The popular music world is very fragmented these days. Talk to a friend about what their favorite music of 2017 was and be prepared for a struggle. You probably don't know much about your friend's favorite bands. Below is a list of bands that I saw live either in concert or in review/awards shows in 2017. I've rated my favorite performances with *, ** or *** ratings:
Kings of Leon, Big Sandy*, Dawes**, Sloan*, Hey Ocean**, Arcade Fire*, John Fogerty**, Ben Folds**, Tall Heights, New Pornographers*, Born Ruffians, Coldplay*, Kyemara, Jamtown, Webb Wilder*, David Olney*, The Grahams*, Drive-by Truckers**, Tony Joe White**, Robyn Hitchcock*, A.J. Croce, Wynonna and the Big Noise, Low Cut Connie***, Tim Williams, Michael Kuwanuka***, Mbongwana Star*, Couer De Pirate, Tanya Tagaq, Birds of Chicago, Yola Carter, The Cactus Blossoms*, Rodriguez, Trooper, Jason Collett*, The Reverend Horton Heat*, Gregory Porter**, Toots and the Maytals, Ron Burke and a Little Voodoo*, Tom Phillips*, Camie Leard Band*, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Car Seat Headrest*, The Lemon Twigs (Todd Rundgren guest)*, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Richie Sambora guest)*, Father John Misty**, Placido Domingo, Shane Gaalaas**, Ana María Martínez, Sting*, Huey Lewis and the News**, Los Blenders, Jann Arden, Alabama, The Mocking Shadows, TR3, Snoop Dogg, Dino Martinis, Lily Hiatt, Allah-Las*, New Order, Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Chris Layton , Mato Nanji, Noah Hunt, Ana Popovic, Henri Brown, The Slide Brothers, Scott Nelson, and Tim Austin, Radiohead, Mac DeMarco*, The XX, Celine Dion, John Legend, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Tavares, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder**, Kelsea Ballerini, Andra Day, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato, Panic! At The Disco, Thomas Rhett, Jason Derulo, DNCE, Katharine McPhee, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Prine, Iris DeMent, Rhiannon Giddens, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives**, Amanda Shires, The Lumineers*, Graham Nash, The Milk Carton Kids, Margo Price, Jason Isbell*, Van Morrison, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm*, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Joe Henry, and Billy Bragg.
Plus during AmericanaFest 2017, I was able to see Mike Judge premier Tales from the Tour Bus and have friendly chats with Holger Petersen, Steve Dawson, and Mojo Nixon.