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Greg Gibson of Brooklyn Park:

1 “A Prairie Home Companion,” the Palace. The season premiere showcased how sharply host Chris Thile has focused the musical elements. What a superb house band, and Chris Stapleton did stunning acoustic tunes.

2 Dan Wilson, the Fitzgerald. When he was celebrating “Re-covered” (his album of songs he wrote for others), the highlights were only possible here: brother Matt Wilson and John Munson’s shout-out about getting Dan’s name in lights.

3 Rhiannon Giddens, the O’Shaughnessy. In explaining what kind of music she plays, she revealed her humble nature, sense of history, broad palette and joy in performing.

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Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:

1 Chick Corea and Steve Gadd Band, the Dakota. These jazz giants and their all-star group played with finesse, imagination, passion and exciting chemistry.

2 Margo Price, Xcel Energy Center. Opening for Chris Stapleton, she showed her Loretta-meets-Emmylou style, personality and respect for her fine musicians.

3 The Mavericks, State Theatre. America’s greatest dance band sparkled once again. Highlights: “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” (by Raul Malo solo) and the long encore.