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Op-Ed: Top 10 live music concerts of 2013

Posted Dec 27, 2013 by Markos Papadatos
As a music journalist, I have had the distinct pleasure to attend and review many great concerts in New York in 2013. This is my list of my Top 10 concerts.
Heart inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Heart inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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At No. 10 was Christian singer Amy Grant's performance at Irving Plaza in New York City. It included a tender version of "El Shaddai" and "Thy Word" was sung beautifully, as she backed herself on acoustic guitar. The inclusion of her pop hit "Baby Baby" was a nice treat. Her vocals were beautiful and heartfelt and she possessed the voice of an angel.
Gospel music sensation Amy Grant
Gospel music sensation Amy Grant
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At No. 9 was country superstar Blake Shelton's concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach in New York. He commanded the stage well and he was able to belt out ballads and simultaneously sing upbeat, fun songs with equal ease. After seeing Shelton live three times this year, his Jones Beach show was my favorite concert out of all of them.
Country star Blake Shelton performs songs from his new album   Based On A True Story   at an exclusi...
Country star Blake Shelton performs songs from his new album, "Based On A True Story," at an exclusive iHeartRadio live show in New York City.
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At No. 8 was rock queen Pat Benatar at The Paramount in Long Island. She was able to get that venue "all fired up" thanks to her dynamic range and vocals, and she played for a great turnout.
Rock stars Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Rock stars Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
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At No. 7 was country singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. He sang the songs of his new album Bring You Back flawlessly and he was able to have fun doing so. He is blessed with such a rich, baritone country voice.
Country singer Brett Eldredge
Country singer Brett Eldredge
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At No. 6 was the iconic southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York. Although they have been performing for over 41 years, they still sound as good as ever, especially with songs such as "Can't You See" and "Heard It In a Love Song." They are like fine wine.
Southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band
Southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band
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At No. 5 is Atlantic recording country artist Hunter Hayes at Webster Hall. His talent is impeccable: not only did he write every song on his album and play every instrument imaginable, his vocals are spot-on and his show was really entertaining. The energy Hayes has is infectious.
Country singer Hunter Hayes
Country singer Hunter Hayes
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At No. 4 was Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's concert at The Paramount. They sang songs from their new CD Old Yellow Moon and they harmonized well. Harris' live rendition of "Back When We Were Beautiful" was spell-binding.
Veteran country singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Veteran country singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
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At No. 3 was folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile at the Beacon Theatre in the heart of New York. She left her audience breathless as she sang "The Story," Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and an unplugged version of "What Can I Say."
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile
Photo Courtesy of Frank Ockenfels
At No. 2 was Grammy-winning musical sensation Judy Collins at The Paramount. She captivated with such tunes as "Both Sides Now," "Open The Door," "Mountain Girl" and she closed with a stellar version of "Send In The Clowns." Her vocals were heavenly, lilting and melodic.
American singer-songwriter Judy Collins
American singer-songwriter Judy Collins
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The No. 1 concert of 2013 was rock band Heart's powerhouse show at the Nikon at Jones Beach. Ann and Nancy Wilson were outstanding live. They soared on such classic hits as "Barracuda," "What About Love," and Ann Wilson blew the audience away with her stellar vocals on "Crazy On You" and "Alone." Nancy Wilson delivered impressive versions of "Walkin' Good" and "I Need You To Turn To," as well as a breathtaking rendition of "These Dreams." If their actual set weren't enough, they returned for an encore that paid tribute to Led Zeppelin, where they were joined by Jason Bonham on drums, which was a vocal masterpiece in itself, especially "Stairway to Heaven."
Nancy and Ann Wilson from rock band Heart
Nancy and Ann Wilson from rock band Heart
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