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Michael Myhra of St. Peter, Minn.:

1 Kermit’s Treme Mother in Law Lounge, New Orleans. Kermit Ruffins and friends offered jazzed-up Christmas classics. Irvin Mayfield DJ’ed and blew some trumpet. What a night!

2 Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans. This great record store is stocked with mainly regional music.

3 Gary Numan, New Orleans. The new-wave veteran rocked the House of Blues with his synth sound.

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Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:

1 Buddy Guy, Mystic Lake Casino. His sterling voice, guitar work and humor made for a delightful evening.

2 Darlene Love, Ordway. What a treat to hear “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” in person, days before Christmas.

3 The Steeles, the Fitzgerald. The a cappella carols were the highlights of a lively show of mostly original yule tunes by these siblings and their talented children.