Jeff Tweedy graced the stage Saturday night at the Vic for the second time this weekend for his annual benefit concert for his son’s school. The show began promptly at 8pm and opened with the title track off Wilco’s latest effort, The Whole Love. The audience eagerly applauded Tweedy throughout the night, who engaged the crowd between songs with jokes about the people who requested the songs (the first 30 people in line were given the opportunity to make requests and ask questions of Tweedy) among other topics- his daily hair regimen, his jean jacket, Dancing With the Stars and judging the American Idol judges. During the course of the evening, highlights included acoustic takes on Bull Black Nova and At Least That’s What You Said, two songs that typically showcase Wilco’s electric prowess. These versions were much more subdued, but Tweedy’s ability shined through on both. Other songs that stood out included the Kinks’ cover Strangers, Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard, She’s a Jar, the crowd favorite Heavy Metal Drummer, Casino Queen, and an unamplified finale of Acuff Rose during which you could have heard a pin drop in the audience. After the house lights went up, one could see groups of friends high-fiving each other, acknowledging the fun and good times brought to us by JT. Who knew charity could be such fun?
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March 30, 2012
Vic Theater, Chicago, IL
Whole Love, You Are Not Alone, How To Fight Loneliness, The Community Song x2 ,Bull Black Nova, Too Far Apart, Wherever, I Can’t Keep From Talking, Hell Is Chrome, Open Mind, Summer Teeth, She’s A Jar, Someday Soon, Pick Up The Change, Blue-Eyed Soul, When You Wake Up Feeling Old, Handshake Drugs, So Much Wine, Strangers, At Least That’s What You Said, Down In The Willow Garden, Capitol City, Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard, Watch Me Fall, Candyfloss, Hesitating Beauty, Heavy Metal Drummer
The Thanks I Get, Hoodoo Voodoo, Casino Queen, Acuff-Rose