Tweedy & Spencer @ 1st Avenue
This Sunday night some ol’ college friends & I saw Tweed’s newest band featuring son Spencer. Tweedy & his drummer son did a slight departure from the Wilco sound – the “boy” sure has dad’s music talent. “Fake Fur Coat” was a perfect opening song & I always think of Bob Dylan when I hear it. You gotta love Jeff Tweedy & Wilco — its a cult thing, Tweedy has many twin city music connections & it was nice to see Gary Louris from Jayhawks join in on the last set. Jeff made several comments about playing in the twin cities & said that “Minneapolis is an oasis for every rock band in the world”. Son Spenser is not a flashy drummer & not in the style of Wilco’s Glen Kotche – some nice complex rhythms you would not hear on a Wilco CD. Spencer sounds like he’s using a double bass peddle on his single bass drum.
Sunday night show was sold out – these dark pics are from a long way off stage. Shooting at 1st Avenue can be difficult as the stage is often under lit. Jeff’s solo set had that ol’ Wilco/Tweedy sound that most “Wilco cult” fans wanted to hear. Jeff entertained the crowd with his Tweedy banter & praised his son on a few light comments. Very cool that Jeff is touring with his son.