Rock-critc darlings Wilco booked for Tahoe summer concert
April 9, 2009
Wilco will play at Lake Tahoe this summer for the first time.
The Chicago band performs Sunday, June 28 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. All of the tickets for the general admission show are $38.50. An opening band will be announced at a later date.
Two other summer outdoor shows were announced earlier. Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire play Aug. 1 and Kenny Chesney will be onstage July 29. The Chesney show sold out in a day.
“It shows that we’re going to mix it up again,” Harrah’s-Harveys Director of Entertainment John Packer said after announcing the Wilco show. “We’ll have a classic show with Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago, we have the nation’s best country act, Kenny Chesney, and now there is Wilco, which will appeal to the younger demo.”
Jeff Tweedy of St. Louis alt-country band Uncle Tupelo found that his band had unceremoniously dissolved in 1994 when his singing and songwriting partner Jay Farrar left to start Son Volt. Remaining Uncle Tupelo members Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt went on to make Wilco, which followed in the alt-country vein for a sum total of one album ” 1995’s “A.M.” ” before leaving the genre behind and exploring more experimental forms of alternative rock and pop.
The band’s best-selling album, 2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, catapulted the rising rock-critic darlings even further into the spotlight with a juicy controversy that resulted when their major label dumped them after hearing the completed songs. Wilco took to the Web and streamed the album for free before eventually being picked up by another label. The experimental soundscapes and multi-layered song construction that frightened Warner/Reprise won over legions of new fans and translated into more than 590,000 albums sold to date.
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The band went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2004 for its fifth studio effort, “A Ghost Is Born.” They have also been nominated for such diverse categories as Best Contemporary Folk Album (1999’s collaboration with Billy Bragg, “Memaid Avenue,” a collection of unreleased Woody Guthrie songs) and Best Rock Album (2008’s “Sky Blue Sky”).
The bands critical and commercial success and rabid fan base ” as well as their dynamic live performances ” have garnered them the title of “the world’s most exciting rock band” by a London newspaper. Each album Wilco has released has alternately been hailed as the band’s “most experimental to date” or a much-lauded “return to form.”
Lake Tahoe Action rival Rolling Stone described Wilco as “one of America’s most consistently interesting bands” and “America’s foremost rock impressionists.”
The other current members besides Tweedy and Stirratt include guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen and drummer Glenn Kotche.
Wilco’s newest as-yet-untitled album is nearing completion and is set for a June 2009 release, while a live-performance DVD titled Ashes of American Flags is due for release on April 18.