The top ten Baltimore concerts of 2010: Usher, Drake, Erykah Badu, Virgin FreeFest
Beware: it's best-of week here at Midnight Sun headquarters (I like to think of the Sun building as Midnight Sun headquarters, with a a newspaper under it).
There'll be a top ten of the best tracks of 2010 and one of the best albums. Today, it's the best live music shows of the year.
Sure, a bunch of headliners passed through town in 2010 - Usher, Snoop Dog, Smashing Pumpkins.
But in the end, the best concerts of the year were those that packed a bunch of them under a tent.
Summer Spirit Festival gave us Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Whartscape had Nadastrom and the Get 'Em Mamis. And at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, you could have shuttled between M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem. (For my money, the best tent was at the dance forest, where Neon Indian, Chromeo and Sleigh Bells performed so furiously they made it feel more like a dust bowl.)
This year's top ten goes back as early as January and as late as last week. It features some surprises - see Sam Sessa's choice for No. 9. - but covers all genres - there's country! and hip hop! - and local acts.
Don't see your favorite show from last year? (Lower Dens at the Ottobar in October? Justin Bieber at the State Fair?) Post it in the comments, and I'll post the list's top ten snubs according to readers later this week.
The top ten list is here.
Photo: LCD Soundsystem at Virgin Mobile FreeFest (Josh Sisk/Baltimore Sun)