A Good Year (Of Some Wilco):
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a pretty good year so far for me at least in terms of music. I’ve had the opportunity to see a good deal of concerts, something I wouldn’t be more happy with.
The Year So Far
In January I got to see Jody Stephens of Big Star’s project, End Of Love. Then in February, I saw Wilco twice at the Capitol Theater, and that was truly amazing. Later that month I got to see the great Ty Segall at Webster Hall, I wrote a review of the concert which you can find here. I also got to see the great Rosanne Cash at Carnegie Hall, who was joined by Jeff Tweedy for several songs during the second set and encore. The review of which you can find here.
I’ve also seen Father John Misty one and a half or something times, I’m not sure which set I liked more. Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr in Camden at the Xpotenital festival (where Misty did his partial set) rocked hard. A solo Nick Lowe and a powerful Mavis Staples played in Austin, Texas and blew me away almost as much as the food.
Don’t even get me started on Prophets Of Rage, who I got seats the day of the show for cheap after a day of cigar smoking and record shopping. I can’t even begin to go into my single day jaunt to Mountain Jam, though I missed Gov’t Mule’s late night set. However I did see, Jason Isbell, Courtney Barnett, and of course Wilco with many other bands. Oh and I saw Wilco conquer the Mann Center the day following their Mountain Jam set. And I also saw Wilco in Brooklyn in February for one of their sold out Kings Theatre shows, forgot to mention that…and they covered Bowie.
Please Stop You’re Killing Me
The latest concert was Sturgill Simpson at the Kings Theatre, who also rocked to a sold out crowd. Playing his new album from start to finish much like Wilco had done for their February NY shows. As of now I’m set to see New Hope legends Ween at the Capitol Theater in November. I have my eyes on seeing Elvis Costello though I will definitely be missing the Bridge School Benefit Concert’s 30th which saddens me some. So hey, it has been a pretty good year and maybe I fit in a Gov’t Mule show in somewhere. Also maybe we’ll all realize we’re dead and actually you know, elect someone who isn’t either a total moron or nutjob, or in the Green Party or a Clinton, oh god.
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of Wilco. I got to see them play 5 times this year alone, and they only played 6 full concerts in this area. Of course, I also saw them on Colbert for their second appearance on the show this year. The big news for them right now is that they have announced the dates for their 2017 Solid Sound festival. The dates for their art and music festival at MassMoCA (The Massachusetts Museum Of Contemporary Art) are the June 23-25th.
The line-up for the festival has yet to be announced, although if its anything like the the other years Solid Sound has graced the MassMoCA grounds it will be amazing. Last year during the 2015 Solid Sound, the festival was characterized by sets from Richard Thompson, Cibo Matto, and Mac Demarco. In past years NJ indie rock veterans Yo La Tengo, the Levon Helm Band, and also Mavis Staples have all played the festival.
Certainly I am excited, I can only wonder what kind of set Wilco will perform. So far as I know, they will not be releasing another album this year. Both “Star Wars” and “Schmilco” were underwhelming, though perfectly enjoyable listening experiences filled with great songs and experiments. Those experiments especially when it came to the lyrics was where the albums lost their steam. It will be an even more exciting display given I’ve yet to see any of the “Schmilco” material in concert. Hey, maybe they’ll do some kind of 30th year anniversary for Uncle Tupelo’s first set of demos.
Shows and posted setlists will be forthcoming, with a variety of themes. And hopefully a constantly involving, eclectic array of music from around the world. The Plastic Factory will return, but you don’t really care, do you?
That's All Folks Jeffery Petrone