Looking back at the year in Northeast Florida concerts – Florida Times-Union
Twenty-one shows, 47 acts; it’s time to look back at the year in concert in Northeast Florida.
Coolest performer: Tony Bennett, Feb. 22, Times-Union Center
Never mind that the guy is 90 or that he released his first album 65 years ago. Bennett performed his entire show in a suit and tie, doing songs no one else even has the nerve to try. When he put down his microphone for “Fly Me to the Moon,” you could hear his unamplified voice as clear as a bell.
Biggest disappointment: Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders, March 23, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
This was an impressive double bill, with two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers in the same show. Unfortunately, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde got sick and was unable to perform. Fans were greeted at the gate with the option of getting a refund or seeing just Nicks.
Hardest worker: Faith Hill, Sept. 16, Arena
Hill performed with her husband, Tim McGraw. They did some songs together and each did a set of their own. She sounded great but really put in a lot of effort, prowling around the massive stage — in heels — and flipping her long hair like a heavy metal headbanger.
Best wardrobe: Diana Ross, June 28, Daily’s Place
It’s tempting to give this one to Carlos Santana, who played his whole show in a Jaguars jersey with his name on the back but, come on, it’s Diana Ross. There was a teal gown, then a red one, then a sparkly silver-and-white number and, finally, a silver gown she donned during the solo on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Best opening act: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Nov. 11, Arena
If Chris Stapleton hadn’t been named Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year two days earlier,