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Best Musical Performance in the Past Year (touring or local)

1st Place: Aerosmith at Rock Fest
2nd Place: Luke Bryan at Country Jam
3rd Place: Volcano Choir at Schofield Hall

The best rock performance of the past year goes to none other than Boston rock legends Aerosmith for their two hour, 18-song set at Rock Fest this summer. They may be long in the tooth, but Steven Tyler certainly delivered his one-of-a-kind, American Idol-grade vocals for the Valley. Country festivals are a necessary component of Wisconsin summers, and 2014 was no exception – Luke Bryan slayed his Country Jam performance for a sea of flannel and aviators. And it’s only fitting that Eau Claire’s largest performing name, Justin Vernon, brought an awe-inspiring performance to UW-Eau Claire’s Schofield Hall alongside his Volcano Choir bandmates. With a “Lost in the World” finale, the crowd may have half-expected Kanye West to appear out of the haze of red smoke on stage. –Zack Katz

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