Best Of 2017

BEST MYSTIC: Van Morrison at Ruth Eckerd Hall

BEST MYSTIC

Immortal? Maybe. A mystic? You bet your Irish ass. And on January 17, Van Morrison kicked off a three-night stand in Clearwater with a spiritual, 20-song set that excluded some big’uns (“Tupelo Honey,” “Crazy Love”) and left guitars untouched while still managing to mix up one of the most magical evenings on a hit-filled 2017 concert calendar. Rutheckerdhall.com, 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. —Ray Roa