bböp Posted September 18, 2021 Share Posted September 18, 2021 With apologies to Bob Seger, who of course once sang about that old time rock 'n' roll soothing his soul, sometimes having good friends with you (not to mention a perfect spot to stand), an intimate venue (well, as intimate as a small baseball stadium can be), a good sound system (or at least a monitor pointed right at you) and pleasantly cool (but not at all cold) conditions doesn't hurt either. Such was the case for me personally tonight at the somewhat generically named Capital Credit Union Park on the outskirts of Green Bay, Wis., home of the much-less generically named Green Bay Booyah! — a college summer-league baseball team that would provide a great deal of banter fodder throughout the course of the evening. And before anyone says something about cultural appropriation or whatever, as I learned when I was today years old, booyah is apparently a traditional type of soup or stew native to the upper Midwest (seriously, go look it up!). I don't exactly know how you visually depict a stew as part of a team logo, but I guess the double entendre nature of the word as an exclamation also works to the team's benefit in this case. I'm sure I'll miss at least once instance of Jeff's repeated visits to Booyah Corner here, but I know when he first mentioned it, he complimented the sheer audacity of naming of a team after a soup ("I can respect that!") Then he mentioned it again a couple songs later ("OK, that's the last time I'll say it." Which was a lie!). And then he changed the phrasing in Forget The Flowers from ("I can't ever explain why/I don't feel your pain...boo hoo hoo" to "boo yah yah.") Booyahs aside, though, this was just a fun show. After nearly six weeks of outdoor shows in some of the most adverse weather conditions possible, Jeff and his bandmates and crew (and fans) deserved a cool, dry place for once, and that just seemed to put everyone in a beautiful mood. Jeff and Nels rekindled their guitarist bromance from the night before during Random Name Generator when Jeff went over and played side-by-side with Nels during the breakdown and then they even successfully completed the back-to-back move that hadn't gone quite as well the night before. During Hummingbird, Jeff went over and gave Nels a brief shoulder rub during his solo. Glenn was smiley and singing along, and Mike and Nels were both being goofy with each other on their side of the stage when the moment allowed. And we got maybe the longest "The End"-style prelude to Heavy Metal Drummer yet, with all of the band members really getting into it and Jeff really accentuating his vocal delivery to conjure the ghost of Jim Morrison. In surveying the crowd during the second half of the set, Jeff couldn't help but take in the scene before him. "Everyone looks so fantastic," he said, noting a group of people hugging to his left, joking that the people to his right were doing things he didn't want to see and even spotting some people he said he knew. "Really foxy, everyone." The other visit to Banter Corner that I noted came before Via Chicago when Jeff asked the crowd, "Is everyone having a good time? Let's see what we can do about that." Just the simple fact of not having quite as strict a curfew gave the show a bit more of a leisurely pace to it, and both Wilco and Trampled By Turtles responded with relatively stretched-out sets — Wilco came on a few minutes early and played nearly a full two hours — capped by the expected California Stars collaboration on which the TBTs seemed a bit more prepared than the night before in Des Moines. Dave Simonett, Trampled By Turtles' lead singer, even took lead vocals on a verse and some of his bandmates offered backing harmonies along with the requisite instrumental soloing. From a setlist standpoint, we didn't get anything completely out of the ordinary but songs such as Side With The Seeds, One And A Half Stars and Forget The Flowers were solid additions afforded by the additional length of the set. The unsettling Bull Black Nova made another appearance even without any prompting from our resident monomaniacal sign displayer. And Outtasite (Outta Mind) on this night took on a bit more personal resonance; it would have been a perfectly fine show closer if there hadn't been time for California Stars. So I guess that's pretty much the report from Ashwaubenon, er, Green Bay (I won't even mention how close this show was to Lambeau Field.) Despite being enemy territory for this Chicago sports fan, it was nevertheless great to see some of Wisconsin's most notable Wilco fans — this being one of the rare performances by the band in the state outside of Madison and Milwaukee — at the show. They certainly know how to have a pleasant evening up here, I'll say that much. Here was Wilco's complete setlist, as played (didn't get a look at the printed setlist, so can't say if there were any changes/omissions): A Shot In The Arm Random Name Generator Side With The Seeds One And A Half Stars I Am Trying To Break Your Heart> Art Of Almost If I Ever Was A Child Impossible Germany Hummingbird Everyone Hides Box Full Of Letters Via Chicago Bull Black Nova Forget The Flowers Love Is Everywhere (Beware) Dawned On Me Jesus, etc. Theologians I'm The Man Who Loves You Heavy Metal Drummer I'm Always In Love ----------------------------------------------- The Late Greats Outtasite (Outta Mind) California Stars (w/Trampled By Turtles full band on vocals, backing vocals and instruments) 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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