SunFest organizers are known for stacking the festival’s lineup with highly influential performers every year. This time we will have excellent alternative rock music by Wilco at SunFest. The alternative rock band based in Chicago includes talented musicians Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline and Pat Sansone and they have influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts.
The group named itself “Wilco” after the military and commercial aviation radio voice abbreviation for “will comply”, a choice which Jeff Tweedy has called “fairly ironic for a rock band to name themselves.”
Wilco’s music is typically categorized as alternative rock and alternative country. Some critics have dubbed Wilco the “American Radiohead”, due to their stylistically diverse catalog and it continues to be one of America’s most consistently interesting bands.
Wilco has headlined other festivals in the country and we expect their performance at SunFest this year will be a rewarding experience to their fan base in South Florida. Here is some of the best alternative rock music by Wilco that revelers will have a chance to enjoy at SunFest:
More about Wilco
Wilco made its live debut on November 17, 1994 to a capacity crowd at Cicero’s Basement Bar in St. Louis, Missouri and during the two hundred-date tour supporting A.M., Tweedy began to write songs for a second album. In November 1997, Wilco recorded a third studio album at Willie Nelson’s recording studio in Spicewood, Texas, an album lyrically inspired by the marital problems of Tweedy and his wife, as well as by twentieth-century literature.
The recording of Mermaid Avenue began on December 12, 1997, and was the topic of BBC’s Man in the Sand documentary film. After the completion of the Mermaid Avenue sessions, Wilco returned to Spicewood to complete their third studio album, Summerteeth. Unlike previous Wilco and Uncle Tupelo recordings, the album featured a lot of overdubbing with Pro Tools. Stirratt and Coomer were concerned with the production, since it reduced their involvement in the music.
Shortly after the recording sessions for Mermaid Avenue Vol. II, Wilco purchased a studio on Irving Park Road in Chicago, which they named the Wilco Loft. The band recorded some tracks in the studio in early 2000 for a fourth studio album. In May 2000, Jeff Tweedy requested to perform with Jim O’Rourke at a festival in Chicago; Tweedy was a fan of O’Rourke’s Bad Timing. O’Rourke introduced Tweedy to drummer Glenn Kotche, and the trio enjoyed working together so much that they decided to record an album as a side project named Loose Fur. Wilco had recorded an entire album of music at this point, but Tweedy was unhappy with the drum parts. He enjoyed Kotche’s contributions to Loose Fur so much that Tweedy brought him into the studio to re-record some demos. Some believe that Tweedy sought to make Wilco sound like Loose Fur after officially replacing Ken Coomer with Kotche in January 2001.
When it was released, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot reached number thirteen on the Billboard 200, Wilco’s highest chart position to that date. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sold over 590,000 copies, and to date remains Wilco’s best selling album. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was met with wide critical acclaim: it topped 2002’s Pazz & Jop critics’ poll, was named one of the 100 greatest albums of all time by Q Magazine. Rolling Stone rated it one of the top 500 albums of all time in May 2012.
While waiting for the commercial release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco agreed to support R.E.M. collaborator Scott McCaughey for an album release by The Minus 5. They scheduled a recording session for September 11, 2001, but were distraught about the 9/11 terrorist attacks that day. Later that day, Wilco and McCaughey agreed to “create something good in the world right now” and record some material. Influenced by Bill Fay’s Time of the Last Persecution, The Minus 5’s Down with Wilco was released in 2003.
In 2006, influenced by The Byrds and Fairport Convention, the band started working on Sky Blue Sky and considered it to be less experimental than previous releases. Also unlike previous albums, the songs were created as collaborations. The album was released on May 15, 2007, and was a commercial success: it sold over 87,000 copies in its first week and peaked in the top five in the U.S. album charts.
Wilco released their seventh album, Wilco (The Album), on June 30, 2009. The album hit the charts at a career-high No. 4 with sales of 99,000 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart as well as the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. It marked Wilco’s third top 10 album on the U.S. pop chart. The album’s first single “You Never Know” reached the No. 1 spot on the AAA Chart, their first No. 1 in twelve years.
Hopefully, Wilco will be one of the best performances this year at SunFest. Their act is scheduled for Wednesday Apr 29 8:00 PM at the Tire Kingdom Stage. We all wish you have a better SunFest experience this year.
This Year, West palm Beach Will Enjoy Alternative Rock Music by Wilco at SunFest. Get Ready to be at Tire Kingdom Stage for the Act of a Great Rock Band