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  1. We were standing a few feet to the right of Señor bbop and I can attest to the enthusiasm of the audience, which included one family near us from Valencia that were absolute diehard Wilco fans and knew every song. Nels played like he was making up for several lost days in one, and the entire band seemed ... joyful.
  2. My unpopular opinion: I also found the Sunday set uninspiring. If Solid Sound is going to sell this many tickets and be out in the middle of the country where people have to drive fairly long distances to find accommodations, there should be three Wilco sets. Let Tweedy (the band) have a set in the daytime just like the other band members' side projects.
  3. I have one left. Send me a PM.
  4. Please don't let these tickets go to waste. If you can use them, tell me your story.
  5. Alas, can't make it after all. Our loss is your gain. Tickets have been delivered to me (as digital passes). Face value is $398. Open to any reasonable offer. Send a PM and I can get them to you immediately. If you can use them, make your case and I will transfer them to you.
  6. I have some idea how the buyout contracts with the resorts work, because I have a family member who has worked on those contracts at this very resort. And of course Mr. Tweedy has spoken about the fact that Wilco is contracted with the promoter to perform at the show. But you don't need to read the contract in detail to understand that all this is going to result in financial hardship for many of the people involved.
  7. I am in fact married to a person who made her living for many years as a PR person, and I make my living today by writing. The trouble here isn't that no one has come up with the right words. It's that the party in charge (the promoter) isn't willing to make a decision that will probably bankrupt them. In the case of Dead & Co., the promoters didn't make that decision until they literally had no other choice because multiple band members and staff had come down with COVID and the show could not go on. This isn't about words, it's about actions, and like I said, all
  8. How would that work, exactly? Not challenging, I am just genuinely curious what options you think are available in a situation that seems to have very few good outcomes. I imagine there are some fairly testy conversations going on behind the scenes between promoter and band, but those are obviously not public.
  9. My understanding is that the way these festivals work is the promoter does a buyout of the resort, agreeing to pay the resort owner a fairly large sum of money in exchange for the right to put on the show and sell packages directly to fans. The band has a contract with the promoter to allow the use of their name and to play a certain number of shows. I don't know what either contract says, but I presume that the promoter is on the hook for the buyout fee unless the resort somehow is unable to deliver the rooms. And the band probably has some major penalties to pay if th
  10. I wish I wish I could share that optimism. Unfortunately, it's not just about being at an outdoor concert. There's the trip to the airport, and time spent in the airport waiting for your flight, and the flight itself, and time spent at the destination airport waiting for your bags, and the (long) bus ride to the resort, and then a repeat of all those things in reverse on the trip home. That's a lot of exposure to a lot of people. I personally know four people who had the same optimism, traveled over the holidays, and wound up catching COVID. Two got pretty sick (but not en
  11. >> sound on the rail was absolutely garbage though. Yes, we were on the rail as well (in the section on the right). The bass was so oppressive and overpowering that it literally hurt. It was like being inside a subwoofer that was turned up too loud. The bass drum completely overwhelmed every other low frequency and felt like it was shaking my internal organs. I think they had a blown speaker (or maybe had the crossover frequency set horribly wrong), because the sound at the other stage was not at all like that.
  12. Thanks, Paul. Judy and I made it to Chattanooga for this festival and I have been meaning to post something about it here. This is a lovely festival in a perfect location, in a large park on the Tennessee River. The festival organizers are Drew and Ellie Holcomb, who are fixtures in the Nashville music scene. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors played the set just before Wilco, on the main stage, with Dr. Dog closing out the day's activities on the smaller stage across the park. During his (well received) set, Drew exhorted the audience to stick around for Wilco, who he called "the best
  13. Haven't seen a mention of this here yet. Three day festival on Martha's Vineyard, at the end of summer. Lineup is amazing: Beck - Wilco - The Avett Brothers are the three headliners. Support acts include Khruangbin, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Lord Huron, Billy Strings, Aoife O'Donovan, Shovels & Rope, Brett Dennen, The War and Treaty and quite a few more. They did the first one in 2019, a two-day event with John Fogerty and Phil Lesh headlining, and it got very good reviews. https://www.beachroadweekend.com/
  14. This is not the flu. Perhaps this story will help. This is not from some Internet rando. The author, Tommy Vietor, is a former policy advisor in the White House: The quote from the friend's wife is here: Or perhaps this article will help: This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime, and We Have to Stop Comparing It to the Flu
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  16. The Savannah Music Festival ends the weekend before High Water. Last year the festivals overlapped and we were able to see Jeff Tweedy and the Dimmer Twins in separate shows in Savannah before driving up to Charleston for High Water. The timing is not so fortuitous this year, alas, but Savannah is still worth the trip.
  17. We've been to High Water the past two years. It's a wonderful event and we'll be back next year. If past performance is a guide, Wilco will play a longish set (at least 90 minutes, maybe more, not an abbreviated festival set) on Saturday night after sunset. And we are strongly considering that ridiculously expensive package.
  18. This is a stellar piece of writing. A middle-age man finds ‘Joy’ through Wilco A few samples: “Ode to Joy” isn’t exactly what the title implies: Sure it’s an ode to joy, but it’s not a simple celebration of the emotion. Rather, it’s more an appreciation of a dwindling resource. In this sense it’s a perfect Wilco title for a perfect Wilco album for times that might require a reminder that joy sometimes needs to be nurtured like a plant. It’s heartening that an artist (like frontman Jeff Tweedy) or assemblage of artists (Wilco) can command your interest after a quarter century with somethi
  19. "The lyrics were also unabashedly domestic—the song “Hate It Here” boasts about learning how to do laundry..." Calling that song's lyrics "unabashedly domestic" is a pretty spectacular misreading, IMO.
  20. We have our tickets for Azkena now. Waiting to see if there are any other dates around it...
  21. We will see you in El Paso! Look for us, row A center. First row behind the pit. Look for a bit of gray hair and big smiles because we're at a Wilco show. We were in the front row in 2012, but in row H this year (8 rows back but gorgeous audio as always from Stan, and perfect sight lines). I noticed the audience more this time around compared to last time, when the only thing in front of me was that moat. But the energy level seemed very high for Santa Fe, which has a larger than normal gray ponytail crowd and sometimes can be a bit too laid-back.
  22. The Santa Fe Opera is a marvelous, acoustically near-perfect venue. The swells gather there in their finery in comfortable but not ostentatious seats to take in world-class opera all summer long. In the fall, after the tuxes are all packed away and the last soprano has sung, there's a brief pop season. One of the charms of the Opera's Crosby Theater is its open-air nature, with a solid roof that protects the audience from the elements, but open sides that allow fresh air and the occasional view of one of Northern New Mexico's legendary monsoon thunderstorms. Last night, the venue showed it
  23. Anyone else get a bad link for the Friday night (Roadcase 64) FLAC download? It shows up as the ALAC format for the Sunday Tweedy show. Have a note in to KungFu Store now... [uPDATED TWO MINUTES LATER] Well, that was fast. The KFS people got back to me and said they've got the download links fixed now. [uPDATED TWO MINUTES LATER] Nope, not fixed. They give you 10 download attempts in your account, and I now have only three left. Grrrrrrrrr. [uPDATED FOR THE LAST TIME] Finally fixed.
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