Frontman Jeff Tweedy has surrounded himself with a first-rate band. The sheer musicality of each member has the group sounding better than ever.
Glenn Kotch’s vital and inventive drumming and John Stirrat’s bass propel the band, while multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen supply the varied, layered textures found on the group’s studio albums. Weaving brilliantly in and out of the sonic tapestry, his frantic picking rendering him a man possessed, is lead guitarist Nels Cline, who completes the tight ensemble.
Wilco, a band that is constantly evolving, has since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot courted a mostly indie rock crowd. However, the group doesn’t pander to any one sect of its sometimes-divided fan base.
Playing a set that drew mostly from the laid-back, dreamy Sky Blue Sky – perfect for a summer night – Wilco still managed to fit in some Yankee and A Ghost is Born tracks, as well as appeasing long-time fans with old favorites, “Via Chicago,” “Outta Mind Outta Sight” and “California Stars.”
By the end of the show, Wilco had the sold-out crowd clapping in unison on an extended jam of “Spiders (Kidsmoke).” Filtering out of the venue, one could overhear fans remarking that it had been the best show they’d ever been to.