Concert review: Wilco at the Coronado Performing Arts – Rockford, IL – June 14, 2017

Review and photography by Edward Spinelli

Coronado Performing Arts
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scoring a ticket to see wilco in Chicago is next to impossible, but those willing to make the mini-road trip to Coronado Theatre in Rockford were treated to just as extraordinary of an evening. Just a bit west from the band’s home town, It turns out the intimate venue was an ideal setting for selections off the group’s latest understated album “Schmilco,” alongside deep cuts and indie rock classics dating back nearly 20 years.
After opening with “Normal American Kids,” Wilco really stretched its wings with “Cry All Day“and continued jamming their way through “Someone to Lose.” All the while, the forest-like stage setting added just the atmosphere to the earthy instrumentation, partially during laid back acoustic selections such as “Box Full of Letters.” But make no mistake, Wilco definitely revered up the left of center rock engines for the experimental “Jesus, Etc.” By the end of the 2 hour plus evening, it was apparent that no matter where Wilco’s geographic roots technically lie, their fan base from the birthplace of Cheap Trick may very well be amongst the most dedicated. And given that no two sets are ever the same, anyone from Palatine to Pittsburgh is likely in for just as much of a treat next time Jeff Tweedy and company roll through their neck of the woods.

Wilco Setlist
Normal American Kids
If I Ever Was a Child
Cry All Day
Ashes of American Flags
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Art of Almost
Pickled Ginger
Someone to Lose
Via Chicago
Bull Black Nova
Impossible Germany
Someday Soon
Box Full of Letters
I’m Always in Love
Heavy Metal Drummer
I’m the Man Who Loves You
The Late Greats

Can’t Stand It
Random Name Generator
Jesus, Etc.
Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Outtasite (Outta Mind)

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