Rain and cold winds would not keep the Wilco fans at bay. They are a band really in a class by itself. They are not everywhere, many people have not even heard of them or listened to their music. But, when they do they are hooked. To see them perform live is really something special. Tuesday night’s performance by the band at the Mobile Saenger proved to be an evening filled with incredible sound, and a great performance.
The band hails from Chicago. They are considered an experimental, alternative, indie rock band. It is hard to categorize their sound. Wilco formed in 1994 with the remaining members of the former band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt. They added Nels Cline, Mikael Jorgensen, Pat Sansone and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released seven studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. They are all unassuming master musicians. Nels was taking turns with a few different guitars including a pedal steel guitar that added so much to the sound of the songs.
They opened the night with, Ashes of American Flags. A film by the same name was made documenting their 2008 tour. During that tour they played the Mobile Civic Center. A total of twenty-two songs were played, seven of them during the encore. They played all the fan favorites; “I am Trying to Break Your Heart,” “Handshake Drugs,” “A Shot in the Arm” and “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” to name a few.
The stage setup at the Saenger was beautifully lit and decorated. There were candelabras surrounding the musicians, crafted to resemble tuning forks, they were synchronized to the sound. Operating much like normal rack lights, they were so lovely when they lit up in time to the music.
Wilco has a few more North America dates, and then they head overseas. Tonight you can catch them at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, from 5:20-7 p.m.
For more information: wilcoworld.net