TODAY @ Jazz Fest: WILCO

Wilco @ Jazz Fest - 5:20 p.m. Acura Stage - Cinco de Mayo 2011

Sky Blue Sky over the Fairgrounds

To kick off week 2 down at the Fairgrounds the main attraction today is Wilco, easily one of the more road-tested and critically-acclaimed acts appearing at this year’s fest. The band’s 7 studio albums have a canyon-esque depth ranging from the dreamy, bedroom concepts of Summer Teeth to the noise pop Sonic Youth stylings of the seminal and controversial Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the Allman Brothers guitar luster of 2007′s commercially accessible Sky Blue Sky, a record heavy on sunny day soundscapes, tailor made for Springtime and the great outdoor weather today at the Fest. Ever since the addition of guitar extraordinaire Nels Cline the Chicago band has been a major force to be reckoned with on the live music circuit and a go-to for major festival promoters looking to round out their lineup (Wilco’s addition also tends to give a festival some serious street cred in the indie world too).

For an in-depth biographical sketch of the band’s topsy-turvy, roller-coaster past lives (they are on about #8 by now), click here. If you already like Wilco and want to dig deeper, be sure to check out Uncle Tupelo, lead singer Jeff Tweedy’s alt country band with Jay Farrar (Son Volt) from 1987-1994 before forming Wilco. Wilco has recorded and is currently in the late-mixing stages of putting together their eighth album tentatively titled Get Well Soon Everybody, set for release in September on the band’s own label dbm.

Wilco will be headlining and closing down the Acura Stage today at 5:20 p.m. For more LMB: NOLA coverage of JazzFest, go here.

Finally, here’s an excellent, hi-quality video of the band doing the title track from Sky Blue Sky -

May 5, 2011 |  by  |  Jazz Fest
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Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

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