Entries tagged with: Wilco
Jeff Tweedy @ Beacon High School (more by Eric Townsend)
"Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy gave fans a scare Saturday night at the recently refurbished Fox Theater in Pomona when he declared, 12 songs into the band's set, that the Chicago-based act was "approaching the end of an era," and promised more details later.The 25-song setlist from Saturday night's show is below.
Those aren't words to be taken lightly for Wilco followers. Depending on who's doing the counting, the group has had as many as six different eras since releasing its country-obsessed 1995 debut, "A.M." Yet its audience has remained loyal through a host of lineup changes, Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt being the only constants in Wilco's career.
While the comment raised concerns about a future without, say, the participation of local guitar slinger Nels Cline or rhythmic contortionist Glenn Kotche, the truth turned out to be nothing so worrisome. After 45 minutes, Tweedy revealed only that multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone was turning 40." [LA Times]
Nels Cline has three non-Wilco NYC shows coming up. One of those shows is the previously-mentioned M. Ward Central Park Summerstage gig where Nels will play in a band with Mike Watt, Yuka Honda, Dougie Bowne. That foursome is called Floored by Four, and according to Mr Watt, they "plan to record a album the two days before the gig." Add it to the list. All Nels dates below...
"We are profoundly saddened to report that our friend died in his sleep [Sataurday] night. Jay was a beautiful human being who will be missed." [Undertow Music Collective]As the LA Times points out, Undertow released Jay Bennett's 2002 solo album, "Palace at 4 am (Part I)."
In the late '80s, Bennett founded the rock band Titanic Love Affair in Urbana, Ill., which lasted into the mid-'90s. He was best known for his seven years in adventurous rock act Wilco. Bennett split from the Chicago-based group in 2001, and since his departure had been pursuing a solo career, as well as operating Pieholden Suite Sound - named after a song on Wilco's 1999 album "Summerteeth" -- in Champaign , Ill.Videos below...
Bennett released the solo effort "Whatever Happened I Apologize" via the Web late last year, and reported at that time that he was pursuing "another" master's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yet it was Bennett's time in Wilco that won him the most acclaim.
He had a not-so-amicable split from the band in 2001, which was documented in the 2002 film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" and Greg Kot's book "Wilco: Learning How to Die." He did, however, play a major role in the band as a writer, producer and musician. The orchestrated pop of "Summerteeth" further stripped Wilco of its country-rock roots, and 2002's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" saw the band move into more atmospheric territory.
Bennett was asked to leave the group before "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was released, and his relationship with Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy remained strained. In early May of this year, Bennett filed suit against his former band mate for breach of contract stemming from his participation in "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." Bennett was seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to court papers. [LA Times]
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
"From the moment you set foot inside the main gate at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is like a music and food lover's "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel, with nearly every option inciting pure sonic and culinary bliss. A morning beignet in the Gospel Tent with Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed? A lazy afternoon perked up by some Crawfish Monica and the Drive-By Truckers joined by Booker T? How about a stroll to the Gentilly Stage for the sounds of Spoon and the Dirty Dozen horns, stopping for a quick bowl of gumbo along the way? Etta James and a Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy, anyone? All signs point to yes...Jazz Fest ran from April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, LA. More pictures from the first weekend of the festival below...
...Now in its 40th year, the 2009 edition of Jazz Fest continues to ramp up post-Hurricane Katrina, expanding to its full complement of 12 stages, up from nine last year, and seven days, up from six in recent years. The event's first of two weekends boasted music from nearly 200 acts, including the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Crescent City native Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Joe Cocker, Erykah Badu, James Taylor, Earth Wind and Fire, Pete Seeger, Hugh Masekela, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Etta James and many more." [All About Jazz]
photos by Eric Townsend
"Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's sold out "Spring Splash" benefit concert on Saturday night [March 28] at Beacon High School, Beacon, NY, was a big success, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the organization's education and environmental action programs. The concert, which featured Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in a rare solo acoustic setting, also included a special encore with Clearwater founder Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.Believe it or not, I never posted this beautiful photo set from the Tweedy/Seager show that happened on March 28th, so what better day to finally do it, than on Pete's 90th birthday. Happy birthday Pete. Wish I could be at MSG tonight. More pictures from the Beacon show, and Jeff's setlist, below...
Pete Seeger opened the show with Dan Einbender, Clearwater's Tideline Discovery Program Director, and together they led a chorus of fourth graders from Beacon's J. V. Forrestal Elementary School known as "The Kids From Room 12" in a rousing set of songs about protecting the Hudson River and other cause-related issues.
Tweedy performed for more than an hour and a half, delighting the capacity crowd of a thousand people, many of them ardent fans, with his music and storytelling. Several of Tweedy's songs led to impromptu sing-a-longs, and he finished his show by singing two songs at the lip of the stage without any amplification, a salute to another environmental cause, Earth Hour, which was taking place nationally on Saturday night.
"This great night for Clearwater exemplifies what we do best: raise awareness and inspire people to take action," said Jeff Rumpf, executive director of Clearwater. "We're presently working on our 'Next Generation Legacy Project' to create new green leaders and achieve the sustainable future we need, and the proceeds from this concert will go toward this effort."
This is a banner year for Clearwater, as the organization celebrates the 40th anniversary of the sloop Clearwater, the 90th birthday of Seeger and the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's historic voyage up the river that bears his name. Also, on May 3 [today] there will be a star-studded tribute concert honoring Seeger at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Clearwater will host its annual Great Hudson River Revival music and environmental festival on June 20 and 21 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY with headliners Susan Tedeschi, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and "newgrass" sensations Old Crow Medicine Show"
[Clearwater Press Release]
Yo La Tengo
"You have to give it up for Wilco for making things so simple. The group's seventh album -- due out in late June -- will be titled Wilco (The Album). Even cooler: there's a cut on the disc titled "Wilco The Song," which Glenn Kotche describes to Rock Daily as "a great, upbeat song professing our love for our fans."Yo La Tengo, whose name comes from a baseball anecdote, are opening for Wilco at Keyspan Park on July 13th! Tickets are still on sale.
There's a little something for everyone on the group's new disc, which they recorded in their loft space in Chicago. "One Wing" and "Sunny Feeling" are breezy, pop-friendly tunes; "Deeper Down" is a mellow ballad spiked with atmospherics and chamber strings; the nearly-six-minute jam "Bull Black Nova" starts with rollicking drums, stacatto keys and guitars before exploding into a killer solo from guitarist Nels Cline. Think of the it as a sonic follow-up to the kraut-rockin' "Spiders (Kidsmoke)." "That one's a really intense, powerful song," says Kotche of "Nova." "It's got a static groove that's really insistent. There's a lot of great guitar moments on that song."
This June, Wilco will hit the road for a summer tour of festivals (Bonnaroo, 10,000 Lakes), minor league ball parks (Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, NY) and intimate theaters and the crew will be unleashing most of the 11 tracks from the new record..."
All Yo La Tengo dates below...
PJ Harvey tickets went on sale earlier.
Tickets for the Cyclones baseball games that happen in the same ballpark go on sale Sunday.
And speaking of Wilco and baseball, Jeff Tweedy threw the first pitch at at Milwaukee's Miller Park for the Brewers the other night.
Wilco Sold Out (photo by Zoran Orlic via wilcoworld.net)
"To celebrate the DVD release and to lend support to independent record stores, the band will make an in-store appearance at Disc Exchange in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, April 18 at 2 pm. Also as an exclusive bonus to anyone purchasing Ashes of American Flags before April 28, one complete concert drawn from a show featured in the film will be available for audio download. This exclusive concert download will only be available via an embedded link on the DVD from April 18 to April 27. This is in addition to the 20 full songs featured in the DVD and downloadable to everyone who purchases it.How was the movie screening at IFC?
Wilco have just completed work on their seventh studio album. The as-yet-untitled disc is scheduled for a late June release. Produced by Wilco and Jim Scott, it is the follow up to 2007's Sky Blue Sky."
Wilco will be playing Keyspan Park in Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY) on July 13th! Stay tuned for ticket info. All dates below...
The April 13th Wilco documentary ("Ashes of American Flags") screening at IFC is now sold out, so they added a late show on the same night which will be introduced by the filmmakers (who will have just finished discussing the movie with Fred Armisen and the people who watched the early screening). Tickets are on sale (note: no Fred Armisen at the late show).
Full U.S. screening schedule HERE.
The forthcoming and still-untitled next Wilco album is nearing completion. Jim Scott and the band spent the last few weeks mixing in Jim's studio in Valencia, California and [below is] a list of song titles spied on the reels -- note this is not necessarily complete and not in sequence.The film was co-directed by Fugazi's Brendan Canty who will also be at the IFC screening in NYC on April 13th. He, co-director Christoph Green and Fred Armisen will be discussing the movie after the show. Tickets are still on sale.
Rumors and blogs regarding a guest appearance on that last track are, amazingly, quite true. Feist does indeed lend a great vocal to You and I. Other details will emerge in the coming weeks. The release is currently scheduled for late June on Nonesuch.
Wilco's live concert film "Ashes of American Flags" will have its New York premiere on Monday, April 13 at the IFC Center as part of Movie Night with Fred Armisen, go here for more details. The film had its world premiere February 20 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana where it won an award for Best Cinematography. The DVD is now available for pre-order via the Wilco store by clicking here.
More information about the film is available at ashesofamericanmovie.com, including a full screening schedule and we've just added a Google calendar as well which you can access here. The DVD release via Nonesuch Records is set for April 18. You can watch the trailer here, and [BELOW].
Wilco don't have any NYC dates coming up, but Fugazi member Joe Lally does, as does but Feist. She plays the Dark Was The Night fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall on May 3rd.
Wilco member Nels Cline has also been playing guitar as part of the Jenny Scheinman Trio at the Blue Note here in NYC. You can catch them twice a day tonight (4/9), Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
No other Feist dates at the moment, but all Wilco ones, and the movie trailer, are below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Tim Griffin
"The big event was when julian came out in to the audience and asked everyone to sit around him. I didn't catch all of what he was saying, as he was un-mic'd, but he handed out paper and pens to everyone (from a plastic camel attached to the end of a broomstick - of course) and asked them to write down a memory on a piece of paper, and that afterward we'd all go outside and burn it. Seemed nice enough. Until everyone was outside. 11 degrees feeling like -3 with the wind. Brrrr....as the fires 'raged' in the pot, Julian lined everyone up and they proceeded to run and jump over the burning paper in a pot. Admittedly it was all very engaging and charming, however ...we were outside for at least 15 minutes, which was more than enough to make my hands completely numb. I was grateful to go back inside, where Julian and Co. finished out the set and the evening."In other Neutral Milk Hotel related news, A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Jeremy Barnes (ex-NMH like Julian from Music Tapes) and Heather Trost, will be touring as a four-piece, accompanied by Mark Weaver on tuba and Samuel Johnson on trumpet. They'll visit SXSW on Thursday, March 19, before opening for Andrew Bird, and then Wilco across North America, and then touring the UK in June.
AHAAH's fourth album, Délivrance, is set for release on The Leaf Label on May 18. Its first single, "Foni Tu Argile," comes out April 27th as a digital download and a "limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 10" singles, cut at 78rpm, with packaging that replicates the shellac records of old." (The song is streaming now at the band's Myspace. )
All Music Tapes pics (and setlist) and AHAAH tour dates below...
Puss n Boots @ Rodeo Bar on Halloween (by Jonathan Troll / Headstrong Pictures)
Pronto features Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco. Puss 'N Boots is the name of one of Norah Jones's many side projects. This band also features Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper (who all backed Wilco for a song at MSG). Both bands are playing Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 19th. Tickets are on sale.
Puss n Boots are also playing Rockwood Music Hall one day earlier, and a show with Levon Helm.
New Ramble DatesLevon Helm also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theatre.
March 14 and 21, 2009
and for your sweethearts...
A Valentines Day Ramble ~ February 14, 2009
With guests, Puss N Boots featuring Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones
Pronto have no other shows scheduled.
DOWNLOAD: Etta James talks smack about Beyonce (MP3)
Etta James @ BB King's in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
This is not a joke: 71-year-old Etta James actually threatened to beat the crap out of Beyoncé Knowles -- and it's caught all on tape!TMZ later pointed out that the song is not even an Etta James song. She covers it too. The Chicago Sun Times says that "both Beyonce and President and Mrs. Obama were stunned by music legend Etta James' strong verbal whiplashing." Etta James told the Daily News she was just trying to get a laugh and meant no harm. Etta is definitely known for her between song banter at her live shows. Speaking of which...
The war is all over Etta's song, "At Last " -- Beyoncé sang the tune at Obama's 1st Inauguration Ball on Jan. 20th ... but last week at a concert in Seattle, James was still pissed.
While on stage, Etta told the crowd, "Your President, the one with the big ears ... he had that woman singing my song. She gone get her ass whipped."
She continued, "The great Beyoncé ... I can't stand Beyoncé," according to audio from Crown City Media.
Ironically Etta didn't kick up this sorta fuss when Beyoncé portrayed her in "Cadillac Records." [TMZ]
Etta James returns to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in NYC for three shows in May. Tickets are on sale.
Etta is also one of many artists who will be Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year...
American rock superstars Bon Jovi have been added to the already star-studded music lineup of the 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, organizers announced today. Making their first-ever Jazz Fest appearance, Bon Jovi will perform on Saturday, May 2. The 2009 Jazz Fest is scheduled for April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.Etta James also has a show scheduled in Atlantic City. All tour dates below...
Bon Jovi joins Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Etta James plus hundreds of others previously announced to appear at the historic edition of the Festival.
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
Jeff Tweedy solo @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
As previously mentioned, Jeff Tweedy is playing a few dates at the end of January, two of which are with Great Lake Swimmers who also have a ton of other shows without Jeff scheduled. Now there are three more Jeff shows at the end of March, and those include one at Beacon High Auditorium in Beacon, NY (not to be confused with the Beacon Theatre in NY, NY).
Singer songwriter Jeff Tweedy from the band Wilco will perform March 28 in Beacon at Clearwater's "Spring Splash" fundraising concert.Tickets for the other two new shows go on presale Wednesday morning. All Wilco dates below...
The performance will take place at Beacon High School and benefit the Poughkeepsie-based environmental organization founded decades ago by Fishkill folk singer Pete Seeger.
Tickets cost $45-75 and go on through a pre-sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 through www.wilcoworld.net. The tickets go on sale officially at 10 a.m. Feb. 7. Tickets costing $150 will also be available. These include a pre-concert reception, premium seating in the first five rows and a one-year Clearwater membership. [Poughkeepsie Journal]
today in NYC
* Terror @ Europa
* NY Times Arts & Leisure
* The Lisps @ Zipper Theater
* Mos Def @ Highline Ballroom
* Forro in the Dark @ Joe's Pub
* World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Webster Hall
* Afterworlds, Gates of Heaven & Apple Deaf @ Cake Shop
* Endless Boogie, Psychic Ills & Mike Fellows @ Glasslands
* Camper Van Beethoven & Victor Krummenacher @ Bowery Ballroom
* Tyvik, Psychedelic Horseshit & Kurt Vile @ Less Artists More Condos
* Bear Hands, Holy Hail, Atarah Valentine & Statehood @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Great Lake Swimmers, Haley Bonar & Daniel Martin Moore @ The Bell House
* My Teenage Stride, The Jaguar Club & Bridges and Powerlines @ Union Hall
* Carcinogenic Static (members of Talibam! & USAISAMONSTER) @ Market Hotel
* John Brown's Body, Globesonic, Jenny Scheinman, Haale & Sulha Sound System @ (le) poisson rouge
Jimmy Page was born today in 1944.
Laundromatinee has in-studio audio and video from a session with the Vivian Girls.
Tom Cruise emotional over Travolta death
DRM-free iTunes Store to haunt Apple?
The Golden Globes are Sunday.
Obama gets his own Spiderman comic book.
Dolly Parton picked for Gospel Hall of Fame.
Stevie Wonder Helps Promote Technology For Visually Impaired.
Linksys offers full wireless alternative to Sonos.
Beatles music pulled from Norweigian podcasts.
Move over Animal Collective, Sanjaya's long awaited album is here.
Above is an alternate cover for Jaydiohead.
Below is a video from 7 Worlds Collide. In it, Ed O'Brien (guitar), Liam Finn (guitar), Jeff Tweedy (vocals/guitar), John Stirratt (bass), Phil Selway (drums), and Johnny Marr (guitar), are performing Radiohead's Fake Plastic Trees...
photos by Paul Searing
hugs @ MSG in NYC - Dec 16, 2008
[Wilco] were no match for Mr. Young and crew: Mr. Keith, the bassist Rick Rosas, the keyboardist-guitarist Anthony Crawford and especially the drummer Chad Cromwell, whose time feel suggested the perfect blend of slouch and surge. Mr. Crawford sang background vocals with Pegi Young, Mr. Young's wife, sounding strong on standards like "Cinnamon Girl" and fine on chugging new fare like "When Worlds Collide."Neil Young, Wilco and Everest played their second of two shows in a row at MSG in NYC last night (12/16). Neil's setlist on night two was almost the same, if not exactly the same, as it was the night earlier.
[NY Times @ night one]
Wilco (including Jeff Tweedy), Jeff Tweedy's son and Everest joined Neil at the end of the pre-encore set to help sing the chorus of Rockin in the Free World. The tour ended with hugs all around (see above). Some more pictures (kindly submitted by Paul Searing), and the setlist, below...
Neil Young @ MSG, NYC - Dec 15, 2008 (penfifteenclub)
Neil Young, Wilco and Everest played their first of two shows together at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (12/15). They do it again tonight. Neil's set list from last night, below...
Over Christmas 2008 and New Year 2009, [Crowded House's] Neil Finn has invited the core band from his 2001 Seven Worlds Collide project, plus some other special guests, to create a new album at Roundhead studios in Auckland, New Zealand.Wilco kick off their tour-ending two night run with Neil Young at Madison Square Garden tonight (Monday, December 15th).
Guests confirmed so far are Radiohead's Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien, legendary guitarist Johnny Marr, founder member of The Smiths and current member of US alternate rock innovators Modest Mouse, Soul Coughing's Sebastian Steinberg, multi-instrumentalist Lisa Germano, Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, along with NZ musicians Liam Finn, Don McGlashan and Bic Runga. All proceeds from this very special recording will go to support the continuing great work of Oxfam International.
There will also be a short series of intimate and informal live performances in New Zealand at Auckland's Powerstation on 5, 6 and 7 January 2009.
Everest opens both shows. Everest frontman Russell Pollard's wife's band The Watson Twins (like Everest's album and) play Town Hall in NYC in February.
"UPDATE:I just found out that Wilco did not authorize PlayApp to create that app or send out the above quoted press release on their behalf.
Introducing a new technology the music industry can use to once again reach new heights, songs from Warner Music Group's Wilco have been released as a free music playapp download at www.PlayApp.com.
PlayApps are single file, custom multimedia programs that can contain music, pictures, lyrics, and video. The songs in the "More Like The Moon EP" Wilco music playapp are extractable as 192 kbps MP3 files while the pictures are extractable as high resolution JPG files. PlayApps can be created for any computer system, but are initially being developed for the Windows platform, XP/Vista or greater.
...[supposedly] No adware or spyware is contained in any playapp and all are digitally signed by the publisher PlayApp to show who they are from and haven't been tampered with."[MarketWatch]
Wilco's next two NYC shows are at MSG.
Wilco @ McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)
Assuming Wilco will actually be in the studio with Stephen Colbert, that sorta means Wilco is playing a NYC show today, for those lucky enough to be in the studio audience, which I suppose still could be anyone...
Everyone attending must be at least 18 years old. Tickets are non-transferable. You may sign up for stand-by tickets in front of the studio at 4pm (we can't guarantee admission). We are at 513 W. 54th Street in NYC. [Colbert Report tickets]Wilco's next regularly scheduled NYC shows happen in December.
Such tumultuous times. And in the spirit of giveaways that seem to be sweeping the nation, we've got something free for you. No it's not a pile of cash (sorry) but rather an audio postcard of sorts from a summer's night in Oregon with our friends the Fleet Foxes & a lovely Bob Dylan tune. All we ask is you check the "I pledge to vote in the 2008 Election" button below. If you can spare it, we also encourage you to consider a donation to Feeding America . (and please feel free to pass this link along to friends, family members, etc.). [WILCO]Wilco have two NYC shows coming up at MSG.
Fleet Foxes have two NYC shows coming up too.
Wilco @ Baltimore Virgin Fest (more by Bao Nguyen)
The August 12 appearance of the alternative rock band Wilco at Tanglewood has been the subject of numerous articles in and letters to The Berkshire Eagle. Guido's Fresh Marketplace would like your readership to know about our experience with Wilco.Tickets for Wilco & Neil Young's December 15th MSG show go on sale today @ 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.
Wilco connected with Guido's when our B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag) program caught the band's attention. In our stores, using one's own bags enters customers into monthly Guido's gift certificate raffles. Wilco donated 1,000 custom-printed, reusable cloth tote bags to be liberally distributed to shoppers in both store locations. Winners of the July B.Y.O B. raffle were given premium shed tickets to the Wilco performance. A generous number of Wilco at Tanglewood lawn tickets were made available for our customers and were given away at in-store events.
Wilco's popular music brought a large, youthful audience to Tanglewood. This enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a hugely successful concert while also benefiting the local economy through increased tourism.
Wilco has come and gone in Berkshire County, leaving a solid win-win aftermath: satisfied fans, a boosted local economy, and Wilco cloth totes as souvenirs to use for years to come. We appreciate Wilco's willingness to engage local independent businesses in their promotional efforts. We look forward to the appearance of like-minded performers at Tanglewood in the future!
MATTHEW MASIERO (Richmond) & CHRIS MASIERO (Lenox)
The authors are the co-owners of Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield and Great Barrington
[Berkshire Eagle Online]