Monday, July 13, 2009

Wilco at LeLacheur Ballpark in Lowell

Wilco with Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band
Sat 7/11/09 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, MA
by Ryan Spaulding & Sean Hafferty

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in Lowell
all images by Sean Hafferty

On a beautiful Summer Day this July we caught an amazing live show at LeLacheur Park (home to Red Sox Minor League Class affiliate The Lowell Spinners.) The music gods were summoned by Wilco, it seems who brought with them tremendous, soul-stirring music. The crowd was age-mixed, friendly and glad to be at the ballpark. Good feelings abounded!

THE STAGE WAS SET: After a gorgeous set by Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, it was time for Wilco to take the stage. Slowly the band made their way down a planked walkway toward deep centerfield beneath a scoreboard that listed each member's name and position. The Price is Right television theme beckoned them out and the band waved amusingly. Wilco took the stage and immediately the band launched into their eponymous track from the new self-titled album.

from the record: Wilco

Wilco in Lowell
RSL Streaming Photo Album

images by Sean Hafferty

Later in the set as the evening went on, Jeff Tweedy would smile widely at the sound of the fans in the stands stomping their feet enthusiastically, punctuating their support. This was a night to remember! Here are the photographs... We didn't stop dancing with friends until near the very end of the last set - when the rain (again, memorably) fell down upon us in sheets. A truly extraordinary experience from start to finish... You must see this tour (dates below) if you have the opportunity. Highly Recommended!

Wilco played before an enthusiastic audience in Lowell


March to the Sea said...

excellent stuff! WEll done guys!

Leo Blais said...

How cinematic was that ending with the creciendo of Hummingbird?!! What a memorable moment!