• 2.15.8 Chicago bound : Destination Wilco day 1 Riviera Theatre

    A short flight from New York over to Chicago was simple. I arrived early in the morning to situate myself for the next five days of my stay in the city. The first concert was happening later the same day. The midwestern dead winter cold had been a challenge to me. It was the first time I experienced the temperature under … 30º! It snowed a tiny bit. It was the first snowing action I’d seen, ever. It was like powder…., yes, a profound observation here. I think it was 8º or some silliness. I don’t get how humans can live in such dramatic weather conditions? Looking at the buried drive ways and vehicles, it made me want to rebuild everyone’s houses to be underground with a heat pad roof top. But I speak purely out of humor at the expense of my own ignorance. Here I was looking forward to Wilco’s 5 day residency at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown Chicago. By the time the plane landed, I was  more queasy about meeting up with my family who I hadn’t seen in over a decade. I’ll be staying with them.

    I’ll skip the family part for a different blog.

    Later in that afternoon, I took the train from 10 miles northwest of the venue to arrive around 4pm to catch the soundcheck. The theater was a good size holding about 2500 people. All of the the 5 nights were sold out. What was most impressive to me was to see a line of people in freezing cold outside waiting to get in so they can get the best spots. The door opens at 6, but people arrive as early as 9 or 10 am! (I photographed some of that in later days. It took me more than a day to get used to being out in the element, and finally I got the guts to go take pictures of people huddling outside.) This band is so loved, and rightfully so, I think.

    tampered

    tampered

    Rehearsal/SoundcheckJohn – Soundcheck
    Jeff Tweedy

    Jeff Tweedy

    residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    Jeff - residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    Pat's side of stage - residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    Nels - residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    Glenn - residency day 1 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

    Glenn

    Glenn