So I went to see Wilco and Andrew Bird last night...
I'm still recovering, so this review will be very brief. Suffice to say that it was an awesome night.
The relevant facts:
It was the fifth time I've seen Wilco and my fourth time for Bird. A case could be made for this show being the best I've seen from either of them.
Accompanying me were my lovely wife, my teenage daughter and her equally teenage boyfriend. We also hung out with Larry the Graphic Designer from my office (who's a huge Wilco fan).
It was a gloriously clear and comfortable evening, coming immediately after the worst heat wave in living memory in the Fox Valley. The concert venue was a minor-league ballpark about 4 miles from my home (which is about 40 miles west of Chicago).
Andrew Bird played a fun, rockier, more rhythmic set than the headliner sets I've seen from him. This is probably his "festival" set, and it showcases him and his band really well.
AB set list:
(link to come)
Wilco was in fine form, and Jeff's voice was better than ever. I loved the fact that they played a bunch of "deep cuts" including three from Summerteeth. As the last notes from their final encore faded into the night, the sky erupted in a fireworks display. Freakin' perfect.
Color me jealous! I saw Bird from my first time with my current spouse and a few crazy Canadians, as many here will recall, and it was quite the show. It was certainly more subdued that what you saw, so I'm sure you're correct about his playing a 'festival' set for your show.
I've seen Wilco 3 times, and all three were outstanding. The first had the original lineup, while the last two were with the newer members, including guitar-hero Nels Cline.
I want to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
If you say the word 'gullible' very slowly it sounds just like oranges.