This concert was part of a set a six shows. Tweedy and the band were fast, and loose, and wonderful, and totally beloved by the home crowd. An truly outstanding show, and a great evening.
Also: I should get out more often. Last blog entry about Wilco was from 2005. Ouch.
Turned out I could, and it became a nice evening out. Darren Hanlon started up the evening as the opener for a good half hour, and was quite decent; somewhat charming in a good natured way, not taking himself too too seriously. I'd gladlt see him again.
After a longer-than-needed break Billy Bragg came on stage and played for two straight hours, alternating between an electric and acoustic guitar. And also alternating between some newer material and (especially towards the end and the encore) some old crowd-pleasure. I don't know his material all that well but have of course know of his career over these last 25 years and am quite glad I went to see him. Nice way to end the week.
The concert was a fund-raiser / benefit for hurricane relief -- and sold-out, given the popularity of the band in its home town. And it rocked. Two solid hours with one really short `break' before a half-hour long encore of five or six titles. Highly recommended if you get a chance to see'em live; otherwise there are always the Wilco website and the records, including an upcoming live cd.