farka Touré, The Cedar

The Itals, Nomad World Pub

Os Mutantes, The Cedar

King Sunny Adé, Minnesota Zoo

Lucinda Williams/Tom & Lu’s wedding, First Avenue

The veterans (Itals, Mutantes, Adé) came through big time with solid shows while the upstarts from Mali (Traore, Farka Touré) showed they can contend with anybody. And Lucinda & Tom’s wedding as the finale to a great performance by her was just an amazing evening for all.

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