Sunday, July 12, 2009

Wilco (the Concert)


Last night, Carolina and I went to the Wilco concert at Lelachuer Stadium, a minor league baseball park in Lowell. We saw Wilco last summer at Tanglewood, so apparently we're very good at seeing them in venues far outside of Boston. As always, they put on a great show, performing several tracks from their new release Wilco (the Album) as well as perennial fan favorites like "Handshale Drugs" and "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." The band's popularity seems to have steadily increased despite the fact that their songs get very little commercial radio play. Wilco has few casual fans- people who like Wilco really like Wilco, and everyone at a Wilco concert is quite happy to be there. The band appears to feed off of fans' energy during live shows, and Jeff Tweedy looks content and comfortable on stage, whether he's singing, playing one of his many guitars (I swear he used a different one for every song) or casually bantering with the crowd. The show came to an abrupt end when a huge rainstorm rolled in right after 10PM. Fortunately, the Wilco fans had already had the pleasure of listening to a couple of hours of good music. Unfortunately, I didn't run away with Jeff Tweedy and drove home soaking wet in a minivan. Oh, but I did get my hair highlighted last week, so if you notice me looking extra dumb in the picture, that's why.

And here's the Globe review of the show, in care you're interested.

We also ran into bloggers Ryan and Sean from Ryan's Smashing Life- check out their review with some great photos here.

3 comments:

Jim said...

Thanks for the link to the review (I was searching for it when I stumbled on your blog)). Keen observation about the happiness of a Wilco audience, I noticed a ridiculously high level of general contentment myself and I didn't hear one grumble about them stopping and not waiting to see if the rain stopped...

Anonymous said...

Whoa... looks like they had some special guests at their next stop!

http://pitchfork.com/news/35926-feist-and-grizzly-bears-ed-droste-join-wilco-onstage-at-brooklyn-show/

eileen said...

Yeah, despite the rain it was a good show- too bad Feist and Co. didn't make an apperance in MA!